November 9, 2016
EMILY’s List Statement on the Most Diverse Congress in American History
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last night, with the addition of 12 women to Congress, including nine women of color, Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List, released the following statement:
“We are proud to deliver the most diverse incoming Congress in history. Perspectives matter, and our women bring much-needed voices to Congress to lead on policies that matter to women and families. In addition to ushering in the most women ever to Congress, we also worked to shatter other important glass ceilings: Catherine Cortez Masto, who will be the first Latina in the Senate; Kamala Harris, who will be the first Indian American in the Senate and second African American woman in the Senate; Tammy Duckworth, who will be the first Thai American in the Senate; Pramila Jayapal who will be the first Indian American woman in Congress; Lisa Blunt Rochester, who will be the first woman and person of color elected to Congress from Delaware; Nanette Diaz Barragán who will be the first Latina elected to represent California’s 44th District; Val Demings, the first woman and woman of color elected to represent Florida’s Tenth District; and Stephanie Murphy, the first Vietnamese American woman elected to Congress and first woman and person of color to represent Florida’s Seventh District.”
“Each of these new voices is a beacon of hope for our movement.”
One-third of EMILY’s List-endorsed candidates were women of color this cycle and our WOMEN VOTE! program spent 40 percent of its non-presidential independent expenditure budget on women of color candidates, working to turn out voters in key campaigns.
EMILY’s List is the nation’s largest resource for women in politics. Our mission is to elect pro-choice Democratic women to office at the state, local, and federal levels. Over 31 years, we have built power as one of the most successful political organizations in history, raising more than $400 million to recruit, train, and elect pro-choice Democratic women. We help them run, get their message out, and turn out women voters. For more information visit www.emilyslist.org