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Jane Timken, women vie for seats in Congress

Jane Timken, then chairwoman of the Ohio Republican Party, speaks at the Hamilton County Board of Elections during early voting in Norwood on Oct. 6. Timken is running for U.S. Senate.

Jane Timken knows how to shatter a glass ceiling. 

The U.S. Senate candidate became the first woman to run the Ohio Republican Party, rising to political prominence with the backing of former President Donald Trump. She spent years working behind the scenes for the state and Stark County GOP before launching her first election bid.

Now, she wants to be Ohio’s first female senator, joining a groundswell of conservative women fighting for a seat at the table. But Timken’s candidacy comes as Republicans struggle to diversify their representation in Congress — and as the Buckeye State lags behind others in electing women on both sides of the aisle. 

“(Republicans have) still got a long way to go to catch up to Democratic women,” said Barbara Palmer, executive director of the Center for Women and Politics of Ohio at Baldwin Wallace University. “Here in Ohio especially, there are so few Republican women who run to begin with that even if we see an increase, it’s hardly a blip on the screen.”

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