For Immediate Release
February 2, 2021
EMILYs List Endorses Senator Tammy Duckworth for Reelection
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Senator Tammy Duckworth for reelection in Illinois. Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“Senator Tammy Duckworth is a trailblazer who has never shied away from a fight, and EMILYs List is proud to endorse her for reelection. A Purple Heart recipient who has dedicated her career to championing change for Veterans, servicemembers and working families, Tammy is the advocate Illinoisans deserve in Washington. On top of her inspiring career, as the first senator to give birth while in office, Tammy has empowered women across the country to reimagine the face of leadership in this country. We continue to be inspired by Tammy’s grit and ability, and we are thrilled to continue to stand with her.”
United States Senator Tammy Duckworth is a Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, a former assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and a former head of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs. She served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years before retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2014. Tammy has remained committed to public service, advocating for Veterans and disability rights and fighting for Illinois’ working families. Fluent in Thai and Indonesian, Tammy holds a master’s degree in international affairs and a Ph.D. in human services. Tammy was elected to the House of Representatives in 2012, where she served on the Armed Services and Oversight and Government Reform Committees, and went on to be elected to the U.S. Senate in 2016, flipping a seat from red to blue.
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.