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November 8, 2022
EMILYs List Congratulates Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson on Reelection Victory
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulates Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson on her reelection. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement:
“EMILYs List is thrilled to congratulate Jocelyn Benson on her reelection as Michigan’s secretary of state. We know that we can count on Secretary Benson to administer free and fair elections in Michigan; she was honored with the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for her bravery preserving electoral integrity in 2020, and she’s prepared to continue fighting for democracy. We’re proud to stand with this pro-choice champion at this crucial juncture for our voting and reproductive rights and our democracy.”
Jocelyn Benson is an expert on civil rights law, education law, and election law. She graduated from Harvard Law School and served as the dean of Wayne State University Law School. Previously, she was an associate professor and associate director of Wayne Law’s Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights. Prior to her election, Benson served as the CEO of the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality and co-founded the Military Spouses of Michigan. She was elected Michigan’s 43rd secretary of state in 2018, becoming the first Democratic woman to hold the office.
Women Vote, EMILY's List's independent expenditure arm, invested $2 million in a television program in the Detroit, Grand Rapids and Flint media markets highlighting Benson’s opponent’s extreme anti-choice record.
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.