Legislature Whole Again After Bethel Representative Sworn In

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The number of women serving in the Alaska Legislature reached a new high today - a milestone hailed by current and former lawmakers who also see room for improvement in further diversifying the institution.
With the swearing in of the House's newest member, Tiffany Zulkosky, the Alaska Legislature now has 19 women.
According to Legislative Research Services, that is the highest number of women who have served in any one Legislature since Alaska became a state in 1959.
Senate Minority Leader Berta Gardner, an Anchorage Democrat, says females are about half of Alaska's population.
Women will now make up roughly one-third of the 60-member Legislature.
As of January, the national average for women serving in Legislatures across the country was 25 percent, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
The number of women lawmakers has inched up in Alaska in recent years, with 17 serving in the 2013-2014 Legislature, and 18 in the last sessions.
Four women served in the first Legislature from 1959 to 1960, according to information from Legislative Research Services.
Zulkosky replaces Democrat Zach Fansler, who resigned last month after being accused of hitting a woman.