For Immediate Release
December 17, 2019
EMILY’s List Endorses Tedra Cobb in New York’s 21st Congressional District
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Tedra Cobb for Congress in New York’s 21st Congressional District. Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List, released the following statement:
“EMILY’s List is proud to stand alongside Tedra Cobb, a passionate activist for expanding access to health care, in her race for Congress. As a member of the St. Lawrence County Legislature, Tedra worked to lower prescription drug costs and bring ethics reforms and transparency to her local government. In Congress, she will be committed to protecting access to quality, affordable health care and expanding economic opportunities for working New Yorkers.
“Tedra was inspired to run for Congress when incumbent Republican Elise Stefanik supported her party’s bill to take affordable health insurance away from millions of Americans. Rep. Stefanik has also voted to defund Planned Parenthood and to undermine equal pay protections for women. Tedra made this a close race in 2018, and EMILY’s List has no doubt she can bring a victory across the finish line in 2020.”
The daughter of a public school teacher, Tedra Cobb grew up in a family with a deep commitment to serving others. With the help of Pell grants, she earned her bachelor’s degree from SUNY Potsdam. Tedra then started a community health agency, securing federal and state funding to provide preventative screening and care to hundreds of hardworking North Country residents who could not afford health insurance. She stepped up to run for office for the first time in 2002 and was elected to two terms in the St. Lawrence County Legislature. After Tedra earned her master’s degree, she started her second business to help North Country businesses, nonprofits, hospitals, and universities achieve their goals. Tedra and her husband have lived in Canton for over 30 years and are proud to have raised their children in the North Country community.
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 50,000 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.