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For most of US history, women have been forced into the periphery of politics. However, that does not mean women have been completely absent from participating in the political system. In the mid to late 19th century, women were one of the driving forces behind the Temperance Movement; one of the more famous slogans from that time was “Lips that touch alcohol shall not touch ours.”

In 1916 Jeannette Rankin became the first women elected to Congress, despite the fact that women still did not have the right to vote. When women did win the right to vote, they flexed their political muscles to help propel Calvin Coolidge into the White House in the election of 1924.

Although Hillary Clinton has been seen as one of the first female candidates with a legitimate chance of becoming president, she is by no means the first woman to run for president. That wonderful honor goes to Victoria Woodhull in 1872; who ran with civil rights legend Frederick Douglas under the banner of the Equal Rights Party. Unfortunately, Woodhull faced heavy resistance and was denied ballot access in every state. Thankfully, that is not the political climate female politicians find themselves in today.

There are currently 104 women serving in Congress, or approximately 19 percent. While this is by no means an ideal number, equal representation is finally starting to happen; albeit slower than we like. Women still face monumental challenges in being elected on the national election, but that does not mean they cannot find victory and fame on the national stage.

In recent years, women like Michelle Bachmann and Carol Moseley Braun have proven that women can run for president and be considered serious candidates; and vice presidential candidates like Sarah Palin have shown that women can easily outshine their male political counterparts.

The upcoming 2016 election is also shaping up to be a big year for women. Hillary Clinton is currently dominating the Democratic field of candidates, and former HP exec Carly Fiorina has been able to claw her way to the top tier of the crowded Republican field of candidates. In a world where having a woman president once seemed like a far away idea, the dream of a more equal future is starting to become a reality.


 Declared and Exploratory Republican Candidates 
   
Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Army child and business owner
Declared Republican 2016 Candidate Skip Andrews
 
“Skip” Andrews is a diverse candidate who probably has at least one opinion to please anyone. Few politicians are able to satisfy both a pro-legalization marijuana advocate and a staunch pro-lifer. Of course, this also means most would object to a majority of his platform.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Creative Dreamer
Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Michael Bickelmeyer
 
An eccentric fellow who enjoys coming up with some very creative inventions, Bickelmeyer is running for the GOP nomination in 2016. He has a very dim view of terrorists and drug traffickers – in fact, he wants to deploy weapons to fry them from orbit.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Veteran and volunteer spokesperson with Americans For Fair Taxation (AFFT)
Declared Republican 2016 Candidate Kerry Bowers
 
A former military man with a long career in the United States Air Force, Kerry Bowers has experience not only in the armed forces but as a police dispatcher, businessman, and in many other fields.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of Florida
Declared Republican 2016 Candidate Jeb Bush
 
Florida's only Republican two-term Governor, Jeb Bush is a heavyweight political contender who comes from a family of presidents. His left-leaning ideologies make him too liberal for the taste of some in his party, however, and his lineage could be hindrance rather than help.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Physician, Author and Citizen Politician
Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Dr. Ben Carson
 
Ben Carson is a highly accomplished physician who is seen as a breath of fresh air in the world of politics. He has left his position as director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Medical Center and is in pursuit of the U.S. presidency in 2016.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
International entrepreneur and business professor
Declared Republican Presidential Candidate Dale Christensen
 
With experience in business management around the world, Dale Christensen is a self-described “first and foremost” family man who advocates a variety of conservative principles.

Probable 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of New Jersey
Probable 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Chris Christie
 
Chris Christie tells it like it is and doesn't care whom he offends – even when he gets in trouble for being nice. More than a few people on all sides have surely used his portrait as a dartboard, but he's earned a lot of respect for his fearless tongue, and Republicans appreciate his conservative ideology.

Chris Christie is expected to announce his 2016 presidential candidacy in Livingston, N.J. on Tuesday June 30, 2015.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Texas
Declared Republican Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz
 
The Harvard and Princeton-educated attorney once served as the Domestic Policy Advisor to former president George W. Bush. Noted for his formidable oratory skill, Senator Cruz is viewed by some as one of the intellectual leaders of the tea party movement.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Attorney and Certified Public Accountant
Declared Republican 2016 Candidate Brooks Cullison
 
A man of faith for whom addressing the threat of radical Islam is Job One, but Brooks Cullison also worries about the abused and destitute in the US and the high volume of illegal immigrant traffic crossing the border with Mexico. Support for education is another issue on which he feels strongly.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Constitutional Republican and strong conservative
Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate John Dummett, Jr.
 
Hailing from the state of California, John Dummet, Jr is a Constitutional Republican who has become disenfranchised with both the Republican and Democratic parties.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Businessman and former IRS Commissioner
Declared Republican Presidential Candidate Mark Everson
 
A strong conservative with an extremely dim view of large banks, Mark Everson calls the integrity of mainstream politicians into question and accuses them of catering to monied special interests. He strongly believes a President should serve only a single term.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from South Carolina
Declared Republican Presidential Candidate Lindsey Graham
 
The former Colonel with the USAF JAG unit has been one of the most recognized Republican faces in the post-2012 election era. However, his reputation as a compromise broker in Congress has taken a hit over his recent conversion into a foreign policy hawk.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Business-owner and Veterans Advocate
Declared Republican Presidential Candidate Jim Hayden
 
Not content to sit idly by while the nation slips further away from our founding documents, Jim Hayden has announced his candidacy for President. This self-described “constitutional conservative” is making his second run for the presidency following an unsuccessful bid in 2012.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former combat pilot and current airline captain
Declared Republican Presidential Candidate Chris Hill
 
Chris Hill is a combat veteran who served as a pilot during Desert Storm. Although he is running on the Republican ticket, some of his leanings are at odds with those of the GOP, including his “Living Wage” plan and his support for labor unions and recognition of gay marriages.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of Arkansas, Man of Faith and TV Personality
Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee
 
Mike Huckabee is an Evangelical Christian who never shies away from his faith. In January, 2015, he bid farewell as host of his popular talk show on the Fox News Channel to pursue his 2016 presidential bid.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Current Governor of Louisiana
Declared Republican 2016 Candidate Bobby Jindal
 
Gov. Jindal created history in 2008 when he became the first Indian American to be elected a state Governor. At the grand old age of 24, the Rhodes Scholar was appointed by Gov. Murphy Foster to manage the Health and Human Services Dept., the largest department in the state.

Probable 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of Ohio
Probable Republican Presidential Candidate John Kasich
 
After his unsuccessful presidential bid in 2000, the nine-term member of the House took a break from politics and joined the private sector, most notably serving as the Managing Director of the now defunct Lehman Bros. His 2010 comeback saw him elected the 69th Governor of Ohio.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Conservative and Tea Party supporter
Declared Republican 2016 Candidate Michael Kinlaw
 
Michael Kinlaw is a conservative Republican who has strong opinions on a number of issues. His views put him right in line with a number of other conservatives likely to run in 2016. Kinlaw has no political background and has launched his campaign in his hometown of Houston.

Exploratory 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Entrepreneur and media personality
Exploratory Republican Presidential Candidate Dennis Michael Lynch
 
Affectionately known as “DML”, Lynch boasts a quarter-century of experience in building and managing successful businesses. He has also worked as a film producer, made public speeches and provided political commentary. He has appeared copiously on television and radio.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Veteran and Pastor
Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate K. Ross Newland
 
Believing America has lost its “Christian values,” Pastor K. Ross Newland would like to the nation to be more theocratic than democratic. Newland has zero political experience and is campaigning primarily through social networking.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of New York
Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate George Pataki
 
A three-term Governor of New York State with an impressive political career besides, George Pataki is a red Republican who has found success in blue country. His fiscal policies are pleasing enough to the GOP base, but his stance on social issues may leave something to be desired.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Kentucky
Declared Republican Presidential Candidate Rand Paul
 
Sen. Paul finally emerged from the huge shadow of his larger than life father, maverick Republican Ron Paul, when he was selected to deliver the tea party response to President Obama’s SOTU address in 2013, and in the process, cementing his de facto leadership of the movement.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of Texas and 2012 presidential candidate
Declared Republican 2016 Candidate Rick Perry
 
After his ultimately underwhelming presidential bid in 2012, Gov. Perry, the longest serving Texas governor in history, announced a 2016 presidential bid at an event hosted by his political action committee, RickPAC, on June 4, 2015.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Businessman and veteran
Declared Republican 2016 Candidate Michael Petyo
 
A “business first” fiscal conservative with a very optimistic view of the role played by corporations in generating wealth, Michael Petyo is himself a business owner who feels the United States has lost its way economically and that relaxed regulation on the private sector is the solution.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Florida
Declared Republican Presidential Candidate Marco Rubio
 
Marco Rubio is definitely on the short list of names for Republican frontrunner. Being himself of Cuban heritage, he enjoys strong support among the important Latino demographic, in addition to holding solid conservative principles that make him eminently likeable to the Republican constituency.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Entrepreneur, innovator, limited government advocate
Declared Republican Presidential Candidate Brian Russell
 
Brian Russell is a successful entrepreneur who believes that implementing sound economic policy should be the government’s top priority. He also supports a strong military and foreign policy that presents the USA as the true leader in the free world.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former US Senator from Pennsylvania
Declared Republican 2016 Candidate Rick Santorum
 
The former two-term Senator from Pennsylvania announced yet another bid to be the party’s nominee for president in 2016 on May 27, 2015. With a small but loyal base behind him, Senator Santorum will work to expand his demographic appeal over the next months.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Common-Sense Leader
Declared Republican 2016 Candidate Jefferson Sherman
 
He'd rather talk about America's problems and their solutions than talk about himself, but he's got a lot to say. Jefferson Sherman has three “core goals” for his administration, should it come to pass, focusing on job creation, honorable foreign policy, and reduced government.

Exploratory 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of Wisconsin
Exploratory Republican 2016 Candidate Scott Walker
 
Gov. Walker’s proposed Wisconsin Act 10 triggered a wave of controversy that forced a recall election in his second year in office. However, Gov. Walker prevailed and achieved the distinction of becoming the country’s first governor to survive a recall election.


 Potential Republican Candidates 
   
Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of Maryland
Possible 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Bob Ehrlich
 

Bob Ehrlich is a Republican who generally keeps to the middle, as necessitated by his success as a politician in the mostly liberal state of Maryland. His unapologetically pro-business stance, however, promises dividends from conservatives and difficulties from most others.

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of Virginia
Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Jim Gilmore
 

Jim Gilmore has ruffled conservative feathers with his abortion positions, but there is no doubting his right-wing tendencies on a number of other issues. He has also achieved the closest analogue to filling the Oval Office - governing a state – giving him the resume to back up his potential aspirations.

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Representative from New York
Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Peter King
 

Representing New York's 2nd Congressional District, King has had a long and extremely successful political career. He is a former city councilman and comptroller, before being elected to congress in 1992. He represents the establishment wing of the Republican Party.

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of Michigan
Possible Republican Presidential Candidate Rick Snyder
 

The former professor, venture capitalist, accountant and IT executive emerged from out of the blue to win the 2010 gubernatorial election. Running on a social conservative platform and gun rights, Gov. Snyder defeated his Democratic rival Virg Bernero by an impressive 18 percent.






 

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