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Patty Murray is the first female Senate pro tem, making history.

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) elected Senate president pro tempore. She is the first woman to hold the job since its inception. Murray was elected to the Senate in 1992 as a self-proclaimed “mom in tennis shoes”. The job has traditionally gone to the senior-most member of the majority party. The ceremonial role comes with a security detail and increased funding for staff.

Murray hopes to be a “problem solver” who can help craft bipartisan solutions to keep the government functioning. Mazie Hirono: “It’s taken women this long – ‘Yikes,’ that’s all I can say”.