For Immediate Release
January 3, 2019
EMILY's List Celebrates Nancy Pelosi's Election as Speaker of the U.S. House
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Nancy Pelosi was elected to serve as speaker of the U.S. House. Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY's List, released the following statement:
"Nancy Pelosi has always been a strong leader for the American people. Though many think of her as the first woman to hold the gavel, we think of her as a great speaker who once again will lead the House of Representatives with a vision to fight corruption and ensure quality health care and jobs for all people. With an historic number of Democratic women joining her, we are thrilled to see her once again wield the gavel in the U.S. House. Under her leadership, Democrats will fight for progress, justice, and checks on the Republican Party and the Trump administration's dangerous agenda and flagrant abuses of power. Americans deserve a leader in Congress who will fight tirelessly for their rights, and Speaker Pelosi will do nothing less."
EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $600 million to elect pro-choice Democratic women candidates. With a grassroots community of over five million members, EMILY's List helps Democratic women win competitive campaigns – across the country and up and down the ballot – by recruiting and training candidates, supporting strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, and turning out women voters to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect 150 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and nearly 1,100 women to state and local office. Nearly 40 percent of the candidates EMILY’s List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. During the historic 2017-2018 cycle, EMILY’s List raised a record-breaking $110 million dollars and launched a record independent expenditure campaign. We helped elect 34 new women to the House, including 24 red-to-blue victories; enough seats to have delivered the U.S. House majority alone. Since the 2016 election, more than 40,000 women have reached out to EMILY's List about running for office laying the groundwork for the next decade of candidates for local, state and national offices.