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November 16, 2022
EMILYs List Congratulates Malia Cohen on her Election to the California State Controller Seat
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulates Malia Cohen on winning her election for California state controller. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement:
“EMILYs List is excited to congratulate Malia Cohen on her historic victory in the general election. We are proud to support Cohen, California’s first elected Black state controller. Cohen is a dedicated public servant who has a history of reducing wasteful spending, and has the expertise to champion all Californians by ensuring the state is appropriately spending funds, while promoting equality and reproductive freedom for all.”
Malia Cohen was born and raised in San Francisco and attended public schools in the city. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Fisk University and a master’s degree in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University. She served as chair of the San Francisco Employee Retirement System, where she led the effort to divest from fossil fuels and thermal coal investments, as president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and represented San Francisco’s 10th District for two terms. She is currently the first Black woman to serve on the State Board of Equalization and the president of the San Francisco Police Commission where she works for greater police accountability in the city. She is the first African American to hold the position of California state controller.
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.