The 2020 election season is in full swing, and here at FFL we’re excited to see that there has been a surge in Republican women running for public office. We love to celebrate conservative women in all capacities and give our readers a look at what they stand for.
The filing date for the Oklahoma congressional races recently passed, and there are twelve women running for United States Congress. Oklahoma will have their primary on June 30, 2020.
Here’s what you need to know:
Rhonda Hopkins (OK-02)
Hopkins is running to oust fellow Republican and current Representative Markwayne Mullin in Oklahoma’s Second Congressional District. She unsuccessfully ran in 2016 and 2018 for Oklahoma House of Representatives. In an interview with the Muskogee Politico, she outlines her priorities: “economic opportunity, freedom of choice and reasonable taxes”, securing the border, strengthening our military, and standing for life.
Stephanie Bice (OK-05)
State Senator Bice is one of many people attempting to unseat freshman Democrat Rep. Kendra Horn. Bice was first elected to the Oklahoma State Senate in 2014 after working in business strategy for her family’s technology company. She is a fourth-generation Oklahoman, has been endorsed by Oklahoma Right to Life and Rep. Elise Stefanik’s E-PAC, and holds an A-rating from the NRA. Her priorities include immigration reform, supporting infrastructure funding, and protecting our country’s veterans and senior citizens.
Terry Neese (OK-05)
A small business owner and founder of the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women, Neese is running to represent Oklahoma’s Fifth Congressional District. In 1990, she became the first woman nominated by a major political party for Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma. Her major platform points include repealing job-killing regulations, cutting the national debt, defending the right to life and the right to bear arms, and fixing healthcare. The district is R+10, so whoever makes it out of the primary will have a good chance of beating Rep. Horn.
Janet Barresi (OK-05)
Barresi is probably one of the few people in the United States who can claim both of these titles: dentist and oil and gas executive. After running her own dental practice for years, Barresi and one of her sons took over her husband’s company after his death. She has also started two successful charter schools and became the first Republican elected State Superintendent of Schools. In Congress, she plans to fight for stronger borders and immigration reform, reducing the national debt, returning education decisions to the state and local level, and cutting taxes.
Shelli Landon (OK-05)
Musician and evangelist Shelli Landon is also running to represent Oklahoma’s Fifth Congressional District. She is pro-life, supports religious liberty and small government, and advocates for Right to Work policies. Check out her campaign website here.