Women in charge in New Hampshire; not in Kansas

New Hampshire is doing its part to make women better represented in politics. Women now hold the state’s two congressional seats and its two Senate seats (the first and only state to ever have an all-female delegation). New Hampshire’s new governor, its speaker of the state House and its chief justice are also women. Women make up at least half of only three other states’ congressional delegations (Maine, Missouri and Washington), and 16 states don’t have any women in Congress, the New York Times reported. Kansas, which has one woman in Congress (Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka) and one woman in statewide office (Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger), will see its Legislature slip from 27.3 to 23 percent women in 2013, with the first-ever female Senate president (Sen. Susan Wagle, R-Wichita) but six fewer women in the House.