The GOP's commitment to electing talented women can help party retake the House

As the 2020 campaign season starts up, a narrative that many in the media like to discuss is a supposed problem within the Republican party with electing women. As the only new female Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, in my experience, that couldn’t be further from the truth. During my campaign, I received support from many people. I met terrific, dynamic Republican women around the country who shared my goals – to make our country a better place to live, work, and raise a family, now and for generations to come.

The one story that has not been written, is that so many talented Republican female candidates faced unprecedented opposition in order to keep us out of Congress. The hundreds of millions of dollars spent to increase the barriers for Republican women to serve their country in the U.S. House of Representatives was very calculated and effective. It was disappointing and destructive. As liberal groups replenish their coffers to once again target Republican women, the media continues to attack and undermine those working hardest and making a real difference to elect Republican women - groups like Winning for Women. Despite the constant negativity, we remain optimistic and undeterred.

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From the White House, to the Republican National Committee, to the National Republican Congressional Committee, strong women are leading the charge to recruit and elect amazing female candidates throughout our nation. Additionally, groups dedicated to electing conservative women like Winning for Women, Susan B. Anthony List, VIEW PAC, and Maggie’s List are on the frontlines supporting candidates early and often. Together, the Republican Party and conservative groups are rallying around women like never before. My female colleagues are also undertaking tremendous efforts to help bring more women into the House as well – Rep. Susan BrooksSusan Wiant BrooksOregon GOP Rep. Greg Walden won't seek reelection Here are the lawmakers who aren't seeking reelection in 2020 Pelosi: GOP retirements indicate they'll be in the minority, with Democrat in the White House MORE (R-Ind.) is serving as Recruitment Chair to help find strong, talented conservative women to run, and Rep. Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikLawmakers introduce bipartisan bill to allow new parents to advance tax credits CNN's Bianna Golodryga: 'Rumblings' from Democrats on censuring Trump instead of impeachment Adam Schiff's star rises with impeachment hearings MORE (R-N.Y.) has started E-PAC to support female candidates in primaries. As prospective candidates reach out to me to ask for my advice and experience, I am able to provide my perspective, just as my more senior female colleagues like Reps. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyOvernight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Stopgap spending bill includes military pay raise | Schumer presses Pentagon to protect impeachment witnesses | US ends civil-nuclear waiver in Iran Cruz, Graham and Cheney call on Trump to end all nuclear waivers for Iran Pompeo: US ending sanctions waiver for site where Iran resumed uranium enrichment MORE (Wyo.), Cathy McMorris RodgersCathy McMorris RodgersIsraeli, Palestinian business leaders seek Trump boost for investment project The Suburban Caucus: Solutions for America's suburbs Shimkus announces he will stick with plan to retire after reconsidering MORE (Wash.), Virginia FoxxVirginia Ann FoxxDemocrats likely to gain seats under new North Carolina maps House passes bill tackling workplace violence in health care, social services sectors Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Trump official declines to detail plans if ObamaCare struck down | DEA unveils rule for opioid manufacturers | Republican tells Zuckerberg to allow anti-vax content MORE (N.C.), and so many others opened up to me during my campaign.

The question to ask is not “do Republicans have a women problem” but rather, “why are Republican women receiving such strong opposition,” maybe even stronger opposition than our male colleagues. If experience shows anything, it will be that as we continue onward in the 2020 election cycle, Republican women will need strong support, and groups like Winning for Women will be even more influential, to combat the liberal opposition to female conservatives in office.

The Republican Party has a strong, undaunted commitment to electing dynamic women so that we can continue on our path of opportunity and economic prosperity for all. We will continue to fight back against the forces hell-bent on weakening Republican female voices. The path forward for America will be led by Republicans – men and women alike – who are focused on growing the economy, creating jobs, protecting life, and making the U.S. safer, freer and more secure. I know that as long as we stay true to ourselves and our beliefs, we can stand up to the liberal special interests, elect great conservative candidates, and retake the House in 2020.

Miller represents West Virginia’s 3rd District.