How A Record Number Of Republican Women Got Elected To Congress

How A Record Number Of Republican Women Got Elected To Congress

Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., took it upon herself to help boost women’s numbers in a party dominated by white men. Minnesota’s sprawling, rural 7th Congressional District has been represented by conservative Democrat Collin Peterson for 30 years. It was considered one of Democrats’ most vulnerable seats going into this year’s election, and the GOP flipped it when Michelle Fischbach won by 13 points. Rep.-elect Fischbach credited one particular Republican with helping her win: Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York.​ "Whenever advice was needed, I always was able to call and talk to her about whatever kinds of bumps or things you would run into," Fischbach said. "But in addition to that, she provided fundraising and dollars to the campaign, which is so important." Now, Fischbach is one of a record 35 Republican women who will serve in Congress next year, breaking the previous record of 30 and a sharp increase from the 13 GOP women elected to the House of Representatives in 2018. This year’s number could still grow as more races are called. The Republican Party is celebrating that as a win, just two years after Democrats had their own record-setting year electing women. Stefanik’s role in 2020 Stefanik has become the face of efforts to boost Republican women in Congress. She was in charge of recruitment for House Republicans in 2018, an abysmal year for GOP women. Among the 13 women elected to the House from the Republican Party in the midterms, there was just one nonincumbent […]

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