For Immediate Release
July 15, 2020
EMILY's List Statement on MJ Hegar’s Primary Runoff Election Victory for the U.S. Senate in Texas
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulated MJ Hegar on advancing to the general election for the U.S. Senate in Texas. Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“MJ Hegar is the leader Texans need to take on Sen. John Cornyn, and EMILYs List is proud to congratulate her on her primary runoff election victory. A recipient of the Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor, MJ was one of four women who sued the Pentagon and broke the glass ceiling to allow women to serve in ground combat. In the U.S. Senate, we are confident that she will continue to push for more inclusive policies and opportunities for Texas women and working families. Earlier this cycle, EMILYs List placed GOP Sen. John Cornyn “On Notice” for targeting women’s rights and voting 20 times to repeal, defund, or block the Affordable Care Act. We look forward to replacing him with MJ in the fall.”
Women Vote, the independent expenditure arm of EMILY's List, invested more than $1 million educating Texas voters on MJ's commitment to health care.
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 55,000 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.