For Immediate Release
EMILY’s List Endorses Kathy Hochul for Congress in New York’s 26th District
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- EMILY's List, the nation's largest resource for women in politics, today announced its endorsement of Kathy Hochul for United States Congress.
A May 24th special election to fill the seat vacated by Republican Chris Lee pits Hochul against Republican Jane Corwin and Tea Party candidate Jack Davis.
"Kathy Hochul is an uncompromising leader and a fiscal watchdog who's spent her career fighting for the families of Erie County -- putting aside politics as usual to fight for the jobs that families need." said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY's List. "Kathy's brand of smart innovation has repeatedly cut costs, eliminated red tape, and streamlined services for taxpayers and small businesses.
"In a special election where millionaire opponents could split the vote, Kathy's strong candidacy gives Democrats an excellent opportunity to take back a GOP-held seat. A tireless public servant, Kathy always stands up for what she believes in and we are proud to put the support of the EMILY's List community behind her."
As Erie County Clerk, Hochul took on state lawmakers over escalating fee increases and fought to eliminate tolls on commuter roadways. She led efforts to convert an abandoned building into a visitor's center and established a transitional home for victims of domestic violence.
Hochul received her J.D. Degree from Catholic University and her BA from Syracuse University. Her husband, Bill Hochul, is a US Attorney.
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 84 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.