For Immediate Release
January 24, 2019
EMILYs List Congratulates Gov. Whitmer and Rep. Escobar on Being Selected to Deliver Democrats’ State of the Union Response
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Democratic leaders announced that Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Texas Rep. Veronica Escobar will be delivering the response to the President’s State of the Union address on February 4. In response, EMILYs List President Stephanie Schriock released the following statement:
“Congratulations to Gretchen Whitmer and Veronica Escobar on being selected to deliver this year’s response to the President’s State of the Union. Pro-choice Democratic women have served as a vital check on the Trump presidency since the moment he took office and these two women have been fierce leaders for their communities. Their voices will send a powerful rebuttal to what is sure to be a divisive speech by the President and we’re proud to watch them take the national stage to hold truth to power.”
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $600 million to elect pro-choice Democratic 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 strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, and turning out women voters to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect 150 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and nearly 1,100 women to state and local office. Nearly 40 percent of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. During the historic 2017-2018 cycle, EMILYs List raised a record-breaking $110 million and launched a record independent expenditure campaign. We helped elect 34 new women to the House, including 24 red-to-blue victories; enough seats to have delivered the U.S. House majority alone. Since the 2016 election, more than 50,000 women have 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.