About Us

Maggie's List is a Federal Political Action Committee created to raise awareness and funds to increase the number of conservative women elected to federal public office. Maggie's List was founded in 2010 by a group of women with a fiscally conservative economic vision and led by Sandra B. Mortham, former Florida Secretary of State.


Front Row : Suzi Voyles, Kay VanSant, An Brinkley, Sandra Mortham, Leslie Saunders, Sue Lowden, Diane Carr

Back Row: Judith Arranz, Anne Hathaway, Christine Dudley, Jerry Buchanan, Christine Toretti, Carol Jean Jordan, Carol Mumford, Mary Jean Jensen, Margaret Mankin Barton, De Carlson, Borah Van Dormolen

Read more about the Maggie's List Board of Directors, Founders and Trustees.

In 2013, women hold 98, or just 18.3 percent, of the 535 seats in the 113th U.S. Congress; including 20 (16 D, 4R) of the seats in the U.S. Senate and 78 (58D, 20R) of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives. (Source: Center for American Women in Politics).

Check out this Fast Facts page to see how Women are under-representated at every level of government and executive office.


"Women have voted at higher rates than men in every presidential election since 1980. yet the number of women holding public office today is abysmal; with women underrepresented at every level of government. Maggie's List would like to change that..."
- Sandra Mortham, Chairman and Treasurer, Maggie's List.

Who Is Maggie?

Margaret Chase Smith

Maggie's List is named after Margaret Chase Smith, who became the first woman elected to both houses of Congress (US House 1940-1948; US Senate 1948-1972). Known as "the lady of Maine," she was also the first woman to have her name placed in nomination for the presidency, coming in second to the Republican nominee, Senator Barry Goldwater in 1964. A trailblazer who served on the Appropriations and Armed Services panels and a crusader for free speech, Margaret Chase Smith was one of the first to oppose Senator Joseph McCarthy and represents one of the earliest and most enduring female voices in American political life.