WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, put Shaughnessy Naughton, candidate for Congress in Pennsylvania’s Eighth Congressional District, “On the List.” Naughton will challenge third-term Republican Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick.
The EMILY’s List community now stands three million members strong. “On the List” is a way to make sure EMILY’s List members can engage with and support promising candidates all across the country even earlier in the election cycle. By putting Naughton “On the List,” EMILY’s List is ensuring that she has access to this powerful network of supporters.
“Shaughnessy Naughton is a creative problem solver who has what it takes to fight for Pennsylvania’s working families,” said EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock. “With her unique background as both a scientist and successful small business owner in a tough economic climate, Shaughnessy will tirelessly work on commonsense solutions to the challenges facing women and families, and the EMILY’s List community—now three million members strong—is excited to help her break a glass ceiling and become the first woman elected to represent Pennsylvania’s Eighth Congressional District.”
Shaughnessy Naughton was born and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. While attending Bryn Mawr College, she was awarded a grant to conduct breast cancer research. After Shaughnessy graduated with a degree in Chemistry, she worked for the infectious disease research group at Wyeth Laboratories and was awarded two U.S. patents. Currently, Shaughnessy runs her family’s small business, a publishing company in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. She streamlined processes and adapted new technologies, and grew and expanded the business to include magazine publishing, graphic design, and website development. Shaughnessy now owns and manages all of the company’s operations. Shaughnessy has tutored and mentored students in both Trenton and Philadelphia.
During the 2011- 2012 election cycle, EMILY’s List helped elect an historic number of candidates – the only pro-choice Democratic woman governor in the country, 19 new women to the House, six Senate incumbents, and three new Senators – all the first women to represent their states in the Senate. And this cycle, women we’ve helped elect include the first Hindu and first female combat veterans to serve in the House, the first openly gay Senator, and the first Asian American woman to serve in the Senate. With a community that has quintupled since 2010 – now three million members strong – EMILY's List is one of the largest political action committees in the nation. Since its founding in 1985, EMILY's List has worked to elect 101 pro-choice Democratic women to the House, 19 to the Senate, 10 governors, and over five hundred women to state and local office. In the 2011-2012 cycle, EMILY's List had the largest number of members and donors in our 28 year history, and raised a record-breaking $52 million dollars.