House Republicans beat expectations of a wipeout on Election Day thanks to a wave of conservative women running for the first time — and winning.
A historically high number of women will serve in the next Congress, with at least 140 from both parties elected so far, according to the Center for American Women and Politics.
Republicans broke records with at least 17 new women joining their ranks this cycle, crushing the previous record of nine new congresswomen. At least 35 Republican women are expected to serve when the 117th Congress convenes in January. The highest previous total was 30.
Nearly every seat that Republicans flipped this cycle was won by women. There are still a handful in tight races that haven’t been called.
“I believe the Republican Party is much more diverse than what reflects on the floor, and this election proved it,” said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, California Republican. “When you look at the results and