Capitol Hill’s Baby Boom

By MichaelJames

Apr 18, 2009 10:15am

ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: For a bit of a change of pace, check out my piece from "Good Morning America" this morning on the new moms in Congress.

There have only been seven women in U.S. history to have given birth while serving in Congress, according to the House historian’s office. Three of those births have happened just in the past two years.

For the "GMA" piece, I sat down with two members of the growing mommy caucus — Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., and Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, D-S.D. — plus the House member who’s due to join them in this select group next month: Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., who will become the first ever unwed new mom in Congress.

This small-scale baby boom hasn’t gotten a lot of attention, but it’s changing the look and feel (and maybe, in some ways, the actions) of Congress. And House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. — a mother of five and grandmother of eight — says she hopes the trend of younger women running for office will help bring the U.S. its first female president.

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