Newsmax reveals the 25 most powerful women in Republican politics


image_01 Newsmax reveals the 25 most powerful women in Republican politics  1 | Kelly Ayotte
U.S. senator from New Hampshire

As New Hampshire’s first female attorney general, Ayotte, 45, is comfortable in the rough-and-tumble of politics. Among the political glitterati who flocked to support her 2010 campaign for the U.S. Senate: Sen. John McCain, Sarah Palin, and future presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.

Ayotte won by a landslide, announcing her formidable arrival on the national political scene. And she’s delivered an impressive performance in the upper chamber ever since. Her support for the right to bear arms drew the ire of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose Mayors Against Illegal Guns group shelled out nearly $2 million in attack ads against her.

But Bloomberg’s attacks backfired, with at least one mayor resigning from the group in protest. “You know you’re doing something right when you have the left coming after you with full force and vigor,” comments GOP political-law expert Cleta Mitchell. “She has a very bright future.” Ayotte drew heat from grass-roots conservatives who supported her in 2010 with her support for immigration reform. But none of that has diminished the perception of Ayotte as an emerging force. “Sen. Ayotte has a lot of potential,” says University of Virginia Center for Politics Director Dr. Larry Sabato.

image_02 Newsmax reveals the 25 most powerful women in Republican politics  2 | Sarah PalinFormer Alaska governor

Since resigning as Alaska’s governor in July 2009, Palin, 49, has reinvented herself as a best-selling author, commentator, and speaker. She still holds sway with evangelical women, and her endorsements in GOP primaries reflect an ability to back winning candidates. Of course, Palin’s name is continually linked to political office. But given the influence she already wields, why would she accept a demotion?

As a conservative speaker, Palin sets the gold standard for attracting big audiences. In June, she returned to Fox News as a regular contributor, which will give her an even bigger platform to call out Republicans tempted to stray from the grass-roots orthodoxy. Although the left has continually campaigned to drive up her negatives, a single Palin tweet or Facebook post can still shake up the political landscape.

image_03 Newsmax reveals the 25 most powerful women in Republican politics  3 | Cathy McMorris RodgersChair of the House Republican Congress

McMorris Rodgers, 44, is often seen standing at Speaker John Boehner’s side as he delivers his broadsides against the Obama administration. As the chairman of the House Republican Conference, she holds the No. 4 position in the House leadership hierarchy. That makes her one of the most powerful Republican women on Capitol Hill.

During her time in Congress, McMorris Rodgers, a mother of two, has been an advocate of workplace flexibility for women. She took a lead role in winning House passage of the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013. But she assures Newsmax the best is yet to come. “We’re working hard to encourage more women to run for office at the local, state and national levels,” she says, “and to remind them that their input here could help so many Americans across the country.”

image_06 Newsmax reveals the 25 most powerful women in Republican politics  6 | Susan CollinsU.S. senator from Maine

Collins, 60, is considered one of the last of an endangered species — a Northeastern Republican moderate. As such, she prides herself on bipartisan compromise and has been known to frustrate the Republican base with her positions on social issues like gay marriage. Collins voted in favor of President Obama’s massive stimulus plan, but opposed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. She has a long history of being a staunch fiscal conservative true to her Yankees roots, and has been an advocate of a balanced budget amendment.

Collins currently serves on the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, the Select Committee on Intelligence, and is ranking member of the Senate’s Special Committee on Aging. She also doesn’t mind taking on Obama. Speaking on Benghazi in May she told CNN U.S. military help “could have been sent in time to save the further deaths.”

4 | Condoleezza RiceFormer U.S. secretary of stateimage_04 Newsmax reveals the 25 most powerful women in Republican politics

As the nation’s first female African-American secretary of state, Rice, 58, played a key role in counterbalancing the stauncher neoconservatives in George W. Bush’s administration. Although she will probably never be a favorite of social conservatives — she once described herself as “mildly pro-choice” — Rice has frequently been mentioned as a strong prospect to serve on a national ticket.

Fueling that speculation was her remark at the 2012 Convention that her parents had raised their little girl to believe “she can be the president of the United States.”

Whether Rice is really prepared to leave Stanford University for the ground-and-pound of politics remains to be seen. But with her extraordinary resume, it is a safe bet that Rice will continue to inspire a generation of women leaders.

image_05 Newsmax reveals the 25 most powerful women in Republican politics  5 | Susana MartinezGovernor of New Mexico

Martinez, 54, is the first female Hispanic governor in U.S. history. Like many of the women on our list, she began her political career as a state prosecutor. She was named New Mexico Prosecutor of the Year in March 2010, and survived a hard-fought GOP gubernatorial primary in part thanks to an endorsement from Palin. She was elected governor that November.

Martinez scored major points at the 2012 GOP convention in Tampa, serving up a rousing stem-winder that propelled her further into the national political limelight. Since then, her supporters have been tamping down speculation she might run for president in 2016, pointing out that she faces a gubernatorial re-election campaign in 2014. Sabato predicts she’ll win a second term, despite the fact that New Mexico is trending Democratic. Bottom line: In a party that desperately needs more cachet with women and more Hispanics, Martinez’s prospects appear bright indeed.


Who are America’s most influential Republican women? Newsmax magazine has the answer.

Newsmax looked at leading women in politics, the media, and other fields to compile a list of the 25 most influential Republican women for the August issue’s cover story “The GOP 25.

Leading off is Kelly Ayotte, the senator from New Hampshire who is an emerging force in Congress. Ayotte won by a landslide in 2010 even though New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s group Mayors Against Illegal Guns spent nearly $2 million in attack ads against her.

No. 2 on the list is former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Although she is not currently in office, Palin still holds sway with evangelical women, and her endorsements in GOP primaries reflect an ability to back winning candidates. A single Palin tweet can still shake up the political landscape.

Another political heavyweight among the 25 is Washington state Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. As chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, she holds the No. 4 position in the House leadership hierarchy and is one of the most powerful GOP women on Capitol Hill.

Media figures on the list include author and commentator Peggy Noonan, whose Wall Street Journal columns consistently provide an informed, intelligent defense of conservative ideals.

Another commentator on the list is Laura Ingraham, author and permanent guest host on the highest-rated cable news talk program, “The O’Reilly Factor.” Ingraham also is arguably the most successful woman in the male-dominated arena of political talk radio.

Among the political consultants in the 25 is Mary Matalin, who helped run George H.W. Bush’s campaign and served as an adviser to President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.

Business leaders on the list include Meg Whitman, president and CEO of Hewlett-Packard and a former candidate for governor in California. Many observers believe it is only a matter of time before Whitman is asked to put together a winning team at some level in Washington.

Other women in the GOP 25, in addition to those mentioned, are New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez; Sen. Susan Collins of Maine; former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; political-law attorney Cleta Mitchell; Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen; former Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao; South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley; Tennessee Rep. Diane Black; former Deputy Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Liz Cheney; Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin; Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer; business executive Carly Fiorina; GOP strategist Ana Navarro; Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser; “The View” former co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck; former RNC Deputy Chairwoman Maria Cino; and commentators Ann Coulter and Michelle Malkin.

Newsmax also looks at the “Up & Comers” among Republican women, and the trailblazers like Nancy Reagan and Barbara Bush, who set the bar for exceptional first ladies.

Newsmax magazine is one of the most popular and influential news publications in America. It has been honored with a Gold Eddie Award in the News/Commentary category of Folio magazine’s prestigious journalism awards, the Eddies, and a Charlie Award, the highest honor from the Florida Magazine Association, in each of five categories including Best In-Depth Reporting.

Ben Stein says Newsmax reveals the “unafraid, uncomplicated, bare-knuckles truth about today’s dangerous world.”

Among the other articles in the August issue:

• An excerpt from author and columnist Conrad Black’s new book “Flight of the Eagle: The Grand Strategies That Brought America from Colonial Dependence to World Leadership.”

Black asserts that America seems to have lost its vocation for greatness in the absence of any rivals, but he is confident that with better leadership, the American eagle will rise again.

• Newsmax magazine looks at the impact that revelations about the National Security Agency’s surveillance program could have on the economy. Privacy advocates are calling for restrictions on the type and amount of personal information the online companies are allowed to collect and share. Given that the online sector accounts for nearly 6 percent of U.S. gross domestic product, the potential impact is huge.

• Political strategist Douglas Schoen’s “Unconventional Wisdom” column maintains that Vice President Joe Biden could be a real contender for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, and previews the Hillary Clinton-Biden battle that may be brewing.

• “Cold War Heats Up in the Arctic” examines the struggle over which nations will control the Arctic’s coveted oil reserves and rare-earth metals.

• And an article on zero-interest credit cards discloses how Americans can take advantage of the boom in card offers, which feature zero interest on both purchases and balance transfers.

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