First Women Elected/Appointed to State Legislative Office

Alabama
1923  Representative Hattie Hooker Wilkins

Alaska
1937  Representative Nell Scott (elected to AK Territorial House)

Arizona
1915  Representative Rachel Berry
1915  Senator Frances Willard Munds

Arkansas
1922  Representative Frances Hunt
1964  Senator Dorathy Allen

California
1918  Representatives Grace Doris, Esto Broughton, Anna Saylor, and Elizabeth Hughes
1976  Senator Rose Ann Vuich

Colorado
1894  Representatives Frances Klock, Clara Cressingham and Carrie C. Holly
1913  Senator Helen R. Robinson

Connecticut
1921  Representatives Emily Sophie Brown, Grace I. Edwards, Lillian M.S. Frink, Mary M. Hooker, Helen A. Jewett

Delaware
1924  Representative Florence Hanby
1956  Senator Meg Manning

Florida
1929  Representative Edna Fuller Giles
1962  Senator Beth McCollough Johnson

Georgia
1922  Representatives Bessie Knowles and Viola Ross Napier
1927  Senator Margaret Bradbury Johnson (never assumed office)

Hawaii
1924  Representative Rosalie Keli’inoi (elected to HI Territorial House)
1932  Senator Elsie Wilcox (elected to HI Territorial Senate)

Idaho
1898  Representatives Clara Campbell, Hattie Noble and Mary Allen Wright
1935  Senator Margaret Bognet Pike

Illinois
1922  Representative Lottie Holman O’Neill
1924  Senator Florence Fifer Bohrer

Indiana
1921  Representative Julia D. Nelson
1943  Senator Arcada Stark Balz

Iowa
1928  Representative Carolyn Campbell Pendray
1932  Senator Carolyn Campbell Pendray

Kansas
1918  Representative Minnie Grinstead
1929  Senator T.T. Solander

Kentucky
1921  Representative Mary Elliott Flanery
1949  Senator Caroline Conn Moore

Louisiana
1940  Representative Beatrice Hawthorne Moore
1936  Senator Doris Lindsey Holland Rhodes

Maine
1922  Representative Dora Pinkham
1927  Senators Dora Pinkham and Katherine C. Allen

Maryland
1921  Delegate Mary E. W. Risteau
1934  Senator Mary E. W. Risteau

Massachusetts
1922  Representatives Susan Walker Fitzgerald and Sylvia M. Donaldson
1936  Senator Sybil Holmes

Michigan
1924  Representative Cora B. R. Anderson
1921  Senator Eva M. Hamilton

Minnesota
1922  Representatives Myrtle Cain, Susan M. D. Hough, Mabeth Hurd and Hannah J. Kempfer
1927 Senator Laura E. J. Naplin

Mississippi
1923  Representative Nellie N. Somerville
1923  Senator Carrie B. Kearney

Missouri
1922  Representatives Mellcene Thurman Smith and Sarah Lucille Turner
1973  Senator Mary Gant

Montana
1917  Representatives Maggie Smith Hathaway and Emma Ingalls

Nebraska
1924  Representatives Mabel A. Gillespie, Clara C. Humphrey and Sara T. Muir
1946  Senator Nell Krause

Nevada
1918  Representative Sadie D. Hurst
1935  Senator Frances C. Friedhoff

New Hampshire
1920  Representatives Jessie A. Doe and Dr. Mary Louise Rolfe Farnum
1930  Senator Maude Ferguson

New Jersey
1920  Representatives Margaret Laird and Jennie Van Ness
1966  Senator Mildred B. Hughes

New Mexico
1922  Representative Bertha M. Paxton
1925  Senator Louise Holland Coe

New York
1918  Representatives Mary Lilly and Ida Sammis
1934  Senator Rhoda F. Graves

North Carolina
1921  Representative Lillian Exum Clement
1931  Senator Gertrude Dills McKee

North Dakota
1922  Representatives Minnie Craig and Nellie Dougherty
1950  Senator Agnes K. Geelan

Ohio
1922  Representatives Nettie McKenzie Clapp, Lulu Thomas Gleason, Adelaide Sterling Ott and May Martin Van Wye
1922  Senators Nettie Bromley Loughead and Maude Comstock Waitt

Oklahoma
1920  Representative Amelia Elizabeth “Bessie” McColgin
1920  Senator Lamar Looney

Oregon
1914  Representative Marion Towne
1915  Senator Kathryn Clarke

Pennsylvania
1922  Representatives Alice Bentley, Rosa DeYoung, Sarah Gallaher, Helene Grimes, Sarah MacKinney, Lillie Pitts, Martha Speiser and Martha Thomas
1925  Flora Vare

Rhode Island
1922  Representative Isabella Ahearn O’Neill
1928  Senator Lulu M. Schlesinger

South Carolina
1945  Representative Harriet Johnson
1928  Senator Mary G. Ellis

South Dakota
1922  Representative Gladys Pyle
1936  Senator Jessie E. Sanders

Tennessee
1922  Representative Marion Scudder
1921  Senator Anna L. Worley

Texas
1922  Representative Edith M. Wilmans
1926  Senator Margie Neal

Utah
1896  Representatives Sarah Anderson and Eurethe LaBarthe
1896  Senator Martha Hughes Cannon

Vermont
1920  Representative Edna Louisa Beard
1922  Senator Edna Louisa Beard

Virginia
1923  Representatives Sarah Lee Fain and Helen Timmons Henderson
1979  Senator Eva F. Scott

Washington
1912  Representatives Frances C. Axtell and Nena J. Croake
1922  Senator Reba Hurn

West Virginia
1922  Representative Anna Gates
1934  Senator Hazel Hyre

Wisconsin
1924  Representatives Mildred Barber, Hellen M. Brooks and Helen F. Thompson
1975  Senator Kathryn Morrison

Wyoming
1910  Representative Mary Bellamy
1930  Senator Dora McGrath