• Press Release

EMILYs List Endorses 16 Democratic Women for Election to Virginia’s State Legislature

April 20, 2023


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed 16 Democratic women for election to Virginia’s state legislature. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement:

“During a serious crisis of abortion access, Virginia has been a haven of reproductive health care services not only for its residents but for millions of residents from surrounding states — and these 16 Democratic pro-choice champions are running to ensure that it stays that way and protect abortion in Virginia for years to come. Each of these women have demonstrated a commitment and dedication not only to reproductive freedom but to the civil rights and wellbeing of all Virginians, and EMILYs List is proud to endorse them for election because we know they have what it takes to stand up to Republican extremism and fight for what’s right.”

EMILYs List endorsed the following slate of candidates for election and reelection:

  • Patricia White-Boyd, VA-SD04
  • Lashrecse Aird, VA-SD13
  • Elizabeth Guzman, VA-SD29
  • Danica Roem, VA-SD30
  • Russet Perry, VA-SD31
  • Adele McClure, VA-HD02
  • Laura Jane Cohen, VA-HD15
  • Atoosa Reaser, VA-HD27
  • Lily Franklin, VA-HD41
  • Katrina Callsen, VA-HD54
  • Amy Laufer, VA-HD55
  • Susanna Gibson, VA-HD57
  • Jessica Anderson, VA-HD71
  • Debra Gardner, VA-HD76
  • Destiny LeVere Bolling, VA-HD80
  • Kimberly Pope Adams, VA-HD82

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.