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November 9, 2022
EMILYs List Congratulates Gretchen Whitmer on Her Reelection as Governor of Michigan
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulates Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on her reelection as governor of Michigan. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement:
“There is no one more qualified than Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to lead the state of Michigan through these challenging times. Gov. Whitmer has persevered through hardship to protect reproductive freedom, promote equal rights for all, and champion policies that support working families, and EMILYs List could not be more thrilled to congratulate her on her victory. We know that her win today is a win not just for Gov. Whitmer but for all Michiganders.”
Gretchen Whitmer is a lifelong Michigander and champion for working families. She began her career as an attorney in private practice, arguing cases in Circuit Court and before the Michigan Public Service Commission. She was first elected to the state House in 2000 to fight for working families. She quickly established a reputation as a problem solver who put her constituents first and was voted by her peers as the most effective Democrat in the House. Whitmer was elected to the Michigan Senate in 2006 and made state history in 2010 as the first woman to lead a party caucus in the Senate. In 2016, she served as the Ingham County prosecutor where she set up a domestic violence unit to coordinate domestic and sexual violence cases within one group of dedicated professionals to advocate for survivors. In 2018 she was elected governor, with the support of the EMILYs List community.
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.