There are 8 women currently serving as United States Senators that were the first GOP woman elected in their state. These women focus on various issues, have different backgrounds, and come from all over the United States. They are all working hard with heels on the ground in D.C. A few of them even traded combat boots for heels when they joined politics. Learn more about these ladies and their priorities to be inspired to chase your dreams. There will be heels to fill in a few years and GOP women are essential to expanding the conservative movement in America.
Dates served: 1997- Present
Collins is a Senator from Maine. She was born in Caribou, Aroostook County, Maine on December 7, 1952. She graduated from St. Lawrence University in New York in 1975. She became the first woman nominee for governor of Maine in 1994. Her issues of focus are veterans, education, energy and environment, health care, senior issues, homeland security, transportation, and jobs and the economy. You can learn more about Senator Collin and her priorities here.
Dates served: 2002-Present
Murkowski was born in Ketchikan, Alaska, on May 22, 1957. She attended Willamette University in Oregon in 1977, Georgetown University in 1980, and Willamette College of Law in 1985. Murkowski served as part of the Alaska state house of representatives from 1999-2002. She was appointed to the U.S. Senate on December 20, 2002 to fill her father’s seat after his resignation. Her issues and priorities include Alaska Natives and Rural Alaska, Alaska’s Fisheries, Alaska-Specific Roadless Rule, Arctic, Defense, Education, Energy, Health, Second Amendment, Veterans, Budget, Spending, and National Debt. You can learn more about Murkowski and her priorities here.
Dates served: 2013-Present
Senator Debra (Deb) Fischer was born in Lincoln, Nebraska on March 1, 1951. She graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1988. Prior to being elected to the United States Senate, she served on a board of education, Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education, and Nebraska Unicameral Legislature. Her priorities include Agriculture, Cutting Red Tape, Defense, Government Spending and Taxes, Immigration, Judiciary, Second Amendment Rights, Telecommunications, Healthcare, Transportation, Veterans, and Strong Families. You can learn more about Fischer here.
Shelley Moore Capito
State: West Virginia
Dates served: 2015-Present
Senator Capito was born in Glendale, West Virginia on November 26, 1953. She graduated from Duke University in 1975 and University of Virginia in 1976. She was a member of the West Virginia state house of representatives from 1997 to 2001. Prior to politics, she served as a college counselor. She was elected to the United States Congress in 2001 and served until 2015. Capito was not a candidate for reelection to the House of Representatives, but was elected to the United States Senate in 2014. The issues she is passionate about are Homeland Security, Veterans, Energy and Environment, Transportation and Infrastructure, Health Care, Economic Development, Connecting West Virginia, Education, and Fighting Drug Epidemic. You can learn more about Capito and her priorities here.
Dates served: 2015-Present
Senator Ernst was born in Red Oak, Iowa on July 1, 1970. She graduated from Iowa State University in 1992 and Columbus State University in 1995. Ernst served in the military for 23 years prior to serving in the United States Senate. She served as company commander in Kuwait and Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Ernst retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Iowa Army National Guardsman. She was a member of the Iowa state senate from 2001-2014, and was elected to the United States Senate in 2014. She became vice-chair of the Republican Conference in 2019. Her issues of focus are Agriculture, Budget and Spending, Education, Energy and Environment, Health Care, Homeland Security, Jobs, Economy, and Regulation, National Defense, Protecting Life, Second Amendment, Seniors, Trade, Transportation, and Veterans. You can learn more about Senator Ernst here.
Dates served: 2018-Present
Senator Hyde-Smith was born in Brookhaven, Mississippi on May 10, 1959. She graduated from University of Southern Mississippi in 1981 after transferring from Copiah-Lincoln Community College. Hyde-Smith was a cattle farmer prior to serving on the Mississippi state senate from 2000-2012. She served as the Mississippi state commissioner of agriculture and commerce from 2012-2018. She was appointed to the United States Senate in 2018. Her issues of importance are Agriculture, Rural Communities, Jobs and Economy, Infrastructure and Public Works, Energy and Environment, Law Enforcement and Public Safety, Second Amendment, National Security, Homeland Security, FEMA, Boarder Security and Immigration, Budget, Education, Healthcare Pro-Life, Veterans, and Foreign Affairs. You can learn more about these issues and Hyde-Smith here.
Dates served: 2019-Present
Senator Marsha Blackburn is a Senator and Representative from Tennessee. She was born in Laurel, Mississippi on June 6, 1952. She graduated from Mississippi State University in 1973. Prior to becoming a member of the Tennessee state senate from 1998 and 2002, she was a business owner and private advocate. She was elected to Congress in 2003, where she served until January 2019. Blackburn was not a candidate for reelection to the House of Representatives. She was elected to the United States Senate in 2018. Her issues of focus are Protect the Homeland, Veterans, Tax Cuts, Job Creation, Confirming Constitutional Justices to the Supreme Court, and Combating the Opioid Epidemic. You can learn more about Blackburn and these issues here.
Dates served: 2019-Present
Senator McSally, a Senator and a Representative from Arizona, was born in Warwick, Rhode Island on March 22, 1966. She graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1988, and John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard, University in 1990. She served as a fighter pilot in the Air Force from 1988 to 2010. She was elected to Congress in 2012, and to the succeeding Congress, where she served from 2015-2019. McSally was appointed to the United States Senate on January 3, 2019 to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Senator John McCain where she will serve until the special election on November 3, 2020 for the remainder of the term ending in 2023. She is currently focusing on National Security. You can learn more about McSally here.
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