WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
TUESDAY, JANUARY 12: FIRST WOMAN SENATOR
Profile America — Tuesday, January 12th. The United States Senate got its first elected woman member on this day in 1932, as Hattie Caraway won a special election in Arkansas. Two months earlier, she had been appointed to fill out the term of her husband, who died in office. Caraway went on to be elected to two more terms and was noted as a tireless and adept legislator. The first woman elected to the Senate without first having been appointed was Margaret Chase Smith of Maine. Now, a record number of women are in congress — 17 in the Senate and 74 in the House of Representatives. Across the U.S., women hold 76 elected executive positions in state governments, and more than 1,700 others serve in state legislatures. Profile America is in its 13th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2010, p. 83
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2009, t. 397
Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look under the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau