For Immediate Release
April 11, 2018
EMILY's List Endorses Nanette Diaz Barragán for Re-Election in California's 44th District
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Nanette Diaz Barragán for re-election in California’s 44th District. Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“Nanette Diaz Barragán has spent her career breaking down barriers and defying the odds. Before becoming the first Latina elected to represent California’s 44th District, she was the first Latina elected to the Hermosa Beach City Council and the first Latina to become mayor of Hermosa Beach. During her time in Congress, Nanette has been a strong voice for working women and families and has consistently pushed back against Republicans’ discriminatory policies.
“In a time when Republicans are failing to stand up to Donald Trump, Nanette has proven that she is a powerful voice of resistance. The people of California’s 44th District deserve a leader and fighter who won’t back down, and Nanette Diaz Barragán has proven to be just that. EMILYs List is proud to support her re-election campaign.”
The daughter of a factory worker and a TV repairman, Nanette Diaz Barragán grew up near Carson, CA, the youngest of 11 kids. Nanette’s parents immigrated to the United States from Mexico before she was born. Driven by a commitment to helping hardworking families in communities like hers, Nanette has dedicated her career to public service — from working for the NAACP to help address inequalities in health care to her work as a pro bono Spanish-speaking adoption attorney. She became the first Latina ever elected to the Hermosa Beach City Council, and served as the city’s first Latina mayor prior to successfully running for Congress in 2016.
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.