Mimi Walters

NRCC Names First Female Head of Recruitment
New York Rep. Elise Stefanik will help find 2018 candidates

New York Rep. Elise Stefanik will be the NRCC’s vice chairwoman for recruitment. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Steve Stivers has named New York Rep. Elise Stefanik the committee’s vice chairwoman for recruitment for the 2018 election cycle. 

Stefanik is the first woman to lead recruitment efforts for the party, a significant appointment given that the GOP trails Democrats in the number of women in Congress. Democrats have 62 female members in the House, while Republicans have just 21.

For 20, a New Year’s Boost in House Legislative Sway
How the winners of top committee assignments made their own luck

Keep an eye peeled for these House members with plum new committee assignments, from left to right, first row: Pete Aguilar, Earl L. “Buddy” Carter, Katherine M. Clark, Ryan A. Costello, Carlos Curbelo; second row: Suzan DelBene, Debbie Dingell, Brian Higgins, John Moolenaar, Grace Meng; third row: Dan Newhouse, Scott Peters, Mark Pocan, Raul Ruiz, David Schweikert; fourth row: Terri A. Sewell, Scott Taylor, Tim Walberg, Jackie Walorski and Mimi Walters. (Bill Clark, Meredith Dake-O’Connor and Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photos. Scott Taylor courtesy Scott Taylor for U.S. Congress)

Specialization seasoned with seniority is the surest recipe for a meaningful legislative career in the House, which is more than big enough to swallow all the dilettantes and short-timers without a trace. It’s finding a substantive niche, then fitting in over the long haul, that proves perennially frustrating for many members. 

But the goal of becoming a successful and substantive lawmaker just got a whole lot easier for a score of them.

Is There Space for a Republican EMILY’s List?
Litmus tests might not work the same way on the right

Alabama’s Martha Roby is one of only 26 Republican women in Congress. Some party members wonder if they need their own version of EMILY’s List to increase that number. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As recently as the second Reagan administration, Republicans had more women in Congress than Democrats. Then EMILY’s List took hold.

The political action committee, founded in 1984, dedicated itself to electing Democratic women who support abortion rights, becoming an influential force in primaries even when it clashed with the wishes of party leaders. Now, of the 104 women in the 115th Congress, 75 percent are Democrats.

GOP Women Are Listening, and They're Talking
Rep. Elise Stefanik is participating in this week's Women2Women tour

New York Rep. Elise Stefanik is answering women's questions in the Empire State this week. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo file photo)

Before Donald Trump even entered the scene, one group of Republican women found it important to stay politically aware.

The Women2Women Conversations Tour was launched in 2014 as a place for women across the country, from the ages of roughly 35 to 55 years, to discuss their issues during an election.

How One Victim's Fight Got Sexual Assault Bill to Obama
Amanda Nguyen's push culminates in historic survivors' Bill of Rights

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (left) listens as Amanda Nguyen discusses legislation to help sexual assault victims. (Courtesy Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s office)

Amanda Nguyen remembers watching the reactions of lawmakers as they listened to women from their states and districts who'd been sexually assaulted — and family members of victims who'd been killed.

That’s when she realized change was still possible, even in Washington’s era of dysfunction.

Ivanka Trump Meets With Female GOP Lawmakers
Childcare and women's policy issues discussed

Ivanka Trump introduces her father, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, for his acceptance speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio in July. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ivanka Trump, daughter and campaign aide to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, met with female GOP senators and congresswomen Tuesday afternoon.

The women discussed childcare and women's policy issues at the roundtable meeting at the Republican National Committee. Donald Trump released policy proposals for helping working families last week that his daughter helped him develop. 

Take Five: Rep. Mimi Walters

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH  talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.  

This week Rep. Mimi Walters, R-Calif., talks about boogie boarding, heading to Mammoth and a few of her favorite things. Q. What's your favorite activity to fill your free time in your district? A. I’m a mom of four kids. My last one just went off to college. My days have been pretty filled with my duties as a California state senator, so I don’t have the luxury of a lot of free time.