con·gress·wom·an | \ˈkäŋ-(g)rəs-ˌwu̇-mən \

Definition of congresswoman 

: a woman who is a member of a congress especially : a woman who is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives

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The congresswoman called for the immediate reunification of migrant families that were separated by immigration officials after being detained along the southern border. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "Trump slams 'low IQ' Rep. Maxine Waters who called for harassment of White House officials," 25 June 2018 Clinton won the district in 2016, so the congresswoman is a Democratic target. CNN, "The 10 California races Democrats hope hold the golden ticket to a House majority," 5 June 2018 Chief of Staff John Kelly, lauded by some Beltway media types as the paragon of virtue in this administration, smeared a sitting congresswoman from the White House podium. Jack Holmes, Esquire, "The Death of Shame, or the Rise of Shamelessness?," 31 Jan. 2018 Waters, who as a congresswoman has an even greater responsibility to that principle, actually upped the ante. Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, "Mitch Albom: The ricochet effect of public shaming now on full display," 30 June 2018 The congresswoman's office could not immediately be reached for comment on the reaction. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "Rep. Maxine Waters condemned for urging public harassment of Trump officials," 25 June 2018 In a video of the forum posted on the congresswoman’s Facebook page, a man who later identified himself to The Times as Kelvin Smith read from a notebook and asked three questions. Angel Jennings,, "Official for Compton water district is suspended after reports of fake supporters at town hall," 22 June 2018 Waters, a Democratic congresswoman from Los Angeles, has made headlines for encouraging protesters to harass White House officials over the administration’s immigration policies. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Mitch McConnell confronted by 'Abolish ICE' protesters, video shows," 8 July 2018 Should Maxine Waters, a Democratic congresswoman from California, have encouraged protesters to harass Trump supporters? Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "The Capital Gazette is publishing on Friday. Damn straight it is," 28 June 2018

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1917, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of congresswoman

: a woman who is a member of a congress and especially of the U.S. House of Representatives


con·gress·wom·an | \ˈkäŋ-grəs-ˌwu̇-mən \
plural congresswomen\-grəs-ˌwi-mən \

Kids Definition of congresswoman

: a woman member of a congress and especially of the United States House of Representatives


plural congresswomen

Legal Definition of congresswoman 

: a female member of Congress especially : a female member of the U.S. House of Representatives

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