October 25, 2011

For Immediate Release

EMILY's List Endorses Lois Capps for Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- EMILY's List, the nation's largest resource for women in politics, today announced its endorsement of Lois Capps for United States Congress.

"Lois is a determined and valuable voice of reason for women and families. As the GOP continues to push an extreme Tea Party agenda that punishes women and their families, we need to ensure leaders like Lois are there to fight back," said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY's List. "She has consistently been at the front of efforts to protect women's reproductive freedom, detect and prevent domestic violence against women, and defend Medicare from Republican attacks. An EMILY's List hero, our entire community is proud to once again put our support behind Lois Capps for Congress."

Prior to her service in Congress, Capps spent 20 years working as a nurse in Santa Barbara County and 10 years as a part time instructor in Early Childhood Education at Santa Barbara City College. She founded the Santa Barbara County's Teenage Pregnancy and Parenting Project and directed the Parent Child Enrichment Center. Elected to Congress in 1998, Capps has led efforts to improve health care for women, including authoring the Nurse Reinvestment Act and the HEART for Women Act.

EMILY's List first endorsed Capps in 1998 and she helped her make history as the first women to represent California's 23rd district.

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.

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