The midterm election lead to several firsts in many states, including right here in Kansas. A record more than 100 women are headed to Capitol Hill. At least 30 in the House elected for the first time.
If you look at Kansas, there are several notable wins, newly-elected governor Laura Kelly, Sedgwick County Commissioner Lacey Cruse, and Congresswoman Sharice Davids.
There were also more women running and being elected at the federal and state levels, a trend our political analyst believes, will continue.
“Tonight celebrate, tomorrow lets get to work,” said Governor-elect Laura Kelly.
Lacey Cruse upset Richard Ranzau for a seat on the Sedgwick County Commission, a win other female politicians are excited about.
“It’s going to make a world of difference to have that perspective from a woman who has children, who went out and met with the people,” said Senator Oletha Faust-Goudeau, D-Wichita, District 29.
“Wow what a night, what a night,” said Congresswoman-elect Sharice Davids.
And Sharice Davids, a Native American and openly gay candidate, now the first of both for Kansas’ third Congressional District. Experts say they’re just a part of a bigger movement.
“They’re clearly engaged, paying attention to how real policies affect them, and I think that has motivated women across the country to get involved in politics,” said Jeff Jarman, Political Analyst.
Kelly says she will focus on healthcare and education, subjects Jarman says, have been the drive behind some women’s campaigns.
“An issue that women clearly felt comfortable talking about, and advocating for, and that translated into an increasing number of women in Kansas running for and winning office,” said Jarman.
On a national scale, a record number of women filed to run and have been elected to Congress. And Jarman expects the number of women advocating for change, to grow.
“This wasn’t the year of the women as much as there will be years of women to come,” said Jarman.
When we asked Jarman why more women are getting involved in politics, he said there is the desire to make a difference, and women are embracing that role increasingly right now.