New Hampshire at Center of Big Night for Women in Government, Elects First Ever All-Female Congressional Delegation

New Hampshire added two women to its congressional delegation last night, electing Democrats Ann McLane Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter to represent the Granite State in the House.

With its two female senators, Democrat Jeanne Shaheen and Republican Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire thus becomes the first state in US history to have an all-female delegation of representatives in Congress.

Democrat Maggie Hassan added to the sweep by beating out Republican Ovide Lamontagne in the state's gubernatorial election.

As Politico's Alexander Burns notes:

It's an important milestone on its own, but also particularly interesting because of the role New Hampshire plays in the presidential nominating process, and the very real sense in both parties that it's past time for a female presidential nominee.

Beyond New Hampshire, last night was an important night for female politicians across the country.

A record-setting nineteen women will serve in the next Senate — possibly 20 if Heidi Heitkamp holds on to win in North Dakota — including the first Asian-American female senator (Mazie Hirono of Hawaii), the first openly gay senator (Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin), and Elizabeth Warren, the first female senator from Massachusetts.

[photo via AP]