Right now, Republicans control 68 out of 98 partisan state legislative chambers. Since the 2010 midterm elections, they've steadily increased their control to an all-time high.  And since 2010, Republicans have successfully passed an incredible 288 abortion restrictions, nearly as many restrictions as in the previous 15 years combined.

Gerrymandered district boundaries have been key to the Republicans' rise.

That’s why EMILY’s List launched Focus 2020, a project designed to impact redistricting and elect pro-choice Democratic women to governors’ seats and state legislative chambers in the 2016, 2018, and 2020 elections.

Ready to take back our legislatures from Republican lawmakers and make sure our districts are fair? Help fund our work today.

 
 

How We're Going To Do It

The next congressional redistricting will be led by governors and state legislators elected to office in 2020, a process that will set congressional district boundaries for the next decade. There is simply too much at stake to allow Republican leaders committed to partisanship rather than governance to redraw congressional and state legislative districts in order to manipulate elections at the expense of women and families.

Focus 2020 will work to flip critical legislative chambers and governorships in 14 key states over the next three election cycles by investing resources strategically and recruiting strong pro-choice Democratic women candidates to run.

The states we're targeting are Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin. The result will be members of Congress, state legislatures, and governors who work to protect choice and set fair district boundaries in the future.

Targets

During the next three election cycles, we are working to flip critical state legislative chambers and governorships in 14 states.

Colorado

Targets: Senate and governorship
2016 action plan: This year, we need to pick up one seat to flip the Colorado state Senate from red to blue.
How we’re going to do it: With our four endorsed state Senate candidates: Jenise May (CO-SD25), Emily Tracy (CO-SD03), Angela Williams (CO-SD33), and Rachel Zenzinger (CO-SD19).

Florida

Targets: Senate and governorship
Six-year action plan: Over the next six years, we’re going to make gains in the Florida state Senate and win the Florida governorship in 2018.
How we’re going to do it: Recruitment, training, and winning the Florida governorship in 2018 and two Florida state Senate races this year with Debbie Mucarcel-Powell (FL-SD39) and Linda Stewart (FL-SD13). 

Georgia

Target: Governorship
Six-year action plan: We’re going to win the Georgia governor’s seat in 2018.
How we’re going to do it: Recruitment, training, and winning the Georgia governor’s race in 2018.

Maine

Targets: Senate and governorship
2016 action plan: This year, we need to pick up three seats to flip the Maine state Senate from red to blue.
How we’re going to do it: With our six endorsed state Senate candidates: Shenna Bellows (ME-SD14), Kim Sampson (ME-SD20), Cathy Breen (ME-SD25), Jean-Marie Caterina (ME-SD30), Sue Deschambault (ME-SD32), and Eloise Vitelli (ME-SD23).

Michigan

Targets: House and governorship
2016 action plan: We need to pick up nine seats to flip the Michigan state House by 2020, and we can make big gains this year with our endorsed candidates.
How we’re going to do it: With our eight endorsed state House candidates: Theresa Abed (MI-HD71), Annie Brown (MI-HD66), Dana Camphous-Peterson (MI-HD24), Stephanie Chang (MI-HD06), Erika Geiss (MI-HD12), Donna Lasinski (MI-HD52), Collene Lamonte (MI-HD91) and Colleen Pobur (MI-HD20).

Minnesota

Targets: House and governorship
2016 action plan: This year, we need to pick up six seats to flip the Minnesota state House from red to blue.
How we’re going to do it: With our five endorsed state House candidates: Lisa Bayley (MN-HD21A), Ginny Klevorn (MN-HD44A), Erin Maye Quade (MN-HD57A), Lindsey Port (MN-HD56B), and Susan Witt (MN-HD37B).

Nevada

Targets: Senate, state Assembly, and governorship
2016 action plan: This year, we need to pick up one seat in the state Senate and five seats in the state Assembly to flip the Nevada Legislature from red to blue.
How we’re going to do it: With our three endorsed state Senate candidates: Nicole Cannizzaro (NV-SD06), Julia Ratti (NV-SD13), and Joyce Woodhouse (NV-SD05); and seven endorsed state Assembly candidates: Shannon Bilbray-Axelrod (NV-AD34), Lesley Cohen (NV-AD29), Sandra Jauregui (NV-AD41), Brittney Miller (NV-AD05), Daniele Monroe-Moreno (NV-AD01),  and Ellen Spiegel (NV-AD20).

New Hampshire

Targets: Senate and governorship
2016 action plan: This year, we need to pick up three seats to flip the New Hampshire state Senate from red to blue.
How we’re going to do it: With our three endorsed state Senate candidates: Peggy Gilmour (NH-SD12), Alexis Simpson (NH-SD23), and Donna Soucy (NH-SD18).

New Mexico

Targets: House and governorship
2016 action plan: This year, we need to pick up three seats to flip the New Mexico state House from red to blue.
How we’re going to do it: With our seven endorsed state House candidates: Joanne Ferrary (NM-HD37), Natalie Figueroa (NM-HD30), Stephanie Garcia Richard (NM-HD43), Ane Romero (NM-HD15), Liz Thomson (NM-HD24), GloJean Todacheene (NM-HD04), and Linda Trujillo (NM-HD48).

North Carolina

Target: House
Six-year action plan: Over the next six years, we’re going to make gains in the North Carolina state House.
How we’re going to do it: Recruitment, training, and winning with our 2016 endorsed North Carolina Assembly candidates Cynthia Ball (NC-HD49), Mary Belk (NC-HD88), Jane Campbell (NC-HD98), and Rhonda Cole Schandevel (NC-HD118). 

Ohio

Targets: Senate and governorship
Six-year action plan: Over the next six years, we’re going to make gains in the Ohio state Senate and we’re going to win the Ohio governorship in 2018.
How we’re going to do it: Recruitment, training, and winning with our 2016 endorsed Ohio state Senate candidates Cathy Johnson (OH-SD16) and Emily Hagan (OH-SD24).

Pennsylvania

Target: House
Six-year action plan: Over the next six years, we’re going to make gains in the Pennsylvania state House.
How we’re going to do it: Recruitment, training, and winning with our 2016 endorsed Pennsylvania state House candidates Carolyn Comitta (PA-HD156), Pamela DeLissio (PA-HD194), Leanne Krueger-Braneky (PA-HD161), Barbarann Keffer (PA-HD163) Elaine Schaefer (PA-HD165), and Linda Weaver (PA-HD150).

Virginia

Target: Senate
Six-year action plan: In 2019, we’re going to flip the Virginia state Senate from red to blue.
How we’re going to do it: Recruitment, training, and winning Virginia state Senate races in 2019.

Wisconsin

Targets: Senate and governorship
Six-year action plan: Over the next six years, we’re going to make gains in the Wisconsin state Senate and win the Wisconsin governorship in 2018.
How we’re going to do it: Recruitment, training, and winning with our two endorsed candidates LaTonya Johnson (WI-SD06) and Diane Odeen (WI-SD10).