February 29, 2016
EMILY’s List Endorses Sue Minter for Governor of Vermont
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Sue Minter, who’s running for governor of Vermont to continue her lifelong fight for women and families.
“Sue Minter has the leadership experience and progressive values to move Vermont forward,” said Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List. “Throughout her career as a public servant, Sue has brought people together to get the toughest jobs done. In the wake of Tropical Storm Irene, Sue worked with communities and businesses to rebuild the state’s economy. We know that women in executive leadership positions can make a tremendous positive impact, but today only three states have Democratic women serving as governors. This year Vermont has an opportunity to elect a tireless champion for women and families to the state’s highest office – and the EMILY’s List community of over three million members is excited to endorse Sue Minter’s strong campaign.”
Sue Minter’s family roots in business taught her the importance of hard work, responsibility, and perseverance. After earning degrees from Harvard and MIT, Sue made Vermont her home 25 years ago. She has worked as a professional planner at the local, state, and international levels. Sue is a mother of two children, a strong advocate for early childhood education, and has served her local community as a school volunteer and youth soccer and figure skating coach. In 2004 she was elected as a state Representative, and she earned a reputation as a hardworking public servant who brings people together to solve problems. Sue served four terms before being appointed deputy secretary of transportation in 2011. When tropical storm Irene caused catastrophic flooding, Sue helped lead Vermont’s recovery. She fought tirelessly for Vermonters, helping oversee the rebuilding of over 500 miles of damaged roads and bridges within four months. As Vermont’s Irene recovery officer, she worked with communities and businesses to get the state’s economy back on track for working families. She served as Vermont’s secretary of transportation in 2015, leading the second largest agency in the state. She worked to increase safety and mobility for Vermonters, creating jobs as well as opportunities for businesses to grow. Sue is an experienced leader women and families can count on to get the toughest jobs done, and when elected governor Sue will continue to bring Vermonters together to overcome the challenges they face.
Sue has spent her career bringing people together to solve tough problems. As a professional planner, she worked in the public, private, and non-profit sectors; she has the experience it takes to tackle complex problems facing Vermont’s economy. Sue worked tirelessly for Vermont as a state Representative – sponsoring and passing over 200 bills and resolutions that became law. When elected governor, she will build on her record of effective leadership because she knows that Vermont women and families need a state government that works as hard as they do. As the Irene recovery officer, Sue helped residents, state agencies, and local businesses work together to rebuild homes, roads, and bridges. “When there's a united purpose and everyone is in, you can actually make tremendous progress,” she has said. Sue represented Vermont on the White House Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, where she co-chaired the Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery and Resilience. Sue worked to expand public transit and rail ridership in Vermont, and is committed to growing the state’s renewable energy sector. As governor, she will advocate for polices that strengthen the economy and protect Vermont’s environment for future generations.
EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $400 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making it one of the most successful political organizations ever. We recruit and train candidates, support strong campaigns, research women's issues, and turn out women voters. We've trained over 9,000 women to run and helped elect over 100 women to the House, 19 to the Senate, 11 governors, and over 700 to state and local office. Since its founding in 1985, almost one-third of the candidates EMILY’s List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color - including every single Latina, African American, and Asian American Democratic congresswoman currently serving.