For Immediate Release
July 25, 2018
EMILY’s List Endorses Jessica Morse in California’s 4th District
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Jessica Morse for Congress in California’s 4th Congressional District. Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List, released the following statement:
“As a fifth-generation Northern Californian, Jessica Morse has deep roots in the 4th District. Jessica has dedicated her career to protecting our national security while working at the State Department and Defense Department and now, she is focusing her commitment to service closer to home by seeking to be a voice for her community in Congress. Her priorities in office will include expanding economic opportunities for working families, increasing access to affordable health care and protecting America’s public lands.
“Jessica is running against incumbent Congressman Tom McClintock, who prioritizes his party over the people in his district. McClintock has voted to take away access to affordable health insurance multiple times. As a reliable vote for their disastrous agenda, GOP special interests will be fighting hard to save his seat. But Jessica has shown she’s putting up a tough fight – one she’s prepared to win, too. EMILY’s List is eager to show Jessica our full support and help her do what it takes to flip this seat.”
Jessica Morse has served in a variety of national security roles throughout her career, working for both the U.S. Departments of State and Defense, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). She has worked to advance American interests in India and Iraq, among other countries, and is deeply familiar with the federal budget process. Jessica is a fifth-generation Northern Californian whose family continues to manage a plot of land that has been in her family since the turn of the 20th century. Her deep roots in the area have spurred her love of the outdoors, inspiring her to hike 500 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail that cover the length of the 4th District.
EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $500 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making them one of the most successful political organizations ever. Our grassroots community of over five million members helps Democratic women wage competitive campaigns – and win. We recruit and train candidates, support strong campaigns, research the issues that impact women and families, and turn out women voters. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect 116 women to the House, 23 to the Senate, 12 governors, and over 800 to state and local office. Forty percent of the candidates EMILY’s List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Since the 2016 election, thousands of women and counting have reached out to us about running for office. To harness this energy, EMILY’s List has launched Run to Win, an unprecedented effort to get more women to run at the local, state, and national levels.