For Immediate Release
EMILY's List Announces Endorsement of Robin Carnahan for United States Senate
Washington, D.C. -- EMILY's List, the nation's largest financial resource for women candidates, today announced its endorsement of Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan in her candidacy for the United States Senate.
"Robin Carnahan has a lengthy and impressive record of public service, and has experience running for -- and winning -- statewide office," said Ellen R. Malcolm, president of EMILY's List. "As secretary of state, Robin has stood out, working to reform elections in Missouri and tackling voter fraud. Her achievements were recognized in 2008 when she earned more votes than any other statewide Democratic candidate in Missouri history. EMILY's List and our members are proud to endorse Robin Carnahan and look forward to seeing her join Claire McCaskill in the United States Senate."
A fifth generation Missourian, Robin Carnahan learned the value of public service at the dinner table alongside her father, former Governor Mel Carnahan, and mother, former Senator Jean Carnahan. Robin Carnahan's commitment to her community led her to run for secretary of state in 2004, where she has since championed voter protection and government reform for both businesses and consumers. As secretary of state, Carnahan utilized modern technologies to streamline government and business interaction, saving Missouri businesses over $1.9 million and increasing protections for consumers and investors. She has fought for fair elections, increased accessibility to information, and strived to modernize and strengthen consumer protections.
With a background in business and international law, Carnahan previously served as an executive at the Export-Import Bank of the United States and worked with the National Democratic Institute, helping to rebuild central and eastern European democracies and economies.
EMILY's List first supported Robin Carnahan through our Political Opportunity Program in her run for secretary of state in 2004 and in her re-election in 2008. EMILY's List backed Senator Jean Carnahan when she narrowly lost to Jim Talent in a special election for the U.S. Senate in 2002. In 2006, EMILY's List supported Senator Claire McCaskill in her successful race against Talent.
In the 2007-2008 cycle, EMILY's list raised more than $43 million to support its mission of recruiting and supporting women candidates, helping them build strong campaigns, and mobilizing women voters to turn out and vote. EMILY's List and its members directly contributed more than $9 million to EMILY's List candidates for federal and gubernatorial office. With more than 100,000 members across the country, EMILY's List is one of the largest political action committees in the nation. Since its founding in 1985, EMILY's List has worked to elect 79 pro-choice Democratic women to the U.S. House, 15 to the U.S. Senate, nine governors, and hundreds of women to the state legislatures, state constitutional offices, and other key local offices.