February 27, 2013

For Immediate Release

EMILY’s List Endorses Robin Kelly For Congress In Illinois : Kelly On Her Way To Becoming 75th Democratic Woman To Serve In the 113th Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C.Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Robin Kelly for Congress in Illinois’s Second Congressional District.

“Robin Kelly is a progressive champion who knows how to get results,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “From her unwavering support for reproductive healthcare access and worker’s rights, to her fight for landmark legislation to protect victims of domestic violence, Robin is exactly the kind of fighter families in Illinois need. And the EMILY’s List community – now more than two million members strong – is ready to send her to Congress where she will lend an important voice to the debate on public safety, and fight to expand opportunity for women and families.” 

Robin Kelly has dedicated herself to progressive causes in Illinois for nearly thirty years. After working as an advocate for children and on minority youth outreach, Robin launched her political career by serving as the representative for Illinois House District 38. She served four years in office, and was then named Chief Administrative Officer of Cook County, becoming the first African American woman to serve as chief of staff for a constitutional officer in Illinois. Throughout her career in public service, Robin has fought to boost small business job creation, advance financial literacy for low income families, and bring grocery stores to underserved urban areas. She has sponsored bills to raise the minimum wage, foster economic development, and protect consumers from fraud. She was also a leader in the charge for legislation to protect victims of domestic violence. Robin received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Bradley University in Peoria, and her Ph.D. from Northern Illinois University. She currently resides in Matteson with her family.

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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