Friday, April 9, 2010

Women's Campaign Forum Re-Endorsed Incumbent Leaders

I am always excited and proud to introduce you to our new WCF Endorsed Candidates each month. However, today I want to bring your attention to our 2010 Re-Endorsed Incumbents. WCF has stood by them in the past and we are proud to continue supporting them moving forward.

In order to create a government that truly represents our population, we must take action to support women who are running for re-election. We must ensure we lose no ground in the fight to create political parity for women. Our 2010 Re-Endorsed Incumbents need your support in order to continue their vital work as advocates for women at the highest levels of government.

Despite the fact that Congress is only 17% women, we can be proud to have many amazing individual women to celebrate, and we will be highlighting more of them in the future. I urge you to visit our website to learn more about the Re-Endorsed Incumbents listed below. Each of their amazing accomplishments should act as an example of how much women can achieve in government leadership positions.

Learn more about each of our Re-Endorsed Incumbents here, and remember to keep an eye on our new 2010 Endorsed Candidates as well. 

All the best,

Erin Cutraro
Vice President/Political Director
Women's Campaign Forum

2010 Re-Endorsed Incumbents:

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is running for re-election to the U.S. Senate from the state of New York. Appointed in January 2009 to fill the vacated Senate seat of Hillary Rodham Clinton, Gillibrand faces a potentially tough re-election campaign in 2010. She has already contributed to the expansion of health insurance to more Americans, helped millions of uninsured children get access to affordable health care, stood with President Obama to move forward on an aggressive economic recovery plan, and helped create jobs in New York and made sure New Yorkers get their fair share. First endorsed by WCF in 2006, Gillibrand has been a staunch advocate for reproductive rights in both the House and most recently in the U.S. Senate. Visit Sen. Gillibrand's website to learn more about her.

Rep. Shelly Berkley is running for re-election to Congress from Nevada's 1st district. She has held this seat since 1999 and has been a resident of Las Vegas for more than four decades. Berkley was the first person in her family to attend college which has motivated her to improve educational opportunities for all. Berkley came to Congress with experience in the Nevada State Legislature as well as the Board of Regents for the Nevada State University system. Berkley is currently a member of the House Committees on Ways and Means, and Foreign Affairs. Her legislative priorities include creating job growth, extending affordable health care, and introducing legislation to improve the methods by which nuclear waste is eliminated. To learn more, visit Rep. Berkley's website.
Rep. Donna Edwards is running for re-election to Congress from Maryland's 4th district. Edwards serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Science and Technology Committee. Prior to running for office, Edwards advocated for women, founded the National Network to End Domestic Violence, and led the fight to pass The Violence Against Women Act. Her priorities include campaign finance reform, protecting Social Security, supporting living wage efforts, and protecting international human rights. Learn more at Rep. Edwards' website.
Rep. Diana DeGette is running for re-election to Congress from Colorado's first district after serving seven terms in Congress. DeGette is a member of the House Democratic leadership as Chief Deputy Whip, Vice-Chair of the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee, and played an important role in the recent Health Care Reform bill as a vocal advocate for women's health. DeGette was the chief architect of twice-vetoed legislation to expand stem-cell research, and has written a book on the subject entitled, "Sex, Science, and Stem Cells: Inside the Right Wing Assault on Reason." A lifelong Coloradan, DeGette is committed to continuing the fight for improved healthcare, protecting small businesses, and conserving Colorado's natural treasures through environmental protection. Learn more at Rep. DeGette's website.
Rep. Marcia L. Fudge is the incumbent running for Congress from Ohio's 11th district. Fudge is a committed public servant who brings a hard-working, problem-solving spirit of determination to Congress. These qualities will help her with the task of creating jobs, attacking predatory lending, and improving health care, small business, and education. These characteristics were honed as Warrensville Heights' first African American female Mayor.  As the city's top executive, Fudge led Warrensville Heights in building 200 new homes and shoring up a sagging retail base. With appointments to House Committees and Caucus seats, Fudge put her strong work ethic to practice - it is no surprise that she is one of the only freshmen members of Congress appointed to serve as Vice Chair of a Subcommittee. To learn more, please visit Rep. Fudge's website. 
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is running for re-election to Congress from Arizona's 8th district. A third generation Tucsonan, she has held this congressional seat since 2006. From 2000 to 2005, Giffords represented her hometown in the Arizona Legislature, where she was the youngest woman ever elected to the Arizona State Senate. Upon entering Congress, Giffords quickly became a leading champion of solar energy, immigration reform, and the needs of military families and veterans. Consistently ranked as one of the most centrist legislators in Congress, she is a strong supporter of fiscal responsibility, bipartisanship and government accountability. Giffords holds a Master's Degree in Regional Planning from Cornell University and a B.A. from Scripps College where she was awarded a William Fulbright Scholarship to study for a year in Chihuahua, Mexico. She is married to Captain Mark Kelly, a Navy Pilot and NASA astronaut, and is the only U.S. Representative with an active duty military spouse. To learn more, visit Rep. Giffords website.   
Rep. Debbie Halvorson is running for re-election to Congress from Illinois' 11th District. Halvorson came to Congress in 2008 as an experienced legislator who had served as the first female State Senate Majority Leader in Illinois. Halvorson serves on three House Committees: Agriculture, Veterans' Affairs, and Small Business. She is a lifelong resident of the 11th district, which includes suburbs south of Chicago, and parts of rural central Illinois. Her legislative portfolio includes drafting legislation to protect senior citizens checking into nursing homes and working to expand health care coverage to veterans, small businesses, the self-employed, and other uninsured groups. Learn more at Rep. Halvorson's website.
Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy is running for re-election to Congress from Ohio's 15th district. She was elected in 2008 and serves on the House Committee on Financial Services and the House Committee on Homeland Security. Kilroy came to Congress with 28 years of experience serving at the local and county level, including a term as President of the Franklin County Board of Commissioners from 2005-2007. Continuing to expand and improve health care services in the 15th district is one of her highest legislative priorities. As a former VISTA volunteer, Kilroy is also passionate about expanding service opportunites for students, seniors and veterans through the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. Learn more at Rep. Kilroy's official website.
Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick is running for re-election to Congress from Arizona's 1st district. She was elected in 2008 after two terms serving in the Arizona legislature and a highly successful career as a City and County level criminal prosecutor. In Congress, Kirkpatrick has focused on legislation to jumpstart the economy, create jobs, help veterans, and fight the illegal drug trade. She is a member of the House Committees on Veteran's Affairs, Homeland Security and Small Business. Learn more at Rep. Kirkpatrick's website.
Rep. Nita Lowey is running for re-election to Congress from New York's 18th district, which includes parts of Westchester and Rockland Counties. Lowey has held this seat since 1989. Lowey is currently the Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, and a member of the Select Committee on Homeland Security. Prior to her election to Congress, Lowey served as the Assistant Secretary of State for New York. She has distinguished herself as an advocate for women and children by obtaining record federal support for battered women's shelters, passing the Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act, and increasing federal funding for after-school education. Visit Rep.  Lowey's website to learn more. 
Rep. Carolyn Maloney is running for re-election to Congress from New York's 14th District, which encompasses East Manhattan and parts of Queens. Maloney has represented the 14th district since 1992. She is the first woman Chair of the Joint Economic Committee, and her legislative priorities in Congress have included encouraging economic stability, fighting for women's rights, and serving the best interests of her diverse New York City constituency. Prior to her election to Congress, Maloney served for ten years on the New York City Council. She has never lost an election. To learn more, visit Rep. Maloney's website.
Rep. Doris Matsui is running for re-election to Congress from California's 5th district, representing the Sacramento metropolitan area. Matsui was elected in 2005 to succeed her husband, the late Congressman Bob Matsui. Matsui is a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. She came to Congress with experience as a senior aide in the Clinton administration and as a key member of the 1992 Presidential Transition Board. In Congress, she has made flood protection and transportation reform for Sacramento two of her top priorities. Learn more about Rep. Matsui on her website.
Rep. Betsy Markey is running for re-election to Congress from Colorado's 4th district--a seat she has held since 2008. She is focused on fiscal responsibility, rebuilding the economy, creating jobs in Colorado, strengthening Colorado's transportation systems, nd keeping Colorado's farming and ranching heritage strong. From January 2005 to May 2007, Betsy served as U.S. Senator Ken Salazar's Regional Director for northern and eastern Colorado, a region encompassing the overwhelming majority of the 4th Congressional District's people and land. She worked closely with businesses, agricultural groups, elected leaders, non-profits and individual constituents to represent their interests. Markey is co-founder of Syscom Services, Inc., an Internet consulting and web site development firm. To learn more, visit Rep. Markey's website.
Rep. Gwen Moore is seeking re-election to Congress from Wisconsin's 4th district, a seat she has held since 2005. Moore currently serves on the House Committee on Financial Services and the House Budget Committee. She was elected in 2009 as Vice Chair of the Congressional Women's Caucus by her female colleagues. Moore is a strong advocate for measures that focus on improving economic and educational opportunities in low-income communities. Prior to serving in Congress, Moore served in the Wisconsin State Senate and the Wisconsion State Assembly from 1989-2003. Moore is the second woman and the first African-American elected to Congress from Wisconsin. To learn more about her re-election campaign, visit Rep. Moore's website.
Rep. Chellie Pingree is running for re-election to Congress from Maine's 1st District. Pingree serves on the House Armed Services and Rules committees, and she is the first woman ever to hold her seat. Prior to her election in 2008, Pingree was a Maine State Senator from 1992-2000, including four years as Maine Senate Majority Leader, until she was term-limited out of office. From 2003-2007 Chellie served as the National President and CEO of Common Cause, a national non-partisan citizen activist group. Pingree's legslative priorities have included environmental protection, prescription drug reform, and supporting small business. Her eldest daughter Hannah is the Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives. To learn more, visit Rep. Pingree's website.
Rep. Loretta Sanchez is running for re-election to Congress from California's 47th district. She has served in this seat since 1996, and she is the first and only Hispanic woman to be elected to Congress from Orange County. Sanchez is Vice-Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, and a leading voice on national security. She also sits on the House Armed Services Committee, where she has made it a priority to address and prevent sexual assault and discrimination in the military. Sanchez was born and raised in her district, and came to Congress after a career as a financial professional serving public agencies, municipalities, and private firms. Her sister, Linda, is also a Congresswoman, making them the only sisters to ever serve in Congress. Learn more at Rep. Sanchez's website
Rep. Jan Schakowsky is running for her seventh term in Congress from Illinois' 9th district. She previously served for eight years in the Illinois State Assembly. She is a member of the House Democratic Leadership as Chief Deputy Whip, and she serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee, and the House Select Committee on Intelligence. Schakowsky has been an outspoken advocate for women in Congress, sponsoring legislation to protect immigrant women from violence and provide transitional housing for women and children victims of domestic abuse. A longtime activist and consumer advocate, Schakowsky has shown a commitment to fighting for consumer protection and organizational accountability in Congress. Learn more at Rep. Schakowsky's website.
Rep. Allyson Schwartz is seeking re-election to Congress from Pennsylvania's 13th district for her fourth term. The 13th district encompasses Northeast Philadelphia and parts of Montgomery County. Prior to serving in Congress, Schwartz was a Pennsylvania State Senator for 14 years. She is a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means and the Budget Committee. A former healthcare executive, Schwartz is known as a healthcare policy expert. She has made expanding health coverage for middle-class families a priority alongside clean energy initiatives and business development. Learn more about Rep. Schwartz on her website.
Rep. Carol Shea-Porter is running for re-election to Congress from New Hampshire's 1st District. Shea-Porter is the first woman ever elected to national office from her state. Shea Porter was first elected in 2006, and she is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the Committee on Education and Labor. As a former military spouse, she has made verteran's health and services a special legislative focus. Prior to her election Shea-Porter worked as a Social Work Administrator and an American History teacher. To learn more, visit Rep. Porter's website.
Rep. Dina Titus is running for re-election to Congress from Nevada's 3rd district. Prior to her election to Congress in 2008, Titus served in the Nevada State Senate for twenty years, serving as the Democratic Minority Leader from 1993-2008. Titus serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, as well as the Education and Labor Committee and the Homeland Security Committee. Her mission continues to be serving and protecting Nevada families, with a focus on children, seniors, and the disabled. As a university professor for thirty years, safeguarding education is also legislative priority for Titus. To learn more, visit Rep. Titus's website.
Rep. Niki Tsongas is seeking a third term in Congress from Massachusett's 5th district. Tsongas is the first woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts in the past 25 years. Her committee assignments include the House Armed Services Committee, the Budget Committee, and the Natural Resources Committee. Her service on these committees gives a good picture of her varied legislative priorities. She has made communication with her constituents a priority, and she reguarly holds "Congress on Your Corner" events at local supermarkets across the 5th district. Prior to be being elected to Congress, Tsongas started Lowell, Massachusett's first all-female law practice, and served as Dean of External Affairs for Middlesex Community College. Learn more about Rep. Tsongas at her website.

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