Written by: Sara Kugler
The 114th Congress includes a record total of 32 women of color in the House, including 18 African American women, 9 Latinas, and 5 Asian/Pacific Islander Americans, according to a fact sheet released by the Center for American Women and Politics, a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers.
Of those 32 Representatives, 29 are Democrats and 3 are Republicans.
There is still only woman of color in the U.S. Senate — Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii. Senator Hirono is the second woman of color to ever serve in the Senate. The first was Senator Carol Moseley Braun of Illinois, who served from 1993-1999.
For more information on women of color in elected office, visit the Center for American Women and Politics.