Cindy Hyde-Smith

Vermont now only US state to never send a woman to Congress

Vermont is now the only state to have never sent a woman to Congress.

The state that is considered to be one of the most liberal in the country was left alone without ever having sent a woman to Congress after Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Wednesday appointed fellow Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith to serve out the remainder of the term of retiring GOP Sen. Thad Cochran.

Former Vermont Gov. Madeleine Kunin, a Democrat and the state's first female chief executive, called it "a little embarrassing to be beaten out by Mississippi."

There is little turnover in Vermont's three-member congressional delegation, but on the state level, the number of women in the...