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Number of Female Delaware Lawmakers on Decline

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The number of rank-and-file women in the Delaware General Assembly is the lowest in 10 years.

The Statehouse currently includes 15 female lawmakers, representing 24.2 percent of the General Assembly. There were 21 female lawmakers in 2005.

Former Gov. Ruth Ann Minner, the only woman to hold the state's top elected title, says that fewer females seem to be running for state office. Minner served as governor from 2001 to 2009.

Officials say the dip could partially be the result of recruitment having become more difficult. Longtime Wilmington Rep. Helene Keeley says fewer people seem to be interested in going into politics.

Delaware is one of three states, including Vermont and Mississippi, to have never elected a woman to serve in Washington.

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