WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Mikie Sherrill for Congress in New Jersey's 11th District. Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List, released the following statement:
"Mikie Sherrill is an exemplary public servant, and EMILY's List is proud to endorse her in New Jersey's 11th Congressional District. From her time in the U.S. Navy as a helicopter pilot flying missions in the Middle East and Europe to her tenure in the U.S. Attorney's office prosecuting federal cases to her role as a mother of four, Mikie has shown grace under pressure, commitment to her values, and passion for justice. She is precisely the type of leader we need in Congress, defending against Donald Trump's attacks on our democracy and fundamental rights—and she is already hard at work building the campaign organization it takes to win.
"Mikie has shown throughout her career that she is someone who will step up and fight for what is right. One cannot say the same about Rodney Frelinghuysen. Congressman Frelinghuysen voted for the disastrous Republican health care bill that would leave 23 million Americans uninsured while increasing premiums. He also continues to support Donald Trump's dangerous agenda, which would restrict reproductive health care access for women, end key environmental protections, and endanger our civil rights. And given certain revelations around Frelinghuysen's extremely questionable judgement and temperament, it is time that New Jerseyans in the 11th District demand better. That is why we are so proud to be supporting Mikie Sherrill's campaign to become their champion in Washington."
Mikie has an outstanding record of public service in the United States Navy and the U.S. Attorney’s office, and she has seen firsthand the power our public institutions have to positively impact people’s lives. She is taking on Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, an extreme Republican whose top priority is advancing the GOP’s dangerous agenda that hurts the working families he was elected to serve. Donald Trump won New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District by less than a single percentage point in 2016, and the path to taking back the House runs right through districts just like this one. Mikie has what it takes to win this fight.
EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $500 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making them one of the most successful political organizations ever. Our grassroots community of over five million members helps Democratic women wage competitive campaigns – and win. We recruit and train candidates, support strong campaigns, research the issues that impact women and families, and turn out women voters. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect 116 women to the House, 23 to the Senate, 12 governors, and over 800 to state and local office. Forty percent of the candidates EMILY’s List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Since the 2016 election, thousands of women and counting have reached out to us about running for office. To harness this energy, EMILY’s List has launched Run to Win, an unprecedented effort to get more women to run at the local, state, and national levels.