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New GOP women's group makes first endorsements

Simone Pathé, CQ-Roll Call on

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Winning for Women will make non-incumbent endorsements in the coming weeks. GOP strategists are excited about viable recruits in a number of competitive races. Stefanik is the first female head of recruitment for the NRCC this cycle. Republicans also have an opportunity to increase the number of GOP women in Congress by supporting female candidates in solid Republican open seats.

Five GOP women serve in the Senate, compared to 17 Democratic women. Twenty-two GOP women serve in the House, compared to 62 Democratic women. Nearly a quarter of the women in the House GOP conference have already announced they're not running for re-election.

"Simply put, there are not enough right-of-center women seated at the table. It's our goal to change that," Executive Director Rebecca Schuller said in a statement.

Schuller recently launched and directed the Women's Initiative, a project of America Rising that tried to help Republicans communicate with independent women voters. She's a veteran of Capitol Hill and the Massachusetts State House who's also worked as a lawyer for Mintz Levin.

Danielle Barrow will serve as operations director. She was previously director of operations for the Foreign Policy Initiative. She's worked on Capitol Hill and in the Virginia General Assembly.

Communications director Katherine Cresto joins Winning for Women from Edelman. She's a veteran of the Financial Serves Roundtable, Purple Strategies and Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign.

Amanda Iovino will direct research and analytics. She's joining from The Women's Initiative and is a veteran of America Rising and Public Opinion Strategies.

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Micah Yousefi will serve has political and policy director. She was in charge of women's engagement for the NRCC during the 2016 cycle and managed Handel's special election campaign in Georgia's 6th District.

Former New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Hudson Institute chairwoman Sarah May Stern are joining the board of directors.

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