For Immediate Release
February 10th, 2022
EMILYs List Endorses Val Hoyle For Congress
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Val Hoyle to represent Oregon’s fourth congressional district. Laphonza Butler, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“Val Hoyle’s record of public service and advocacy make her the right candidate to represent Oregon’s fourth district in the U.S. House of Representatives. Throughout her career, Hoyle has focused her efforts on protecting families and workers in her community. While in the legislature, she led efforts to increase the minimum wage, provide paid sick leave for workers, reduce carbon emissions, require universal background checks, expand voting access, and require health insurers to cover a 12-month supply of birth control. Since becoming labor commissioner, Hoyle has continued to work on behalf of Oregonians, making sure that workers receive appropriate pay and benefits, enforcing civil rights and housing discrimination protections, and expanding family leave. With Val Hoyle in Congress, Oregon’s fourth district will gain a tireless advocate for their best interests, and EMILYs List is proud to stand with her as we work to hold this seat.”
Val Hoyle grew up in a family with three generations of union roots. She worked for minimum wage as a waitress, a small business owner, and then for 25 years in the private sector in the outdoor industry before turning to public service. Hoyle was appointed to the Oregon State House in 2009 and she went on to serve as majority leader from 2013 to 2015. In 2018, Hoyle ran to become Oregon’s 10th labor commissioner. Hoyle lives in Springfield with her husband, Stephen, and their dog, Ronan, after raising two children in Lane County.
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