The Republican Party is sending a bunch of new members to the House of Representatives in January, including at least 16 conservative, pro-life women. One News Now caught up with one of them.
In last month's national elections, the GOP flipped 13 House seats, one of them in favor of Yvette Herrell. When she takes her seat in the House next month, Herrell will be representing New Mexico's 2nd congressional district – an energy-rich district that encompasses essentially the southern half of the state. She's a supporter of President Donald Trump's "America First" energy policy, a former small-business owner who is particularly sensitive to their struggles under COVID, a member of the Cherokee Nation who is proud of her heritage – and patriotic to the core.
"I'm about limited government and more about free markets and giving people the freedom they need to improve their businesses, expand their businesses, recruit and retain employees," she tells One News Now.
And like the rest of the incoming Republican class, Herrell is pro-life and pro-religious freedom.
"[My] colleagues who came in in this freshman class are pro-life, and we have got to stand for the voice that cannot be heard," she states. "As they say, there's safety in numbers – and I think we can make a very good impact."
Herrell will be seated in the 117th Congress and a House of Representatives that has a razor-thin Democratic majority, which she argues gives the GOP a lot of leverage.
"I think we can come in and negotiate from a real powerful position, because it will only take four or five people to move to the Republican side in terms of voting," the former state lawmaker explains. "So there really is opportunity, I believe, to get meaningful legislation through the House."
Herrell, a four-term veteran of the New Mexico House, will be the only Republican on Capitol Hill representing the Land of Enchantment.