Women to Watch in 2014

  • Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) applauds the crowd gathered to support the Stand With Women tour, July 10, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas.
  • Former Iowa state Sen. Staci Appel (D) is running for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. If elected, she would be first Iowan woman to serve in Congress.
  • Monica Wehby (R), a Portland pediatric neurosurgeon, has jumped into the race for the U.S. Senate seat in Oregon.
  • Mary Burke (D), a former Wisconsin commerce secretary, entered the race for governor on Oct. 7, 2013, challenging Scott Walker.
  • Kentucky Democratic senatorial candidate Allison Lundergan Grimes speaks with reporters, Aug. 22, 2013 in Louisville, Ky. Lundergan Grimes is looking to topple Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) who is facing a tea party candidate in his primary race in May.
  • Massachusetts Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley (D) greets patrons at Morin's Diner, Sept. 16, 2013, in Attleboro, Mass.
  • Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) is a first-term incumbent facing a tough Senate race for re-election in North Carolina.
  • New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, currently the only female Democratic governor, listens to panel discussion on education and workforce, Feb. 24, 2013, in Washington.
  • Texas state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte (D) is running for lieutenant governor in Texas. She is famous for leaving her father's funeral to support Wendy Davis's filibuster.
  • Heather Mizeur (D) is a candidate in the 2014 gubernatorial race in Maryland. If elected, she would be the first gay governor in the U.S.
  • Rhode Island Treasurer Gina Raimondo addresses supporters, Oct. 26, 2011, in Providence. She is running for governor of Rhode Island in 2014.
  • Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-Hawaii) speaks at a news conference with members of the New Democratic Coalition, Nov. 15, 2012, in Washington.
  • Former Madison County Chief Judge Ann Callis (D) announced her candidacy for Illinois's 13th Congressional District on May 13, 2013. The seat is currently held by Republican Rodney Davis.
  • Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) is currently running against Republican Tom Corbett for governor in Pennsylvania.
  • Michelle Nunn, a former CEO of the non-profit Points of Light and daughter of former Georgia Sen. Sam Nunn, is running as a Democrat for Saxby Chamblis' soon-to-be-vacant U.S. Senate seat in Geogia.
  • Rep. Annie Kuster, a freshman House Democrat from New Hampshire, is being challenged by a tea party candidate in 2014.
  • Republican Mia Love, the mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, who made a big splash at the 2012 Republican National Convention, lost her first attempt at the House in 2012. She will make another attempt in 2014.
  • Gwen Graham, daughter of former Democratic Sen. Bob Graham, is challenging Republican Rep. Steve Southerland in Florida's 2nd Congressional District.
  • Alex Sink, a Democrat who ran for governor in Florida in 2010, will look to win the House seat left vacant by the late Bill Young.
  • California Democratic Rep. Julia Brownley is looking to hold onto her House seat.
  • Alma Adams is hoping to come out on top in a crowded Democratic primary for North Carolina's 12th Congressional District in 2014.
  • West Virgnia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant will be pitted against Republican Rep. Shelly Moore Capito in the race for the Senate seat left empty be Jay Rockefeller, who will not seek re-election in 2014.
  • Sen. Mary Landreiu (D-LA), a valuable incumbant on the Senate Energy Committee, is up for reelection in 2014.
  • Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, (D-NH) a member of New Hampshire's all-female congressional delegation, is facing a re-election race back home that could pit her against former Massachusettes Sen. Scott Brown.
  • Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL), who beat a Tea Party-endorsed incumbent for Illinois's 17th District is up for a rematch with her previous opponent, Republican Bobby Schilling.
  • Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH), a member of New Hampshire's all-female delegation, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill, Sept. 5, 2013. She currently holds the seat for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District and is seeking re-election in 2014.
  • Amanda Renteria, (D-CA) is leading the Democratic charge for a seat in California's 21st Congressional District, a heavily Latino and historically Republican-leaning area. She is challenging tea party member David Valadao, who was elected in 2012.
  • Rep. Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV) is looking strong to hold her seat in West Virginia's 2nd Congressional District.
  • Pam Byrnes (D-Mich.) is a former state representative looking to unseat Republican Rep. Tim Walberg Michigan's 7th Congressional District.
  • Erin Bilbray-Kohn (D-Nev.) is seeking Nevada's 3rd Congressional District seat in 2014, running against tea party incumbent Joe Heck. Bilbray-Kohn is the daughter of former Nevada Rep. James Bilbray and founder of Emerge Nevada, an organization dedicated to encouraging and training women for leadership roles in politics.
  • Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) is set to challenge Sen. Lindsey Graham in South <span>Carolina's</span> June primary. She is famously the first woman graduate of the state's military academy, Citadel.
  • Margie Wakefield (D-Kan.) is looking to unseat Republican incumbent Rep. Lynn Jenkins in the 2nd Congressional District of Kansas, a traditionally deep red state.
  • Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.) speaks at a news conference, May 22, 2013 in Washington. Kirkpatrick is looking to defend her seat in Arizona's 1st Congressional District.
  • <p>Eloise Gomez Reyes (D-Calif.) is hoping to unseat incumbent Republican Gary Miller to represent California's 31st Congressional District. Many have called Miller's seat one of the most vulnerable this election cycle.</p>
  • Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) is serving her first term as representative to Arizona's 9th Congressional District. She is the first openly bisexual person elected to the U.S. Congress and is seeking to keep her seat in 2014.
  • County legislator Martha Robertson (D-N.Y.) is looking to topple Republican incumbant and tea party member Tom Reed for New York's 3rd Congressional District this year. Reed co-sponsored the anti-choice bill that famously looked to redifine the definition of rape.
  • Roxanne "Rocky" Lara, a New Mexico native and family-law attorney, is running for Congress in New Mexico's 2nd congressional district. The seat is currently held by Republican Steve Pearce.



The first real test of the political winds of 2014 will have a Democratic woman, Alex Sink, running in a special election for a House seat in Florida. From there, some of 2014’s most pivotal races will have women at the center, from Alison Lundergan Grimes aiming at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to Michelle Nunn fueling Democratic optimism in red Georgia, to two women running against each other for an open West Virginia Senate seat. Two of the most vulnerable incumbents in the same chamber, Mary Landrieu and Kay Hagan, are also women. Meanwhile, in the House, a number of women are challenging Tea Party freshmen, and RNC featured speaker Mia Love, a black Republican woman, is making her second attempt at Congress. And if a few key women running across the country get their way, the lone Democratic female governor, Maggie Hassan, won’t be an anomaly anymore. That includes, of course, Wendy Davis. 

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