For Immediate Release
March 26, 2021
EMILYs List Endorses Congresswoman Elaine Luria for Reelection in Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Congresswoman Elaine Luria for reelection in Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“EMILYs List applauds the hard work that Congresswoman Elaine Luria has done for Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District, and we are proud to endorse her for reelection. As a veteran and a small business owner, Congresswoman Luria understands the struggles working-class Americans have been facing and has been working tirelessly to support them throughout her time in Congress. As chairwoman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee, she is working hard to ensure veterans get the compensation they deserve. We’re excited to continue backing Congresswoman Luria and look forward to helping her win this race.”
Elaine Luria graduated from the United States Naval Academy and served our country in uniform for 20 years. She was deployed around the world as a surface warfare officer and nuclear engineer, working tirelessly to enforce sanctions, operate nuclear reactors, and oversee complex weapons systems. She retired from the U.S. Navy in 2017 with the rank of commander, and started a small business from her kitchen table that has grown to create jobs in her community and support local organizations for youth and the arts. Elaine and her husband Robert, who retired after 27 years of naval service, have lived in Norfolk for nearly 20 years and are proud to raise their daughter there.
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, 157 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and more than 1,300 women to state and local office. More than 40 percent 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.