As of March 2016, only were serving in the 535 seats available in Congress, both the House and the Senate. The vast majority of those were Democrat women, but though we may be the minority right now, Republican women are strong, vivacious, and making strides in both the House and the Senate. Today, we’re here to highlight six of the amazing Republican women serving us in public positions.
Diane Black represents the 6th district of Tennessee, where she has been serving since 2011. In Congress, she sits on the Committee on Ways and Means and the Committee on the Budget, where she actively works to reform the U.S. tax code and fights for a flatter, fairer, and simpler tax code. She has over 40 years of experience in the health care field as a nurse, which makes her a qualified fighter for health care reform, especially the dismantling of Obamacare. She also works dutifully to protect the rights of the unborn, including through her first piece of legislation in the 114th Congress, which would block any abortion providing organizations from receiving Title X funding. She is a wife of one, mother of three, and grandmother of six.
Marsha Blackburn represents the 7th district of Tennessee, and was first elected in 2003, after a career in sales, including the business she runs, Marketing Strategies. She is the first woman in Tennessee’s history to be elected to congress without following her husband. In Congress, she is the Vice Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Chairman of the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives. She has received numerous awards, from the Family Research Council, Susan B Anthony List, and the Clare Boothe Luce Policy institute. She supports border security and has expressed distaste with executive amnesty, stating that it led to children becoming pawns in the President’s political game. She’s the proud mother of two children, Mary and Chad, and the grandmother of two boys.
Kelly Ayotte is a senator serving the state of New Hampshire, where she has been serving since she was elected in 2010. In Congress, she sits on Committees on the budget, armed services, commerce, homeland security and governmental affairs, and small business and entrepreneurship. On the budget committee, hshe fights for spending cuts and budget reforms that will help create a more fiscally responsible path for our country. She is also the Chair of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and the Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation Operations. She’s a self-described “fiscal hawk” and votes consistently against bloated budget bills. She comes from a military family and works dutifully for them on the Armed Services Committee. She is a wife and small business owner, along with a mother of two children, Katherine and Jacob.
Mia Love is the representative for Utah’s 4th district, and makes waves as a strong, outstanding African-American Republican woman; something the left says does not exist. She served on the city council of Saratoga Springs, Utah, and eventually became mayor. The list of bills that she has co-sponsored include ones dealing with local control of education, free market solutions to the present health care crisis, and fighting the regulatory burden the federal government places on small businesses. In Congress, she also serves on the Financial Services Committee. She is the proud mother of three children.
Like Mia Love and the other amazing women on this list, Shelley Moore Capito also breaks records and makes history. Capito, serving in the senate since 2014, was the first woman elected to the senate in West Virginia’s history. She previously served in the House for 14 years. In Congress, she serves on the Appropriations Committee, the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the Environment and Public Works Committee, and the Rules and Administration Committee. She’s the daughter of a decorated war veteran who is devoted to caring for our service members, and fights dutifully for the people in the Mountain State. She has three children and four grandchildren.