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Republican Women – Rising

Posted on Wednesday, December 9, 2020
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by AMAC, Robert B. Charles
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republicanImportant national trends get lost in topsy-turvy, hi-jinks politics.  Everyone wants an answer to the 2020 presidential election, and Senate control.  Those issues matter and dominate headlines.  But subsurface trends matter too.  Here is one:  Republican women won the jackpot on US House seats.  That dynamic will fundamentally change the US House chamber.  Here is how.

First, note the numbers.  Some are calling this, the “Year of the Republican Woman,” and rightly so.  The wins were geographically diverse, including newcomers and incumbents.   Thus, new members include Lauren Boebert of Colorado, Kat Cammack and Maria Elvira Salazar of Florida, Mary Miller of Illinois, Lisa McClain of Michigan, Michelle Fischbach of Minnesota, Yvette Herrell of New Mexico, Stephanie Bice of Oklahoma, Nancy Mace of South Carolina, Diana Harshbarger of Tennessee, and Ashley Hinson of Iowa.

For incumbents, seats were retained by Republican women, including Debbie Lesko of Arizona, Jackie Walorski of Indiana, Ann Wagner of Missouri, Virginia Foxx of North Carolina, Elise Stefanik of New York, Kay Granger of Texas, Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, Carol Miller of West Virginia, and Liz Cheney of Wyoming.

Between election day and this week, Republican woman chalked up more wins, including Michelle Steel in California and Beth Van Duyne in Texas.  As a result, Republican women in the House doubled to 28, a first.

Notably, these numbers do not do justice to the rising commitment Republican women are making to national elections.  In the 2020 cycle, a record 228 Republican women ran for the House, and 94 won their primaries, doubling the prior record.  See, e.g., https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/11/10/house-races-historic-gains-gop-women-erode-democratic-majority/6169709002/.

The bigger point is not in numbers, but in the powerful voice, perspective and impact this change will have on critical issues, and on the future appeal of the Republican Party to thoughtful, engaged, hard working women – as well as men who appreciate the entirely different perspective, credibility, and voice these women bring to national policy making.

Just as a male veteran can talk on issues specific to his own combat experience, a female veteran can talk to issues unique to hers – and both support America’s veteran community.  Ditto for countless other issues, from gun rights and free speech to freedom of worship, assembly, and equal protection.  Perhaps more to the point, Republican woman bring views deemphasized by media bias, or at least disproportionately underrepresented.

Accordingly, many are working mothers, often with skills not held by men, or not by as many men – plus a special take on the balance demanded of working mothers, plus practical importance of traditional values, workplace flexibility, the preeminent place of faith and family in a healthy community.

More specifically, these new members will bring special credibility to debates over economic and social policy, childcare and small business needs, school and home education, workplace bias and benefits, Title IX, preservation of rights, balance, honor, dignity and respect in the context of loving America.  See, e.g., https://dailycaller.com/2020/11/04/republican-gop-women-win-elections/.

Interestingly, many incoming Republican women have deep leadership experience, such as Michelle Steel, a former major county supervisor, Lauren Boebert, who ran a restaurant, Maria Salazar, out of broadcast media and was a television anchor, Mary Miller, who managed a farm, Tracey Mann and Michelle Fischbach, both Lieutenant Governors (Kansas and Minnesota, respectively), Diana Harshbarger, a pharmacist, Beth Van Duyne, a mayor.  Others bring deep business and government experience, often in areas critical as the economy struggles. See, e.g.,   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_freshman_class_members_of_the_117th_United_States_Congress.

Among big issues on which Republican women will become powerful, resonating, nationally heard voice, is abortion.  Incredibly, no less than 18 pro-life women were elected to the US House this year.  They are resolute, vocal, and many expect to go toe-to-toe on the House floor and in hearings with those pushing federally funded and late term abortions.

As these women can speak with authority men cannot, their presence is vital to a wider understanding of moral compass guiding those who oppose abortion.  Nor are they shrinking from that opportunity. They are stepping up, with enthusiasm.

As Michelle Fischbach (R-MN) notes:  “I think it’s a wonderful bonus for the pro-life message in Congress …I think that having strong, pro-life conservative women sharing their position on the issue … brings that message to a new level because it is women talking about it and sharing their opinions on it.” See, https://www.foxnews.com/politics/michelle-fischbach-anti-abortion-women-congress.

Finally, if timing is not everything, it can be important.  If a conservative majority on the Supreme Court reconsiders abortion rights during the next two years, voices of thoughtful, pro-life, Republican congressional women may help explain, socialize, and defend any turn.

Bottom line:  In a time of swirling emotions, uncertainty, concern, and downright worry about the future of our country, some trends – not ones mainstream media often highlight – are worth considering.  The dramatic uptick in conservative, Republican women in the US house is one.  Against the drone of downbeat news, here is a genuinely hopeful trend.

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Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
3 years ago

Isnt this the Battillion that Alan West mentioned for the race?? Need more

Rik
Rik
3 years ago

Women in general can often be more viscous than men. And if the Presidency is allowed to be stolen from President Trump I hope the Republican women in the House give Nancy Pelosi a taste of her own medicine. Though I do believe that Texas has shown the way to get the Supreme Court to accept this case and if so, President Trump will win his re-election! If not, the kid gloves come off and war will happen and there will be hell to pay!

Glenn
Glenn
3 years ago

Unfortunately some of the Republican women are RINOs.

Ron Howard
Ron Howard
3 years ago

I read the AMAC news daily, and enjoy the political articles very much. However I find the placement of the little red circle with the flag requesting comments to be annoying. It is placed on top of the text of the article making it difficult to read the article. Could it be moved to the right in an area void of the text please?

Phil Hammersley
Phil Hammersley
3 years ago

I think all of the NEW GOP women are pro-life. Unlike their DIMM opponents, they don’t reject the one thing that definitely sets them above their male counterparts!

Suzanne B
Suzanne B
3 years ago

Thr number of women elected to congress will not amount to a hill of beans if we do not at least get the two republicans from Georgia in the senate! It looks worse for President Trump’s re-election everyday. It appears now that the Supreme court doesn’t care about election integrity. Call your state attorney general and demand your state join Texas in their lawsuit. I am going to do that now. I have to do something for justice. I did several things such as donating, making phone calls and writing hundreds of postcards to voters in order to get my President Trump re-elected. I can’t stop now. Fight injustice anyway you can! I pray that God will save us from tryanny.

John Karkalis
John Karkalis
3 years ago

It is a large and diverse tent. The women are skilled and certainly they are no-nonsense types.
It bodes well for the future of the party.

Elton Yancey
Elton Yancey
3 years ago

You got that right.

Terry Brennan
Terry Brennan
3 years ago

I said it before, I’ll say it again, Republican Woman are Sooooooo much Smarter & Better looking then “The Squat’s” & ALL their Commie, Worthless, “Goomba’s” !!!!

Matthew Gabor
Matthew Gabor
3 years ago

This is a classic case for ” Actions speak louder than words”! For generations The DemonRat Party has brainwashed their supporters by claiming Republicans have always oppressed women and minorities! The only supporters during The Womens Suffrage movement were The Republican Party even though various DemonRat politicians claim their party was the only one to help! I see a great future as Conservative Women are elected to various offices and help keep America great! The day Candace Owens runs for office we will be there to support her!

Biden: MAO More Than Ever!
Biden: MAO More Than Ever!
3 years ago

A non issue for me. I don’t care as I always vote for the person I believe to be best suited for the job at hand, the person most likely to deliver results, regardless of race, gender, skin color or other inconsequentials. Correction, I vote for the best person running for the office. Sometimes that choice is rather constrained. But that’s another issue.

I for one would love to see an end to identity politics of any kind. It’s divisive and a distraction from what really matters, results.

Idaho GOP
Idaho GOP
3 years ago

PLEASE read your text IT people !!! If you did, you would see that the red circle IN the text of letters is a huge annoyance and MOVE IT OUT OF THE TEXT !! IT is SHOCKING to even HAVE TO TELL YOU! PLEASE DO YOUR JOB.

Rose Schottman
Rose Schottman
3 years ago

Thank you for sharing positive information! And thanks you for keeping us abreast of the current issues – I always know that AMAC is giving us the truth!

jim cooper
jim cooper
3 years ago

Just don’t get bullied by those left fielders!

Just some guy
Just some guy
3 years ago

All these down ticket winners and President Trump lost the election? Yeah, right.

J. FARLEY
J. FARLEY
3 years ago

Great for them as long as they believe in all of the constitution, not just the parts they like, the more women the better, that comes from a man !!!!!

PaulE
PaulE
3 years ago

“stuffy and low functioning” Love the nice way you came up with of saying they’re either too slow to keep up with things vital to the country or simply just too incompetent to get the job done.

Robert A Archibald
Robert A Archibald
3 years ago

Good we need these women, seams like the men have no balls. women are the ones making a difference !!!!!!

Josephine pooley
Josephine pooley
3 years ago

Love, love, love this!

John Weltmer
John Weltmer
3 years ago

Kansas Lt. Governor Tracey Mann is a male

par
par
3 years ago

Republican Women – Rising. I doubt, but hope

Howard
Howard
3 years ago

Robert,
Your articles are always very good and timely, as is this one. But, how could you make a mistake by calling Tracey Mann a woman?

Joanne Rodgers
Joanne Rodgers
3 years ago

I am hopeful that the Republican Party will empathize the TALENT, CAPABILITY AND SKILLS as well as
LOVE OF COUNTRY of these new Congresswomen. I am sick of the word Diversity. Judge these women
for what they bring to the Republican party. I hope they are fighters for our freedoms.
Also, I want my vote to count. Please clean up voter fraud. I have NO confidence. We need Voter ID.

Allan Brem
Allan Brem
3 years ago

Terms limited by the voters!

Carol Brewer
Carol Brewer
3 years ago

Is this it? I was hoping for a real magazine, with several articles. My husband gets the AARP magazine. I thought I was going to be able to show him the conservative equivalent.

Cecilia
Cecilia
3 years ago

We need conservative voices to be heard. Especially, pro life congress women. This seems to be harder and harder, with big tech banning conservative views. Youtube has banned 8000 outlets reporting on voter fraud. They will do the same on pro life issues.
Let’s pray and decree that a someone will start a conservative media like YouTube; so our voices will not squelched in the public square!
And those trolling conservative sites will see the light and be changed as to the merits of conservatism.

Steven
Steven
3 years ago

We need the Republican women to step in. Hopefully they will make a difference, because MOST of the Republican men seem to have been born without any stones!

Gary Grella
Gary Grella
3 years ago

The best thing about the many successes of women in the GOP has been the apparent fearlessness they bring with them. I have been pleasantly surprised by them. And i noticed that virtually all of them are on the right side of the issues . I also think that this bodes well for the GOP in future elections. In 2020 election , the GOP gained many seats in Congress and in State Legislatures and other offices . Except for the theft of the Presidential election , 2020 was a GOP success year . So, i believe the GOP is in the ascendency and is poised to win many many more elections soon . And, i also think that this is why the Democrats want to impeach Trump. They know that with him running again in 2024 , the GOP could take back the Congress , the Senate, the States’ Legislatures and the Governorships around the country . The Democrats are running scared .

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