‘Mama on a mission’: GOP’s newly elected Katie Britt becomes Ala’s first female elected senator

A self-proclaimed “mama on a mission” has made history in Alabama as the first woman, youngest Republican woman, and the first woman with school-age children to be elected to the U.S. Senate from the southeastern state.

Katie Britt is projected by Fox News’ Decision Desk to defeat Democrat Will Boyd with 66.8 percent of the vote so far.

“You are going to see headlines about me being the first woman ever elected to the United States Senate from this state of Alabama. You’ll hear that I may be the youngest Republican woman in history elected to the U.S. Senate,” Britt told supporters in Montgomery. “Or maybe that I’m the only Republican female with school-aged children in this Senate — these are all kinds of firsts.”

(Video: Fox 10 News/YouTube)

Britt understands the microscope she will be under with this momentous win but isn’t daunted by the challenges ahead.

“I am humbled, I am honored and grateful,” she said. “I want you to know I understand what a tremendous responsibility these milestones carry and I do not take that lightly. I am going to be a voice for parents and families and hard-working Alabamians across this state, and I’m going to work tirelessly every single day to make Alabama proud.”

Britt, former chief of staff to Senator Richard Shelby who is retiring after 35 years, is preceded by two female senators from the state but both Democrats were appointed rather than elected by the people.

“We have far too many politicians in Washington that only want to gripe about things and do nothing to actually solve the problems,” Britt said. “What I want you to hear from me tonight is that I want to be part of the solution. It’s not lost on me that that’s likely why Alabama is sending a momma to the U.S. Senate – you know to actually get things done.”

Having served with the popular Shelby and as president and CEO of the Business Council of Alabama, Britt ran under the banner of “Alabama First,” defeating Rep. Mo Brooks in a primary runoff, thanks to the deep pockets of her political and business allies.

Brooks was originally endorsed by former President Donald Trump but he rescinded his endorsement when the embattled Congressman fumbled his fundraising and couldn’t kick the images in targeted attack ads. Trump then threw his weight behind Britt.

Early dismal poll numbers prompted some to dismiss her notion of running for Senate, but the 40-year-old Britt said her campaign is “proof that the American dream is still alive.”

Britt’s husband Wesley Britt, a former New England Patriots and University of Alabama football player, said his best title is, “Katie’s husband,” as he introduced the firebrand at her election night speech.

“I am going to tackle challenges head-on,” Britt told supporters. “I am going to look at the things staring us in the face, whether it is inflation or crime, the border crisis, the opioid epidemic, making sure that we expand mental health and that people have access to high-speed Internet. I am going to support peace through strength, ensuring that our incredible men and women in uniform are the best equipped, resourced and trained in the world.”


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