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Top three GOP House spots still a no-woman’s-land

Lynn Jenkins, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, John Boehner
Lynn Jenkins, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, John Boehner

In the wake of the resignation of House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, those vying for the top three GOP House spots are all congressmen. A Politico article headlined “For Hill Republicans, the glass ceiling is shatter-proof” noted that Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., briefly sought to move up to majority leader but will remain as House Republican Conference chairwoman – “as high as any woman has ever reached” in the House GOP hierarchy. That means Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, likely will remain as the conference vice chairwoman, as her desire to move up was contingent on McMorris Rodgers’ ambitions. There are 23 GOP women and 65 Democratic women in the House. – Rhonda Holman

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