For Immediate Release
EMILY’s List Congratulates Mazie Hirono On Her Big Victory In Hawai’i!
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tonight, voters in Hawai’i made history by electing Mazie Hirono, who will be the first Asian American woman to serve in the Senate, as well as the first woman to represent Hawai’i in the Senate.
“Mazie Hirono is a progressive champion with an incredible track record of fighting for women and families,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “This election provided a clear choice between leaders who wants to move forward by protecting reproductive healthcare access and expanding economic opportunity for women and families, and Republican extremists who would roll back the clock by denying women access to reproductive healthcare and equal pay. From coast to coast, the EMILY’s List community – now more than two million members strong – fought hard to turn out impressive numbers of women voters, help Mazie through both primary and general elections, and reelect President Obama. Leaders like Mazie Hirono and the record number of pro-choice Democratic women we’ve help elect to the Senate are the reason Democrats have held the Senate, and can effectively combat the Republican Party’s extreme, right-wing agenda by supporting policies that benefit women and families.”
Mazie Hirono released the following statement:
“EMILY’s List has a long tradition of working with women in Hawaii to elect women who serve women and families, and I am so proud to be part of that tradition. EMILY’s List helped me get elected to the seat in congress once held by the great Patsy Mink, whose legacy we see every day when we see women and girls competing in sports because of Title IX, and now they’ve helped elect me to be the first woman to represent Hawai’I in the Senate – a huge honor. I was up against a powerful opponent, but I was confident, because I had the power of the EMILY’s List community with me – women who shared my experiences and my values. I will be proud to serve in the Senate with so many other women who are part of the EMILY’s List community.”
Hawai’i has a remarkable legacy of electing pro-choice Democratic women who know how to get things done in Congress, and EMILY’s List is thrilled to have been a part of their campaigns. From electing Patsy Mink who co-authored the historic Title IX legislation, to the more recent victories of progressive champions Colleen Hanabusa and Mazie Hirono, Hawai’i has been on the forefront of holding Washington accountable by choosing leaders who know how to get things done for women and families.
EMILY’s List first endorsed Mazie Hirono through the Political Opportunity Program while she was serving at the state level, as well as during her Congressional races in 2006 and 2008. EMILY’s List has raised an impressive $608,387.53 for Mazie Hirono in the 2011- 2012 election cycle. Mazie’s leadership in Congress has helped save or create 15,000 jobs in her state and secured $194 million in funding to prevent cuts to education. Mazie has also taken a hard line against the anti-woman, anti-family agenda of the current GOP House majority.
In the Hawai’i Senate race, WOMEN VOTE! partnered with AFSCME to educate voters statewide about former Governor Linda Lingle’s cuts to Hawai’i schools, which resulted in 17 furlough Fridays a year for Hawai’i children. In addition to over 1,000 points of broadcast TV in Honolulu, WOMEN VOTE! targeted swing women under age 50 with online ads echoing the TV message about Lingle’s record on education. WOMEN VOTE! spent approximately $141,000 on behalf of Mazie Hirono.
Launched in 1995, the historic EMILY's List WOMEN VOTE! project combines polling and research, advanced information technology, sophisticated message testing, and field work to educate and mobilize millions of women across the country.
During the 2011- 2012 election cycle, EMILY’s List endorsed an impressive number of candidates, worked to elect three pro-choice Democratic women to the House in special elections, and helped 11 House candidates, one Senate candidate, and one gubernatorial candidate make it through competitive primaries. With a community that has more than quadrupled since 2010 – now more than 2,000,000 members strong – 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 87 pro-choice Democratic women to the House, 16 to the Senate, nine governors, and over five hundred of women to state and local office. In the 2011-2012 cycle, EMILY's List had the largest number of members and donors in our 27 year history, and raised an impressive $51.2 million dollars.