January 31, 2013

For Immediate Release

EMILY’s List Endorses Senator Kay Hagan And Senator Jeanne Shaheen For Reelection

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, announced its endorsement of Senator Kay Hagan (NC) and Senator Jeanne Shaheen (NH) for reelection to the United States Senate.

“For the past four years, Senators Hagan and Shaheen have been tireless advocates for women and families in Congress,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’S List. “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. During the 2012 election, women voters made it clear that they want leaders like Senator Hagan and Senator Shaheen to continue fighting for policies like equal pay and violence prevention legislation, instead of Republicans who want to roll back the clock on women’s rights and opportunities. But Republicans haven’t gotten the message, and are doubling down on their anti-woman platform. That’s why 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.

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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