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In a first, 2 rooms in U.S. Capitol named for women who served in the Senate

By: - June 17, 2022 5:18 pm

Margaret Chase Smith, Republican of Maine, being sworn in June 10, 1940, as a member of the House of Representatives by Speaker William Bankhead, with Rep. James C. Oliver, Republican of Maine. Smith was the first woman elected to both the House and Senate and now has a room in the Capitol named for her. (Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, photograph by Harris & Ewing)

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Jennifer Shutt
Jennifer Shutt

Jennifer covers the nation’s capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Her coverage areas include congressional policy, politics and legal challenges with a focus on health care, unemployment, housing and aid to families.