For Immediate Release
February 24, 2022
EMILY's List Endorses Sydney Kamlager for Congress
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Sydney Kamlager for Congress to represent California’s newly redrawn 37th Congressional District. Laphonza Butler, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“State Sen. Sydney Kamlager has a distinguished record of public service, and EMILYs List is proud to endorse her campaign for California’s 37th Congressional District. She has dedicated her career to increasing opportunity for Los Angeles families, and she has the courage, the strategic vision, and the legislative experience to take on the toughest problems facing her community and our country. Kamlager is a champion for job creation, health care equity, criminal justice reform, expanding educational opportunity, environmental justice, and democracy. Rep. Karen Bass, whose campaign for Mayor of Los Angeles has the support of EMILYs List, is supporting Kamlager to continue giving this district a powerful voice in Congress. The EMILYs List community has supported her successful campaigns for the California Assembly and Senate, and now we are thrilled to be with her every step of the way as she seeks this open seat.”
Born to biracial parents in Chicago, Sydney Kamlager came to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California. Kamlager worked at the Social and Public Arts Resource Center and then as an advocate for quality child care at the nonprofit Crystal Stairs in Los Angeles. In 2013, she was appointed to the Los Angeles County Commission on Children and Families. In 2015, she was elected to the Los Angeles Community College Board where she fought to make higher education and career training affordable and accessible. Kamlager ran for state Assembly in 2018 and served one term before being elected to represent District 30 in the state Senate.
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.