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EMILYs List Congratulates Hillary Scholten on Advancing to the General Election in Michigan’s 3rd

August 2, 2022

For Immediate Release
August 2, 2022 

EMILYs List Congratulates Hillary Scholten on Advancing to the General Election in Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulates Hillary Scholten on advancing to the general election in Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement:

“Hillary Scholten is the epitome of a dedicated public servant, having fought for the rights of vulnerable members of her community in and out of elected office for her entire career. During a time when radical Republican extremists are trying to strip reproductive freedom from Michiganders and all Americans, it is essential that we elect Democratic pro-choice women like Scholten to office to defend our freedoms. EMILYs List is proud to stand by Scholten as she seeks to become the next representative for Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District.”

The daughter of a local reporter and an elementary school teacher, Hillary Scholten was inspired by her parents to give back to her community, and to stand up and do something about injustices she saw around her. An invested member of her church and her community, she has lived her values by dedicating her career to service. Scholten earned a degree in social work and became a case worker for members of the LGBTQ+ community who faced housing discrimination. She then went to law school and clerked for the U.S Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit before working for the Department of Justice under President Obama. In 2017 she returned to Michigan and joined the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center as an attorney and volunteered with the Times Up Legal Defense Fund, offering her legal expertise to those whom the system has left behind and ignored. Scholten and her husband live in Grand Rapids, Michigan with their two young sons, in the same neighborhood where her grandparents grew up.

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.