Here Are the Trailblazing Republican Women Who Made History on Tuesday Night

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The 2018 midterms have ended, but the effects of the results had permanent impacts on the country’s history.

Republican women changed history by becoming some of the first females to represent their constituents. They ran campaigns that resonated with the citizens of their states and districts, and they showed that women can stand with conservative values.

Here are the history-making Republican women:

Kristi Noem

South Dakota has been a faithfully Republican state for gubernatorial elections since 1978. However, Kristi Noem will be the first female governor in the state’s history.

The race was close due to Noem’s opponent, Billie Sutton, being well-known in South Dakota and being an extremely moderate candidate who opposed gun control and abortion.

Noem is very conservative, opposing Medicaid expansion in her state and fiercely opposing abortion.

Marsha Blackburn

Another close race was the Tennessee Senate race between Marsha Blackburn and Phil Bredesen. Blackburn came out on top, becoming the first female senator from Tennessee.

Blackburn’s race gained national attention after singer Taylor Swift endorsed her opponent. The newly-elected senator had a humorous response to the star.

“Well, I hope Taylor will shake it off,” Blackburn said.

Young Kim

Young Kim was the first Korean-American woman ever elected to Congress to represent California’s 39th District. Kim previously told IJR how much the congressional seat meant to her.

“For me, to represent such a diverse district as an Asian-American, and to think that I would be the first Korean-American woman to serve in Congress, it is historic,” Kim said. “But more than the historic significance of it, I’m just excited that we have an opportunity to elect a female representative who fits this district, who’s worked in this district, who has raised and built a family here.”

Kim Reynolds

The newly elected Iowa governor has been acting as governor since 2017 when former Gov. Terry Branstad became the ambassador to China. However, she is not the first woman elected governor of the state of Iowa, and she expressed her gratitude to her constituents.

She has worked with a bipartisan group on health care reform and is very conservative concerning economic issues.

Martha McSally

Although the Arizona Senate race was ultimately lost to Democrat Krysten Sinema, Martha McSally was in a historic race to be the first female senator to represent Arizona.

McSally has already made history by being the first female pilot to fly in combat and the first female to serve as a commander of a combat aviation squadron.

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Woo hoo! I may not agree with their stances, but I DO appreciate more women in office.

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Hypocritical how the Dims celebrate their “firsts” but not the accomplishment of these women. I’m still waiting for them to say a single positive word about Nikki Haley or Kellyanne Conway, the FIRST woman to run a successful presidential campaign. Yeah, nothing like double-standards. Especially celebrating people NOT for their… Read more »

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Most articles had at least three of them. The person who was consistently left off that I really don’t understand is Young Kim. She doesn’t even look like she was a hard line Republican on several issues. Unless I am seriously missing something she did to get the cold shoulder…… Read more »

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My husband is a devotee of FOX and Newsmax. He says he had never heard of Young Kim either. LOL, he said she must be a Democrat. I had to google her to prove she wasn’t. Chris Hayes had a show with 5 Republican and 5 Democrat women running for… Read more »

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Oh, your logic is so entertaining. You are reading an article by a conservative author that does not celebrate Dem. women accomplishments, but Repubs. are once again the victim for every single media outlet not extolling Repub women.You do not read or view MSM, if you are “waiting” for something… Read more »

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