At least 12 women will serve as governor in 2023, a new record. The previous record was nine set in 2004.
Maura Healey of Massachusetts and Tina Kotek of Oregon became the first openly lesbian women ever elected as governors.
Sarah Sanders will become the first female governor of Arkansas. Sanders was press secretary for President Trump and is the daughter of former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee.
Kathy Hochul was appointed governor last year and is now the first woman elected to lead New York.
When the U.S. Senate comes into session in 2023, Patty Murray will be the first woman elected as President Pro Temporare of the U.S. Senate.
Katie Britt, a Republican, is the first woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate from Alabama.
Becca Balint became the first woman and first lesbian elected to the U.S. Congress from Vermont.
Congressperson Karen Bass is the first woman to be elected Mayor of Los Angeles, CA.
Colorado is set to become the second state in the country where women constitute a majority in the legislature. Nevada was the first. [Election Law Blog 11/16/22]