Diana DeGette was not directly part of the 1992 political "Year of the Women," the historic election cycle when four freshman female U.S. senators were elected. But she did win her first elected office that year, as a Colorado state representative in Denver.
DeGette has since represented Colorado in the U.S. House for two decades and has seen increased interest among women wanting to know more about running for public office since Donald Trump was elected president.
"I just had a woman email me who said she had never been active in politics say she wanted to talk to me," the Denver Democrat told The Colorado Statesman in an interview. "I tell them to get active in their communities and have faith they can get elected."