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EMILYs List Statement on Retirement of Sen. Debbie Stabenow

January 5, 2023


EMILYs List Statement on Retirement of Sen. Debbie Stabenow

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan announced she will not seek reelection and is leaving office at the end of her current term in 2025. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement:

“We thank Sen. Stabenow for a lifetime of service to our country and to Michigan.  A history-making leader who not only broke glass ceilings, but created a path for the generation after her. Stabenow was one of just eight women in Michigan’s House when first elected, with none in the Senate or statewide office.  Now, she sits in U.S. Senate Democratic leadership as the first woman senator from Michigan and dean of a Michigan congressional delegation featuring five other women. Michigan has women serving in the top three statewide elected positions, and the state’s first woman Senate majority leader.

“Sen. Stabenow has been a steadfast leader for mental and maternal health care, fighting during the passage of the Affordable Care Act to include maternity care as a standard benefit and writing the requirement of availability of mental health and substance abuse services. She also led a years-long bipartisan effort to increase the availability of mental health and substance abuse treatment through Medicaid.

“Sen. Stabenow is a champion for all women that we have been proud to support since 1996, and we congratulate her for a lifetime of building women’s political power through her leadership and policy achievement.”

EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, works to elect Democratic pro-choice women up and down the ballot and across the country with a goal of fighting for our rights and our communities. Our work is centered around a fundamental vision: Run. Win. Change the World. EMILYs List has raised over $700 million in service to that vision and has helped Democratic women win competitive elections by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running one of the largest independent expenditure campaigns for Democrats, and turning out women voters to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country’s first woman as vice president, 175 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 20 governors, and over 1,500 women to state and local office. More than 40% of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Visit www.emilyslist.org for more information.