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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Susan Molinari, a former Republican congresswoman, will leave the company at the end of the year, David McCabe reports. Casey Newton, The Verge, "One way Twitter’s ad archive improves on Facebook’s," 3 Nov. 2018 The cohort of incoming congresswomen includes elects who have made history as individuals. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Here's How Many Women Will Head to Congress in January," 7 Nov. 2018 At the back of the meeting room, a group of Democratic congresswomen protested silently during the vote before filing out. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Flake's 'yes' on Kavanaugh sparks angry backlash from Democrats, activists," 28 Sep. 2018 It was built in 1930 by Isabella Greenway, Arizona’s first congresswoman, and remains family owned. Joe Drape, New York Times, "On an Arizona Road Trip, Miles of Family Firsts," 12 June 2018 Trump has endorsed Blackburn, an eight-term congresswoman, and traveled to Tennessee in May to campaign for her. Gregg Re, Fox News, "Underdog Bill Lee surges to win Tennessee GOP gubernatorial primary; pivotal Senate race takes shape," 3 Aug. 2018 Heller breezed through the primary last week but faces a tough fight from Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen, a first-term congresswoman who was recruited to run for office by former Democratic Sen. Harry Reid. Washington Post, "Trump to visit swing state Nevada to stump for Sen. Heller," 18 June 2018 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

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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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