FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 8, 2022
EMILYs List Congratulates Brittany Pettersen on Her Victory in Colorado’s 7th Congressional District
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulates Brittany Pettersen on her victory in Colorado’s 7th Congressional District. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement:
“Brittany Pettersen’s commitment to her community and her experience championing voting rights and democracy across the state will make her an excellent legislator for the people of Colorado’s 7th Congressional District. Pettersen has been a trailblazer for women in office and reproductive freedom during her time in elected office, and EMILYs List is thrilled to congratulate her on her victory today because we have no doubt that she will continue that good work in Congress.”
A fourth generation Coloradan, Brittany Pettersen had to take on adult responsibilities at a young age as her mom battled with addiction. She began to work cleaning houses and taking odd jobs at the age of 12, and with relentless hard work and the support of her teachers, she beat tough odds to become the first member of her family to graduate from high school and college. Pettersen has dedicated her career to civic engagement, building community, and public service. She worked on President Obama’s historic 2008 campaign and engaged a new generation of Coloradans in their democracy through voter registration and advocacy before stepping up to put her own name on the ballot. In 2012, she ran a successful grassroots campaign in a competitive race for the Colorado House of Representatives — and became the youngest woman in the state legislature. In 2018, Pettersen was one of five young Democratic women candidates nicknamed the “Fab Five,” whose double-digit wins in 2018 helped take the majority in the state Senate. She and her husband, Ian are proud parents of a young son, Davis, and she is only the second Colorado legislator to give birth during a legislative session.
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 over $700 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 campaigns 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, 159 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and nearly 1,400 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.