WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Mary Burke for Governor of Wisconsin.
“Mary Burke is an insightful problem solver who has worked in the private, government, and nonprofit sectors to grow Wisconsin’s economy and increase educational opportunities,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “Mary has an impressive commitment to economic justice and improving the lives of children and working families. Her intense and selfless commitment to her community will make for a striking contrast with Governor Scott Walker’s extremist agenda. Mary's been quietly changing the world for the better for years - by breaking barriers herself and by making opportunities for others to get ahead. The EMILY’s List community – now more than two million members strong – is thrilled to support Mary Burke’s campaign to become the first woman governor in Wisconsin history.”
Mary Burke is a 4th generation Wisconsinite. She is a former executive of Trek Bicycle, a company her father began in a Waterloo, WI barn. Mary worked to expand Trek’s sales and distribution operations to seven new countries, supporting manufacturing jobs and growing Wisconsin’s economy. Mary became state commerce secretary in 2005, and promoted economic development and job creation in Wisconsin by helping attracting investment to the state, giving assistance to entrepreneurs and start-ups, and working to promoting minority and women’s entrepreneurship. During her tenure, Wisconsin’s exports grew by nearly 50 percent, outpacing national growth, and the unemployment rate was 4.8%. Mary also has a track record of success in the nonprofit sector. From tutoring students to serving as board president with the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County to founding an innovative public-private partnership aimed at narrowing the achievement gap, her commitment to supporting and improving public education has improved the lives of students. Mary has served on the Madison School Board since 2012.
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.