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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Wisconsin Secretary of State Doug La Follette announced his retirement, and Gov. Tony Evers appointed former state treasurer Sarah Godlewski to the role. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following quote.
“EMILYs List has been proud to support Sarah Godlewski in her service to Wisconsinites, first as the state’s treasurer and then in her 2022 run for U.S. Senate. Godlewski has been a staunch defender of reproductive freedom and has worked hard to elect pro-choice women to office in spite of Wisconsin’s restrictive and dangerous abortion ban. We have no doubt that Godlewski will continue to deliver for the people of Wisconsin in her new role as secretary of state, and we congratulate her on this new chapter in her career.”
Born and raised in Eau Claire by two public school teachers, Sarah Godlewski is a fifth generation Wisconsinite, a businesswoman, a financial expert, and an experienced public servant. While attending George Mason University, she took out significant student loans and worked as a waitress and teacher’s assistant. After graduating, Godlewski spent nearly a decade working with the Pentagon to help curb wasteful spending. She met her husband, Max, when they served together on the board of UNICEF USA Advocacy Group working to bring food, education, and opportunity to kids across the country. They later launched MaSa Partners, a social impact venture that invests in renewable energy projects, start-ups, and women-owned businesses. In 2018, Godlewski ran for Wisconsin state treasurer, and with the help of EMILYs List, won with 51 percent of the vote.
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 $850 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 operations 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.