by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
2018 was a year with plenty of firsts for Republican women — Marsha Blackburn became the first woman to represent Tennessee in the Senate, Kristi Noem was elected South Dakota’s first female governor and the list goes on.
Republican women will be carrying that momentum into 2019. …
… Liz Cheney
Republican Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney will hold the same seat her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, held nearly 40 years ago. She achieved the party’s third-ranking leadership position after just one term in Congress, while her father achieved it after four. …
… She will succeed Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers as Republican conference chair in 2019. …
… Elise Stefanik
New York Rep. Elise Stefanik won re-election to her third term in Congress during the 2018 midterm elections. She held the record for youngest woman elected to Congress until Democratic New York Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, broke Stefanik’s record in 2018.
Stefanik has long been vocal about her belief that Congress needs more women. …
… Kristi Noem
Outgoing South Dakota Rep. Kristi Noem outraised her Democratic rival for the governor seat in 2018 and won a race classified as a “remarkable” toss-up by Cook Political Report. Noem became the first female governor of South Dakota without much media fanfare.
She ran on a platform of keeping taxes and regulation down. Noem also banked on her down-to-earth image as a rancher who helped run the family operation when her father died unexpectedly.
The article also highlights Kay Ivey, Kim Reynolds, and Mia Love.