WASHINGTON, D.C. -- EMILY's List, the nation's largest resource for women in politics, announced today that Denise Moreno Ducheny, a candidate for Congress in California's 51st congressional district, has been put "On the List."
"On the List" is a new way for EMILY's List members to engage with and support promising candidates early in the election cycle. The EMILY's List community has experienced dramatic growth in recent cycles and now stands over 900,000 members strong. These supporters are getting their information earlier, quicker and on the web. And they're ready to take action now. By putting Moreno Ducheny "On the List," EMILY's List is ensuring she has access to this enthusiastic support.
"Denise understands the key issues for women and families, and has been fighting for them since her first day in the California State Assembly. She has championed the needs of her constituents -- consistently working to protect senior homeowners, improve access to affordable college education and expanded community health clinics -- standing up to conservatives and special interests alike," said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY's List.
"When her district was facing challenges, Denise took on leadership roles and made real change," said Schriock. "She has done a fantastic job representing her community at the state level and we are thrilled she decided to run on the national stage. I know that with her dedication and tenacity and the backing of the EMILY's List community, Denise will do great things in Congress. We are proud to put her "On the List" and excited to see another strong, Democratic woman join in the fight against the Republican war on women."
After graduating from Pomona College, Moreno Ducheny received her law degree from Southwestern University School of Law. She has been a practicing attorney in immigration and family law since 1979. She began her career in public service as a Trustee for the San Diego Community College District and was elected to the California State Assembly in 1994. While in office she became the first woman to ever oversee the state’s $100 billion spending plan. After six years in the Assembly she began an eight year career in the California State Senate. She authored legislation that works for families, including the CAL Works Welfare Reform Act, the College Affordability Act, and the Reverse Mortgage Bill.
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 900,000 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 86 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 25 year history.