WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Alex Sink in the special election to represent Florida’s 13th Congressional District.
“Alex Sink has an outstanding record of public service and business leadership, and she’ll be ready to use her experience to fight for Florida in Congress from the day she takes office,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “Alex has a long history of doing business in Pinellas County and working to improve the community for women and working families, which is probably why voters are already so excited about her leadership. Alex won Pinellas County in her campaigns for both Chief Financial Officer and Governor. The EMILY’s List community – now more than two million members strong – is excited to have the opportunity to help Alex Sink become the first Democratic woman to represent Florida’s 13th Congressional District.”
Alex Sink, a former math teacher, supervised more than 9,000 employees in 800 branches as president of Bank of America’s Florida operations. Alex served from 2007 to 2011 as Florida’s elected chief financial officer, managing state treasury funds of over $15 billion, and was responsible for accounting of the state’s $70 billion budget. She served as state fire marshal, on the board of the Division of Bond Finance, and as one of the three trustees of the Florida Retirement System – a $120 billion pension fund. As CFO, she launched programs such as Florida’s Housing Help Initiative, providing assistance to Floridians facing mortgage foreclosure, and the Safeguard Our Seniors Task Force, created to protect older Floridians from financial fraud. She has served in many nonprofit and business leadership positions, including as chair of Leadership Florida, chair of Take Stock in Children, chair of The Nature Conservancy-Florida chapter, vice chair of Florida Taxwatch, executive board member of the Florida Council of 100, chair of the Hillsborough Education Foundation, chair of the United Way of Hillsborough County, and vice chair of the board at Wake Forest University. Alex also chaired the Healthy Kids Board and worked with families to make health insurance for Florida children more affordable. She is in the Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame, and her other distinctions include the Jewish National Fund Tree of Life Award, the Associated Industries of Florida Champion of Business Award, Florida Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year, and the Wake Forest Distinguished Alumnus Award. She has two children, Bert and Lexi.
EMILY’s List supported Sink through its Political Opportunity Program, backing her successful 2006 campaign for Florida Chief Financial Officer and again in 2010 in her bid for governor of Florida.
EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $350 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making it one of the most successful political action committees in the country. Throughout its 28 year history, the organization has recruited and trained over 8,000 women to run, 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. Since its founding in 1985, EMILY’s List helped elect 97% of the Democratic women of color in Congress, including every single Latina, African American, and Asian American Democratic woman currently serving. And during the 2011-2012 cycle, EMILY’s List had the largest number of members and donors in its history and raised a record-breaking $52 million dollars. With the help of this growing community — now more than two million members strong — EMILY’s List helped elect an historic number of candidates in 2012 including 19 new women to the House, six Senate incumbents, three new Senators, and 186 state and local officials.