Rep. Jennifer Dunn (R-Wash.) announced her candidacy this week to take over Newt Gingrich’s post as speaker of the House of Representatives. Dunn would become the first woman to hold the title if elected.
Many have seen Dunn, 57, as the Republican party’s best hope for broadening their appeal to women. “We have an opportunity now to put before the people of the United States a panel of faces that can be [as] broad as the spectrum within the Republican party,” Dunn said Monday.
Dunn was the first woman to hold the position of GOP chairperson in Washington State. She has a solidly conservative voting record, with the exception of abortion issues. Her votes on abortion law have angered many conservatives. Dunn does not favor outlawing all abortions and supports U.S. involvement in international family planning programs. However, she is opposed to including reproductive services as an option in federal employee health plans.
Media Resources: Washington Post - November 13, 1998
11/21/2014 Fifth Circuit Court Refuses to Reconsider Ruling Blocking Mississippi TRAP Law - The full US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday refused to reconsider a panel decision blocking enforcement of a Mississippi law that threatened to close the last remaining abortion clinic in the state.
In July, a panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a preliminary injunction against a Mississippi TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) law requiring abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at local hospitals. . . .