If Mary Landrieu loses, no women will hold statewide elected office in Louisiana

Should Sen. Mary Landrieu lose her seat on Saturday, Louisiana won't just lose its only Democrat in statewide elected office. It will also lose the only woman in statewide elected office.

The number of women serving in elected positions in Louisiana at the state and federal level has steadily declined over the past seven years. In 2007, Louisiana not only had Landrieu in the Senate, but also Kathleen Blanco in the governor's office. Seventeen percent of the state Legislature was also represented by women that year, a record-high for the state.

A Landrieu loss on Saturday means Louisiana will be without a woman holding statewide office for the first time since 1960. Females in the Legislature are also on the decline, making up just 12 percent of the state House and Senate, the lowest rate of female participation in any statehouse in the country.

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