The 2018 midterm elections saw several female Democratic candidates, many with backgrounds in the military or intelligence community, emerge victorious in competitive races to capture previously Republican-held seats — including Reps. Chrissy Houlahan of Pennsylvania, Elaine Luria of Virginia, Mikie Sherrill of New Jersey, Elissa Slotkin of Michigan and Abigail Spanberger of Virginia.
But Murphy acknowledged that much of the media’s coverage of the new class of lawmakers has focused on the party’s progressive wing. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan have garnered significant attention for their far-reaching policy proposals and the racist attacks on them by President Donald Trump.
“Are some voices amplified more than others? Sure,” Murphy said. “But I think one of the things that women always bring to the table — whether it’s in a carpool line, at the boardroom, or wherever else we show up — is that we show up and we listen. And then we find ways to civilly engage with one another.”
House Democrats “can disagree on policy, perhaps, but find through conversation and dialogue the ability to find common ground,” she continued. “And I’ve seen a lot of that.”