2014 Endorsements

U.S. Senate

Colleen Hanabusa

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Running for: Senate, Hawaii

Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa has served two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and is ready to serve in the Senate. She is running to fill Daniel Inouye’s old seat, a position he wished her to fill should he become incapacitated. As a co-sponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act, VAWA, and the start over ERA strategy bill, she is a strong supporter of women’s issues and equal rights. Congresswoman Hanabusa is a native Hawaiian and prioritizes the well-being of her fellow Hawaiians. She fights for the middle class, and works hard to make sure that every voice in her constituency can be heard in Washington. NWPC is thrilled to endorse Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa in her run for the US Senate!


Jeanne Shaheen

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Running for: Senate, New Hampshire

Senator Shaheen was elected first elected to the Senate in 2008 after serving as Governor of New Hampshire from 1997-2003. She has proven to be a supporter of women’s rights since she first started her public service as a New Hampshire State Senator in 1992. She sponsored the Medical Transitional Health Care act with Senator Susan Collins, which provides follow-up care to hospital patients to prevent the number of re-hospitalizations. She sponsored a resolution supporting the goals of International Women’s Day, and cosponsored VAWA, Paycheck Fairness Act, and the 3-state ERA strategy bill.


Kay Hagan

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Running for: Senate, North Carolina

Senator Kay Hagan was first elected to the Senate in 2008 and previously served as a North Carolina State Senator from 1999-2009. She is a true supporter of women's rights have sponsored and co-sponsored may key pieces of legislation. She sponsored the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act of 2013, which became law. Senator Hagan serves on the Committees for Armed Services, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs committee, and the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. She cosponsored VAWA, Paycheck Fairness Act, and the 3-state ERA strategy bill.


U.S. House of Representatives


Terri Sewell

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Running for: House, AL-07

After taking office in 2010, Congresswoman Terri Sewell has been fighting hard for the people of Alabama. Congresswoman Sewell is the first black woman to ever be elected to Congress in Alabama, and she continues to make us proud through her work as Democratic freshman class president and as both a regional and senior Whip. As a women’s rights advocate, the Congresswoman is the co-chair of the Women’s Fund “Voices Against Violence,” and has kept a 100% pro-choice voting record. NWPC fully supports Congresswoman Terri Sewell to further the issues of woman in Congress!



Kyrsten Sinema

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Running for: House, AZ-09

Formerly a state Senator, Kyrsten Sinema is seeking a seat in Congress to bring a voice back to the people of Arizona. Kyrsten grew up in a family that struggled to make ends meet so she knows firsthand what constituents want and need. As a board member of women’s commissions and youth outreach networks, Kyrsten does her part to advance women’s issues and assist in the development of youth across Arizona. NWPC is happy to announce our endorsement of a woman committed to serving her constituents and obtaining equality for women and other minorities!



Doris Matsui

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Running for: House, CA-06

Congresswoman Doris Matsui has been serving her Californian constituents since winning her late husband's Representative seat in 2005. She is a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce where she is committed to addressing issues such as the economy, healthcare, and job creation. She is a strong supporter of women's rights and gay rights, and the National Women's Political Caucus is proud to endorse Congresswoman Matsui for another term.


Barbara Lee

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Running for: House, CA-13

Congresswoman Barbara Lee was first elected to Congress in 1998 and has worked tirelessly ever since. She is the senior female Democrat on the House International Relations Committee where she serves on the Western Hemisphere and Africa Subcommittees. As the Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, the Whip for the Congressional Black Caucus, a Senior Democratic Whip, Chair of the CBC Task Force on Global HIV/AIDS, and Co-Chair of the CBC Haiti Task Force, she has demonstrated her commitment to progressive causes and women's issues. Additionally, she has also introduced legislation to provide after school programs in public housing and protect tenants from arbitrary evictions. The National Women's Political Caucus is proud of the work Congresswoman Lee has done so far and is happy to endorse her for another term.


Ellen Corbett

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Running for: House, CA-15

California State Senator Majority Leader Ellen Corbett is finishing her second term in the CA Senate. Corbett has been actively involved in public service for over 20 years and is dedicated to serving her constituency as an elected official. She is especially steadfast in her dedication to women’s rights and firm in her resolve to stop any rollback in legislation won by the past generations. The National Women’s Political Caucus is confident Senator Corbett is ready to take on Washington DC.


Anna Eshoo

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Running for: House, CA-18

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo has served in the House of Representatives since 1993. Having served for nearly 20 years, Rep. Eshoo continues to keep her constituents first. The Congresswoman served on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors for 10 years before she was elected to Congress. She is a public servant at heart. The Congresswoman also works tirelessly on behalf of America’s women and is a cosponsor of VAWA, the Paycheck Fairness Act, and the three state ERA strategy bill. She is also an advocate for education, for children, for healthcare reform, and for clean energy. NWPC proudly re-endorses Congresswoman Anna Eshoo as a champion for California’s 18th District.


Lois Capps


Running for: House, CA-24

Congresswoman Lois Capps is a true leader in the arena of women’s health and equal rights. Before she was elected to Congress, Representative Capps had successful careers in both nursing and education which she now uses to help her navigate Congress with an expertise in health. She chairs and co-chairs numerous caucuses that advance women’s health, children’s health, as well as the protection of natural resources. This is reflected by Rep. Capp’s sponsorship of National Pediatric Research Network Act of 2013, which passed the house by 375-27. Congresswoman Capps is certainly a champion for women’s rights, and is the best choice for California’s 24th district.


Julia Brownley

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Running for: House, CA-26

Julia Brownley has dedicated her life to improving our education system as one of California’s leading education advocates. In her first term as a Congresswoman, she sponsored the Helping Homeless Veterans Act of 2013. Brownley also cosponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act, VAWA, and the start over ERA strategy bill. She is a leader in preventing domestic violence, strongly supports a woman’s right to choose, and will fight to make sure health insurance companies cover contraception, prenatal and preventive care for everyone. NWPC is proud to re-endorse Congresswoman Julia Brownley for California’s 26th District.


Judy Chu

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Running for: House, CA-27

Congresswoman Judy Chu has served in Congress since 2009 and has not wasted a minute of her time there. The Congresswoman entered the Congressional arena at the height of healthcare debate, and it was during this time that she was able to demonstrate her dedication to equal healthcare access as well as women’s rights. She is the sponsor of Women's Health Protection Act of 2013, which currently has 77 cosponsors. In addition to her excellent legislative record, Congresswoman Chu is the first Chinese American woman ever elected to the US Congress. Congresswoman Chu will continue to fight for women in both California and across the country. NWPC is happy to re-endorse the Congresswoman for her third Congressional race.


Eloise Reyes

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Running for: House, CA-31

Eloise Reyes knows the value of hard work. She started working as an onion picker at the age of 12, and paid her way through college and law school working up to three jobs at a time. Her tenacity has led her to become a well-known attorney who fights to protect the rights of workers and their families. Eloise Reyes is excellent on women’s issues, unlike the current incumbent, Gary Miller. Gary Miller voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, voted to defund Planned Parenthood, and was one of the many Republicans who caused the federal government shutdown earlier this year. As a member of the Tea Party Caucus, Gary Miller is determined to shrink the federal government, and if unsuccessful at that, paralyze it by defunding any program that he does not agree with.


Gloria Negrete McLeod

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Running for: House, CA-35

Congressman Gloria Negrete McLeod is in her first term as a US Representative and is a dedicated public servant. She previously served as the Chair of the Public Employment and Retirement Committee in California’s State Senate where she was able to put the rights and needs of public employees first. Moreover, Rep. McLeod puts a great deal of emphasis on Veteran’s affairs, education, and women’s issues, which is apparent through her sponsorship of legislation focusing on veterans and her co-sponsorship of VAWA, the Paycheck Fairness Act, and the start over strategy ERA bill. We are proud to re-endorse Rep. Negrete McLeod for 2014.


Linda Sanchez

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Running for: House, CA-39

Congresswoman Linda Sanchez has been fighting in Congress for California's 39th District since 2003. She sits on the House Committee on Ethics and the House Committee on Ways and Means. As a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and as co-founder of the Congressional Labor and Working Families Caucus, Congresswoman Sanchez is committed to helping America's families. Additionally, she is dedicated to fighting for women's rights and to equal treatment in school and in the workplace.


Lucille Roybal Allard

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Running for: House, CA-40

For nearly 20 years, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard has served her constituents in California. NWPC is happy to once again endorse such an advocate of women’s rights. Congresswoman Roybal-Allard was the first Mexican-American woman elected to Congress in 1992 and has made history ever since. Currently the chair of the Hispanic Caucus Task Force on Health, the Congresswoman pays close attention to health issues, including women’s health. She has kept women at the top of her priorities and is a co-sponsor of both ERA strategy bills, as well as the Paycheck Fairness Act and VAWA. NWPC is proud to re-endorse Congresswoman Roybal-Allard for 2014.


Loretta Sanchez

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Running for: House, CA-46

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez has been a member of Congress since 2003, and has always made NWPC proud. The Congresswoman has an impressive record when it comes to breaking gender barriers. She is the only Hispanic woman to be elected to Congress from Orange County and is the senior female member of the House Homeland Security Committee. As a trailblazing woman, Congresswoman Sanchez has consistently voted in favor of women’s rights and issues. NWPC is glad to offer support for Congresswoman Sanchez’s 2012 Congressional campaign.



Diana DeGette

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Running for: House, CO-08

Congresswoman Dianna DeGette is a Co-Chair of the Pro-Choice Caucus and she continuously fights for women’s right to choice as well as for economic equality and the environment. She is also a Chief Deputy Whip and assists the Democratic Party leadership in coordinating the party on ideas and legislation. She was a cosponsor for VAWA, Paycheck Fairness Act, and is a cosponsor for both ERA strategy bills. Clearly a woman of vast achievement and commitment to her constituents, Congresswoman DeGette is the best choice for Colorado’s 1st district in the 2014 election.



Rosa DeLauro

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Running for: House, CT-03

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro is the true definition of a fighter. As a cancer survivor, Rep. DeLauro has worked tirelessly to secure health and education rights for citizens of the US. After receiving degrees from both Marymount College and Columbia University, she began an incredible career in public service, including serving as the first Executive Director of EMILY’S List. Currently Representative DeLauro serves as the co-chair of the Steering and Policy Committee, and was the sponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act. Continuing to support Representative DeLauro’s position in Congress is crucial to the progress of the women’s rights movement, and NWPC is proud to re-endorse her.


Elizabeth Esty

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Running for: House, CT-05

Congresswoman Esty is an incredibly tough Congresswoman who, like NWPC, works to safeguard the rights of women. She served as a legal advisor to the Connecticut League of Women Voters Consensus Project, and therefore knows firsthand the social importance of adequate women’s health care. Having received her B.A. from Harvard, her J.D. from Yale and having worked with private law firm in D.C., Rep. Esty is one of the most well-educated members of Congress. She is a co-sponsor of VAWA, the Paycheck Fairness Act, and the start-over strategy ERA bill. NWPC proudly re-endorses Congresswoman Esty for Connecticut’s 5th District.


District of Columbia

Eleanor Holmes Norton

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Running for: Member, DC-AL

With an incredible career before being elected to office in 1990, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton is a nationally known civil rights and feminist leader. Congresswoman Holmes Norton earned her J.D. from Yale University School of Law to continue a life of activism and public service. She was the first female Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and a founder of the Women's Rights Law Reporter, the first legal periodical that focused exclusively on women's rights. While in office, Congresswoman Holmes Norton has served the District of Columbia through immense economical and educational advancements. Known as the “Warrior on the Hill,” Congresswoman Holmes Norton has long supported the progress and protection of women’s rights.



Lois Frankel

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Running for: House, FL-22

Congresswoman Frankel is known for challenging opponents of women’s rights head on. After receiving her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, Frankel served in the Florida state legislature and as the Mayor of West Palm Beach. Frankel has a long history of working with the NWPC and working for women’s rights. She is the sponsor of H.Con.Res.28 - “Recognizing the significance of Equal Pay Day to illustrate the disparity between wages paid to men and women” which has 110 cosponsors. She is also a cosponsor of VAWA, the Paycheck Fairness Act, and both ERA strategy bills. NWPC is proud to re-endorse Congresswoman Frankel for Florida’s 22nd District.



Tammy Duckworth

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Running for: House, IL-08

Bringing a whole new meaning to the word “fighter,” Congresswoman Duckworth is a phenomenal example of determination and perseverance. Prior to serving as Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs under the Obama Administration, Rep. Duckworth was one of the first women to fly combat missions in Iraq. She was awarded the Purple Heart after losing both of her legs in combat after her helicopter was hit by an RPG. Rep Duckworth is the sponsor for the Troop Talent Act of 2013, which helps veterans gets civilian certifications and licenses for professions they did in the military. She is also a cosponsor of VAWA, Paycheck Fairness Act, and the start over ERA strategy bill. NWPC proudly endorses a Veterans advocate who is willing to fight for women’s issues and the constituents of Illinois’s 8th District!


Cheri Bustos

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Running for: House, IL-17

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos has served one term in Congress so far and the National Women's Political Caucus is excited to endorse her for a second term. Her steadfast commitment to women's health and reproductive rights makes her an important advocate for women and families across the United States. Beyond supporting women, Bustos has demonstrated her commitment to protecting the environment by sponsoring and co-sponsoring several pieces of legislation to reduce waste and pollution.



Donna Edwards

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Running for: House, MD-04

Congresswoman Donna Edwards has been a champion for women's issues since before she was elected into Congress in 2008. As the co-founder of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, she has worked tirelessly advocating for battered women and helping to pass the Violence Against Women Act in 1994. In Congress, she has sponsored legislation to raise the minimum wage, protect the environment, and improve infrastructure. The National Women's Political Caucus is pleased to endorse Congresswoman Edwards for another term.



Katherine Clark

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Running for: House, MA-05

Katherine Clark is a dedicated public servant. As a current Massachusetts State Senator she knows the ins and outs of politics and will bring her considerable political experience with her when she is elected for the United States House of Representatives. Clark is excellent on women’s issues and serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts (Boston). She is critical of the constant extremist attacks on women’s health and equal pay issues, which has distracted us from the most pressing issues facing our country. If elected, Ms. Clark will help reorient the US House to focusing on issues that affect every family – jobs, education, and keeping promises that we made to our seniors and veterans.



Dina Titus


Running for: House, NV-01

Congresswoman Dina Titus has dedicated her life to public service and education. She represented the people of Nevada in the state legislature for twenty years, serving as the Democratic Minority Leader for fifteen years. She is a champion of job training programs for veterans and others as well as being a leader for women’s rights. She is a cosponsor for VAWA, the Paycheck Fairness Act, and both ERA strategy bills. NWPC is proud to re-endorse Rep. Dian Titus for 2014.


New Hampshire

Carol Shea-Porter

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Running for: House, NH-01

Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter knows how to serve her constituents well, which was proven when she was re-elected in 2012 after losing in a narrow upset against Frank Guinta in the 2010 elections. In 2006, Rep. Shea-Porter became the first woman elected to Congress from New Hampshire. She is best known for being strong and active in advocating veterans’ issues which is shown by her numerous sponsorships of bills on veteran issues. Rep. Shea-Porter is also dedicated to promoting affordable health care and protecting voting rights, and has cosponsored VAWA, the Paycheck Fairness Act, and the start over ERA strategy bill. NWPC is proud to re-endorse Rep. Shea-Porter for 2014.


New Mexico

Michelle Lujan Grisham

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Running for: House, NM-01

A 12th generation native New Mexican, Congresswoman Lujan Grisham knows the needs and desires of the people of New Mexico. After earning a J.D. from the University of New Mexico, she embarked on an impressive career in public service. Re. Lujan Grisham began her career as the director of the New Mexico State Agency on Aging where she worked for 14 years. Afterwards, she served as secretary of the New Mexico Department of Health and as a commissioner on the Board of Directors of Total Community Care. In her first term, Rep. Grisham has cosponsored VAWA, the Paycheck Fairness Act, and both ERA strategy bills. NWPC is happy to re-endorse Congress Lujan Grisham for New Mexico’s 1st District.


New York

Carolyn Maloney


Running for: House, NY-12

First elected to Congress in 1992, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney is recognized as a national leader with extensive accomplishments on financial services, national security, the economy, and women’s issues. Her career has been a series of firsts: the first woman to represent New York’s 14th Congressional District; the first woman to represent New York City’s 7th Councilmanic district (where she was the first woman to give birth while in office); the first woman to Chair the Joint Economic Committee. Maloney is a senior member of the very important House Committee on Financial Services. She is the main sponsor of the start over ERA bill, which currently has over 150 cosponsors. Continuing to support Representative Maloney in Congress is a crucial to the progress of the women’s rights movement, and NWPC is proud to re-endorse her candidacy.


North Carolina

Alma Adams

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Running for: House, NC-12

Alma Adams is running in North Carolina's 12th district, a district that was redistributed under Republican leadership in 2010 with a vacant seat. Adams is currently a State Representative in the North Carolina General Assembly. As an African American woman, Adams is likely to carry this Democratic district which is 44.6% African American and 61% likely female voters. Adams is a progressive candidate who has been a public servant fighting for women and families for nearly 30 years. As a Congresswoman, Adams would be sure to bring her strong commitment to equality, choice and education to Congress and continue fighting for America's women and families.



Suzan DelBene

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Running for: House, NC-12

Congresswoman DelBene has been representing Washington's 1st congressional district since 2012. She is committed to improving the economy and supporting the middle class. With an extensive background in business and private-sector leadership roles, DelBene has the experience we need in Congress to fight for America's families. She is also a strong supporter of women's rights and fights everyday in Congress to defend a woman's right to choose.


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