For Immediate Release
EMILY's List Endorses Suzanne Bonamici
Moves From "On the List" To A Full Recommendation
Washington D.C. -- EMILY's List, the nation's largest resource for women in politics, announced today that it is endorsing Suzanne Bonamici, moving the candidate in Oregon's first congressional district from "On the List" to a full recommendation.
"On the List" was created because of the dramatic growth in the EMILY's List community -- now over 900,000 members -- who are getting their information earlier, quicker and on the web. These supporters are ready to take action now and "On the List" makes sure candidates have early access to them. Today, Bonamici is moving from "On the List" to a full recommendation.
"Suzanne is an experienced leader who has a steadfast commitment to job creation and a proven record of standing up for middle class families," said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY's List. "She knows what matters to her constituents and has fought tirelessly for reforms in education, environmental practices and health care.
"In this competitive election, Suzanne is the only candidate looking out for women and families in Washington. Suzanne has been an advocate for smart, progressive politics and we know she will play a crucial role in fighting back against a radical tea-party Republican agenda."
Suzanne Bonamici entered the Oregon State Legislature as a Representative in 2006 and as a Senator in 2008. She actively supported legislation aiding domestic abuse victims. 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 two grown children in Portland.
EMILY's List supported Bonamici in the Political Opportunity Program (POP) when she first ran for Oregon State Senate 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.