Female U.S. Senators and Their Sorority Affiliation – 2017 Edition

A number of female United States senators are members of National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) and National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) women’s fraternities/sororities. I suspect there are a greater number of sorority women who are or have been state senators. This is the list of women who have served in Washington, D.C. and not in the state capitals.

Alpha Kappa Alpha

Kamila Harris, California (D), 1/3/2017-present

Chi Omega

Blanche Lincoln, Arkansas (D), 1/3/1999-1/3/2011

Delta Delta Delta

Elizabeth Dole, North Carolina (R), 1/3/2003-1/3/2009

Delta Gamma

Mary Landrieu, Louisiana (D), 1/3/1997-1/15/2015

Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire (R), 1/3/2011-2017

Delta Phi Epsilon

Barbara Boxer, California (D) 1/3/1993-present

Delta Sigma Theta

Carol Moseley Braun, Illinois (D), 1/3/1993-1/3/1999

Delta Zeta

Maurine Brown Neuberger, Oregon (D), 11/9/1960-1/3/1967

Gamma Phi Beta

Jocelyn Birch Burdick, North Dakota (D), 9/16/1992-12/14/1992

Deb Fischer, Nebraska (R), 1/3/2013-present (She’s a P.E.O., too)

Kappa Alpha Theta

Nancy Landon Kassebaum, Kansas (R), 12/23/1978-1/3/1997

Claire McCaskill, Missouri (D), 1/3/2007-present

Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts (D), 1/2013-present*

Kappa Delta

Jean Carnahan, Missouri (D), 1/3/2001-11/25/2002 (She’s a P.E.O., too)

Kappa Kappa Gamma

Kirsten Gillibrand, New York (D) 1/26/2009-present

Shelley Moore Capito, West Virginia (R) 1/3/2015-present

Pi Beta Phi

Kay Bailey Hutchinson, Texas (R), 6/14/1993-2013

Lisa Murkowski, Alaska (R), 12/20/2002-present

Sigma Kappa

Margaret Chase Smith, Maine (R), 1/3/1949-1/3/1973

The unaffiliated women, as far as I can tell, in order of when they first served.

I could find no sorority membership information on the following senators. I’ve included their educational institutions, in case someone has additional informatiion.

Rebecca Latimer Felton, Georgia (D), 11/21/1922-11/22/1922, Methodist Female College

Hattie Wyatt Caraway, Arkansas (D), 12/9/1931 – 1/3/1945, Dickson Normal College

Rose McConnell Long, Louisiana (D), 1/31/1936-1/2/1937

Dixie Bibb Grave, Alabama (D), 8/20/1937-1/10/1938

Gladys Pyle, South Dakota (R), 11/9/1938-1/3/1939, Huron College

Vera Cahalan Bushfield, South Dakota (R), 10/6/1948-12/26/1948. Stout Institute, University of Minnesota, Dakota Wesleyan College

Eva Kelly Bowring, Nebraska (R), 4/16/1954-11/7/1954

Hazel Hempel Abel, Nebraska (R), 11/8/1954-12/31/1954

Elaine Schwartzenburg Edwards, Louisiana (D), 8/1/1972-11/13/1972

Muriel Buck Humphrey Brown, Minnesota (D), 1/25/1978-11/7/1978, Huron College

Maryon Pittman Allen, Alabama (D), 6/8/1978-11/7/1978, University of Alabama

Paula Hawkins, Florida (R), 1/1/1981-1/3/1987, Utah State University

Barbara Mikulski, Maryland (D), 1/3/1987-present, St. Agnes College

Dianne Feinstein, California (D), 11/10/1992-present, Stanford University (when no sororities were there)

Patty Murray, Washington (D), 1/3/1993-present

Olympia Snowe, Maine (R), 1/3/1995-2013, University of Maine

Sheila Frahm, Kansas (R), 6/11/1996-11/6/1996, Fort Hays State University, University of Texas

Susan Collins, Maine (R), 1/3/1997-present, St. Lawrence University (Phi Beta Kappa)

Maria Cantwell, Washington (D), 1/3/2001-present, Miami University

Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York (D), 1/3/2001-1/2/2009, Wellesley College

Debbie Stabenow, Michigan (D), 1/3/2001-present, Michigan State University

Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota (D), 1/3/2007-present, Yale University (when no sororities were there)

Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire (D), 1/3/2009-present, Shippensburg University

Kay Hagan, North Carolina (D), 1/3/2009-2015, Florida State University (although she may appear on several lists, my sources tell me she is no longer a member)

Tammy Baldwin, Wisconsin (D), 1/3/2013-present

Heidi Heitkamp, North Dakota (D), 1/3/2013-present

Mazie Hirono, Hawaii (D), University of Hawaii at Manoa (Phi Beta Kappa), 1/3/2013-present

Joni Ernst, Iowa (R), Iowa State University, 1/3/2015 -present (She’s a P.E.O.)

Maggie Hassan, New Hampshire (D), Brown University, 1/2017-present

Tammy Duckworth, Illinois (D), University of Hawaii, 1/3/2017-present

Catherine Cortez-Masto, Nevada (D), University of Nevada-Reno, 1/3/2017-present

*This just became known in summer 2017 by way of this photo: 

Notice the GWU banner with the Kappa Alpha Theta “kite” next to it. Although she had been marked as “lost” in the KAT database, she has now been found.

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