For Immediate Release
February 4, 2021
EMILYs List Endorses Governor Gretchen Whitmer for Reelection
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Governor Gretchen Whitmer for reelection in Michigan. Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“Governor Gretchen Whitmer is a fierce leader and EMILYs List is proud to endorse her campaign for reelection. In the face of unimaginable challenges, including the coronavirus and unacceptable threats of violence, Gretchen has risen to the occasion and proven that she will always put Michiganders’ needs first. Her leadership and clear vision for progress has saved lives during this pandemic. EMILYs List is thrilled to stand with her and we look forward to her continued leadership.”
Gretchen Whitmer is a lifelong Michigander and champion for working families. She began her career as an attorney in private practice, arguing cases in Circuit Court and before the Michigan Public Service Commission. She was first elected to the state House in 2000 to fight for working families. She quickly established a reputation as a problem solver who put her constituents first and was voted by her peers as the most effective Democrat in the House. Gretchen was elected to the Michigan Senate in 2006 and made state history in 2010 as the first woman to lead a party caucus in the Senate. In 2016, she served as the Ingham County prosecutor where she set up a domestic violence unit to coordinate domestic and sexual violence cases within one group of dedicated professionals to advocate for survivors. In 2018 she was elected governor, with the support of the EMILYs List community.
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $700 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 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.