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RESEARCH

There is more work to do in the Midwest and throughout the United States.  Less than 75 Black women are represented in Congress and statewide elected offices in the Midwest in 2019.  These women are listed here.  If you are a current office holder, previous office holder, candidate or you have an interest in seeking public office, please complete our Midwest Black Women in Politics Directory.  

2019 U.S. REPRESENTATIVES

INDIANA

IOWA

2019 STATE LEGISLATURE

Rep. Ruth Ann Gaines 
(D - 32)

Rep. Phyllis Thede 
(D - 93)

ILLINOIS

INDIANA

Sen. Jean D. Breaux 
(D-34)

 

Rep. Ragen H. Hatcher 
(D-03)

Rep.. Carolyn B. Jackson 
(D -01)

Rep. Cherrish Pryor 
(D-94)

KANSAS

Rep. Valdenia C. Winn 
(D - 34)

Rep. Barbara W. Ballard 
(D - 44)

Rep. Gail Finney
 (D - 84)

MICHIGAN

Sen. Sylvia Santana 
(D - 03)

Sen. Betty Jean Alexander 
(D - 05)

Sen. Erika Geiss 
(D - 06)

Rep. Tenisha Yancey 
(D -01)

Rep. Cynthia A. Johnson 
(D - 05)

Rep. LaTanya Garrett 
(D - 07)

 

Rep. Karen Whitsett 
(D - 09)

Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnono 
(D -08)

Rep. Leslie Love 
(D - 10)

 

Rep. Kyra Harris Bolden 
(D - 35)

Rep. Sarah Anthony 
(D-68)

MINNESOTA

Rep. Ruth Richardson 
(D - 52B)

Rep. Hodan Hassan 
(D - 62A)

Rep. Rena Moran 
(DFL - 65A)

WISCONSIN

Sen. Lena C. Taylor 
(D-04)

MISSOURI

Sen. Karla May 
(D-04)

Rep. - Elect Yolanda Young
(D-22)

MISSOURI

OHIO

Rep. Janine Boyd 
(D - 09)

Rep. Stephanie Howse 
(D-11)

Rep. Emilia Strong Sykes 
(D-34)