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not the plan.'s they are not clear they would have the votes to do that given absences in the house recently, but mccarthy did the schedule open putting members on standby in case they additional d some votes next week. >> sarah ferris reporting for her ico, we can find rticles at politico.com and also her tweets at sarah n. ferris. so much. >> thank you. >> when the new congress takes ffice in january, it will have the youngest, most diverse freshman class in recent history. new leaders. live on c-span. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp 2018][captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]
*-*- [applause] >> good morning and welcome. coauthor of the political co-playbook. it's such an honor to be here today for our sixth annual women's leadership summit. know, we started in 2013 first major the surge of women running for office. the n 2018 we've had privilege of not only seeing winning.n but women [applause] >> we had a record number of women who have served in the 116th congress. women are ruling now more than they ever have before. speaking their truths, honing their skills, demanding holding those
positions in power accountable. have had a unique opportunity o speak to female leaders from vastly different industries with varying per spitzertives. the one that unites them all is that when women run, when women lead, when women earn build, they rule. i ask all of you today to focus that very notion. the commonalties that unite us all, which is why today we're four women of impact. that exemplify what it means to build in a arn, and divided era. throughout the day you will hear closingories and at the of our program we'll award them, and award m on stage them a presentation of women of impact award. will focus on those four main themes that you've heard me say, running, and building.nd you're going to be hearing from trail blazers, thought leaders,
executives, policymakers, and we even have female ly elected representatives. willity jones, the actress be joining us, and sarah huckabee sanders will also be joining us today. also get a chance to connect with fellow women and members munity including our powerful group of ruling.men a thank you to the incredible group of ambassadors who will conversations during the luncheon. we also encourage you to visit sponsor activation in the lounge and shop the marketplace where you can meet the women who built the companies we're proud to feature today. this year, as part of the marketplace, we have a new feature. we have a cure rated group of emale authors who will be signing their latest works. please refer to the program on the table for their signing schedule. to now take a moment to thank the people who made today possible. google ding partners,
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today's conversation, with actionable takeaways about what elevate o yourself to women everywhere. i hope you will share as you with the y and beyond hash tag rule with us and in the leave this r you event please use that #rulewithus as well. diveur first segment we'll into what politico does best, politics, with our running segment. for our first conversation, we'll start the panel. [applause] welcome. [applause] > we have three representative elect members to kick off this exciting day. irst we have representative elect from new mexico, we have virginia beachom
spanberger abigail from virginia. thank you for joining us. the midterms obviously were all of you, but they were big in terms of women getting representation in congress. going to have 121 female lawmakers in total and for a e're here conversation about how this new wave of women will change power the policy agenda in washington. e'll tackle how these women trying to build on the momentum from the election and why it next for eachat's of you up here. of can give us an insight your first couple of weeks before you're sworn into office. or our audience, a reminder, please, if you have questions, #rulewithus and i have an ipad on stage and i'll try to look at that throughout the conversation. congratulations on your win. there has been a lot of focus on women running this cycle.
of the women. we've all been focused on it here at women rule. that you will ou and throw it out to all three of you, how do you take this historic high is and turn that into action inside a capitol that makes difference? >> let me start with you. >> sure good. morning, everyone. here.you for joining us my name is deb holland, new mexico's first congressional district. all of us bring a different background. i'm a single mom. i know what it's like to be on food stamps and struggle. i'm a daughter of mexico's firstveterans. i was raised in a military and pueblo indian household so i background informs the decisions that i can mail nd i think it's important that us, who have varying backgrounds that we're able to to the table in discussing issues that are important to our country. absolutely.
miller from huntington, west virginia. in office for 12 years in our legislature. before that, i was a wife, a and a grandmother. way.l am, by the for 45 years. i managed a farm. an apartment manager, and i in soeen an active person many different community involvements throughout my 45 years in west virginia. my father was a united states congressman from columbus, ohio, in a household with a public servant, and i always understood what that meant, which is taking care of the people you represent. service.l about i didn't really think being a woman had anything to do with me running for office. ran for office because i wanted to help my state move forward. and the same occurs with me running for congress.
it was time. ran. i'm the third woman in this district to ever be elected in west virginia. women bring their own skill sets whateverer they do and they accomplish. we tend to reach out to each in common, d things to make things happen as well that's a very t important issue with women, is we reach out. where we cannd out come together to move issues, eople, all kinds of different items forward, and so that's bring men are going to this session. spanberger. i'm a former law enforcement federal agent and c.i.a. case fficer so i worked undercover for the entirety of time with the agency. i'm also a mother and a wife and daughter, and so perspectives.ill and a girl scout leader. i can't forget that. clap.lways gets a
all of these aspects of who i am and who we are as individuals are perspectives that we're bringing. on a k carol touched really great part which is it's about serving our communities. selves,inging our whole it's about finding commonalties and common ground and i think that ou look at the fact congress is now just a little bit closer to being reflective ofthe united states in terms diversity and gender diversity, perspectivesds and and experiences, i think it will to, e us to really be able you know, incrementally move in the right direction of being able to best serve the people we represent and the country as a whole. follow t to ask you, to up on that, you mentioned your security background. real trend we saw in this cycle, in terms of the number of candidates who had background. did you meet others like yourself on the trail? id you have any bonding
experiences? why do you think, that skill set ready ou uniquely to be to take on this job? >> i did meet the other service number nd candidates, a of veterans, former national security and professionals along trail.paign we have common backgrounds and experiences and knowledge sets and motivations. for me, my primary motivation was, as an intelligence officer working every day to collect intelligence that would allow policymakers and the and dent to make the best most informed decisions possible about issues related to national security. service, that commitment, to inform decision-making and service to country didn't matter when i was serving under a republican president or a democratic president. think we've reached a point in my opinion where we need people who are committed to first and foremost. informed decision-making, policy, and i, at various points throughout my
career, took interesting risks, to enable good, informed decision-making, and i think we policymakers who put that as a priority. sohink the trend we saw with many new first time candidates stepping forward with a service ackground is directly related to the fact that we're in a time, unlike anything i have ver seen, in our levels of hyper partisan divide, and i think anyone who served in itllenging circumstances, be overseas, be it in the military, me, the c.i.a. like recognize that there is a time where nothing else should matter except the pursuit of a mission and common goals. representative elect holland, you're also -- you're first, not time being elected but one of the first native americans, as a woman, to serve in congress. [applause] a little bit because we talked so much about whythese firsts matter, but
does it matter? what perspective do you bring maybe somebody else doesn't have? >> sure. first i would like to say over congress have of been elected and only the first ative women in 2018 which is really astounding, and, i mean, i think it goes to show that easy for women of color to put their hat in the ring and go the distance. it's a difficult undertaking. there have been several women in to run for congress who didn't win. he most recently, denise in montana in 2016. so this moment in history, i think, is important. the first african-american woman 1968.ected in that was shirley -- 50 yes? [applause] >> you can clap for her. mean, being the first native american woman, of new e, i'm representing
mexico's first congressional district. it's a very diverse district. 10.5% native americans in new mexico. my win is actually representative of our state, and -- but i think it's that ant to recognize shareece davis and i bring to background, an understanding of culture, of policy, of an federal indian history, that's happened since the europeans late 1400s. the so it's almost like, you know, never had a native woman in congress. we've never had that voice at the table. we've never had anyone advocating for the things that we care about. don't realize that the u.s. government has a trust responsibility to indian tribes. there is a government-to-government relationship. so that means that tribes should
really be at the table whenever issues of importance are discussed with them. so if anything, i'm here to that that is us the deal and that we need to it, and and honor certainly, i'm very proud to be native women in congress. i think, i built a national network when i was running, in my primary i got a tremendous amount of support tribes across the country. they are very grateful, very happy. none of this would have happened me if i hadn't worked for the past 20 years in my state democrats elected, working hard. i'm a grassroots organizer. i started from the ground. i started out as a phone olunteer and now i'm a member elect of congress. what i also feel that shows is that, a seat like this is not
of reach for anyone. you don't have to be politically connected. ou don't have to have personal wealth. you don't have to have -- you lot of ve to have a things that you might think you need when you decide to run for congress. a savings en have account when i decided to run. every single dime that i spent on my campaign. i didn't rely on my personal to carry me through. so it's attainable for folks who grassroots, who don't have personal wealth, who don't have connections, and i think that's for our esentation country. [applause] on your to pick up point. as host of the women rule up the two issues come most when i talk to women who are running or have been long elected. one, money, that's one of the biggest hurdles for women. dealing with the
scrutiny. eally a lot of women, your appearance, how you're portraying yourself. i love you two to kind of talk -- your perspective on that, kind of the scrutiny you as a woman, how you decided to deal with it and maybe any for ical advice you have women in this audience who, whether they will run for ffice, they want to be entrepreneurs, raising money, how do you do it? how do you get up the courage? you.me start with >> well, i started out ground working for the republican party. and worked for 25 years before i for thought about running office, when all of a sudden the light bulb went on. get e been work hard to other people elected, why don't you run, and so i did. also, that was during my childbearing and rearing years a mother taking care of children, my husband is a and he still
works six days a week so i stopped working when i had to be home. i thought about going back and i ching at some point but, ended up managing apartments and and doing other things. >> naturally. >> not everybody does that. tell you some very interesting buffalo tales if you would like. is an issue oney for women, and i think it's more the emotional side. hesitated to raise money gallery orow, an art a function or, you know, or dren in need of shoes some different type of issue that i was involved with, but ll of a sudden when you're asking for money for yourself, it takes a little time and that to get out of personal zone until you realize, is greater doing than just yourself. and women are wired differently.
so we do take things ersonally, and we wonder sometimes, they talk about the glass ceiling. i never thought about that until raising money. it is out there and it is a consideration, but once you move beyond thinking this money, you know is directly because of me policy or cause of what you're trying to do, to community, it makes a difference. for er struggled running office as a woman. you have to like people to run for office. i think you alluded to it in many ways. you just move forward and you friends and you make our world larger and larger, when you're running for office. berger. >> asking for money was a for me.us hurdle the amount of money we would need to raise. > how much money are you
talking about, in virginia, expensive? raised over $7 million and spent over $7 million. didn't mean to cut you off but i feel like we need context sometimes. >> we had a lot of super pacs ome many to attack me on-air which we'll get to in a second. but for me, i think, really part recognizing, i wasn't raising money for me. it wasn't about me. for someone to believe in you and your effort and what was also helpful for me looking at engagement on a spectrum. asking ave a problem someone to knock on doors. it was really a spectrum of engagement. and i had a wonderful conversation of someone who was financially supportive. look, i'm busy, i'm never going to knock on doors a lot of money, this is how i help. it was interesting because in the conversation, it was a
that, he more than said you just need to ask for what you need, and, you know, no problem asking people for, to knock doors, it's the same thing. o you ask people for different things that they can give and some people can give a little bit of everything, and some door can give a lot of knocking or phone banking. some people can give a lot of money. so even thinking about it in that, and the other thing that was interesting for me was i thought people will i'm raising money so people who have the ability to give money will know they it.ld give that's not the thing. their yone is shaking head. >> you have to be very specific because people will say things oh, i was waiting for to you ask. eanwhile, you were waiting for them to participate, if you will. and so it is a hurdle, but for down to, if i want to achieve this goal, if i want to bring better my district, to if i want to do what i truly believe in, this is one piece of
it. just one piece of it. it's the hardest, most challenging for me. but i also then sort of thought, f i ask people to commit espionage on behalf of the united states government and buy girl people to scout cookies, it should be easy. attacked on television frequently, frequently, and very challenging ways. i had people routinely tell me, older in ow, you look person, you look younger in person. prettier in person. person.k wrinklier in people will tell you astounding things. sense have to have a good of humor, and i would say people comfortable with me if they are able to say such open of those, it's one just like fundraising, i love talking about policy, issues,
people's stories that piece of it i love. raising money i don't love at much. so incredibly e honest with you about you, i but it cessarily love, is sort of all of the foundational pieces and the experiences that are part of office, and the goal was too important to me for me other pieces those stop me. but it is completely a mental just get past it. and to commit to what you're doing and let all the rest of it your back. >> i would say -- with the era of twitter. lot of honesty or people that don't see you, they you, be critical, don't pay attention to that. keep going forward and do what doing. otherwise you could get sidelined by the thousands of in their ting basements tweeting at you. >> i want to ask, we put uestions out to twitter actually when we knew that the three of you were coming up
on-stage. panel, the readers on twittersphere submitted the most, the number one question, nancy pelosi. ask, i'll start with you, you are on the teering committee, you've been actively supportive of nancy pelosi and her quest for speakership. where do you think things stand right now? >> sure. is running , no one against her. that makes it kind of easy. candidate, that's who you support. otherwise, i mean, other than was extremely he supportive of me. she came to my district after primary. she helped me raise a little money. me with a press conference about missing, and indigenous women. it was extremely well attended. smart. she's she's a woman, and this year is a woman. i think she's strategic.
fact, i really believe that she's strategizes all the time. i think that's what she wakes up and does every morning, she's about the ways we can move our country forward and make sure that we're doing possibly can to make the lives of people in this country better. think that's a good thing. -- interview i ad after the election, it was on november 7, i was on with they asked i, and me, i guess they expected me, you know to back off and all of that. i said, will you support her? i said, i will, and they were like, wait a minute. for the controversy. >> exactly. >> so yes. her.upportive of i voted in the caucus, yes, on election, and i'll vote on the floor. era, we need is
leadership that's tested and experienced, and so, i pelosi.rtive of nancy >> you're in a different camp. you voted against pelosi in the caucus. where are you now in terms of for ing about the vote speaker? >> this is something i was very clear on across my campaign, and district, i campaigned very heartily on the notion we voices in the discussion at all levels. have so fortunate to many new members of congress, articularly on the democratic side, who are bringing their and s, passion and fervor, excitement to communities. i also think we need new sodership at the top as well that's something i talked about quickly. on the campaign trail i said i pelosi t support leader for speaker. i would be supporting new leadership or someone who
leadership and this is my first opportunity to to be promise to soon constituents and that's exactly what i will do. >> can you give us a sneak peek you will vote for? >> sure. who i te for someone believe is representative, in we're, after many years in the minority are moving back to the majority, and i think that mandate from the american people, we, the emocratic party, to make a lot of changes and advocate for a variety of things and i'll be who i think mebody represents those. >> no name today. announced. you were the lone republican woman who was elected this cycle. that back a little bit. what's it's been like for you ince the election coming to washington? have you gotten to know other omen across the aisle or other lawmakers in general? >> well, starting out, of ourse, you have the different
parties with their freshmen oing through orientations, separately, most of the time. i've met some new friendly faces women tend to reach out for each other. i'm used to being with the guys. know, i have two sons, i was years.cout leader for >> i popped popcorn. some it will be -- we have dynamic republican women that i have met and i'm becoming friends with. lots of them, you will see more today as well. positions.h to, of course, represent southern west virginia as well as all of west virginia, country.also my and so i'm interested in the make our hat will country and my particular part economically ia sound and moving forward. so i'm more concerned about
policy. again, i think women do a good ob reaching out to each other, but as far as my freshman class, what a dynamic group of people. about those who have been in military service and some of us who have also in our legislatures, in we're bringing a whole new voice into our country. in the minority before. i was in eight years the legislature i was in the minority, and i knew even then that the most important thing is finding people i was in the of like mind in both parties. and working on policy that way. i will 's the way continue to behave and to learn, know. you know when you have something in common with people. different issues at different will be times when you're voting with someone on way, ill in a particular and not on another. just you learn when you
kind of don't take it ersonally, because it might be something that's particularly just in your district or a philosophy. that ere are many issues i'm sure we will vote in common with. particularly interested in juvenile justice and justice reinvestment, and nonpartisan issues. so that's the way i will move orward, as the lone republican woman. >> i want to ask you, just to roontsly sat that i down with your home state senator and we were talking running,men republicans how -- at the federal level in particular, have had a hard time. kind of problems that they have. later in the day we were going talking full panel about with republican women what can be done what needs to be done. you were in state health, what do you think needs to be done? what could help to maybe get women like yourself elected? >> they have got to have the assion, the fire in their
belly, to want to step forward because when you do step forward as you or office, alluded to, facebook and it's r, it's almost as if -- on you as a person. you have to be able to pull insults, ack from the the comments, and move forward. got to have that fire in your belly. you've got to feel very strongly hat you know your voice can make a difference, and that little adage that you hear about all the starfish that have washed up on the shore and there is a little boy throwing them older man comes and tells him, you're not going to make any difference, why are you bothering? he said, i did to this one. i did to this one. kind of do the same thought process with yourself nd you realize, you can make a difference, and we have made a difference, that helps
tremendously. there was so much money put into these elections this year. unprecedented, the amount of money. 90% of his raised money out of state. i raised 90 percent of my money in-state. that tells you a lot. there were a lot of moving parts and, you icular time, know, the result was, there were less republican women elected. but, you know, i persevered and ignored all of those comments made and just moved forward, and it's a people issue. be able to relate to people, engage with people nd listen to people because i think the listening part is very, very important. we're quickly running out of time. i want to do a lightning round wrap up. there is a lot of talk about bipartisanship and working across the aisle. thing that can get done in the first year that ou're in congress on a
bipartisan basis what do you think it could be? that's a difficult question. you know what? climategned on fighting change, moving our state to renewable energy. we have 310 days of sun per year in new mexico. everyone, are for right? everyone deserves affordable healthcare. protecting those preexisting conditions, and public education. i think werything -- should have early childhood education forever child in this country. [applause] >> that might keep people out of prison, you know, we could spend on education instead of prison, for heaven's sake. as far as working with republicans -- >> well, we have the majority of the house. we don't have the majority in the senate. we don't have the white house. think our job will be to ensure that we're still moving ur agenda forward, working on
an infrastructure bill, do anything we can to fight climate change. knowing that perhaps we might not get bills like that through, -- it doesn't keep us doesn't stop us from trying to move toward with all of those things. think all the things i mentioned just now are on our genda as democrats, and so we'll just move forward as much as we can. lotell, a good job solves a of problems. i'm interested in economic development. infrastructure, economy.ication of our education our children. it all goes hand-in-hand. >> all right. infrastructure first and foremost. a bipartisan effort, rescription drug prices, addressing the cost of prescription drugs i think is something we can do in a fashion.an good governance and some campaign finance reform movement. i think that's something we'll to manage in a bipartisan fashion. additional ding
areas of common ground. finding places where we can agree. education and d what we can actually move forward on together. it's a conversation we should be a daily basis. >> thank you so much for joining me. really appreciate it. [applause] >> it's been a great to kick off our morning. my two big takeaways from this terms of the most things pplicable, running for office, you have to make the effort. you can't be afraid to do that need to have we some thick skin because people some people will always be haters out there. you all for taking the time and good luck and best of luck come january 3. start our next conversation on the future of women in the republican party. thank you. >> thank you, everyone.
rachel bade. >> good morning. rachael bade and i cover congress for politico. our next panelut on the future of republican women because it's a topic i've covered closely on the hill for past few months. we know this is the year of the for politics, with record numbers of people running and inning but there is an under-reported caveat, if you have an "r" behind your name. house republican women is set to decline from 23 this year to a paltry 13 which lowest level since 1994. one of these women actually recently told me that she felt elected women in her party were becoming an endangered we're going to talk about what's going on right now
in the party with women and how to blicans are trying congresswoman h york.nik of new love of utah. mia you can ask questions to our #rulewithus.ing the you said the number of preliminary win had reached a crisis level and election day be a wake-up call for the party. has did you see happen that you so concerned? >> last cycle i had the honor of the first woman to recruit for the congressional committee on recruiting s as many women as possible and i recruited ccessfully over a hundred women, highest ever running at republicans for the house. some of the challenges was they
didn't get through primaries. as we headed towards election for the general election, i think we really struggled not the support but also to have a message that allowed these women to win. i am proud, i won by 15 points in my district, in the swing we need to i think do some lessons learned and what icant assessments of went wrong, which is why i'm ery focused on rebuilding my leadership pack to help women in primaries. elp them early on, to help shape the field and shape the types of candidates we have running into election day. stark going into the conference meeting after the election and taking a look realizing, wow, this is not reflective of the american republic. when t does 2 party lose they lose women? >> they lose all prospecttive. it's not reflective of the voters public and the as a whole. i think women bring a unique expertise. we're also very willing to work
across the aisle. we're more likely to be bipartisan. there are amazing women leader in the republican conference currently who need to be elevated. need to be heard loudly, for example, jamie utler has a tough district in washington state. she has a bill on the floor this week addressing maternal issues.ty that needs to be out there. we need to message that, our elevate p needs to those voices. >> ms. love, you've been a critical voice on capitol hill only black female republican in congress largely men.ated by white older hen you lost your race, you said your defeat a couple of weeks ago shines a spotlight on he problems washington politicians have with minority and black americans. it's transactional. do you feel like the republican party has abandoned minority women like yourself? that they have not done what they need to do to
reach out to minority communities. there are so many communities out there that are based that t ot done what centric. they believe in the same things. they believe in trying to keep families together. however, if you look at what's policies, i think, the we know the policies work. i have applied the policies as a mayor. applied conservative policies across the country, and so many different levels and they work. the problem is, people don't get sense that you actually take them home. what i mean by that, it feels very transactional. relationship driven. we're not engaging with people level. ground we're not letting people have a space where they feel like they republicans.st that's how i feel. i can tell you right now, that i'm sure that people are talking about some of the the president made. that was very transactional. like i don't need
this republican any longer, or me my rson didn't give due respect, and so i'm going to throw them under the bus, it like there was a relationship that was built and for me this is all personal. way, dy who says, by the it's not personal, it's just politics. really shouldn't be involved in all because it's personal to the families that you actually make decisions for. it's very personal to them. so i think that, you know, there is one thing about just kind of on the level in washington, and you're trying to legislate from a chair there actually getting engaged on the ground level with actually, they are respected personally on every level by the decisions you're making. you brought up some of the comments that the president made the day after the election. even ose not following, before her race had been called the lear of your party came out apparent defeat because it looked like she might ose, neri cave me no love and suggested if she had sort of ran
him, praised him more, ore to his line of thinking, policy, whatever, that she would have kept your race. that were when you happened? what went through your head? >> i was sitting on my bed answeringust looking, some emails and i actually got a saying are you listening to this? i was like listening to what? nd obviously, i was a little shocked, but first, let me be very clear. my policies and principles don't follow a person, right? i believe that the house of representatives is a branch of government that's closest to you really should be following the set of principles, platform. so one of the things that really frustrates me is, when people say, the leader of the republican party, i'm sorry, but
am republican because of the set of principles that i follow and because of a platform. feel like somebody is not representing that i will calll -- them out on it, it does not matter who you are. my job is not to walk in lockstep because he is sitting in the white house. that is for everyone, republican or democrat, it does not matter, if you are not doing what i believe is great for this country and everyone, then you will have a problem with me.
rachael: do those comments show that he understands the issue that the party is having with minority women in particular? rep. love: obviously not. it really is a given -- look, i have respect for a lot of my colleagues and people i have worked with. when you have got -- i will give you a clear example, my parents live in connecticut, supported the president when he made comments about haiti and other african countries, which i will not repeat. that was one thing, they felt like, that is not nice. then when they saw he was throwing a fellow republican under the bus for no reason whatsoever, that did not betray the trust they had. we have to get to the point where people are electing us not just on policies, but the fact that they trust that we care about them. that is where i believe we can do a better job in terms of the republican party showing people
we are compassionate, we care about them and their families. we want them not just to go from the lowest common denominator up, but way above and beyond. in this country, no one is predestined to be poor, and you can do whatever you set your mind to, that is the america i grew up in, and i do not want to take that away from anyone. rachael: i want to go to the state level but before we do, very quickly, ms. chamberlain, how much does the decreasing number of women -- is it harder to be a republican woman in the age of trump? sarah: i spent some time election night in a conservative district, the only one we have not lost in that part. i got to interview for 12 hours, i got to interview suburban moms. they said they like our policy, but they are tired of the tweets. i wish he would stop. i think the first lady has said that frequently, that he would
stop. that is what we have found. the one they pointed to over and over, and i was there for 12 hours, which was a killer, the one they kept pointing to, he obviously has a relationship with stormy daniels, whatever it is. then he referred to her as a horse face. i got that from 10 to 12 women through the day, that is the one tweet they pointed to that they were unhappy with. rachel: do lawmakers feel tweets can be unhelpful for republican women? sarah: yes. [laughter] rachael: what do you do when people say i do like the town. >> our employers are our constituents, and our job is to speak out and we are independent from the president. i have said publicly the president should tweet less. that is a very minimum of how we -- that is a bear minimum of how rhetoricprove the coming out of the white house and a working relationship with the coequal branch of government in the house and senate.
rachael: i want to go to the state level, because something different is happening with republicans. ms. martinez, as someone whose job is to get women and minorities elected in state houses, you have seen the opposite happening. tell us what you are seeing on the ground, share these numbers. ms. martinez: i think the state level is a different universe. you have thousands of legislators who come up every cycle, and we have elections every year. we have elections in virginia, new jersey, and in even years the rest of the 45 states. we are constantly recruiting more women, when already -- more women, minority candidates for state-level office, and we want candidates to reflect the full diversity of the nation. one of the things that has been a different perspective is when you work at this state level, you have a different dynamic in office.
you have the governor and lieutenant governor and state legislative chambers, and because of that, the politics of every state differs widely. you are trying to find candidates that reflect the district, and are localized candidates that you are trying to find somebody that fits the district. the issue that goes on at the state level are specific to that region. with that said, we have tried to find more women and diverse candidates to run for office. this is the longest standing committee led recruitment initiative from within the committee where since 2011 we have been working with state houses and senate leadership mostly to identify open and target seats early on in the process. and then try to find a female or
minority or female minority candidate to run for office in advance of when most people are looking at the race. the recruitment initiative is proactive, aggressive, and we invest significantly at the state level. we are the largest 527 that supports republicans at the state level. highs and historic now, we are still at 62 of 99 legislative chambers, and it has given us opportunities to bring in new faces for the party. we have spent almost $30 million on this initiative since 2011, and we spent $8 million in his -- in this past cycle alone. we support statewide lieutenant-governor and secretaries of state and that state and house chambers. we have seen when we are proactively recruiting and heavily investing in candidates, it may take longer to recruit women. it may be more work. if we are able to train state
house leadership to do that on a consistent basis, then you find a more stable infrastructure. it is not easy. i commend ms. stafanik for what she has done in recruitment and ms. love for what she did in utah because it is difficult. most women struggle if they will run for office, so we try to find mentors, and training whenever possible. we are there on the beginning to the end, soup to nuts, the committee supports at all different levels and that has made the difference. rachael: the numbers speak for themselves. 160 new women this cycle alone, republican women. since 2011, 655 new women legislators across the country. are there things that you think republican women at the national level can take away from what you are doing, recommendations,
advice, to replicate your success? ms. martinez: patience and tenacity go a long way. we are on a good path. you are seeking a lot of women -- you are seeing a lot of women run organically on their own, which makes a big difference. recruitment is enormously important, and early recruitment and strong recruitment, i have had meetings with candidates in 2013 that later did not run until 2017. or recruitment conversations in 2014 to run in 2020. a lot of patience and tenacity, proactive recruitment, and i work with leadership in the 50 states, that is part of what we do in the committee. i sit down with the leaders early in the process and work with them to find candidates. for the most part, i have found
the leaders are a work with, the majority are male. oftentimes they have certain hurdles whereas women are not as initially interested in running for office as men are. they have to go out and ask a number of different times. once we have had the conversation, i think it has changed the way they have done business at the state level. ,e continue at it year to year and i have been at the committee since 2013. i may be having the same conversations with state-level leaders over and over again, and going after the same district. that is what has made the difference over the long-term. rachael: ms. stefanik, you recruited a record number of women this year.
you felt it was not enough to get them over the finish line in primaries. tell us more about the initiative you will be doing with your pac, finance, strategy, what is your plan? rep. stefanik: we successfully recruited women but did not have a pipeline. to get them through primaries and general elections. there are outside organizations that have tackled aspects of this issue. what neri is doing with rslc helps us. those are important conversations happening around the country. i am trying to start a boot camp and young guns program for women in primaries. for those of you that are not familiar with the young guns program, it was an initiative started by kevin mccarthy, eric cantor, and paul ryan. they did it on their own. they took the initiative and had a metric-based system to help candidates meet fundraising goals. it was a top-tier candidates
across the country, and that is one of the ways we were able to win back the majority. we need to have that for women. we need to ensure leadership put their money where their mouth is. if they care about the future of not just the republican conference but congress as a whole, and it is more reflective, we need to ensure they are invested in those women early. i want to commend my colleagues like steve scalise who was the first member to pick up the phone and say, i want to support what you are doing. i am hoping to have a launch event in january to highlight our plans for the next cycle, and also highlight women who did not get through, and what the lessons learned were. we left a lot of amazing women on the field, and it is important to spotlight their stories and experiences, and the support they needed but did not get so we can solve that moving forward. rachael: one of the things ms. martinez told me, and how she
was so successful, when you announced your new initiative to support gop women, the man who leads the house republican campaign said this was a bad idea, a mistake. what gives on that? rep. stefanik: i said newsflash, i did not ask for permission. [applause] and i will not ask for permission. and he has changed his tune since then, and he supports those efforts. he says we need hundreds more women in congress. i did not ask for permission when i ran for congress. i am sure these ladies did not ask for permission when they took on different opportunities. when mia ran for office, you do not ask for permission, you just go do it. i am tired of having this issue within our conference, it is time to roll up our sleeves and try to change the types of candidates we have in general
elections. [applause] rachael: does that sort of gut reaction from him highlight a problem you have in trying to get the republican party including your male colleagues to recognize this is a problem? is this the reaction you get from other lawmakers when you talk to them? rep. stefanik: some really understand this is a challenge. i got a text this morning from a great member in a neighboring district to mine in upstate new york, a tough district. he said, i want to do everything i can to help with this. some of our colleagues understand it, but with the 13, weng number, we have need to make sure we are using our voices and have an impact to educate our colleagues. i have said, i will be a broken record for the next two years to remind you this is not reflective of the american republic, and we need to do better. --t is why voices like mia
mia was in my class, we were elected in 2014, she is one of my closest friends and i am sad to see her go. her voice will be as important on the outside if not more important on the outside to shape the party for the future. rachel: ms. love, do you think gop leaders mechanize the -- recognize the gravity of the situation? rep. love: i do not know if they recognize it, but i'm not sure they know what to do about it. i think that is the biggest problem. there is a three-step process, recruitment, we know it is difficult. it is not like women are in front of the mirror and say, i would be a great member of congress. i will go ahead and do that. it usually takes quite a bit of convincing for women to get involved. you are doing a great job recruiting women in the states, but the next step is supporting those women that we are recruiting.
a lot of times there are times i felt like you have got me here, but now there is no support. there is nothing that helps with that support. last but not least, this step we are critically lacking in is promoting policies that a lot of these women have stepped forward and saw that america needs. we have women who have come out with ending taxpayer obligations, sexual harassment, one of my bills in the house of representatives. [applause] over-the-counter contraceptives. seriously. i am pro-life, unapologetically pro-life. why not give women the option of having their choices when it comes to health care before they have to choose between keeping a life and ending a life? [applause] the fact i have more issues with republican men is absurd to me. [applause]
rachael: it is not just a messaging issue, but they have to embrace policies? rep. love: they have to embrace certain policies. we are not asking permission anymore. we need to say, you need to take a step back, talking contraceptives, there are many things you can talk about, areas you have experience in. [laughter] but really, we have great women that have great policies that mean something to america, and they need to be about to voice -- and they need to be able to voice those opinions. step one, recruitment, step two support, and step letting women three, take the charge on issues that are important. rachael: have you talked to republican leadership since her defeat and the feelings you have, the frustration? rep. love: i am not asking permission, i'm going to go out
and do it. rachael: for them, in terms that they are building the party and bringing in republican women? rep. love: we are talking to more of the women instead of the leadership. no one is going to give us anything, we have to go out and take it. i hope they get that message, because i have tried in the past to do what i can, we need to do more of this and get women involved. that did not work. i guess unfortunately for the administration, fortunately for our colleagues and america, i am not going anywhere. these ladies are not going anywhere. to me, this is a bigger motivator of what we need to do, and how we can -- this is not
just about the party. it is about doing everything we can to promote families in america. rachael: let's turn to a few more solutions. ms. chamberlain, your group supported republican women in the last cycle, and you felt there were lessons learned as up to 2020.gear what are some of those lessons? ms. chamberlain: we learned a lot of lessons. but i want to go back, the , republican main street partnership has 80 members. we lost 18 in this cycle, including this fine woman next to me. not all men in the republican party understand. it is funded by the men of the party. my guys, they get the fact we need women. getting to your question we have valuable lessons we learned. part of it was a little bit my
fault. we help men and women. i have a super pac and a pac and there is a woman in tennessee who should be sitting here. she deserves to be sitting here. i was involved in another primary, and i had hoped another entity which will go unnamed would help her. susan brooks a congresswoman , from indiana stopped me and said nobody went to help her. oh my god.-- i got the men of main street, i said listen, we have to help this woman in tennessee, it is an open seat and she is perfect. we dropped a couple hundred thousand dollars there, but it was too little too late. had i gone in earlier i think , she would be sitting on the panel before this. i did not make the same mistake with the woman you met earlier, carol miller from west virginia. but we did, we left her on the
table, and another woman on the table in arizona. that will not happen again. rachael: what about the suburban moms who used to vote for republicans, and now are turning to democrats? are there certain fixes you would recommend the party take on to address this to win back the republican voters? chamberlain: what we are doing currently, even today, the suburban agenda for the republican party. we are talking to these moms, we are not talking to them on the phone. we are meeting them and sitting in focus groups. we are doing 10 congressional districts across the country. some that we won and some that we lost. we are trying to find out what these suburban moms want. what do they want from d.c. back in july we listed policies, that had passed they had no , idea. they accused me of fake news.
i happened to be in california, and i remember sitting up here to pass the pell grant's, and it got signed into law. we were out in the ninth district, and this woman has a bill that got passed. nobody had any idea. it helps their kids. a group of them got in line and asked me about the bill, and how they can find out more information. that is the problem, and it is the problem main street hopes to fix moving forward. with a couple of these great women on the stage and the rest of my members and some of the members that lost. rachael: beyond messaging and financial help, would it help with the women you recruited, if republican women talked more about their gender and the unique perspective it brings to the table. strategiesdifferent as republican women. some women do not want to talk about their gender at all. some told me, it is not the first or the fifth thing i
mentioned i do not bring it up. , increasingly, republican women are embracing gender and saying, this is a big part of who i am and it will influence policy, and you should want me at the table for that reason. what is your thought on that? neri: every candidate we recruit runs their own race. they have thoughts and views about the policies they want to implement when they are in legislature. they also have a personal branding that is specific to them. i do not advise women one way or the other about how they talk about their gender. every candidate we recruit, we want to equip them with as many tools to win office as we can as a committee, and how they approach their personal branding is up to them. in my experience, one of the reasons why we do this, the recruitment of more women and minorities is good for the party. it is good for policy, good for politics, critically important
to have the full diversity of the nation represented in as many different levels of political engagement as possible. we applaud when we have more women running for office. for the most part, voters are looking for somebody they can trust, and they can send to the state capital to implement policy, and often times the trust level is very high with women. i think when you are looking at voters like white suburban moms, that is someone they can relate to. it is good to have more women, but it is a smart strategy. women once on the ballot and get past primaries, they tend to do really well. we had been able to take seats formerly held by democrats by putting women. it is not just something we do to make the party better, we are winning seats with these women,
and we are winning seats with minority candidates even in majority white districts. we are running minority candidates and minority women, the local party voters know these people from town halls or pta meetings, or they are their friends and neighbors, so it is more localized. when you try to find somebody who fits the district and appeals to a wide range of voters, we are finding these candidates do well at the state level. rachael: we are going to end with a lightning round. forward publicly and women in the audience that want to grow the number of republican women in office, what is one piece of advice you would give today? rep. love: what was the last part of it? who want to vote for -- rachael: republican women in the audience who want to see more women in the party in elective positions, what should they be doing?
rep. love: fund them, even if it is five dollars or $10, money early is very important. >> i would say to highlight an issue that is important, and get that issue out there. that would help support them. also one, fund them, but to highlight an issue they would be helpful in, because people will hold on to that issue. rachael: i want to give a plug for leaders who do a good job. when you support female leadership as well, then you are seeing an abundance of different solutions. speaker of the house in iowa, linda up meyer recruits women, , her pac funds these women, and she along with joni ernst and governor reynolds form a trifecta to make iowa the most feminist state in the country. when you support female leadership as well, you will see they take initiatives on their
own and try to bridge the gap in an effective way. >> i think funding them is important, but earlier than that, encourage them to run. think about running yourself, or your friends, neighbors, nieces, moms, encourage them to run. it takes a lot of courage to raise your hand, run for office, step into the arena in this tough political environment. encourage them to run, set that kernel, i can do this. rachael: we are out of time, thank you for your insights on this. it is clear that republican women at the national level have challenges ahead but you guys are working to change funding, messaging, encouragement, or taking a piece of advice from ms. martinez and seeing what she is doing. thank you for sharing your experiences, and let's hear it for our panel. [applause]