While Hillary Clinton didn’t attain the highest office in the land in November, women still made their mark on the political scene, both in Washington and across the U.S.
Here are nine women who are making high-stakes contributions to the direction of the country, or who are poised to do so in the weeks, months and years ahead.
Not all of them are household names, and some are politicians with little name recognition outside of the districts they represent. But all are worth watching.
Rep. Barbara Comstock has represented Virginia’s 10th District since the midterm elections of 2014. While many declared her chances grim in last year’s election with Donald Trump at the top of the ticket, this Northern Virginia Republican representative won her district impressively. Despite Clinton’s carrying her district, Comstock finished her own race with an even higher vote percentage, and her full potential has Republicans wondering if she should be the one to take on Sen. Tim Kaine in the 2018 Senate race.
Rep. Diane Black has represented Tennessee’s 6th District since she won in the midterm election in 2010. This year the Republican made history when her House colleagues named her the first woman to chair the House Budget Committee, a position that placed her front-and-center in the repeal and replacement of Obamacare, along with the nation’s budget and tax reform. Keep an eye on her next move as she eyes the governor’s office in her home state of Tennessee. With previous stints in both the Tennessee state House and Senate, she has built up the relationship within state government to make that move to the executive office.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren is everywhere. The Massachusetts senator and progressive firebrand has staked herself as the resistance opposition to all things both Republican and Trump. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell memorably silenced her from reading a…