For Immediate Release
June 15, 2021
EMILYs List Names 18 State Legislative Chambers and 3 Statewide Officials as Targets for 2022
Today, EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, expanded its “On Notice” opposition program to include 18 state legislative chambers and three statewide officials who have led attacks on the rights of marginalized communities, women, and families. EMILYs List is working to flip these chambers from red to blue by recruiting, training, and supporting Democratic pro choice women candidates going into the upcoming 2022 midterm elections. Emily Cain, executive director of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“There is no place for politicians who prioritize extreme, anti-woman, anti-family agendas in our state governments. While Democrats work to help communities recover from the ramifications of COVID-19, Republicans have been attempting to deprive women of their reproductive freedom, attack voting rights, and spread misinformation. These state officials have pushed forward hundreds of abortion restrictions and only serve to hold back women and limit the availability of reproductive health care. As a result, EMILYs List is prioritizing defeating these state officials and flipping these legislative chambers in the 2022 midterm elections, and will work to replace anyone who puts a dangerous political agenda before their constituents with a Democratic pro-choice woman.”
EMILYs List has put the following 18 state legislative chambers “On Notice” going into the midterm elections: the Arizona House and Senate, the Florida Senate, the Georgia House and Senate, the Iowa House, the Michigan House and Senate, the Minnesota Senate, the New Hampshire House and State Senate, the North Carolina House and Senate, the Pennsylvania House and State Senate, the Texas House, and the Wisconsin State Assembly and State Senate. In addition, the Georgia attorney general and secretary of state as well as the Florida attorney general have been put “On Notice.”
After an unprecedented $20 million investment by EMILYs List in state and local elections for the 2019-2020 cycle, EMILYs List plans to continue growing its efforts to train, advise, and elect more Democratic pro-choice women at the state and local level going into the 2022 midterm elections. By recruiting and training women to run, investing in their campaigns, and helping them grow their fundraising and overall strategy, EMILYs List provides its candidates with the resources needed to win competitive campaigns across the country and up and down the ballot. Since 2015, EMILYs List candidates have successfully flipped and held 10 state legislative chambers, broke six Republican supermajorities, and won a Democratic supermajority. This work ultimately helped to secure seven Democratic trifectas in Colorado, Maine, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Virginia, and Washington.
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, 157 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and more than 1,300 women to state and local office. More than 40 percent 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.