For Immediate Release
EMILY’s List Congratulates Chellie Pingree on her Victory in Maine’s 1st District
The following is a statement from EMILY's List president Stephanie Schriock on Chellie Pingree's victory in Maine's first congressional district.
"EMILY's List members have been rooting for Chellie Pingree since day one, and we are thrilled that she'll be returning to Congress for a second term. She's been a true champion of progressive values for over 30 years, fighting for issues like health care and equal pay. Chellie Pingree stood strong and fought back against repeat candidate Dean Scontras' relentless attacks. Pingree has demonstrated time and again that she's willing to stand up against special interests to do what she believes in -- and to do what is right for her constituents."
Chellie Pingree got her start as a small business owner, running an organic farm and a knitting business, before she took her first step into politics as a local tax assessor. When Pingree was approached to run for State Senate in 1991, she couldn’t pass on the opportunity to give other working moms a voice in state government. Recognized for her leadership and keen legislative awareness, she eventually went on to be the state Senate majority leader.
Pingree was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008 with the support of EMILY's List, after winning a difficult six-candidate primary. Throughout her first term she played an active role in critical pieces of legislation including the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the Affordable Care Act, and the Financial Services Reform Act. A member of the House Armed Services Committee, Chellie secured vital jobs for Maine ship-builders to help ensure Maine's navy yards remain competitive for years to come.
In Maine, WOMEN VOTE! ran an aggressive, multi-layered campaign targeting Independent and Democratic women in Maine on behalf of Chellie Pingree and Libby Mitchell. Maine WOMEN VOTE! targeted over 30,000 Democratic women in the first congressional district to mobilize them to turn out and vote for Chellie Pingree and Libby Mitchell. Through an extensive door-to-door, mail and phone campaign, Maine WOMEN VOTE! personally contacted women to educate them about the stakes of the election and ask them to pledge to vote in 2010.
Launched in 1995, the historic EMILY's List WOMEN VOTE! project combines polling and research, advanced information technology, sophisticated message testing, and precinct-by-precinct field work to mobilize millions of women voters across the country. EMILY's List designed WOMEN VOTE! to build a progressive political base that will elect more Democrats, especially women, by helping to increase turnout among women voters year after year.
In the 2009-2010 cycle, EMILY's List raised more then $38.5 million to support its mission of recruiting and supporting women candidates, helped them build strong campaigns, and mobilizing women voters to turn out and vote. With a community of more than 600,000 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 80 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. In the 2009-2010 cycle, EMILY's List had the largest number of members and donors in our 25 year history.