FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 8, 2022
EMILYs List Statement on Valerie Foushee’s Victory in North Carolina’s 4th Congressional District
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulates Valerie Foushee on her election to Congress. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement:
“Valerie Foushee is a dedicated champion for North Carolinians, and EMILYs List is thrilled to see her continued record of distinguished leadership for North Carolinians as the 4th District’s newest representative. Foushee is a committed voting and reproductive rights advocate, and we know that she will be able to ignite change to create a better tomorrow for every North Carolinian and American. We are proud to continue standing with her in this fight at this critical juncture for justice, equity, and opportunity in this country.”
State Sen. Valerie Foushee is a lifelong North Carolinian and distinguished leader running to represent North Carolina’s 4th Congressional District. Foushee was born the oldest of six children in a family working to make ends meet. She credits her parents with instilling in her the importance of hard work and service to the community. Foushee was enrolled in segregated schooling until the sixth grade, and volunteering in her own children’s classrooms after long night shifts made her realize that kids, especially Black and brown kids in her community, needed an advocate. She ran for school board and won, and has since dedicated her career to public service. Over the next 24 years, she became the first African American woman elected to the Orange County Board of Commissioners, and went on to serve in the North Carolina General Assembly. Foushee is married to her high school sweetheart, Stan, with whom she has two sons and one grandson.
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, 159 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and nearly 1,400 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.