Why Aren’t There More Republican Women in the Legislature?


Just ask Wendy Warburton, Republican legislator from Havre:

"I really think that the biggest reason that more women who are Republicans don’t get into politics is because we are the pro-family party," Warburton said. "So many women with our conservative values are raising kids, and spending time with grandchildren and families. A trait of our party is that our number one priority is family."

This seems to raise a number of interesting questions. Does it mean that Representative Warburton herself is anti-family, choosing to run for and be elected to the Legislature? Her logic would seem to suggest that she is.

More importantly, for how long does the party that votes against the interests of children over and over get to claim to be the ‘pro-family party,’ just because they hate gay people and occasionally try to censor a book or two? At what point do they need to start supporting families with tax policies, adequately funded schools, and affordable health insurance?

Those, Representative Warburton, are the kinds of things that politicians who are pro-family really do.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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According to Warburton, my state senator, Democrat Carol Williams, must be anti-family. That's why she worked so hard to expand health care for kids, advanced all-day kindergarten and supported increasing the minimum wage.

She's the mother of three great kids. And I just ran into her at Albertsons buying balloons for her grandchild's birthday.

What a shame she doesn't have any "family values."

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