To no one's surprise, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that she would be running for the highest office in the land. The seasoned politician has long been the forerunner for the Democratic Party going into the 2016 elections. While Clinton certainly has a solid shot at becoming the first female president, she isn't the only woman who could run in the forthcoming elections. In fact, former HP CEO Carly Fiorina has also announced her bid for the presidency. Who else could join them?
From Susana Martinez to Condoleezza Rice, get the details the women who have the chops to run for president — and just might do it:
1. Elizabeth Warren
Elizabeth Warren, a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, has become a bit of a Democrat darling. Many believe that Warren — a fiery liberal, a fierce advocate of financial reform, and a former Harvard Law School professor — could be the only person capable of challenging Clinton's nomination. However, she has adamantly denied claims that she plans on running.
2. Condoleezza Rice
Condoleezza Rice has made it very clear that she will not be running for president in 2016; however, Republicans remain hopeful that the former Secretary of State will throw her hat in the ring for the upcoming election.
3. Kirsten Gillibrand
Kirsten Gillibrand, a junior senator from New York, is a Blue Dog Democrat — a caucus of Congressional Democrats who identify as moderates and conservatives. Although Gillibrand will likely be overshadowed by Clinton in 2016, the 48-year-old Senator could be a contender in four or eight years. Case in point, she won reelection in 2012 with 72 percent of the vote — the highest margin of any senator in the New York's history.
4. Susanna Martinez
Despite her low-profile, Republican Susana Martinez has served as Governor of New Mexico since 2010. The Latina promised to serve her entire four-year term in New Mexico, indicating that she doesn't intend to run for the White House. However, her name was floated as a potential vice president during Mitt Romney's 2012 campaign; many political pundits believe her to be high on the VP list again this time around. Others believe she may have her sights set on the presidency — despite her denial.
5. Amy Klobuchar
Described as a "little-known-nationally-but-very-ambitious-and-able senator from Minnesota", Sen. Amy Klobuchar likely has presidential ambitions, as she plans to release her memoir in August 2016 — just after the Iowa Straw Poll. However, the Washington Post notes that while Klobuchar may be planning to challenge Clinton, she likely has bigger plans of running in four or eight years. However, the Democrat could be a forerunner for the vice presidency.
6. Kelly Ayotte
Many believe that Senator Kelly Ayotte has already become a Republican frontrunner... for vice president. However, others argue that the pro-life, conservative politician could be a contender for the top office as well. Ayotte confirmed in January 2015 that she will run for re-election to the Senate. Conveniently, Ayotte hails from New Hampshire, a state that allows candidates to run for re-election and run on the national ticket in the same year.
7. Cathy McNorris Rodgers
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers from Washington is the top-ranking woman in the House GOP. In 2014, she gave the official rebuttal speech after President Obama's State of the Union address, a honor generally bestowed upon someone the party feels is presidential material.