For Immediate Release
June 28, 2022
EMILYs List Congratulates Delia Ramirez on Advancing to the General Election in Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulates Delia Ramirez on advancing to the general election for Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement:
“State Rep. Delia Ramirez already has an impressive record as a legislator. In the Illinois state House, she successfully fought for health care for seniors regardless of immigration status, secured hundreds of millions of dollars for affordable housing, and passed legislation that protects abortion access. She has demonstrated tenacity, resilience, and a passion for serving the people of Illinois, and we look forward to celebrating her history-making victory in November.”
The daughter of immigrants, Delia Ramirez is the first Guatemalan American to serve in the Illinois General Assembly. Ramirez, a graduate of Northeastern Illinois University, has served as the founding executive director of the Center for Changing Lives, board chair for both the Latin United Community Housing Association and Logan Square Neighborhood Association. In 2018, Ramirez was elected to represent her home community in the Illinois House, and now serves as assistant majority leader. She lives in Chicago with her husband, Boris and their golden retriever, Lola. If elected, Ramirez would be the first Latina to represent a Midwestern state in Congress.
Women Vote, EMILY's List's independent expenditure arm, invested nearly $270,000 in a a direct mail program, educating voters on Delia Ramirez’s long record of fighting for access to abortion in Illinois ahead of the primary election.
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $700 million to elect Democratic pro-choice women candidates. With a grassroots community of over five million members, EMILY's List helps Democratic women win competitive campaigns – across the country and up and down the ballot – by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running nearly $50 million in independent expenditures in the last cycle alone, and turning out women voters and voters of color 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 more than 1,300 women to state and local office. More than 40% of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. After the 2016 election, more than 60,000 women reached out to EMILY's List about running for office laying the groundwork for the next decade of candidates for local, state, and national offices. In our effort to elect more women in offices across the country, we have created our Run to Win program, expanded our training program, including a Training Center online, and trained thousands of women.