The newly inaugurated women of Congress already know about AAUW members and the work that you do. The congresswomen told AAUW’s lobbyists just that when we visited Capitol Hill to welcome them into office. The 113th Congress is historic in that it contains the most women ever — 98. Of those, 24 are new — five in the Senate and 19 in the House.
Some highlights from our visits included Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) telling us that she has many friends at AAUW and applauds our work for women and girls. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) said she appreciates the work of AAUW members in Wisconsin. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) told us that AAUW women made a difference in the election, leading to the historic number of women now in office. Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH) shared that she looks forward to working with AAUW during this Congress.
Let’s keep up the relationships with these new women in Congress! Check out our tips for how to hold a meeting with your elected officials. If you’re in the Washington, D.C., area, join our AAUW Action Fund Capitol Hill Lobby Corps. E-mail VoterEd@aauw.org with questions or for suggestions on how to get more involved.
In addition, you can always use social media to contact your members of Congress. Most of the new female senators and representatives have official member Twitter accounts; their handles are listed below. C-SPAN has a full list of members of Congress on Twitter. When you tweet at a member of Congress, be sure to mention @AAUW — and to share a relevant AAUW policy position or blog.
Mazie Hirono (D-HI), @maziehirono
Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), @elizabethforma
Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ), @repkirkpatrick
Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), @kyrstensinema
Gloria Negrete McLeod (D-CA), @NegreteMcLeod
Elizabeth Esty (D-CT), @RepEsty
Lois Frankel (D-FL), @RepLoisFrankel
Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), @tulsipress
Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH), @RepAnnieKuster
Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH), @RepSheaPorter
Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM), @Michelle4NM
Grace Meng (D-NY), @RepGraceMeng
Suzan DelBene (D-WA), @SuzanDelBene
This post was written by AAUW Political Media Coordinator Elizabeth Owens.