FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 29, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MARCH ON PAC ANNOUNCES ENDORSEMENTS OF SEVEN TRAILBLAZING WOMEN OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY TO SAFEGUARD THE HOUSE IN NOVEMBER
Candidates All Represent Firsts for Women in Their Districts and Advocate for Platforms Such as Affordable Healthcare, Education Reform, Economic Security, Fighting Discrimination, Amongst Other Issues
WASHINGTON, D.C.—March On PAC today announced endorsements for seven women who are shattering the glass ceiling in Congress as part of the PAC’s commitment to safeguarding the Democratic majority in the House. Following the election of the most progressive House in history in 2018, March On PAC is working to help Democrats retain control of the House and elevating a list of trailblazing women.
The endorsed candidates all are the first women, women of color, or Democratic women to represent their districts, signaling a sea change in Washington toward a more inclusive, representative Congress. Each represents Americans’ shared progressive values around support for affordable healthcare, gun reform, education reform, economic security, fighting discrimination and other critical issues necessary to move the country forward. March On PAC is proud to endorse this powerful group of Democratic women for Congress, all of whom have demonstrated their commitment to being a force for progressive change.
“Women currently make up less than 25% of Congress,” said Vanessa Wruble, Executive Director of March On. “We need more representatives in Washington who will fight for a better future for those who have been marginalized in our county for far too long. If anyone knows how to do that, it’s a group of fierce women who have already shattered norms by being elected, and we intend to help send them back to Washington to fight for all Americans.”
The endorsed candidates represent seven states and include:
- Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D–Florida, the first woman to represent Florida’s 26th Congressional District. Mucarsel-Powell is a champion for affordable health care in Washington and is fighting tirelessly for protections for essential workers and the most vulnerable communities in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
- Lucy McBath, D–Georgia, the first Black woman to represent Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. A strong advocate for gun control after the 2012 murder of her son, McBath has dedicated her life to helping create a safer country for all. She is also committed to working to expand access to affordable health insurance, reduce the cost of prescription drugs and protect those with preexisting conditions.
- Abby Finkenauer, D–Iowa, the first woman to represent Iowa’s 1st Congressional District and one of the first two Iowa women in history to win election to the U.S. House of Representatives. Now seeking reelection to represent Iowa’s 1st Congressional District, Finkenauer is committed to bettering our society through support of small businesses and renewable energy.
- Lauren Underwood, D–Illinois, the first woman—and first Black woman—to represent Illinois’ 14th Congressional District and the youngest African American woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. Underwood is ready to continue fighting for a country that believes people of all backgrounds deserve access to quality, affordable healthcare, among other issues of importance.
- Xochitl Torres Small, D–New Mexico, the first woman—and first Latina—to represent New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District. Torres Small’s unwavering support of small businesses, hardworking families and protecting land are issues she is not yet done fighting for in Washington.
- Kendra Horn, D–Oklahoma, the first Democratic woman to represent the 5th Congressional District of Oklahoma, Horn will continue bringing common sense leadership to Congress and make government start working for Oklahomans, not against them.
- Kim Schrier, D–Washington, the first Democratic woman to represent Washington’s 8th Congressional District. As a pediatrician, Schrier came to Congress to fight for quality, affordable healthcare because she saw attacks on our healthcare system.
For more information, visit www.marchonpac.com.
About March On PAC
March On PAC (MO PAC) is the political action committee created by March On to Take Back the Senate, Hold the House and Reclaim the Presidency this November. MO PAC seeks to raise awareness of vital progressive issues and drive voters to polls to choose a more just, fair and equitable future for America. For more information, visit www.marchonpac.com.
About March On
Founded in 2017, March On is a 501 (c)4 organization focused on harnessing the grassroots energy of mass mobilizations to create political power. March On supports and resources hundreds of local affiliates and organizers nationwide, mobilizes our network for national campaigns, and partners with other progressive organizations on joint initiatives. Since our inception, we have fundamentally shifted the balance of power by moving millions in the streets and to the polls. For more information, visit www.wearemarchon.org.