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EMILYs List Congratulates Jennifer McClellan on Her Primary Victory in Virginia’s 4th Congressional District
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulates Jennifer McClellan on her primary election victory in Virginia’s 4th Congressional District. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement:
“EMILYs List is thrilled to congratulate Jennifer McClellan on her victory in Virginia’s 4th Congressional District. Not only will Virginians have a true pro-choice champion to vote for in February, but also if elected, she will become the first Black woman ever elected to Congress from the state of Virginia. McClellan is a shining example and a committed leader who will defend our freedoms, and we look forward to supporting her as her campaign continues.”
Virginia state Sen. Jennifer McClellan is a dedicated public servant. Her parents were community leaders and educators raised in the segregated South, so McClellan learned from a young age the importance of being a force for progressive change and serving her community. McClellan has spent over 17 years fighting for progress, justice, and equity in the Virginia General Assembly. She led the passage of the Reproductive Health Protection Act – making Virginia the first state in the South to proactively expand abortion rights – which eliminated mandatory ultrasounds, 24-hour waiting periods, and TRAP laws. As a community leader, she has served as a board member for a wide variety of civic organizations, including the Virginia League of Planned Parenthood, the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, and the Children’s Museum of Richmond. McClellan lives in Richmond with her husband and their two children, Jackson and Samantha.
Women Vote, EMILYs List’s independent expenditure arm, invested in a digital ad campaign highlighting McClellan’s pro-choice record and her critical endorsements from key state leaders.
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, 175 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 20 governors, and over 1,500 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.