Opinion / Politics

Republican Women – Rising

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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Gary Grella
7 months 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 .

Last edited 7 months ago by Gary Grella
9 months 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!

9 months 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.

Carol Brewer
9 months 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.

9 months ago
Reply to  Carol Brewer

A hard copy magazine with deep, conservative articles… should also hit your mail box. Hope so! RBC

9 months ago
Reply to  Carol Brewer

This is the DAILY news article

Allan Brem
9 months ago

Terms limited by the voters!

Joanne Rodgers
9 months 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.

9 months ago

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?

9 months ago
Reply to  Howard

Howard, thank you, mea culpa. Duly noted – keep smiling! And thank you!

9 months ago

Republican Women – Rising. I doubt, but hope

John Weltmer
9 months ago

Kansas Lt. Governor Tracey Mann is a male

9 months ago
Reply to  John Weltmer

Got it, my error. Appreciate – and thank you!

Josephine pooley
9 months ago

Love, love, love this!

Robert A Archibald
9 months ago

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

9 months 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 !!!!!

Just some guy
9 months ago

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

9 months ago
Reply to  Just some guy

All these down ticket winners rode President Trump’s coat tails to victory. Yet we are all supposed to believe that President Trump couldn’t win against a senile, old fool who couldn’t get more than 30 people to attend any of his “rallies” and hid out in his basement for most the year. Yeah, right!

jim cooper
9 months ago

Just don’t get bullied by those left fielders!

Rose Schottman
9 months 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!

Idaho GOP
9 months 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.

Biden: MAO More Than Ever!
9 months 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.

Ruth Pierce
9 months ago

I agree with you, especially about labeling politicians; presumably, we’re all Americans first. I’m sick and tired about bunching a label on a given party. It diminishes the person(s) and contributes to “dumbing down America.”

9 months ago

Couldn’t agree with you more! I don’t care if somebody is the first something-or-other to be elected or appointed. All that really matters is what they do!

Matthew Gabor
9 months 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!

9 months ago
Reply to  Matthew Gabor

Absolutely. The sun may shine yet as these capable women come to dominate the conversation. It is doubtful that they will be compromised by sleeping with the enemy!

Terry Brennan
9 months 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” !!!!

Gary Grella
7 months ago
Reply to  Terry Brennan

This is true . The ONLY good looking Democrat women in politics is Tulsi Gabbard . But the Republican party seems to have so many pretty women and those women all appear to be normal , patriotic , and courageous .

John Karkalis
9 months 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.

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