For Immediate Release
June 5, 2019
EMILY’s List Congratulates Lena Gonzalez in California Senate District 33 Special Election
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulated Long Beach City Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez on her victory in a special election for California state Senate District 33. Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List, released the following statement:
“Congratulations to Lena Gonzalez on her victory in last night's special election. During her five years serving on the Long Beach City Council, Lena has proven that she is a highly effective leader who understands what her community needs to thrive and will fight for every Californian. As a state senator, she will continue to champion women and families through initiatives to expand access to reproductive health services, end violence against women, and ensure equal pay for equal work. EMILY’s List is proud to support Lena and we look forward to seeing all she accomplishes.”
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 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 46,000 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.