On Thursday, January 3, 2013, the brand-new 113th Congress began.
In the U.S. Senate, there is now a record of 20 female representatives. These ladies are: Alaska's Lisa Murkowski; California's Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer; Louisiana's Mary Landrieu; Maine's Susan Collins; Maryland's Barbara Mikulski; Michigan's Debbie Stabenow; Minnesota's Amy Klobuchar; Missouri's Claire McCaskill; New Hampshire's Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte; New York's Kirsten Gillibrand; North Carolina's Kay Hagan; and Washington's Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell. New members are: Hawaii's Mazie Hirono; Massachusetts' Elizabeth Warren; Nebraska's Deb Fischer; North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp; and Wisconsin's Tammy Baldwin.
In last year's elections, Warren unseated Scott Brown for the seat which was previously held by Ted Kennedy. Fischer was also a pickup for her party, after the seat was vacated by then-retiring Ben Nelson.
Mikulski is the longest-tenured woman in either house of Congress. (Now at age 76, Mikulski was first elected in 1986.)
On ABC News' broadcast, Diane Sawyer sat down with these female Senators for a discussion that is on video for approximately five mintues. It's pretty interesting.