March 10, 2016
EMILY’s List Endorses Susie Lee for Congress in Nevada’s Fourth Congressional District
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Susie Lee, who’s running to represent Nevada’s Fourth Congressional District and continue her lifelong fight for women and families.
“Susie Lee is an experienced problem solver and a powerful advocate for Nevada women and families,” said Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY's List. “As one of eight children raised in a working-class family, Susie knows that hardworking people all too often struggle to make ends meet. She is deeply committed to serving the most vulnerable Nevadans because she saw firsthand that community support can help disadvantaged children overcome barriers to opportunity. The stakes are high for women and families in this swing district, and the EMILY’s List community of over three million members is excited to endorse Susie’s strong campaign to move Nevada forward.”
Susie Lee grew up one of eight children in a working class family that often struggled to make ends meet on her veteran father’s single income. She worked several jobs, took out loans, and earned scholarships to pay her way through college and graduate school. Susie counted on her teachers, coaches, and other mentors in her community who believed in her and gave her the support she needed to achieve her academic goals, and she is deeply committed to connecting children with the resources they need to have a fair shot. After making Las Vegas her home over twenty years ago, she quickly set out to make a difference in the lives of women and families in her community. Susie served as a campaign policy advisor to the first woman elected mayor in Las Vegas history, Jan Laverty Jones, and was the founding executive director of a crisis intervention program serving women and families experiencing homelessness. She served as founding director of the After-School All-Stars, an organization that provides thousands of Nevada children with afterschool activities and enrichment programs. Today Susie leads Communities In Schools of Nevada as president of the board, working tirelessly to increase the high school graduation rate by connecting at-risk youth with the personal support and resources they need to succeed. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband Dan and two children Cody and Nevada, and from leading her daughter’s Girl Scout troop to advocating for tens of thousands of Nevada students, she is unwavering in her commitment to service. When elected to Congress, Susie will fight to increase educational and economic opportunities for all of Nevada’s working families.
When Susie was growing up, she learned firsthand what it's like for a family to live paycheck to paycheck – and she understands that Nevada’s working families need their elected leaders to help get our economy working for all of us. When elected, she will advocate for policies that will grow the middle class and increase opportunities for women and families to get ahead. Susie understands that families and communities are stronger when women succeed in the workplace, and when elected she will fight for policies aimed at ending gender discrimination in pay, implementing paid family and medical leave, and increasing the minimum wage. Susie knows from personal experience that teachers and mentors can help disadvantaged children overcome barriers to opportunity. Under her leadership, Communities in Schools of Nevada serves 58,000 students in 56 schools, ensuring there are caring adults providing personal support to children who are at risk of dropping out. “We all have a responsibility to help our young people have the highest level of opportunities,” she has said. In the last school year, students in the program graduated on time at a rate 25 percentage points above the Nevada state average. When elected she will work tirelessly to move Nevada forward for all children and families.
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.