Already Under Attack
Sen. Kay Hagan engineered a remarkable feat in 2008, unseating Elizabeth Dole in one of the biggest upsets of the election. But North Carolina is a tough state for Democrats, and Kay is highly vulnerable in 2014. Karl Rove, the Koch Brothers, and other ultra-right-wing groups have spent millions attacking Kay already and the Koch brothers alone are on track to spend over $27 million by Election Day! In the meantime, the state’s extreme Republican House speaker, Thom Tillis, emerged as Kay’s opponent for November. Tillis has spent his political career pushing an anti-woman and anti-family agenda in Raleigh where he has backed unconstitutional limits on reproductive care, opposed ending gender discrimination in pay and stood by a bill masquerading as a motorcycle safety bill that was, in fact, designed to defund and close health clinics across the state. Sending Kay back for a second term by defeating Tillis is a top priority for EMILY’s List.
Fighting for Veterans, Women and Working Families
Kay has repeatedly stood up for women’s health care, voting against GOP efforts to defund Planned Parenthood. She cosponsored the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and supported the Shaheen amendment to provide funding for abortions for military women who are victims of rape or incest. An energetic fighter for military families, she cosponsored legislation to protect veterans’ health care from partisan budget wrangling and is seeking answers for families affected by contaminated water at North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune. And she’s working across party lines to secure redress for African American farmers who encountered discrimination when seeking loans.
An Experienced Leader with a Record of Success
Kay served 10 years in the state Senate before taking on Dole in 2008 -- so she knows how to get things done. As a member of the Senate Small Business Committee, she’s sought to open up lending so businesses can hire and grow. A strong believer in public education, Kay’s very first Senate bill was the Financial Literacy for Students Act, to give young people vital skills to become successful adults. She worked to help North Carolina schools secure $50 million in Race to the Top funding. And Kay is leading a bipartisan effort to improve health care delivery for seniors while bringing down skyrocketing costs.