For Immediate Release
EMILY's List Congratulates Suzanne Bonamici on Special Election Primary Victory
Democratic Women Continue Building Momentum to Take Back the House
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- EMILY's List, the nation's largest resource for women in politics, congratulates Suzanne Bonamici on winning the special election primary in OR-01.
"The entire EMILY's List community is thrilled by Suzanne's victory in Oregon," said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY's List. "Suzanne's track record fighting for middle class families, protecting Social Security and veterans' benefits and holding corporations accountable was so clear and we were proud to get in early and help her distinguish herself in this crowded primary field. Suzanne is a true champion for women and families and we look forward to supporting her in the general election as she moves one step closer to representing the people of Oregon in Congress.
"We have seen time and again this year that the best way to fight back against the Republican war on women is to send smart, Democratic women like Suzanne to congress. Her primary victory puts us one step closer to taking back the House in November."
EMILY's List endorsed Suzanne Bonamici early in the special election, putting her "On the List" on August 11th and moving her up to a full recommendation on September 19th.
The Oregon WOMEN VOTE! program targeted nearly 22,000 primary voting Democratic women ages 50 and older, and featured three pieces of direct mail that highlighted Bonamici’s long career of holding corporations accountable through her work as a consumer protection attorney, a community volunteer and a legislator.
Suzanne Bonamici entered the Oregon State Legislature as a Representative in 2006 and as a Senator in 2008. She was elected to Assistant Majority Leader in the Oregon State Senate in 2011. Before she served in politics she spent her career as a consumer rights attorney and advocate for education. She lives with her husband and has two grown children.
EMILY's List supported Bonamici in the Political Opportunity Program (POP) when she first ran for the Oregon state House in 2006.
In the 2009-2010 cycle, EMILY's List raised more than $38.5 million to support its mission of recruiting and supporting women candidates, helping them build strong campaigns, and mobilizing women voters to turn out and vote. With a community of more than 900,000 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 86 pro-choice Democratic women to the U.S. House, 16 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.