|WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed state Sen. Jennifer McClellan for election to Virginia’s 4th Congressional District. EMILY’s List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement:
“Jennifer McClellan has served Virginians faithfully for over 17 years, and her dedication to seeing progress made in her state and in this country is clear. As a legislator and community leader, she has fought for working families, reproductive freedom, and the preservation of our democracy. EMILY’s List is proud to endorse McClellan to represent Virginia’s 4th Congressional District, and we know that she will take the same passion for justice she has always exhibited to Washington.”
Virginia state Sen. Jennifer McClellan is a dedicated public servant running to represent Virginia’s 4th Congressional District. Her parents were community leaders and educators raised in the segregated South, so McClellan learned from a young age the importance of being a force for progressive change and serving her community. McClellan has spent over 17 years fighting for progress, justice, and equity in the Virginia General Assembly. She led the passage of the Reproductive Health Protection Act – making Virginia the first state in the South to proactively expand abortion rights – which eliminated mandatory ultrasounds, 24-hour waiting periods, and TRAP laws. As a community leader, she has served as a board member for a wide variety of civic organizations, including the Virginia League of Planned Parenthood, the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, and the Children’s Museum of Richmond. McClellan lives in Richmond with her husband and their two children, Jackson and Samantha.
EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, works to elect Democratic pro-choice women up and down the ballot and across the country with a goal of fighting for our rights and our communities. Our work is centered around a fundamental vision: Run. Win. Change the World. EMILY’s List has raised over $700 million in service to that vision and has helped Democratic women win competitive elections by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running one of the largest independent expenditure campaigns for Democrats, and turning out women voters to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country’s first woman as vice president, 175 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 20 governors, and over 1,500 women to state and local office. More than 40% of the candidates EMILY’s List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Visit www.emilyslist.org for more information.