This one’s for the girls.
House Republican Caucus chair Elise Stefanik (R-NY) released her first round of 2022 midterm endorsements Wednesday, vowing that GOP women will be “majority makers” next year.
“As small business owners, mothers, veterans, and health care leaders, these women make up the most impressive and diverse group of rising stars we’ve ever seen,” Stefanik told Fox News.
Stefanik backed her former spokeswoman Karoline Leavitt – also a onetime assistant press secretary to former President Donald Trump — to unseat Democrat Chris Pappas in New Hampshire’s 1st congressional district. She also endorsed Afghanistan veteran and lawyer Esther Joy King in the 17th congressional district in Illinois, where she would face Democrat Cheri Bustos.
Stefanik, the No. 3 House Republican, also endorsed two Virginia candidates: Jeanine Lawson, running the commonwealth’s 10th district, and Jen Kiggans, who hopes to represent Virginia’s 2nd district.
Next on Stefanik’s list was former Kansas Republican Party chair Amanda Adkins, who is challenging Democrat Sharice Davids in the Sunflower State’s 3rd congressional district.
Stefanik rounded out her endorsements by backing April Becker in Nevada’s 3rd district, Lisa Scheller for Pennsylvania’s 7th district and Monica De La Cruz for Texas’ 15th district.
Stefanik also released a list of 11 “women to watch”: Tanya Wheeless, running in Arizona’s 9th congressional district; Tamika Hamilton in California’s 3rd; Meagan Hanson in Georgia’s 6th; Anna Paulina Luna in Florida’s 13th; Amanda Makki in Florida’s 13th; Nicole Hasso in Iowa’s 3rd; Jennifer-Ruth Green in Indiana’s 1st; Carolina Serrano in Nevada’s 4th; Liz Joy in New York’s 20th; Lori Chavez-DeRemer in Oregon’s 5th and Taylor Keeney in Virginia’s 7th.
“I look forward to supporting these women across the finish line in both their primaries and general elections,” she said. “Make no mistake, GOP women will be the first ones through the breach to fire Nancy Pelosi once and for all.”
Democrats currently hold an 8-seat majority in the House of Representatives, making the GOP favorites to regain the chamber following next year’s elections after four years in the minority.
Right now, 120 women — 89 Democrats and 31 Republicans — sit in the House of Representatives, a little more than a quarter of the 435 voting members. Four non-voting female delegates also represent American Samoa, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands in the chamber.