For Immediate Release
August 2, 2022
EMILYs List Congratulates Katie Hobbs on Advancing to the General Election in Arizona’s Gubernatorial Election
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulates Katie Hobbs on advancing to the general election to determine who will serve as Arizona’s next governor. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement:
“As radical Republican extremists around the country seek to ban abortion against the will of the majority of Americans, it’s up to governors to protect access to reproductive health care in any way possible. Unfortunately, Arizona’s governor up until now has done the opposite, signing into law extreme restriction after extreme restriction until abortion is all but outlawed in the state. We know that Secretary of State Katie Hobbs will be a staunch defender of reproductive freedom for Arizonans if she is elected governor in November, and EMILYs List is thrilled to congratulate her on her primary victory today.”
Prior to running for office, Katie Hobbs was a social worker and served as chief compliance officer for one of the largest domestic violence shelters in the country. In 2010, Hobbs was elected to the Arizona State Legislature where she ultimately became Democratic Senate minority leader. In 2018, Hobbs ran for Arizona secretary of state and flipped the seat from red to blue. As secretary of state, Hobbs defended the integrity of Arizona’s electoral system against Trump-led efforts to undermine the 2020 election.
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.