For Immediate Release
June 28, 2022
EMILY's List Congratulates Susana Mendoza on Advancing to the General Election in Illinois Comptroller Reelection Bid
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulates Comptroller Susana Mendoza on advancing to the general election in the Illinois comptroller race. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement:
“EMILYs List congratulates Comptroller Susana Mendoza on advancing to the general election in her reelection race. Since she was sworn-in in 2016, Mendoza has led a transparency revolution within the state of Illinois to ensure that taxpayers know how their dollars are being spent. Due to her track record of distinguished leadership, Mendoza is the unparalleled choice to represent Illinois as comptroller and we could not be more thrilled to stand with her.”
Comptroller Susana Mendoza made history in 2016 when she became the first Hispanic independently elected to statewide office in Illinois. In less than a year, Mendoza transformed the office, shifting the priorities back to funding nursing homes, hospice centers, schools and the state’s most vulnerable. Before being elected to the Comptroller’s office, she was the Chicago city clerk. Mendoza also served six terms as a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives from 2001 to 2011 for the 1st District. Elected in 2000 as the youngest member of the 92nd Illinois General Assembly, she was publicly recognized for her leadership and legislation on social services, education, law enforcement, job creation and animal welfare.
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $700 million to elect Democratic pro-choice women candidates. With a grassroots community of over five million members, EMILY's List helps Democratic women win competitive campaigns – across the country and up and down the ballot – by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running nearly $50 million in independent expenditures in the last cycle alone, and turning out women voters and voters of color 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 more than 1,300 women to state and local office. More than 40% of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. After the 2016 election, more than 60,000 women reached out to EMILY's List about running for office laying the groundwork for the next decade of candidates for local, state, and national offices. In our effort to elect more women in offices across the country, we have created our Run to Win program, expanded our training program, including a Training Center online, and trained thousands of women.