A champion for Illinois working families
Marie Newman is a champion for Illinois working families running to expand economic opportunity and to fiercely defend our rights at a time when they are under attack like never before. An experienced leader, she is fighting to ensure that women and families are heard in the halls of power. Marie began her career working at the largest ad agency in the country and rose to become a partner at age 31. Driven to tackle new challenges and innovate, she left to start her own business and established herself as a successful entrepreneur. The mother of a child who experienced severe bullying in school, Marie founded Team Up to Stop Bullying, a coalition of 70 nonprofits, and authored a solutions-focused book to encourage anti-bullying policies and promote inclusion in schools across the country. After many years of volunteering on campaigns, she stepped up to run for the first time after the 2016 election to defend the fundamental rights so many Americans can no longer take for granted. Marie mounted a formidable campaign for Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District in 2018 and lost by a narrow margin. She stepped up to run again this cycle and she has what it takes to win. Born and raised in the Chicago area, Marie and her husband, Jim, live in La Grange with their two children. She is dedicated to serving her community, finding solutions to the toughest problems, and transparent leadership.
A fighter for expanding economic opportunity
Marie is fighting to expand economic opportunity for all hardworking Illinois families and to create good-paying jobs that strengthen communities. “We finally need to address ‘everybody’s everyday’ to drive innovation and invest in our people, infrastructure, mass transportation, jobs, training, and growing an ever greener economy,” she has said. As a former small business owner, Marie has what it takes to help grow an economy that works for all. Marie is a pro-choice champion who is a fierce advocate for expanding all Americans’ access to quality, affordable health care. As our opponents desperately attempt to undo the progress we’ve worked so hard to make, Illinois women and working families can count on Marie to fight tirelessly for them.
An opportunity to elect a progressive champion
Marie is running a strong grassroots campaign focused on the needs of the community where she has lived all her life. She is challenging conservative Congressman Dan Lipinski, a Democrat who does not share the values of the community he was elected to represent. Marie is taking Lipinski on again in 2020, and she has what it takes to hold him accountable for his record. Lipinski is a longtime opponent of reproductive rights. He has repeatedly voted for dangerous abortion bans and to defund Planned Parenthood, he voted against the Affordable Care Act, and he supports a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. As Marie has fought tirelessly against discrimination, Lipinski has sponsored anti-LGBTQ “right to discriminate” legislation while ignoring the priorities of the working families he was elected to serve. With Trump and congressional Republicans working around the clock to take us backward, Illinois needs a champion like Marie fighting for progress. Let’s show her the full support of the EMILY’s List community and send this pro-choice champion to Congress to fight for Illinois working families.