Maryland to be without a woman in congressional delegation

Posted at 8:27 AM, Nov 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-09 18:08:38-05
BALTIMORE (AP) - For the first time in decades, Maryland will be without a woman in the state's congressional delegation.
Rep. Chris Van Hollen, a Democrat, won the seat that will be open when Sen. Barbara Mikulski retires next year after 30 years in office. In April's Democratic primary, Van Hollen defeated Rep. Donna Edwards, who was the only female to hold one of the state's eight U.S. House seats.
Maryland has had at least one woman in the state's congressional delegation since 1971. Although Hillary Clinton won Maryland's 10 electoral votes, voters Tuesday said gender was not a top concern.
Van Hollen defeated Del. Kathy Szeliga for Mikulski's seat. Szeliga is the minority whip in the Maryland House of Delegates.

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