WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Emily Cain for Congress to represent Maine’s 2nd Congressional District. EMILY’s List is moving Cain from “On the List,” a designation that gave her early access to its grassroots network of over two million members, to a full recommendation.
“Emily Cain is an impressively seasoned young leader, and her commitment to the women and working families of Maine is unwavering,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “Emily has defended women’s access to healthcare, fought to increase opportunities in education, and spearheaded ethics reforms in Augusta, and the EMILY’s List community – now more than two million members strong – is thrilled to help her become the first Democratic woman elected to Maine’s 2nd congressional district. Earlier this year, Emily helped avert a shutdown of Maine’s government. Congress could take a lesson from her pragmatic leadership as we begin day 9 of the federal government shutdown.”
Emily Cain graduated from the University of Maine, earned a Master’s in Higher Education from Harvard University in 2004, and is currently working toward her Ph.D. from the University of Maine. She was elected to the Maine State House in 2004 at age 24, and served four terms. During that time, she focused on growing Maine’s economy, increasing access to higher education, and preventing domestic violence. In 2010, at age 30, Emily became the youngest woman to hold the position of State House Minority Leader in Maine history. She is now serving her first term in the Maine State Senate, where she worked to avoid a shutdown and keep the state government working. Emily lives in Orono, Maine, with her husband, Daniel, and their dog, Bartlet.
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.