For Immediate Release
June 5, 2018
EMILY's List Statement on Abby Finkenauer’s Victory in Iowa’s 1st Congressional District
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Today EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulated Abby Finkenauer on tonight’s primary election results in Iowa’s 1st Congressional District. Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“At age 24, Abby Finkenauer made history as the then third-youngest woman elected to a state legislature in the country and after tonight, she is poised to make history again as the first Democratic woman to represent Iowa in Congress. As a vocal advocate for women’s reproductive rights, Abby has been a leader in the effort to fight back against a dangerous anti-woman agenda in the Iowa state House. She is running to expand economic opportunity and create good-paying jobs for hardworking Iowa families. Abby’s record is in stark contrast to incumbent Congressman Rod Blum whose political decisions have been in lockstep with Donald Trump. Abby Finkenauer is the voice Iowans deserve and EMILYs List is proud to congratulate her on tonight’s victory.”
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $500 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making them one of the most successful political organizations ever. Our grassroots community of over five million members helps Democratic women wage competitive campaigns – and win. We recruit and train candidates, support strong campaigns, research the issues that impact women and families, and turn out women voters. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect 116 women to the House, 23 to the Senate, 12 governors, and over 800 to state and local office. Forty percent of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Since the 2016 election, thousands of women and counting have reached out to us about running for office. To harness this energy, EMILYs List has launched Run to Win, an unprecedented effort to get more women to run at the local, state, and national levels.