Ladies, our time has arrived! Politicians and pundits reflecting on last week’s election have coined this election cycle as “The Year of Republican Women.” As of this writing, a record-breaking 32 Republican women will sit in the next Congress. At least seven of these women flipped Democratic-held seats. These numbers could grow as more races get called in the next few days.

We’ve watched new GOP women enter the scene, and we’ve also seen established women in the Republican Party continue to take a stand for their constituents and their fellow female candidates. All in all, it’s been an awesome few weeks to be a Republican woman. Here’s just a few wins to celebrate this week whether it’s election night successes, legislation from sitting senators, and more.

Republican women’s election night wins break barriers

Not only did a record number of Republican women win their elections to sit in the next Congress, but several of them shattered glass ceilings: 

    • Michelle Steel is the first Korean-American woman elected to Congress. 

    • Stephanie Bice is the first Iranian-American, and the first Iranian-American woman, elected to Congress.

    • Yvette Herrell is the first Republican Native American woman elected to Congress and the first Cherokee woman elected to Congress

    • Nancy Mace is the first Republican woman from South Carolina elected to Congress. She also was the first female graduate from The Citadel military college.

    • Senator Susan Collins is now the longest-serving female Republican senator in US history.

    • Cynthia Lummis is the first woman to represent the state of Wyoming in the Senate.

Nikki Haley, Elise Stefanik, Kelly Ayotte, and more champion fellow women this election cycle

We’ve spent our fair share of time celebrating the wins from Republican women across the country on election night. But we also want to recognize the women who had their fellow ladies’ backs and went to bat for them. Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley campaigned for Republican candidates in the weeks leading up to the election, including many of the female candidates who won their races. Elise Stefanik’s EPAC worked hard to recruit and support Republican women who ran for office. Kelly Ayotte, Winning for Women board member, supported women in her home state of New Hampshire, and 30 GOP women won seats in their state government. We love to see empowered Republican women supporting each other!

Senator Lisa Murkowski introduces bipartisan legislation to support those affected by ALS

Senator Murkowski is known for her work across the aisle. This week, she worked with Senator Chris Coons (DE) and Representatives Jeff Fortenberry (NE) and Mike Quigley (IL) in the House to introduce updated legislation to support drug development for ALS patients. The work builds on past legislation, known as the ACT for ALS, and creates “new pathways for faster and broader access to therapies for those most in need, including those facing a fatal disease like ALS.”

The newest Miss USA is a proud Republican

Asya Branch was named Miss USA just this week–and she’s also a proud Republican! Branch claimed the title of Miss Mississippi in 2018, becoming the first Black woman to do so. In the Miss USA race this year, Branch expressed a passion for criminal justice reform and noted that she took part in a roundtable with President Trump on the subject. She also made clear that she is a supporter of the Second Amendment and encourages gun education and safety. Congratulations to the new Miss USA!

We’re also wishing a very happy Veterans Day to veterans and Senators Joni Ernst and Martha McSally, as well as Congresswoman-elect Marianette Miller-Meeks (IA-2). Thank you for your service!

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Liana I.
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Liana is a follower of Christ and current communications student at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She enjoys writing, reading, and serving others.

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