By James Pindell Globe Staff April 24, 2018
Trivia question: What US state is the only one never to have sent a woman to Congress?
If asked to guess, it’s a safe bet that few Americans would have put the northern New England state anywhere on their list of possibilities.
After all, Vermont has a reputation as a liberal wonderland. It is the land of socialist Bernie Sanders and progressive Howard Dean. It was the first state to OK same-sex civil unions. It has long allowed legal recreational use of marijuana. A Gallup poll released earlier this year found Vermont was the most liberal state in the country, with Massachusetts coming in second.
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Yet here we are in 2018, and Vermont is in fact the only state that has only ever elected white men to Congress.
That statistic was solidified earlier this month as Mississippi’s Cindy