August 6, 2013
For Immediate Release
EMILY’s List Endorses Martha Robertson for Congress: Moves from “On the List” to a Full Recommendation
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics endorsed Martha Robertson for Congress to represent New York’s 23rd Congressional District. EMILY’s List is moving Robertson from “On the List,” a designation that gave her early access to its grassroots network of over two million members, to a full recommendation.
Robertson is campaigning for the seat currently occupied by Representative Tom Reed, a Republican EMILY’s List has put “On Notice” for his extreme anti-woman, anti-family record.
“Martha Robertson is a trailblazer who has always been a strong voice for the people in her community, and we need that fighting spirit in Washington,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “As a former teacher and small business owner, and now chairwoman of the Tompkins county legislature, she is a tireless advocate for working families, and has fought to create jobs, improve education, and expand access to affordable housing. We need principled, pragmatic leaders like her to get Washington back on track, and the EMILY’s List community – now more than two million members strong – is eager to help send her to Congress.”
Martha Robertson has been a resident of Tompkins County for more than three decades. She credits her upbringing as the child of small business owners for her understanding of hard work. After graduating from Cornell University with a degree in Early Childhood Education, Robertson taught for five years, helped start a children’s museum, began a small business, and later worked in community nonprofit development. Her political career began when she opposed the building of a highway that would hurt local small businesses, and successfully petitioned to cancel the project. Robertson was elected to the county legislature in 2001, and became the first woman and first Democrat to be elected from her district. She has been elected chair of the legislature with bipartisan support, four years in a row. Robertson lives with her husband Steve in the Town of Dryden, and is a proud mother and grandmother.