Vermont is famously liberal, home to fiery politicians like Howard Dean and Democratic socialists like Bernie Sanders.
But it now has another distinction thata��s making liberals in the Green Mountain State cringe: it is now the only state in the country that never has sent a woman to Congress.
This became official Wednesday, when Governor Phil Bryant of Mississippi appointed Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith to the seat left vacant by retiring GOP member Thad Cochran. Hyde-Smith is the first woman sent by Mississippi to Congress.
Up in Vermont, the statea��s first female governor, Madeleine Kunin, called it a�?a little embarrassing to be beaten out by Mississippi.a�?
Former Vermont secretary of state Deb Markowitz, who served in the position for 12 years, said not having a woman in Congress may be due to the low turnover in the statea��s congressional delegation.
The state has a population of only 625,000 and is the second-smallest state in the nation. It only has one at-large representative in the House.
a�?It’s high time we had a woman representing Vermont,” Markowitz said.
The state, though, has a higher-than-average percentage of women serving in the state legislature. Forty percent of Vermonta��s legislature is made up of women. The national average of state legislatures is just 25 percent.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.