January 4, 2012–According to an article appearing in the Washington Post, the state of Iowa is one of only four states that has never sent a woman to the U.S. Senate or House. The other states are Delaware, Mississippi and Vermont. But Iowa and Mississippi are unique–whereas Delaware and Vermont have elected female governors, Iowa and Mississippi have not.
In the case of Iowa, the state’s aversion to electing females in higher offices is not due to lack of options. Roxanne Conlin, Bonnie Campbell, Ann Hutchinson and Joy Corning have all campaigned unsuccessfully for higher office in Iowa.