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EMILYs List Congratulates 23 Democratic Pro-Choice Women on Defending the Virginia Senate and Flipping the House

November 7, 2023


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulates 23 EMILYs List-endorsed Democratic pro-choice champions on winning their election and reelection to the Virginia state legislature. EMILYs List Interim President Jessica Mackler released the following statement:

“Abortion was on the ballot in Virginia, and once again, voters have unequivocally turned out to protect our reproductive rights. The Democratic pro-choice women elected to the state legislature tonight will protect abortion rights not just for Virginians, but for people across the South. EMILYs List is thrilled to congratulate them on their victories, and to congratulate the people of Virginia on securing a state legislature that will truly fight for their rights.”

EMILYs List congratulates the following candidates whose races have been called:

  • Adele McClure, VA-HD02
  • Karen Keys-Gamarra, VA-HD07
  • Laura Jane Cohen, VA-HD15
  • Michelle Maldonado, VA-HD20
  • Atoosa Reaser, VA-HD27
  • Katrina Callsen, VA-HD54
  • Amy Laufer, VA-HD55
  • Shelly Simonds, VA-HD70
  • Debra Gardner, VA-HD76
  • Rae Cousins, VA-HD79
  • Destiny Levere Bolling, VA-HD80
  • Delores McQuinn, VA-HD81
  • Bonita Anthony, VA-HD92
  • Kelly Convirs-Fowler, VA-HD96
  • Lashrecse Aird, VA-SD13
  • L. Louise Lucas, VA-SD18
  • Angelia Williams Graves, VA-SD21
  • Danica Roem, VA-SD30
  • Russet Perry, VA-SD31
  • Jennifer Carroll Foy, VA-SD33
  • Stella Pekarsky, VA-SD36
  • Jennifer Boysko, VA-SD38
  • Barbara Favola, VA-SD40

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.