For Immediate Release
April 7, 2022
EMILY's List Announces Georgia Rep. Bee Nguyen as the Winner of the 2022 Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, announced that the 2022 Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award will be awarded to Georgia state Rep. Bee Nguyen. The award will be presented at the We Are EMILY Gala on May 3, which will feature a panel with the nominees moderated by journalist Joan Walsh.
“EMILYs List is thrilled to announce that Georgia state Rep. Bee Nguyen is the recipient of the 2022 Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award. Rep. Nguyen made history when she became the first Asian American Democratic woman elected to the Georgia General Assembly. Nguyen has shaped history through her fierce defense of democracy during her time in office as she led the successful effort to restore voting rights to over 53,000 people impacted by a racist voter suppression policy in Georgia, and fought back against the Trump campaign’s false claims of fraud after the 2020 presidential election. Rep. Nguyen fiercely advocates at the intersection of reproductive choice and voting rights, challenging the employment of voter suppression tactics to pass anti-choice legislation. She is a proven champion of voting rights, reproductive freedom, and equality,” said Laphonza Butler, president of EMILYs List.
“Rep. Nguyen has also tirelessly advocated for women’s empowerment and gender equality, and we are honored to celebrate her record of fearless leadership. Before being elected, Nguyen founded a nonprofit that works with young women in Atlanta’s under-resourced communities, offering personal and professional development opportunities. As a fellow at the Georgia Women’s Policy Institute, she also advocated to lawmakers on behalf of survivors of sexual assault, ensuring that their needs would no longer be ignored or silenced by those in power. This award is intended to honor an exceptional woman serving in state or local office, and here at EMILYs List, we believe that Rep. Bee Nguyen’s pursuit of justice and contributions to our democracy are nothing short of extraordinary.”
EMILYs List endorsed Rep. Bee Nguyen in the 2017 special election for House District 89 to fill the State House seat vacated by Stacey Abrams, and in Rep. Nguyen’s campaign for the State House in 2020. EMILYs List has endorsed Nguyen in her current race for Georgia secretary of state.
About Rep. Bee Nguyen
In 2017, Bee Nguyen became the first Asian-American Democratic woman elected to the Georgia legislature. She founded a nonprofit dedicated to empowering and educating young women and for 10 years served as its executive director. As a state representative, Bee has worked to advocate for voting rights, public education, and criminal justice reform. She is a graduate of Georgia State University and received a Master of Public Administration from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies.
About the Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award
Named in honor of the dedicated and courageous Gabrielle Giffords, the Rising Star Award celebrates an extraordinary woman serving in state or local office. The award honors a woman who demonstrates the sort of commitment to community, dedication to women and families, and determination and civility that have been the highlights of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ career, in and out of office. Previous Rising Star Award recipients include former Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams in 2014, former Boston City Councilwoman Ayanna Pressley in 2015, former Colorado House Speaker Crisanta Duran in 2016, Philadelphia City Councilwoman Helen Gym in 2017, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx in 2018, California Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo in 2019, former Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes in 2020, and Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo in 2021.
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