For Immediate Release
December 9, 2021
EMILYs List Endorses Two Candidates for Statewide Office in Georgia
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Bee Nguyen for Georgia secretary of state and Jen Jordan for Georgia attorney general. Laphonza Butler, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“EMILYs List is proud to stand with these groundbreaking leaders as they run to make Georgia a better place to work, live, and raise families. Rep. Nguyen has made election security and voter registration a hallmark of her career, working to restore the right to vote to over 53,000 Georgians. We know that as secretary of state, Rep. Nguyen will continue her efforts to preserve the integrity of democratic elections in Georgia. And as attorney general, Sen. Jordan will continue to defend Georgians civil rights, including reproductive rights and voting rights, and will fight for consumer and economic justice. The time to move Georgia forward is now, and EMILYs List is ready to work tirelessly to elect these two women to office.”
State Rep. Bee Nguyen is the daughter of Vietnamese refugees and grew up in Augusta, Georgia where she graduated from the public school system. After she moved to Atlanta to attend Georgia State University, Rep. Nguyen started a local nonprofit to educate and empower young women. In 2017, Rep. Nguyen made history as the first Asian American Democratic woman elected to the Georgia General Assembly in the seat formerly held by Stacey Abrams. She was reelected in 2018 and in 2020. If elected, Nguyen would make history as the first Asian American elected to a statewide political office in Georgia.
State Sen. Jen Jordan is a lawyer and mother of two who currently represents parts of Fulton and Cobb Counties in the Georgia state Senate. Raised in Dodge County, Sen. Jordan is a lifelong Georgian, who attended public school in the state, then the Georgia Southern University for her undergraduate studies, and finally the University of Georgia for law school. After graduating, Sen. Jordan served as a federal law clerk to United States District Court Judge Anthony Alaimo and has been actively practicing law for the last 20 years. For the last decade, Sen. Jordan has owned her own law firm and is consistently recognized as one of the top attorneys in the state. In 2017, Sen. Jordan won a special election flipping a Republican-held seat in the Georgia state Senate and ending the GOP’s super-majority in that legislative body. She was reelected in 2018 and 2020. If elected, Jordan would make history as the first woman elected as attorney general of Georgia.
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.