• Press Release

EMILYs List Endorses Lisa Brown for Mayor of Spokane, Washington

August 16, 2023


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Lisa Brown for election as mayor of Spokane, Washington. Brown is one of 15 women endorsed so far in EMILYs List’s Madam Mayor program, which was recently launched to support Democratic pro-choice women running for and serving in local executive office. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement:

“Lisa Brown has been a leader and an advocate for Spokane for over three decades, and has spent her career serving Washingtonians as an educator and a legislator. In the state House and Senate she worked to expand the economy, create jobs, and protect Washington State’s great natural resources, and she made history as the first Democratic woman to hold the position of Senate majority leader. Now, Brown is ready to take all of that experience fighting for our freedoms and serve the people of Spokane as their mayor, and EMILYs List is proud to support her. It’s time for a change in Spokane, and Brown is that change.”

Lisa Brown is a former educator and 10-term state legislator who served as Washington State’s director of commerce until announcing her run for Spokane mayor. Brown became an associate professor of economics at Eastern Washington University in 1980 and has been fighting for Spokane’s women, children, and families ever since. She also previously served as the chancellor of Washington State University’s Spokane health sciences campus and collaborated with community partners to establish the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. Brown has lived in all four quadrants of Spokane over the years and currently lives in the West Central neighborhood with her husband, Brian.

EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, works to elect Democratic pro-choice women up and down the ballot and across the country with a goal of fighting for our rights and our communities. Our work is centered around a fundamental vision: Run. Win. Change the World. EMILYs List has raised $850 million in service to that vision and has helped Democratic women win competitive elections by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running one of the largest independent expenditure operations for Democrats, and turning out women voters to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country’s first woman as vice president, 175 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 20 governors, and over 1,500 women to state and local office. More than 40% of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Visit www.emilyslist.org for more information.