Endorsed: Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kay Hagan
The 2012 Election couldn’t have been more clear. Women voters resoundingly endorsed leaders who fight for policies like equal pay and violence prevention legislation.
But Republicans still haven’t got the message. They’re determined to roll back the clock on women’s rights and opportunities by doubling down on their anti-woman platform.
We need strong leaders to fight back and stand up for women and families – leaders like Senators Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Kay Hagan of North Carolina. “For the past four years, Senators Hagan and Shaheen have been tireless advocates for women and families in Congress,” said EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock. “Both became the first Democratic women to represent their state in the Senate with the help of the EMILY’s List community – a group that has more than quintupled to two million members and is excited to once again support their candidacies. We’re determined to build on the record number of women we’ve helped elect to the Senate, and send Hagan and Shaheen back to Washington so they can keep fighting to end the Republican War on Women and move this country forward.”
Senator Kay Hagan began her career in public service in 1999 as a North Carolina state senator. After nearly a decade in the state Senate, Hagan was elected to the United States Senate in 2008, becoming the first Democratic woman Senator from North Carolina. As a United States Senator, Hagan has blocked efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, voted to expand reproductive healthcare access, worked to expand economic opportunity for women and families, and supports the reintroduction of the Violence Against Women Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act.
EMILY’s List has supported Senator Jeanne Shaheen since her 2000 run for governor of New Hampshire. Upon her 2008 election to the United States Senate, Shaheen made history by becoming the first woman in U.S. history to be elected governor and to the Senate, and was also the first woman to represent New Hampshire in the Senate. Shaheen introduced the pivotal Shaheen Amendment to the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, which provides servicewomen who were victims of rape or incest insurance coverage for safe and legal abortions. She has worked for financial reform, mortgage relief for struggling families, and transportation legislation that would promote economic growth in New Hampshire. Today in Congress, Shaheen is a champion for equal pay and the Violence Against Women Act.
Both women have proven track records of success and have demonstrated a strong commitment to women and families. We couldn’t be more happy to endorse them again.