FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 9, 2022
EMILYs List Congratulates Nikki Budzinski on Her Victory in Illinois’ 13th Congressional District
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulates Nikki Budzinski on her victory in Illinois’ 13th Congressional District. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement:
“Nikki Budzinski’s victory today is not only a victory for working Illinoisans who have consistently relied on her to champion their rights, but a victory against anti-choice extremism and radical politicians who seek to outlaw abortion in Illinois and across the country. EMILYs List is thrilled that Budzinski has flipped this seat from red to blue and will be a fighter for the people of Illinois’ 13th Congressional District, and we look forward to seeing all the great things she will accomplish as their representative.”
Born in Peoria, IL, Nikki Budzinski is the granddaughter of a union painter and a public school teacher. She attended the University of Illinois Champaign and was inspired to pursue a career in public service after interning with former Congressman Dick Gephardt, former Sen. Paul Simon, and Planned Parenthood. She has worked to protect firefighters' rights with the IAFF and has fought for grocery workers and meatpackers with the UFCW. Budzinski then served as Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s senior advisor on labor issues and as the chair of the Illinois Broadband Advisory Council. She then served as chief of staff for President Biden’s Office of Management and Budget.
Women Vote, EMILY's List's independent expenditure arm, invested $1 million in a television program to flip this house seat, running two ads district-wide highlighting Budzinski’s record of fighting for Illinois families and her opponent’s dangerous views on abortion.
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.