September 28, 2011

For Immediate Release

EMILY's List Puts Kelda Roys "On the List"

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- EMILY's List, the nation's largest resource for women in politics, announced today that Kelda Helen Roys, a candidate for Congress from Wisconsin, has been put "On the List."

"On the List" is a new way for EMILY's List members to engage with and support promising candidates early in the election cycle. The EMILY's List community has experienced dramatic growth in recent cycles and now stands over 900,000 members strong. These supporters are getting their information earlier, quicker and on the web. And they’re ready to take action now. By putting Roys "On the List," EMILY's List is ensuring she has early access to this enthusiastic support.

"From the moment that one great Democratic woman, Rep. Tammy Baldwin, announced her candidacy for the U.S. Senate, another woman, Kelda Roys, has been off and running for her Congressional seat. At EMILY's List, that's exactly the way we think things should work," said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY's List. "The entire EMILY's List community is thrilled that there is another strong pro-choice Democratic woman to step in and ensure that women's voices are heard in Washington.

"From her days as a leader in women's health -- where she led the fight to pass the state's first pro-choice law in three decades, to her time in the Wisconsin Assembly where she was one of Governor Walker's most vocal critics, Kelda has consistently stood up for women and families. EMILY's List is excited to put Kelda Roys 'On the List' and support her throughout her campaign for Congress."

After graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School, Roys spent four years as the executive director at NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin. While there, she worked to expand reproductive health legislation and emergency contraception access across the state. With the help of EMILY's List Political Opportunity Program (POP), Roys was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2008 and is currently serving her second term for the 81st district, where she was elected the Caucus Chair of the Assembly Democratic Congress by her legislative colleagues. She lives in Madison with her husband, Dan Reed, and his two daughters.

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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