WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Congresswoman Jacky Rosen for the U.S. Senate in Nevada. Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“EMILY's List is so proud to endorse our friend and ally, Jacky Rosen, right out of the gate in Nevada for the United States Senate. Jacky knows what it's like to work hard every day to achieve a better life for her family. She took out loans to pay for college, faced the indignity of pay discrimination when she started out as a computer programmer, and found a way to make ends meet by waitressing on weekends. Jacky brought that same determination with her when she stepped up to run for Congress, wanting to ensure everyone in her community has a fair shot. Now she will bring her commitment to fight for every Nevada family to the U.S. Senate.
“This election cycle, Nevadans face a critical choice. Their current senator, Dean Heller, has shown that he cannot be trusted to protect and advocate for the working families of his state. With so much hanging in the balance, including the future of health care, the need for increased economic opportunity, and federal support for Planned Parenthood, Nevadans deserve a real senator–a woman with the backbone to stand up to Trump, not a man so focused on his own political standing that he just falls in line. Jacky Rosen is a dedicated and compassionate public servant who will never stop fighting for the women and families of the Silver State in the United States Senate.”
When she came to Washington, D.C., Jacky brought her values with her. She participated in the Women’s March on Washington, and at a prayer service that morning she asked her fellow marchers to recite the Jewish blessing aimed at healing pain, as well as the blessing of praise, for the unity shown by the community that came together to stand in solidarity with all women. At a time when our government is dominated by rich men whose dangerous greed and cynicism drive their cruel agenda, Jacky is running to bring her powerful ethical leadership to the U.S. Senate and to defend the dignity of each and every American — especially the most vulnerable members of our community.
Jacky is challenging Senator Dean Heller, the most vulnerable Senate Republican facing re-election in 2018 — and the only GOP senator up for re-election in a state that Hillary Clinton won in 2016. EMILYs List women have won tough battles in Nevada in recent years, and we know Jacky has what it takes to win. Heller has consistently played politics with the lives of the working people he was elected to represent and serve, and Nevadans are ready to hold him accountable for his outrageous record of failure.
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $500 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making them one of the most successful political organizations ever. Our grassroots community of over five million members helps Democratic women wage competitive campaigns – and win. We recruit and train candidates, support strong campaigns, research the issues that impact women and families, and turn out women voters. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect 116 women to the House, 23 to the Senate, 12 governors, and over 800 to state and local office. Forty percent of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Since the 2016 election, thousands of women and counting have reached out to us about running for office. To harness this energy, EMILYs List has launched Run to Win, an unprecedented effort to get more women to run at the local, state, and national levels.