Why there are more Republican women in Congress than ever before

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By Simone Pathe, Maeve Reston, Janie Boschma and Renée Rigdon, CNN
Illustration by Will Mullery,

(CNN) — Lori Chavez-DeRemer sat in the gallery of the House nearly two decades ago with her mom and her twin daughters — tourists peering down at lawmakers on the floor of the chamber.

“I’d really love to be here someday,” the Oregon Republican recalled telling her mother, who encouraged her to think about a run. She’d recently been elected to her city council, but she had her doubts. “I said, ‘Everybody on the floor there probably has a law degree. I’m a stay-at-home mom.'”

But Chavez-DeRemer flipped a Democratic seat in November, helping Republicans win a narrow House majority. She is…

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