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EMILYs List Blasts Comments by Rep. David Trone on Gender Diversity in Maryland Congressional Delegation: “Not only ignorant, but deeply insulting”

April 18, 2024


WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a recent interview, current Maryland Rep. and Senate candidate David Trone displayed a shocking disregard for the importance of gender diversity in political representation. When questioned about the significance of Angela Alsobrooks, an EMILYs List-endorsed candidate, bringing diversity to Maryland’s 10-person, all-male congressional delegation, Trone’s dismissive response was not only tone-deaf but also deeply concerning. EMILYs List President Jessica Mackler offered the following statement:

“Rep. David Trone’s dismissive comments on gender diversity reveal a disturbing pattern of tone-deafness and indifference. His assertion that the possible addition of two women to an all-male Maryland delegation is enough is not only ignorant, but deeply insulting to those fighting for greater representation and inclusion. As the GOP continues its assault on reproductive rights and democratic norms — including in states like Texas and Georgia, whose Republican governors David Trone donated to — it is more crucial than ever to elect leaders like Angela Alsobrooks who will fight tirelessly for the rights and freedoms of all Marylanders. EMILYs List proudly stands with Angela Alsobrooks as she seeks to bring her experience, leadership, and unwavering dedication to the U.S. Senate, where she will be a fierce advocate for justice and equality.”

Watch the full interview here.

EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, works to elect Democratic pro-choice women up and down the ballot and across the country with a goal of fighting for our rights and our communities. Our work is centered around a fundamental vision: Run. Win. Change the World. EMILYs List has raised $850 million in service to that vision and has helped Democratic women win competitive elections by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running one of the largest independent expenditure operations for Democrats, and turning out women voters to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country’s first woman as vice president, 175 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 20 governors, and over 1,500 women to state and local office. More than 40% of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Visit www.emilyslist.org for more information.