Mildred Barry Hughes (1902-1995)
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Mildred Barry Hughes of Elizabeth was the first woman elected to the
New Jersey Senate. A Democrat, she was elected to the Assembly in 1959, 1961, and 1963 and
sponsored many successful bills. When she won her Senate seat in 1965, she was the first
Democrat from Union County to be elected to the Senate in 75 years.