A game-changing election for Pennsylvania families
Katie McGinty grew up in northeast Philadelphia, the ninth of 10 children. She is the daughter of a police officer and a restaurant hostess and has said that watching her mother work nightshifts at a local restaurant inspired her commitment to raising the minimum wage for all workers. Katie is pro-choice, and supports Roe v. Wade. She understands that voting rights are under attack nationwide, and will fight back against Republican attempts to stifle and silence voters. With roots in the middle-class, Katie has been a consistent champion for hardworking families, for job creation, and for the environment her entire career. Her election will be a game-changer for the state of Pennsylvania, which no woman has ever represented in the Senate.
A progressive leader, with a history of getting things done
Katie McGinty is a smart, pragmatic leader, who’s spent her more than 25 years in public service “finding positive ways to get things done” for everyday families. Katie McGinty was the first person in her family to complete four years of college, which she attended on a full scholarship to study chemistry. After graduating from law school at Columbia University, her interest in environmental issues brought her to Washington, where she worked as a congressional fellow in Al Gore’s senate office. When she was just 29 years old, Katie was appointed by President Clinton to serve as his special assistant for environmental and energy affairs, later chairing the White House Council on Environmental Quality, which no woman had ever led. In 2003, Katie was appointed to lead the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, a role in which she championed clean water initiatives and created jobs by growing the state’s clean energy economy. Serving until recently as Governor Tom Wolf’s chief of staff, she worked to expand the state’s Medicaid program and create a budget that invests in public education.
A champion for Pennsylvanians, who’ll help win back the Senate for Democrats
The race for the Senate in Pennsylvania will be among the most closely-watched of the cycle. Katie will need our help to raise money early on, so she can build momentum and keep it going through the general election—and her campaign will be key to Democrats’ chances of winning back the Senate from the Republicans. Katie is known for her focus and her strong work ethic. Her 2014 campaign for governor was strong, exceeding fundraising expectations, and she’s prepared for an even bigger fight this time. The Republican incumbent, Pat Toomey, has already seen early success fundraising — and with one of the most extreme, anti-family agendas in the Senate, the same deep-pocketed, extremist donors who’ve lined up to support him in the past are guaranteed to pour donations into the race this cycle. Let’s show her opponent’s deep-pocketed, Tea Party supporters she has the full strength of the EMILY’s List community on her side — and the resources she needs to win back the Senate for Democrats and give Pennsylvania families a champion in the Senate.