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EMILY’s List Endorses Kathy Hochul and Louise Slaughter for Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY's List, the nation's largest resource for women in politics, announced its endorsement of Kathy Hochul and Louise Slaughter for New York's twenty-seventh and twenty-fifth congressional districts.

"We are proud to endorse these two impressive women for the United States Congress today," said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. "Kathy Hochul and Louise Slaughter are both strong, Democratic women with the experience and leadership New York needs in Washington."

"This year is set to be an historic one for women in politics, and the entire EMILY's List community is ready to stand strong with Kathy and Louise throughout their campaigns. Kathy kicked off this historic election cycle with her special election victory last May, and we are proud to endorse such an effective leader again today. Louise has been a leader in Congress for 25 years and a consistent champion for women’s rights and health care. Together, these two women will work to move Congress in the right direction."

Prior to her election to Congress, Kathy Hochul served as Erie County Clerk and as a member of the Hamburg Town Board, where she worked to improve Western New York’s economy and reduce highway tolls. In Congress, Hochul has been a consistent advocate for seniors and families—simplifying regulations for small businesses and keeping her promise to protect Medicare by voting against the dangerous Ryan budget.

Louise Slaughter has consistently fought for America’s working families and is not afraid to stand up to Republicans in Congress. She was the original champion of the recently passed STOCK Act, which makes insider trading by members of Congress illegal and ensures that no member of Congress is above the law. A tireless advocate for women, Slaughter was a founding member of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, helped create and pass the Violence Against Women Act, and fought hard to ensure that protections for women were included in health care reform.

In the 2009-2010 cycle, EMILY's List raised more than $38.5 million to support its mission of recruiting and supporting women candidates, helping them build strong campaigns, and mobilizing women voters to turn out and vote. With a community of more than 1,000,000 members across the country, EMILY's List is one of the largest political action committees in the nation. Since its founding in 1985, EMILY’s List has worked to elect 87 pro-choice Democratic women to the U.S. House, 16 to the U.S. Senate, nine governors, and hundreds of women to the state legislatures, state constitutional offices, and other key local offices. In the 2009-2010 cycle, EMILY’s List had the largest number of members and donors in our 27 year history.