For Immediate Release
December 15, 2021
EMILYs List Endorses Abby Finkenauer For U.S. Senate in Iowa
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Abby Finkenauer for U.S. Senate in Iowa. Laphonza Butler, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“EMILYs List is proud to endorse Abby Finkenauer for U.S. Senate in Iowa. Throughout her career, Finkenauer has been a leader focused on increasing economic opportunities for all Iowans. She has fought for better wages, Iowa schools, labor rights, paid family leave, affordable health care, and equal pay for women. With Republicans’ increased focus on dangerous anti-choice legislation, it has never been more important to expand the number of Democratic pro-choice women in the U.S. Senate. With Finkenauer in the Senate, Iowans will gain a pro-choice champion who will never stop defending their reproductive rights.”
The daughter of a union pipefitter welder and a longtime Dubuque Community Schools employee, Abby Finkenauer grew up in Northeast Iowa. She began her career as a legislative aide and was just 24 when she ran for an open seat in the Iowa House and won, becoming the third-youngest woman serving in a state legislature in the country at that time. In 2018, she ran to represent Iowa’s 1st Congressional District in the House of Representatives and flipped the seat from red to blue.
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.