GOP rep 'disappointed' by the number of Republican women in Congress

GOP rep 'disappointed' by the number of Republican women in Congress
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The only freshman Republican woman elected to the House in 2018 said she is “disappointed” by the small number of GOP women serving in the 116th Congress.

“Yes, I am the only one. We’ve got a terrific group of guys — and Carol,” Rep. Carol MillerCarol Devine MillerKerry goes after Trump over climate on Capitol Hill Overnight Energy: Interior pick heads toward Senate confirmation | Dems want probe into nominee's role on pesticide report | House climate panel holds first hearing Newly-formed House climate panel holds first hearing MORE (R-W.Va.) said with a smile on Thursday during The Hill’s "History Makers: Women and the 116th Congress" event. Only 13 of the 102 women serving in Congress are Republican.

“I was disappointed because there were some really sharp women running this time and they just didn’t make it. There was an incredible amount of money poured into races against [Republican] women," Miller said.

That challenge of fundraising was echoed by Miller’s Democratic colleagues.

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“When you run for Congress, one of the tests is … can you raise the money?” said Rep. Veronica EscobarVeronica EscobarHispanic Caucus asks for meeting with top immigration official Border Dems introduce resolution condemning Trump's closure threats From avocados to beer: 5 areas taking a hit if Trump closes southern border MORE (D-Texas), who was elected in 2018 as one of the first Texas Latinas in Congress.

“There’s a reason why we don’t have even more diversity, because the system is set up in a way so that only certain types of folks can run,” she continued.

Escobar argued that only people who are “retired” or “independently wealthy” have the flexibility to leave their profession and run for office.

The Hill’s Editor-in-Chief Bob Cusack sat down with Miller and Escobar, as well as Reps. Virginia FoxxVirginia Ann FoxxGOP on defensive over Dem votes on policies geared toward women House passes Paycheck Fairness Act Democrats want state majorities, here's how they're going to get them MORE (R-N.C.), Debra Haaland (D-N.M.), Chrissy Houlahan (D-Pa.), Mikie SherrillRebecca (Mikie) Michelle SherrillBooker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements The 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority New Jersey Dems tell Pentagon not to use military funds for border wall MORE (D-N.J.) and Abigail SpanbergerAbigail Davis SpanbergerCorey Stewart to lead pro-Trump super PAC The 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority Why block citizenship to immigrants who defend America? MORE (D-Va.) and Del. Jenniffer González-Colón (R-Puerto Rico) of the 116th Congress for discussions on increasing the number of women in Congress, sponsored by Wells Fargo.

Haaland, one of the first Native American women to be elected to Congress, used her campaign as an example to encourage more women — particularly women of color — to run for office.

“I want people to know that it’s possible to run for office and win if you don’t have anything," she said. "You don’t have to be rich [or] connected politically. You can work hard and you can win your election.”

--Updated at 1:15 p.m.