In a first, 2 rooms in U.S. Capitol named for women who served in the Senate

Names of Margaret Chase Smith of Maine and Barbara A. Mikulski of Maryland added above rooms on the first floor of the building

By: - June 17, 2022 1:31 pm
Margaret Chase Smith

U.S. Rep. Margaret Chase Smith, wife of the late Rep. Clyde Smith, R-Maine, was sworn in June 10, 1940, to fill the vacancy left by her husband. Left to right in the picture: Margaret Chase Smith, Speaker William Bankhead, and Rep. James C. Oliver, Republican of Maine, who sponsored Smith. (Harris & Ewing/Library of Congress)

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