For Immediate Release
January 12, 2022
EMILYs List Endorses Letitia James for Attorney General of New York
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Letitia James for reelection as attorney general of New York. Laphonza Butler, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“From holding powerful corporations accountable to fighting for survivors of sexual assault, Letitia James has been unrelenting in her pursuit of justice for New Yorkers. And her work is not yet over. With Letitia’s continued leadership, New York will continue making strides toward becoming a more equitable, more just state for all residents. With unprecedented GOP-led attacks on rights and freedoms, it is imperative to reelect Letitia, as she will never stop fighting for New York’s vulnerable communities. EMILYs List is thrilled to stand with this groundbreaking leader as she runs for reelection.”
Letitia James made history in 2018 when she was the first Black woman elected as New York’s attorney general. She previously served two terms as a public advocate of New York City. Prior, Letitia served as councilwoman for the 35th District in Brooklyn. As councilwoman, Letitia successfully advocated for safer housing conditions and landlord accountability, which led to the passage of the Safe Housing Act and stronger protections for hundreds of tenants. Letitia also previously served as the lead of the Brooklyn Regional Office of the New York State Attorney General’s Office where she worked to protect homeowners from predatory lenders.
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.