Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn won a grueling, expensive contest in November to become the first female U.S. senator from Tennessee, keeping a key midterm seat under GOP control.
The congresswoman defeated Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen by closely aligning her bid with President Donald Trump, who drummed up support for her during three visits to the state that he won by 26 percentage points, including a rally alongside Vice President Mike Pence in Chattanooga two days before the election.
"Now, you don't have to worry if you're going to call me congressman, or congresswoman, or congress lady. Now, senator will do," she said in her victory speech. Blackburn calls herself congressman, not congresswoman.
— By JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press