For Immediate Release
November 7, 2018
Led by EMILY's List Women, Democrats Take the U.S. House Majority
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Democratic Party took back the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. As of press time, at least 23 of the party's nominees in red-to-blue seats have won their election — 17 of them EMILY's List women. In response, Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY's List, released the following statement:
“Tonight, voters sent a resounding message to this administration and the Republican leadership in Congress that has sought to end health care access for millions of Americans, take health and reproductive choices away from women and their families, gut environmental protections, and reward the biggest corporations on the backs of the middle class: no more. In district after district and led by a huge turnout from women voters, seats have been flipped — ousting Republicans who have failed their constituents and electing women at a record-setting pace to take their places. This wave would have been impossible without a strong and diverse class of U.S. House candidates — the powerful, pro-choice Democratic women who fought tirelessly to win their elections tonight. We could not be more excited to see them sworn in this January. History has been made and we're never going back.”
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.