By Betty Hansen Richardson, Ada County
It’s hard to see silver linings among the very dark storm clouds. But we can find bright rays of light among a QUARTETTE of newly-elected women senators — Catherine Cortez Masto, who will replace Harry Reid in Nevada; Kamala Harris, who will replace Barbara Boxer in California; Tammy Duckworth, who will replace Ron Kirk in Illinois; and Maggie Hassan, who will replace Kelly Ayotte in New Hampshire. Each of these highly capable women will bring exceptional experience and a strong progressive perspective to the U.S. Senate.
Cortez Masto, has served with distinction as Nevada’s attorney general. She will become the first Latina U.S. Senator.
Kamala Harris has been an outstanding attorney general for California and will be only the second African American woman to ever serve in the U.S. Senate.
Tammy Duckworth, who lost both of her legs while serving as a helicopter pilot in Iraq, was the first disabled woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. An Asian-American and a military veteran, she will continue to be a powerful voice for the disabled and other communities mocked by the president-elect.
A former prosecutor, Gov. Maggie Hassan is a great executive and will make a first-rate senator. She was drawn to public service, in part, to better advocate for her severely disabled son and others who faced similar challenges.
Together, these four freshly-minted women senators will bring a rainbow of diversity and dynamic progressive leadership to the U.S. Senate. They represent the future. And they give me hope.