A veteran fighting for New Jersey working families
Rep. Mikie Sherrill ran for reelection to Congress to fight for New Jersey working families. She graduated from the United States Naval Academy and spent nearly a decade on active duty in the United States Navy. Rep. Sherrill served as a Sea King Helicopter pilot and flew missions in Europe and the Middle East. After leaving the Navy in 2003, she went on to earn her law degree from Georgetown University and she joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey to continue her career of service. As an outreach and reentry coordinator, she worked to help prevent crime and develop trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve. Rep. Sherrill went on to prosecute federal cases and advise law enforcement on investigations as an assistant U.S. attorney. She decided to run for office for the first time after the 2016 election. “As a former federal prosecutor with experience prosecuting both violent and white-collar criminals, I’ve seen what it looks like when the powerful prey on the vulnerable,” she has said, and she is the fierce advocate that New Jersey working families need. She lives in Montclair with her husband Jason, also a Navy veteran, and their four school-aged children. She is a dedicated and experienced public servant who ran to give hardworking New Jersey women and families the champion they need in Congress.
An experienced leader ready to tackle the toughest problems
Rep. Sherrill has dedicated her career to public service, and she is working tirelessly to expand economic opportunity and help create good-paying jobs for hardworking New Jersey families. She helped pass The American Rescue Plan, landmark legislation that provides the funding needed to get kids back in school safely, support small businesses, keep roofs over the heads of those struggling to make rent and mortgage payments, and bolster crucial vaccine distribution efforts. She is focused on the work ahead, to build on the progress we have worked so hard to make. “The weight of the pandemic is particularly heavy on women, and we as a society must do more to recognize this and work to support them,” she has said. “Women have faced greater setbacks in the workforce, being laid off by employers at higher rates or making the necessary choice to leave to provide child care and homeschooling for their kids. Women are overwhelmingly on the front lines of this pandemic. Women make up 76 percent of all health care jobs and 76 percent of teachers. Not enough is being done to highlight and address the toll this pandemic has taken on women, from mental health to job loss. I will continue to make this a priority as we work to make our communities whole.” Now more than ever, we need her experience and perspective in Congress.
Victory in a must-win reelection fight
Rep. Sherrill flipped this seat blue in 2018, and she successfully defended it in 2020 — and again in 2022. We showed Rep. Sherrill the full support of the EMILY’s List community and helped keep this champion for New Jersey working families in the House.