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Record Number of Women in Iowa Legislature

Posted at: 01/11/2013 10:51 AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The 35 women who will serve in the Iowa Legislature this year ties the state record for most female legislators.

The Gazette reports the 25 women elected to the Iowa House and the 10 women elected to the Iowa Senate ties a record set in the 2009 session.

Two women also will hold top legislative leadership roles. Republican Rep. Linda Upmeyer of Garner will serve as House majority leader and Democrat Sen. Pam Jochum of Dubuque will be Iowa Senate President.

Political experts say a record number of female candidates ran for office in Iowa this year. And they received a boost from a post-redistricting election that meant more open seats.

Iowa mirrors national trends. More than 1,700 female legislators will serve across the country this year.

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