For Immediate Release
June 23, 2022
EMILYs List Endorses Laura Gillen for Congress
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Laura Gillen for election to represent New York’s 4th Congressional District. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement:
“Laura Gillen is a proven leader who has shown she has the determination to take on injustice, inequality, and corruption wherever she goes. Her work to end sexual harassment, fight price gouging, and serve our veterans is inspiring, and we know she is the leader that the people of New York’s 4th Congressional District need during these challenging times. With abortion on the ballot, maintaining a Democratic pro-choice majority in the U.S. House of Representatives is imperative, and EMILYs List is proud to support Gillen’s campaign.”
Laura Gillen is a mom, former Hempstead Town supervisor, and adjunct professor of law at Hofstra University running to represent New York’s 4th Congressional District. In 2017, Gillen was elected to serve as Hempstead Town supervisor, charged with managing America’s largest township, her birthplace and the township where she is raising her family. Gillen graduated from Georgetown University and New York University’s School of Law, after which she began practicing commercial litigation. Gillen has also participated in a pro bono program where she represented victims of domestic violence. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gillen began volunteering in her community to distribute protective supplies to frontline workers. She currently lives in Rockville Centre with her husband and four children.
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.