EMILYs List Congratulates State Sen. Bridget Valverde and Victoria Gu on their Successful Rhode Isl
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November 9, 2022
EMILYs List Congratulates State Sen. Bridget Valverde and Victoria Gu on their Successful Rhode Island State Senate Races
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulates Victoria Gu (RI-SD38) and state Sen. Bridget Valverde (RI-SD35) on their election and reelection to the Rhode Island state Senate. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement:
“EMILYs List congratulates Victoria Gu and state Sen. Bridget Valverde on their election and reelection to the Rhode Island state Senate. Valverde is a distinguished leader with a proven track record of fighting for every Rhode Islander, while Gu brings energizing plans to address the obstacles her hometown faces and has made history as the first AAPI woman elected to the Rhode Island General Assembly. We’re eager to see what these two pro-choice champions accomplish together in the Rhode Island General Assembly.”
Bridget Valverde currently serves in the Rhode Island state Senate and is the vice chair of the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services. She is also a member of the Committee on Environment & Agriculture. Her background is in the nonprofit sector where she has worked to expand access to health care for children, families, and seniors and has helped animal welfare organizations. She also actively works as a substitute teacher in North Kingstown Schools. Valverde lives in North Kingstown, Rhode Island with her husband, two sons, and their family pug.
Victoria Gu is a daughter of immigrants and the chair of Charlestown’s Climate Resiliency Commission, and will represent the district where she was raised in the Rhode Island state Senate. Gu graduated from Harvard University and went on to work in the tech industry in Silicon Valley. During the pandemic, Gu realized the importance of community and moved back to her hometown in Senate District 38. She plans on addressing the rising costs of living, advocating for reproductive rights, and a healthy environment in the state Senate.
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.