Obama to host female senators at White House
April 22nd, 2013
07:27 PM ET
12 months ago

Obama to host female senators at White House

(CNN) – President Barack Obama will host female U.S. senators at the White House on Tuesday night as he continues his personal outreach to push his second-term legislative agenda.

According to one of those lawmakers, Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Obama invited all 20 women senators.

Gillibrand added later that the meeting “is a good step toward bipartisan cooperation.”

Obama has made an effort in the first months of his second term to reach out to rank-and-file lawmakers. He’s held a series of dinners with House and Senate members from both parties.

Those asked to Tuesday’s dinner include key moderates, who will help determine the fate of key measures Obama is pushing. The lawmakers include Republican Susan Collins of Maine, and Democrats Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.

On one issue, gun control, Heitkamp voted against a measure backed by Obama – an ill-fated proposal to expand background checks on gun sales.

Landrieu, who had been on the fence on that proposal, voted in favor of it as did Collins. It fell short by eight votes.

Women make up one-fifth of the 100-member Senate.

They are: Gillibrand, Landrieu, Heitkamp, Collins; Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska; Dianne Feinstein, D-California; Barbara Boxer, D-California; Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii; Barbara Mikulski, D-Maryland; Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts; Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan; Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota; Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri; Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska; Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire; Kelly Ayotte, R-New Hampshire; Kay Hagen, D-North Carolina; Patty Murray, D-Washington; Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, and Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin.


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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. S.B. Stein

    It is about time that we have this. Maybe my girls could grow up to be members of the Senate.

    April 22, 2013 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  2. truth hurts but reality bites

    On one issue, gun control, Heitkamp voted against a measure backed by Obama
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    Yikes! Does she know she isn't supposed to represent the people of her state but instead march to the far left drummer of the Democrat Party. Take her to the woodshed Obama! Make sure she understands exactly who she works for, the Democrat Party.

    April 22, 2013 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  3. Name willard

    I am mocked out of presdient obama that vote fraud trail
    Did obama ever quailty for 2008
    State so I would like charge against fraud check scam from afrcian amercian for support vote to presdient obama
    I am serouis that I want interiew to news. Next week

    April 22, 2013 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  4. Christopher

    i think that Obama Have to leave and to us we Don't like Obama is even this i Really know who i just know Sean Mckinney
    He Said i Don't want to Hear about it its Feelings Obama Have to Go

    April 22, 2013 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  5. buongiorno

    wonder if they believe the Agenda of this is going to conquer the problems that have been pushed aside for selfish reasons

    April 22, 2013 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  6. Name Uche Agonsi

    Waaooh......The pleasure would be all Obama's..

    April 23, 2013 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  7. Larry Scarborough

    What are you going to do about the gangs & drug violants in Los Angeles.We the people are not protected by Law enforcement & the city of losangeles.

    April 23, 2013 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  8. Getoverit

    Panderer In Chief...

    April 23, 2013 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  9. Sadie Boyd

    Segregation! Nice try, President, your cabinet and treatment of women has already been noted. This is a country for all people...too bad, you need to section off a group as being different than others. Are you going to separate the black Senators next?

    April 23, 2013 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  10. Larry in Houston

    females make up 1/5 – and Kirsten gillibrand's comment – well, I have to agree, and don't blame her for her comment. Whether you are female or male, it should not make any difference. Maybe inviting the females for a change, won't make them feel inferior, like it does in some of the other professions. To be perfectly honest, If I was Obama, I would invite that "good looking" attorney general. LOL – only trouble with that is : he has to think about the consequences, as far as a possible comments that might be made from his wife. lol

    April 23, 2013 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  11. Name lynn

    Obama its about time the female have a senate sets, because the men is during nothing much. We have a great president an he does make good choices when apointing seats for the white house.

    April 23, 2013 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  12. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Yes, yes! Great idea. Well an idea anyway. Next week I am going to take Tea with the Queen. Obama did finally present a Budget didn't he? Great. Now we will have to pass it to see what's in it.

    April 23, 2013 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  13. Al-NY,NY

    I'm surprised the GOP women (except Collins who uses her brain instead of just saying 'yes master') are even going. The men diss the President all the time and have no problems bad-mouthing him at every chance, even when he's overseas trying to promote foreign policy.

    April 23, 2013 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  14. Bill

    @Sadie Boyd

    I think you need to look no further than the GOP if yo want to rail about segregation and treatment of women. Of the 20 US senators currently in office, 3 are republican.

    April 23, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  15. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House

    Kelly Ayotte, R-New Hampshire
    Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska
    Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska
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    There are only 3 female republican senators now. Hutchinson and Snowe are gone. Women are becoming obsolete in the republican party as far as the Senate goes.

    April 23, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  16. Sniffit

    "There are only 3 female republican senators now. Hutchinson and Snowe are gone. Women are becoming obsolete in the republican party as far as the Senate goes."

    I agree with the sentiment. However, to play with words and make a different point, I might suggest that the real situation is that the GOP/Teatrolls are becoming obsolete to women, not vice versa. :-)

    April 23, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  17. A Kickin` Donkey

    John Boehner is completely ineffective as the Speaker of the House. This is the LAZIEST 2 consecutive sessions EVER in CONGRESSIONAL HISTORY [It may or may not be true; I just wanted to sound like a Republican for once].

    In all seriousness, we need to give the girls a shot. Heck they are 50% of the population. Let`s get 50% of the HOR female and see if they can get anything accomplished. The fellas track record under John Boehner sucks!

    April 23, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  18. John from Brooklyn

    It's nice to realize that there are now actually enough female senators to actually constitute a "group". Proud that NY is among the states that will be well represented.

    April 23, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  19. John from Brooklyn

    Make noe that only 4 out of 20 are Republicans. Where are the republican women? Hmmmm?

    April 23, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |