As the night of January 6th fell on Washington, D.C., several members of Congress and their staff were forced to remain in their offices as rioters looted the Capitol Building. While many other Congress members issued generic statements lamenting the state of the country, Congresswoman Nancy Mace of South Carolina sat at her desk in the Cannon House Office Building demanding more. But who is Representative Mace, and what does she bring to the table?
Congresswoman Nancy Mace was one of the fortunate few Republicans who managed to flip districts considered comfortably blue by many of the nation’s most respected pollsters. Mace, the first female graduate from The Citadel and a single mother, announced her bid to replace incumbent Representative Joe Cunningham in South Carolina’s 1st congressional district. With pure grit and determination, along with an all-female campaign team, Mace managed to win her district by nearly 6,000 votes.
While Capitol Hill was in the process of being secured, Mace embarked on a series of interviews asking members of Congress to end the violence and establish a new political order based on mutual understanding and respect. Unlike many of her Republican colleagues on the Hill, Mace certified the Electoral College results and later begged President Trump to “get off Twitter” and for the rioters to go home.
Many Republicans on Twitter voiced their support for Congresswoman Mace and other congressional Republicans like Representative Peter Meijer, who have become vocal over their opposition to President Trump’s actions or the lack thereof following the events of January 6th.
Mace remained adamant in her support for the democratic process and in denouncing the rhetoric that led rioters to storm the Capitol. Yet, she also firmly rebuked prominent members of the Democratic Party who rushed to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump or begin impeachment proceedings, calling them a “hollow gesture” and characterized them as “politically motivated.”
In any case, Mace is one of the few Congress members assigned to three different congressional committees. She is slated to serve on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the House Oversight and Reform Committee, and the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
In a statement, she also emphasized that Congress must “question every decision made by the [Biden] administration” to “preserve our liberties from government overreach and abuse.”