For Immediate Release
February 2, 2021
EMILYs List Endorses Senator Patty Murray for Reelection
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Senator Patty Murray for reelection in Washington. Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“EMILYs List is thrilled to endorse Senator Patty Murray for reelection. The first woman to represent Washington in the U.S. Senate and the highest-ranking woman in the Senate, Patty is a proven leader and tireless advocate for change. Throughout her tenure in Congress, and even long before it, she has been a champion for working families, women, quality public education, and affordable health care. Patty has always put Washington families’ needs first, and we are proud to continue to stand with her.”
Senator Patty Murray first got involved in politics to fight for a state preschool program families like hers counted on that was on the chopping block. After successfully rallying parents across the state to save the program, she decided to run for the school board and then the state legislature where she worked from the inside on policies impacting families like paid family leave. In 1992 she became the first woman to represent Washington State in the U.S. Senate after her election during the historic Year of the Woman, and she has continued to be a trailblazing force ever since — becoming the first woman to chair the Senate Budget Committee, the first woman to chair the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, and now serving as the incoming chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $700 million to elect pro-choice Democratic 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, 157 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and more than 1,300 women to state and local office. More than 40 percent 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.