For Immediate Release
June 25, 2019
EMILY’s List Endorses Sara Gideon for U.S. Senate in Maine
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Sara Gideon for the U.S. Senate in Maine. Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List, released the following statement:
“Sara Gideon is a proven leader and dedicated public servant who will be an excellent U.S. Senator. As Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives, she led the implementation of legislation aimed at helping working families and addressing the opioid crisis. She achieved this in a then-divided state government, proving that she rises above partisan lines in order to best serve the people of Maine. She’s committed to continuing to fight for Maine’s working families in the U.S. Senate.
“Sara is running against Republican Senator Susan Collins, who has consistently voted against the best interests of Maine’s women and families. Along with her fellow Republicans, Collins has not only voted to confirm two of President Trump’s anti-choice justices to the Supreme Court, but she also voted for tax cuts for the wealthy at the expense of Mainers. Sara is committed to protecting women’s rights and EMILY’s List is proud to stand alongside her to win this race.”
Sara Gideon is serving her fourth term in the Maine House of Representatives and second term as Speaker of the House, a role in which she presides over the chamber and oversees its legislative agenda. Prior to running for the state legislature, Sara served on her local town council and had a successful career as an advertising account executive for a national newspaper. Sara and her husband live in Freeport with their three children.
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.