For Immediate Release
December 9, 2021
EMILYs List Endorses Stacey Abrams for Governor of Georgia
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Stacey Abrams for governor of Georgia. Laphonza Butler, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“Throughout her career, Stacey Abrams has shattered barriers and proven herself to be the strong, capable leader Georgians deserve as their governor. A dedicated champion for Georgia’s families, Abrams brokered bipartisan legislation that made progress on infrastructure, criminal justice reform, education, and transportation, and worked to ensure that struggling families had a fair shot. And with voting rights under threat in Georgia and across the country, Abrams has led the fight to make sure every eligible voter can make their voice heard. Stacey Abrams has fought for the people of Georgia for the entirety of her career, and we know that as governor, she will continue to put them first.
“The first ever woman or Black person to lead either party in the Georgia House of Representatives, we are thrilled to stand with Abrams as she runs to make history yet again as the first woman and Black governor of Georgia.”
Stacey Abrams attended DeKalb County public schools and went on to earn degrees from Spelman College, the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, and Yale Law School. First elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2006, Abrams made history four years later as the first woman to lead either party in the Georgia General Assembly, and the first African American to lead their party in the House of Representatives. In 2014, EMILYs List honored Stacey with the first ever Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award — named after a woman who exemplifies everything exceptional about American public servants. She ran for governor in 2018, becoming the first Black woman in American history to be nominated by a major party for governor. Following that race, she immediately dedicated her efforts to protecting Georgians’ voting rights and turning Georgia blue in the 2020 elections. Her efforts to recruit, train, elect, and defend Democrats and mobilize and register voters of color were integral to flipping both U.S. Senate seats in Georgia from red to blue.
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.