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EMILYs List Congratulates 13 Women on Their Election to the Illinois General Assembly

November 9, 2020

For Immediate Release
November 9, 2020

EMILYs List Congratulates 13 Women on Their Election to the Illinois General Assembly

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILY's List, the nation's largest resource for women in politics, celebrated the election of 13 pro-choice Democratic women to the Illinois General Assembly. Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY's List, released the following statement: 

“Congratulations to these remarkable women leaders on their victories in the General Assembly elections. Illinoisans have a long history of electing strong Democratic women and we’re thrilled to know that so many fierce progressive advocates will have seats at the table in the next legislative session. Together, they will make Illinois’ state government stronger and more effective, and ensure that no working family is left behind or left out. All of these outstanding women belong in Springfield and we look forward to their continued leadership.”

EMILYs List congratulates the following candidates on their victories:
Celina Villanueva (SD-11) 
Cristina Castro (SD-22) 
Melinda Bush (SD-31) 
Theresa Mah (HD-02) 
Eva Dina Delgado (HD-03) 
Lakesia Collins (HD-09) 
Margaret Croke (HD-12) 
Janet Yang Rohr (HD-41) 
Terra Costa Howard (HD-48) 
Maura Hirschauer (HD-49) 
Joyce Mason (HD-61) 
Suzanne Ness (HD-66)
Dagmara Avelar (HD-85)

EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $600 million to elect pro-choice Democratic 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 strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, and turning out women voters to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect 150 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and nearly 1,100 women to state and local office. Nearly 40 percent of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. During the historic 2017-2018 cycle, EMILYs List raised a record-breaking $110 million and launched a record independent expenditure campaign. We helped elect 34 new women to the House, including 24 red-to-blue victories; enough seats to have delivered the U.S. House majority alone. Since the 2016 election, more than 60,000 women have 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.