For Immediate Release
EMILY's List Puts Suzanne Bonamici "On the List"
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- EMILY's List, the nation's largest resource for women in politics, announced today that Suzanne Bonamici, a candidate for Congress in the special election to fill the seat in Oregon's first district, 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 Bonamici "On the List," EMILY’s List is ensuring she has early access to this enthusiastic support.
"Suzanne Bonamici is an exciting and hardworking leader who we are proud to put 'On the List'," said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY's List. "From her time working with Oregon Legal Aid until her current service in the state Senate, Suzanne has worked tirelessly for her community. Now, in yet another special election where women are answering a call to action, we need Suzanne's voice in Washington to fight back against the radical Republican agenda.
"We've seen Kathy Hochul in New York, Janice Hahn in California, the women who fought back against the assault on our rights in Wisconsin, who are all -- step by step -- leading the way forward for Democrats. Suzanne is poised to continue these victories in Oregon, and EMILY's List is proud to stand with her."
A longtime community servant, Bonamici first represented her constituents in the Oregon state House and then in the state Senate. While there, she worked hard to protect the Oregon public education system, promote a healthy community, and create an environmentally sustainable district. In 2011, Bonamici was elected Assistant Majority Leader in the state Senate. Prior to her political career, she has served on the board of directors for the Beaverton Education Foundation, where she helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for innovative classroom projects and after-school programs for students in the Beaverton School District. She has two grown children and lives with her husband Michael, in Portland.
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.