Women Members Who Served As Cabinet Members, United States Diplomats, and Vice President

To date, 16 congresswomen have served as Foreign Ministers, Ambassadors, Cabinet Secretaries, and Vice President. This chronological list includes 12 Representatives and four Senators. Of them, only Representative Margaret Heckler (R-MA, 1967–1983) served as both a Cabinet Secretary and an Ambassador. Senator Elizabeth Dole (R–NC, 2003–2009) served in two different Cabinet Secretary positions under two different Presidents. Kamala Devi Harris (D-CA, 2017–2021) became the first woman to serve as Vice President upon taking the oath of office on January 20, 2021.

Member NamePresidential AdministrationPosition
Ruth Bryan Owen First Administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt United States Minister to Denmark, 1933–1936
Emily Taft DouglasSecond Administration of Harry S. Truman United States Representative to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), 1950
Clare Boothe LuceFirst Administration of Dwight D. Eisenhower United States Ambassador to Italy, 1953–1957
Clare Boothe LuceSecond Administration of Dwight D. Eisenhower United States Ambassador to Brazil, 1959–1959*
Elizabeth DoleFirst Administration of Ronald ReaganSecretary of Transportation, 1983–1987
Millicent FenwickFirst Administration of Ronald ReaganUnited States Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture, 1983–1985
Margaret M. HecklerFirst Administration of Ronald ReaganSecretary of Health & Human Services, 1983–1985
Margaret M. HecklerSecond Administration of Ronald ReaganUnited States Ambassador to Ireland, 1986–1989
Elizabeth DoleAdministration of George H.W. BushSecretary of Labor, 1989–1990
Lynn MartinAdministration of George H.W. BushSecretary of Labor, 1991–1993
Donna ShalalaFirst and Second Administration of William Jefferson ClintonSecretary of Health and Human Services, 1993–2001
Corinne Claiborne (Lindy) BoggsSecond Administration of William Jefferson ClintonUnited States Ambassador to the Vatican, 1997–2001
Carol Moseley-BraunSecond Administration of William Jefferson ClintonUnited States Ambassador to New Zealand, 1999–2001
Carol Moseley-BraunSecond Administration of William Jefferson ClintonUnited States Ambassador to Samoa, 1999–2001
Diane WatsonSecond Administration of William Jefferson ClintonUnited States Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia, 1999–2000
Constance A. MorellaFirst Administration of George W. BushUnited States Ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, 2003–2004
Constance A. MorellaSecond Administration of George W. BushUnited States Ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, 2004–2007
Hillary Rodham ClintonFirst Administration of Barack ObamaSecretary of State, 2009–2013
Hilda L. SolisFirst Administration of Barack ObamaSecretary of Labor, 2009–2013
Ellen O’Kane Tauscher  First Administration of Barack ObamaUnder Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, Department of State, 2009–2012
Kamala Devi HarrisAdministration of Joseph R. Biden, Jr.Vice President of the United States of America

* Clare Boothe Luce was confirmed for Ambassador to Brazil by the Senate, but resigned before her sevice began.