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2013: ‘Super Year’ for women in politics

April 10, 2013
Lehigh Acres Citizen

To the editor:

Consider this:

- 80 women representatives in the U.S. House

- 20 women senators in the U.S. Senate

- Six women governors in Arizona, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Washington

- Three U.S. Supreme Court Justices: Ginsburg, Sotomayor and Kagan

- Two women as Cabinet Secretaries: Sebelius of Health & Human Services, and Napolitano of Homeland Security

- A woman named Head of the Secret Service: Julia Pierson, Secret Service Agent since 1983

- A woman as Head of the Democratic National Committee (DNC): U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz

- A woman named Head of the Florida Democratic Party (FDP): Democratic Fundraiser Allison Tant

We have also had four wonderful years, 2009-13, of service by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

At present she is polling higher than any male or female, any Democrat or Republican, for the 2016 presidential race.

And in Florida politics we have:

- 28 women representatives in the Florida House

- Two women senators in the Florida Senate

Meanwhile in Lee County politics there are:

- One woman (3 men) in the Florida House

- One woman (1 man) in the Florida Senate

Our 2014 challenges will be locating qualified women candidates, and getting voters to the polls in record numbers for a midterm election. Women must realize their vote can elect more women.

Joan Patterson

Lehigh Acres



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