Erika Harold: 2012 Winner — The 45 Most Admired Republican Women Under 45


Erika Harold is Miss America 2003. She is fluent in six languages, is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Illinois, and an honors graduate of Harvard Law School. Her law school education was paid for by the Miss America pageant.
Harold, 32, was a Bush delegate and addressed the 2004 GOP convention. She served as Youth Director for the state GOP and was the Clare Booth Luce Policy Institute’s “Woman of the Year.”
On her mother’s side, Harold is of Native-American and African-American descent. At the University of Illinois she won first prize in the Afro-American Studies Competition.
She grew up in Urbana and this year she was asked to seek the GOP nomination for an open Congressional seat. She is an impressive orator and received excellent reviews, but she was not selected by the GOP county leaders. Nine years ago Harold moved to Chicago to be an associate with the prestigious Sidley & Austin law firm.
Her parents still live in Urbana and the welcoming sign when you enter the city says “Hometown of Miss America 2003.”
You can read more about the contest rules and background at: The 45 Most Admired Republican Women Under 45

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Mia Love: 2012 Winner — The 45 Most Admired Republican Women Under 45

Mia Love

A STAR IS BORN: Mia Love won the Utah GOP state convention vote tonight with 70%. That means there will be no primary and she is now the official nominee to oppose Rep. Jim Matheson (D).
Because of redistricting, Matheson only represents 30% of the new 4th district. She is already defeating the incumbent in the polls, and this race is one of the top five national pickup opportunities for the GOP.
Love is the Mayor of Saratoga Springs and she soundly defeated former State Rep. Carl Wimmer who had an impressive campaign.
Wimmer had considerable support from libertarians, Sen. Mike Lee, Attorney General Mark Shurtleff and numerous legislators. He was campaigning on a states’ rights theme.
Love has already won support from national GOP leaders. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the leading budget hawk all gave money to Love early in her campaign.
She is the daughter of Haitian immigrants and would be the only black Republican woman in Congress.
You can read more about the contest rules and background at: The 45 Most Admired Republican Women Under 45

Ann Griffin: 2012 Winner — The 45 Most Admired Republican Women Under 45

Ann Griffin

 

State Senator Ann Griffin (R) of Guthrie, Oklahoma won a special election on April 4th. It is her first political post.
The seat was left vacant following the death of Sen. David Myers, R-Ponca City, in November.
Griffin, 43,  is a conservative and Executive Director of Logan Community Services, a nonprofit agency which runs a youth shelter and provides other services.
She repeatedly called for cutting out “endless red tape and bureaucracy,” and wants to see more privatization of health and human services.
A former foster parent, Griffin said her agency works with the state Department of Human Services and she has serious concerns about their ability to deal with child abuse. The new Senator wants law enforcement to be involved in child abuse claims rather than “the ineffective DHS”.
Nearly 20 children have died from child abuse or neglect since January 1, 2010. All were either in DHS custody or agency officials had received numerous complaints within the previous year that the children were being abused or neglected.
She says the state’s largest agency needs to be overhauled, and her special focus will be children.
You can read more about the contest rules and background at: The 45 Most Admired Republican Women Under 45