For Immediate Release
August 29, 2018
EMILYs List Endorses Lauren Baer in Florida’s 18th District
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Lauren Baer for Congress in Florida’s 18th Congressional District. Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“As a committed public servant and mother, Lauren Baer is running to fight for Florida families in Congress. She previously served as a senior advisor on foreign policy and national security in the Obama Administration, where she developed a reputation for her management skills. Lauren is a native of Palm Beach County and is deeply connected to her community, recognizing the issues that matter most to her neighbors. Lauren understands what it takes to enact policies that help people, and in Congress, she will be a vocal advocate for expanding economic opportunity for working families, protecting access to affordable health care and investing in quality public education.
“After winning her primary, Lauren now faces freshman GOP Rep. Brian Mast, who has voted to take affordable health insurance away from millions of Americans. Previously a Democratic-held seat, we strongly believe Lauren Baer has what it takes to turn this seat blue once again and make history as one of the first LGBTQ mothers in Congress. EMILYs List is proud to be standing with Lauren and we’re excited to help her win this race.”
A proud graduate of Palm Beach County public schools, Lauren Baer has deep roots in the area and comes from a family of local business owners. After attending Harvard University, Yale Law School, and the University of Oxford as a Marshall Scholar, Lauren went on to practice law and was part of a pro bono practice. She joined the Obama administration in 2011 and served as a senior advisor to Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, as well as to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power. She most recently has worked as a consultant for a global strategy firm founded by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Lauren and her wife are the proud mothers of a young daughter and consider themselves active athletes who enjoy spending time outdoors.
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.