March 7, 2013

For Immediate Release

EMILY’s List Endorses Annise Parker for Mayor of Houston

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Annise Parker for her reelection campaign as Mayor of Houston.

“The EMILY’s List community has had Annise Parker’s back for nearly a decade. We are proud to continue to support her leadership, which has made Houston an attractive place to live, work, and do business,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “Her relentless commitment to job creation, dedication to fiscal responsibility, and focus on economic investment has made Houston a national leader in economic growth. With Annise in the mayor’s office, Houston will continue to provide opportunities for families to thrive.”

Annise Parker was first elected Mayor of Houston in November of 2009, making her the second female mayor of Houston. Parker spent 20 years working in business before she was elected to the Houston City Council in 1997. After six years as an at-large member of the city council, she was elected city controller, the second-highest ranking position in Houston, a position she held from 2003 until 2009. Parker's fiscal responsibility and strong guidance during the economic downturn has helped Houston avoid a major financial crisis. Under her leadership as mayor, Parker has brought $1 billion in new economic development to Houston and in 2012 it was named one of the “Top 20 Best Places for Businesses and Careers,” according to Forbes magazine. Parker serves as an active member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, as well as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary’s Advisory Council. She is a lifelong resident of Houston where she lives with her life partner, Kathy Hubbard, their two adopted daughters and a son.

During the 2011- 2012 election cycle, EMILY’s List helped elect an historic number of candidates – the only pro-choice Democratic woman governor in the country, 19 new women to the House, six Senate incumbents, and three new Senators – all the first women to represent their states in the Senate. And this cycle, women we’ve helped elect include the first Hindu and first female combat veterans to serve in the House, the first openly gay Senator, and the first Asian American woman to serve in the Senate. With a community that has quintupled since 2010 – now more than two million 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 100 pro-choice Democratic women to the House, 19 to the Senate, 10 governors, and over five hundred women to state and local office. In the 2011-2012 cycle, EMILY's List had the largest number of members and donors in our 28 year history, and raised a record-breaking $52 million dollars.


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