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Senate statistics on minorities and women

Out of 100 senators,

Sitting senators:
African american:  1
Asian american:  2
Hispanic american: 2
Native american:  0

African american:  4
Asian american:  3
Hispanic american: 3
Native american:  3

There are 14 sitting women senators, 33 throughout history including now.

Here are there names and dates of service, from the Senate’s Minorities page:

No surprise that the number from New Jersey is zero!!!

African Americans:

Hiram R. Revels (R-Mississippi), 1870-71
Blanche K. Bruce (R-Mississippi), 1875-1881
Edward W. Brooke (R-Massachusetts), 1967-1979
Carol Moseley-Braun (D-Illinois), 1993-1999
Barack Obama (D-Illinois), 2005-

Asian Americans:

Hiram L. Fong (R-Hawaii), 1959-1977
Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii), 1963-
Samuel I. Hayakawa (R-California), 1977-1983
Spark M. Matsunaga (D-Hawaii), 1977-1990
Daniel K. Akaka (D-Hawaii), 1990-

Hispanic Americans:

Octaviano Larrazolo (R-New Mexico), 1928-29
Dennis Chavez (D-New Mexico), 1935-1962
Joseph M. Montoya (D-New Mexico), 1964-77
Ken L. Salazar (D-Colorado), 2005-
Melquiades R. Martinez (R-Florida), 2005-

Native American Indian:

Charles Curtis (R-Kansas), 1907-13; 1915-29 (Kaw)
Robert Owen (D-Oklahoma), 1907-1925 (Cherokee)
Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colorado), 1993-2005 (Northern Cheyenne)

and from the page on women:

Rebecca Latimer Felton (D-Georgia), 1922
Hattie Wyatt Caraway (D-Arkansas), 1931-1945
Rose McConnell Long (D-Louisiana), 1936-1937
Dixie Bibb Graves (D-Alabama), 1937-1938
Gladys Pyle (R-South Dakota), 1938-1939
Vera Cahalan Bushfield (R-South Dakota), 1948
Margaret Chase Smith (R-Maine), 1949-1973
Eva Kelley Bowring (R-Nebraska), 1954
Hazel Hempel Abel (R-Nebraska), 1954
Maurine Brown Neuberger (D-Oregon), 1960-1967
Elaine S. Edwards (D-Louisiana), 1972
Muriel Humphrey (D-Minnesota), 1978
Maryon Allen (D-Alabama), 1978
Nancy Landon Kassebaum (R-Kansas), 1978-1997
Paula Hawkins (R-Florida), 1981-1987
Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland), 1987-
Jocelyn Burdick (D-North Dakota), 1992
Dianne Feinstein (D-California), 1993-
Barbara Boxer (D-California), 1993-
Carol Moseley-Braun (D-Illinois), 1993-1999
Patty Murray (D-Washington), 1993-
Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), 1993-
Olympia Jean Snowe (R-Maine), 1995-
Sheila Frahm (R-Kansas), 1996
Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana), 1997-
Susan Collins (R-Maine), 1997-
Blanche Lincoln (D-Arkansas), 1999-
Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-New York), 2001-
Deborah Stabenow (D-Michigan), 2001-
Maria E. Cantwell (D-Washington), 2001-
Jean Carnahan (D-Missouri), 2001- 2002
Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), 2002-
Elizabeth Dole (R-North Carolina), 2003-

This is a pretty sorry state of affairs, and New Jersey’s is sorrier than most.  For everyone who says to me, just be patient or minorities and women need to start at the bottom and work their way up,  I say how much longer, 4 years, 8 years, 10 years???  We have a glass ceiling for women at the state senate level (at least for Democrats). The time for waiting is over.  If Corzine has the chance to appoint a progressive woman or minority, that will be an opportunity to put right the injustices of the past.  To my friends who are running scared of Thomas Kean Jr., I say have confidence that we will have a winning candidate in ’06 and encourage Corzine to practice the ‘politics of inclusion’.

Polls and bringing NJ politics into the 20th century

If Corzine has to make an appointment of someone to his senate seat, I see the interim appointment  as a great chance to give an opportunity to someone who isn’t an established politician and to reach out to women and/or minorities.

Are progressives happy with the fact that there are no women in the congressional delegation or holding statewide office?  Polls of which congressman is preferred for the seat are useful, but I’d like to also consider ‘none of the above.’

Is anyone else for nudging state politics into the 20th century?

Based on the earlier poll having only congressmen on it, here’s my companion poll question: