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Republican congressional candidate-elect Nancy Mace. Photo: Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images

A record number of Republican women ran for federal office this year and so far the GOP has boosted the number of women in the House by at least 10 members.

Why it matters: The new representatives reflect a big win for the Republican Party — and a payoff in their efforts to recruit women to run for office. Only 13 women held seats in the House in the 116th Congress; those numbers are now expected to be at least 23 (the AP has called at least 12 races and two of the current female representatives are retiring).

By the numbers: Of the 227 Republican women who filed to run for the House, a record 94 won their primaries. This shatters the previous the record high of 53 set in 2004, according to the Rutgers Center for American Women and Politics.

  • Of the 13 in office, Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN 5th District) and Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL 2nd District) are not running for re-election, so Republicans needed two more women just to maintain the status quo in the House, a goal they easily achieved.
  • The NRCC announced last year it would target 55 Democratic seats, and backed 22 female nominees this cycle.

Details: So far the new representatives that have officially won according to the Associated Press are:

  • Kat Cammack (FL),
  • Mary Miller (IL)
  • Diana Harshbarger (TN)
  • Maria Elvira Salazar (FL)
  • Nancy Mace (SC)
  • Marjorie Taylor Green (GA)
  • Lauren Boebert (CO)
  • Stephanie Bice (OK)
  • Yvette Herrell (NM)
  • Michelle Fischbach (MN)
  • Lisa McClain (MI)
  • Ashley Hinson (IA).



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Maya Sharma's debut book, on sale this week, features interviews with 25 women who charted their own course to success. It's a topic she knows a lot about — she can now call herself a published author before even graduating high school.

The big picture: Sharma, the 16-year-old daughter of prominent wireless industry consultant Chetan Sharma, said the women featured in "Paving: Conversations with Incredible Women Who are Shaping Our World" all have different stories but that she hopes young girls take away one key lesson: "She did it, and so can I."

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Acting Capitol Police chief: Phone logs show Jan. 6 National Guard approval was delayed

Pittman at a congressional tribute for fallen officer Brian Sicknick. Photo: Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images

Acting U.S. Capitol Police chief Yogananda Pittman testified on Thursday that cellphone records show former USCP chief Steven Sund requested National Guard support from the House sergeant-at-arms as early as 12:58pm on Jan. 6, but he did not receive approval until over an hour later.

Why it matters: Sund and former House sergeant-at-arms Paul Irving clashed at a Senate hearing on Tuesday over a dispute in the timeline for when Capitol Police requested the National Guard during the Capitol insurrection.