Record Number 32 Women in Next Ark. Session

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A record number 32 women will be seated in the state Legislature when its regular session begins in January. Last week's election increased the number of women senators from six to seven and the number of state representatives from 22 to 25.

The total could be one higher if Kelly Eichler wins a recount in a tight race for House District 38. Women will make up almost a fourth of Arkansas' Legislature, and that brings Arkansas in line with the national average of 23.7 percent. Senator Mary Anne Salmon of North Little Rock, a Democrat, says it's good to have the female perspective in passing laws.

She says women pay attention to issues such as child care, education and the elderly while men focus more on the economy, taxes and insurance.

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