For Immediate Release
July 19, 2022
EMILYs List Congratulates Heather Mizeur on Advancing to the General Election in Maryland’s 1st Congressional District
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulates Heather Mizeur on advancing to the general election in Maryland’s 1st Congressional District. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement:
“Heather Mizeur has been a powerhouse of progressive values for her entire career, whether as a nonprofit CEO or a member of Maryland’s legislature. She has proven time and again that she has the ingenuity, the tenacity, and the bravery to work for the good of her community and improve the lives of Marylanders, and tonight the people of Maryland’s 1st Congressional District have recognized that. EMILYs List is thrilled to congratulate Mizeur on her victory, and we look forward to supporting her in the general election.”
Heather Mizeur is a policy expert, a former elected official, a farmer, and the founder and CEO of a non-profit organization focused on social justice running for Congress to continue her lifelong commitment to public service. She is the oldest daughter of a retired factory welder and member of the United Auto Workers. Labor strife and economic hardship as well as conversations about politics and civics were part of Mizeur family life. She served as U.S. Sen. John Kerry’s Domestic Policy Director for four years and was the principal architect of his 2004 presidential campaign’s health care reform agenda. She also worked for three Democratic U.S. House members, and spent four years as a national advocate for nonprofit community health centers serving the uninsured, rural families, and migrant farmworkers. Mizeur was elected to the Maryland General Assembly, and earned a reputation as a legislative powerhouse during the eight years she served in the House of Delegates. After leaving elected office, Mizeur founded Soul Force Politics, a non-profit organization dedicated to bridging the worsening divisions in American politics and civic life. Mizeur and her spouse, Deborah, live on a 34-acre farm in Chestertown, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
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