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EMILYs List Honors the Life of Former Sen. Kay Hagan

October 29, 2019

For Immediate Release
October 28, 2019

EMILY's List Honors the Life of Former Sen. Kay Hagan

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, former U.S. Senator Kay Hagan (NC) passed away unexpectedly at the age of 66. In honor of her life and public leadership, EMILY's List President Stephanie Schriock released the following statement:

“We are heartbroken at the loss of Kay Hagan. Kay was a trailblazer for women in North Carolina her entire career, from the private sector to her leadership in the state Senate to her service in the United States Senate. She was a tireless worker for the causes she championed, including affordable health care, protecting women's right to choose, supporting public education, and honoring North Carolina's veterans.  She was a pillar of strength to those of us lucky enough to know her; always dependable, compassionate, and full of joy. Kay will be missed, but her legacy of service and kindness will live on.”

EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $600 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 strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, and turning out women voters to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect 150 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and nearly 1,100 women to state and local office. Nearly 40 percent of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. During the historic 2017-2018 cycle, EMILYs List raised a record-breaking $110 million and launched a record independent expenditure campaign. We helped elect 34 new women to the House, including 24 red-to-blue victories; enough seats to have delivered the U.S. House majority alone. Since the 2016 election, more than 50,000 women have 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.