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EMILY’s List Congratulates Women Elected to Legislative Leadership Nationwide

For Immediate Release
December 12, 2018

EMILY’s List Congratulates Women Elected to Legislative Leadership Nationwide

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulated 26 pro-choice Democratic women leaders, including at least 19 newly elected to positions in 2018, who have been chosen to lead legislative chambers and caucuses. EMILY’s List Senior Director of Campaign Communications Julie McClain Downey released the following statement:

“EMILY’s List is deeply proud of the pro-choice Democratic women leaders across the country who are leading their colleagues, some as the first woman in history to do so, in building stronger states and a brighter future. EMILY’s List has helped elect nearly 1,100 women to state and local offices so far and will continue to build the pipeline of women leaders we need to shape better public policy across the country.”

EMILY’s List candidates elected to state legislative leadership positions:

Charlene Fernandez, Arizona state House Minority Leader*
Faith Winter, Colorado state Senate Democratic Caucus Chair*
Kerry Donovan, Colorado state Senate Majority Whip*
Rhonda Fields, Colorado state Senate Assistant Majority Leader*
KC Becker, Colorado state House Speaker
Janet Buckner, Colorado state House Speaker Pro Tem*
Dafna Michaelson Jenet, Colorado state House Majority Deputy Caucus Chair*
Margaret Good, Florida state House Deputy Democratic Leader*
Eloise Vitelli, Maine state Senate Majority Whip*
Stephanie Chang, Michigan state Senate Minority Floor Leader*
Melissa Hortman, Minnesota state House Speaker*
Sheryl Williams Stapleton, New Mexico state House Majority Leader
Doreen Gallegos, New Mexico state House Majority Whip
Nicole Cannizzaro, Nevada state Senate Assistant Majority Leader*
Joyce Woodhouse, Nevada state Senate Chief Majority Whip*
Pat Spearman, Nevada state Senate Co-Majority Whip
Julia Ratti, Nevada state Senate Co-Majority Whip
Teresa Benitez-Thompson, Nevada state Assembly Majority Leader
Daniele Monroe-Moreno, Nevada state Assembly Assistant Majority Leader*
Donna Soucy, New Hampshire state Senate President*
Andrea Stewart-Cousins, New York State Senate Majority Leader*
Manka Dhingra, Washington state Senate Deputy Democratic Leader*
Rebecca Saldaña, Washington state Senate Deputy Democratic Leader*
Patty Kuderer, Washington state Senate Assistant Floor Leader
Claire Wilson, Washington state Senate Assistant Whip*  
Eileen Filler-Corn, Virginia House Minority Leader*

*newly elected to this leadership position in 2018

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.