2010 Endorsed Candidates
Senator (Incumbent) - CA
A forceful advocate for families, children, consumers, the environment, Barbara Boxer became a US Senator in January 1993 after 10 years of service in the US House and six years on the Marin County Board of Supervisors. Elected to a third term in 2004, she received more than 6.9 million votes, the highest total for any Senate candidate in American history.
A national leader on environmental protection, Senator Boxer is the first woman to Chair the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW). She is a powerful advocate for clean air and water, and focuses much of her Committee work on climate change, transportation and infrastructure.
Running for: Senate, MO
Robin Carnahan is Missouri’s Secretary of State. She was first elected to the office in 2004 and re-elected in 2008 earning more votes than any candidate for any statewide office in Missouri history. As Secretary of State, Carnahan has focused on protecting consumers, cracking down on financial fraud, cutting costs and red-tape for businesses, and ensuring fair elections. Carnahan has worked across party lines to change state law to better protect senior investors and also to cut red tape for Missouri businesses. She has helped Missouri businesses save nearly $10 million through her continuing efforts to enable businesses and entrepreneurs to file reports and documents on-line.
Running for: House, Virginia's 1st District
Krystall Ball is a strong, passionate candidate who, like NWPC, has noticed that congress needs more of something: Women. As an openly pro-choice candidate, she promises to protect for women’s rights and interests. She wants to fight for improved education in our schools, better environmental policies, equal marriage rights, and second amendment rights.
Running for: House, CA's 50th District
Francine Busby is a leader who meets challenges head on and has a track record of turning potential into progress and vision into reality. She has developed her reputation for listening and getting results during her thirty years of experience in community service, business and elected office. In 2004, Francine ran for Congress as a grassroots Democratic candidate against Rep. Randy Duke Cunningham in the heavily Republican 50th District. In 2006, her strong showings in three hard-fought elections within six months to replace Duke Cunningham surprised the pundits and set the political transformation of the 50th District in motion.
Running for House, CA's 48th District
First elected to the Irvine City Council in 2000, Beth Krom was re-elected as the top vote-getter in 2002. In 2004, she won her first term as Mayor of Irvine and in 2006 she was re-elected with nearly 60% of the vote — the highest margin of victory for any Irvine Mayor running in a contested race. Having reached her term limit in 2008, she again won a seat on the City Council. Krom has brought her experience as a teacher, a business owner, a community volunteer and a mother to her work as an elected official. An advocate for balanced planning, Beth Krom has focused on ensuring a sustainable future for Irvine, a city that has been recognized as one of America’s “greenest” cities.
Running for House, PA's 17th district
Lois Herr worked for 26 years in the telecommunications industry and has served on numerous corporate, non-profit and governmental boards. Since 1993 she has worked a variety of positions for Elizabethtown College and published two books. Her agenda includes: "no exceptions" affordable health care for every American; investment in alternative energy & conservation; fair trade, fair taxes; the right for workers to organize.
Running for House, WA's 8th District
Suzan DelBene is the kind of leader we need in Congress to take on our tough economic problems. A technology executive and software entrepreneur for over 20 years, she knows firsthand the need for critical investments in the new technologies and industries for America to succeed in the 21st Century.
She will bring small-business accountability to Washington: making sure that successful programs work better, and those that aren’t working end, so that taxpayers have confidence that their hard earned dollars are being spent wisely. She is a consultant to public and private sector companies and is a strategic adviser to Global Partnerships, a non-profit focused on supporting microfinance and sustainable solutions that serve those in poverty in Latin America.
Running for Senate, NC
Elaine Marshall is running on a platform that includes financial reform and job creation, two issues that are top of mind for citizens of North Carolina today. As North Carolina's Secretary of State, Marshall has solid experience addressing both of these issues.
This seat is currently occupied by incumbent Senator Richard Burr. Current polls show that Burr is perceived as out of touch with the North Carolina electorate and will be vulnerable this election. Marshall won a tough Primary against the establishment's pick in June and is ready for this General election. With the strong and enthusiastic backing of the North Carolina Women’s Political Caucus, no doubt Elaine Marshall will be victorious!
Running for Senate, OH
Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner is running against Lee Fisher in the May 4 Democratic primary for Senate. This is an open seat being vacated by retiring Senator George Voinovich, and recent polls show the race in a dead heat. While Fisher holds a fundraising advantage, Brunner is expected to be the stronger general election candidate. She would face off against Rob Portman, the heavy favorite to win the Republican nomination. One of Brunner’s strongest advantages is the support and enthusiasm of the Cincinnati Women’s Political Caucus.
Jennifer became Ohio’s first woman to serve as Secretary of State when she was elected in 2006. She distinguished herself both in Ohio and nationally with successful efforts to make the state's elections free, fair, open, and honest. One of Jennifer's most significant accomplishments as Secretary of State was to overhaul the operations of the troubled Cuyahoga County Board of Elections in Cleveland, ensuring a smooth 2008 presidential election.
Running for Congress, Alabama's 7th District
Terri Sewell is running for the open seat in the Democratic primary for Alabama’s 7th Congressional District. Terri came from behind to win the Primary election on June 6 against Earl Hilliard, Jr., son of former Congressman Earl Hilliard, and Shelia Smoot is a Jefferson County Commissioner with a known political identification.
Terri, an attorney who is extremely active in grassroots community efforts, has put together a smart, well organized campaign with an excellent fundraising team. She brings a fresh face and a new approach to this race along with a strong commitment toward feminist causes. If elected, she will the be first African American woman to serve in Congress from the state of Alabama.
Ann McLane Kuster
Running for Congress, New Hampshire's 2nd District
Ann Kuster is running slightly ahead of her opponents in the September 14 Democratic primary election. She put together a very tight and energetic campaign and earned the endorsements of many community and labor leaders and women’s organizations. Her campaign acumen should come as no surprise to Caucus members as her mother, the late Susan McLane, was a longtime member of the National Women’s Political Caucus and chaired the NWPC Republican Task Force for many years. This is an open seat and the winner of the Democratic primary has a slight edge; President Obama won this district with 56% of the vote.
Running for Congress, Hawaii's 1st District
Colleen Hanabusa lost the election for this seat in a special election on May 1 to Republican Charles Djou, due to a contentious primary battle. She will go on to challenge Djou for the seat in November, her primary opponent has said he will not challenge her for the seat. Hanabusa is a proven leader – she served as Senate Majority Leader in the Hawaii Senate and in 2008 was elected president of the Senate. Her ability to effectively legislate, to connect with Hawaii's voters, and her strong fundraising record have earned her many endorsements including those of Senator Dan Inouye and Senator Daniel Akaka.
Running for Congress, Michigan's 11th District
Mosher wins the Democratic primary her final battle will be against a four term Republican incumbent, Thaddeus McCotter. Before deciding to run for office, Mosher had a wide array of career experience. She has worked as a community leader, a public school teacher, and a non-profit development director. While she’s expected to have a tough race, Mosher is also known for her fundraising expertise – a critical element of any campaign. Mosher is a strong advocate for women’s issues such as equal pay, tougher domestic violence laws, and reproductive freedom. McCotter voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Act.
Running for Congress, Rhode Island's 1st District
Betsy Dennigan is putting together a very competitive grass roots campaign effort in her race against anti-choice incumbent Jim Langevin. Betsy’s qualifications as a registered nurse, an Attorney and a 13 year veteran of the Rhode Island Legislature will serve her well in what will be a hotly contested primary on September 14. Because this is a heavily Democratic district, the race will be decided in the primary. In 2006, Jennifer Lawless ran a good but ultimately unsuccessful race against Langevin. She is now helping and supporting Dennigan.
Congresswoman (Incumbent), CA-37
Laura Richardson served as a Long Beach City Councilwoman for six years before winning a seat in the California Assembly in the 55th District in 2006. She served for nine months as Assistant Pro Tempore in the Assembly. In 2007, Richardson was elected to her first term in the House of Representatives, representing California’s 37th Congressional District. Richardson serves on the House Committees on Transportation & Infrastructure and Homeland Security. Speaker Pelosi has referred to Representative Richardson as bright, energetic, intelligent, and an asset to the committee chairs, caucuses and her constituents.
Congresswoman (Incumbent), NY-14
First elected to Congress in 1992, 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); currently the first woman to Chair the Joint Economic Committee. Maloney chairs the very important House Committee on Financial Services.
Congresswoman (Incumbent), AZ-8
For almost ten years, Giffords has dedicated herself to public service as an elected official. Upon entering Congress, Giffords quickly became a leading champion of solar energy, immigration reform, and the needs of military families and veterans. She is also a strong supporter of fiscal responsibility, bipartisanship and government accountability. Involving southern Arizonans in shaping policies and strategically solving community problems is the cornerstone of her work. Giffords’ inclusive and collaborative approach allows her to bring all viewpoints to the table and the best ideas to Washington. Giffords serves on the House Armed Services and House Science and Technology committees.
Congresswoman (Incumbent), AZ-1
Since earning her law degree, Kirkpatrick has served the people of Arizona in a wide variety of positions. In 1980, she became Coconino County's first female Deputy County Attorney. She then served the people of Sedona as City Attorney. And in 2004, she began teaching Business Law and Ethics at Coconino Community College. In November 2004, Kirkpatrick was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives; in 2008, she was elected to the U.S. House. Since then, the Congresswoman has taken a leadership role in working across the aisle on nonpartisan legislation. Her highlighted issues include extending health care to all Americans, education, and economic improvement. Ann Kirkpatrick serves on the House Committee on Homeland Security, Small Business and Veterans Affairs.
Running for: Governor of Maine
Libby Mitchell is no new-comer to Maine’s political scene – since 1974, she’s served nine terms in the state House and three in the Senate. In late 2008, she was unanimously elected as Maine’s 113th Senate President, making her the first woman in America to serve as both the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House. But despite her overwhelming qualifications and experience, this won’t necessarily be a landslide primary - Mitchell faces four opponents in the June 2010 Democratic primary. Since Maine generally tends to vote Democratic, her greatest challenge will be getting the bid in a race against highly qualified male and female contenders.
Running for: House, GA’s 4th district : LOST
Connie Stokes is an experienced policy maker and legislator, who currently serves as Delkab County Commissioner. She was first elected to office in 1994 as the State Senator from Georgia’s 43rd Senate District, and distinguished herself in many ways while in the State Senate. She was the first woman to chair the sought after Senate Health and Human Services Committee, as well as the first woman in the Senate to join the Governor’s Leadership Team.
Connie Stokes is running as a challenger in her own party against incumbent Hank Johnson (D). She is falling behind in the polls and FEC reports, but is the sole representative of the female demographic.
Running for: House, MN’s 6th district
In 2005, Tarryl Clark was elected to Minnesota’s State Senate, and in 2006, she became the Senate’s Assistant Majority Leader. But her public service did not start there; over the course of her career, she did everything from creating a teen pregnancy prevention program at the YMCA to working as the Public Policy Director for the Children’s Defense Fund of Minnesota to serving as the Executive Director of the Minnesota Community Action Association.
Clark is running for the Democratic ticket to challenge anti-choice incumbent Michelle Bachman (R). Clark is the established favorite in the Democratic primary, but in the recent December PPP poll she was trailing 18 points behind Bachman.
Running for: House, CA’s 33rd district
Assembly Speaker Karen Bass made history in May of 2008 when she became Speaker of the California Assembly; this made her the first African American woman to serve as Speaker of a state legislative body. Bass was first elected to the CA State Assembly in 2004. Before becoming Speaker, Bass served in Assembly leadership positions. She served as Majority Whip in her first term and Majority Floor Leader in her second.
Karen Bass is running for an open seat in an urban district that swung 87 percent for Obama in the 2008 election. She entered the race late, but strong, earning many key endorsements from local and state politicians, as well as the top women’s organizations.
Running for: Senate, Iowa
Roxanne Conline, the first president of the Iowa Women’s Political Caucus, has a long and involved history with women’s politics. She was the first female president of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (now known as the American Association for Justice), and was president of the National Organization for Women's Legal Defense and Education Fund. For over 25 years, she has owned and managed a small law firm in Iowa, dedicated to “representing everyday people who do not have a voice.” From 1969 – 1976, Conlin served as an Assistant Attorney General for Iowa; during this time, she fought public corruption and wrote the first law of its kind protecting rape victims. She was then appointed as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa. She was also the Democratic gubernatorial nominee in 1982. Conlin is running as a challenger against incumbent Charles Grassley (R) in a race Cook’s Political has deemed “Solid Republican.” Conlin entered the Senate race late but polished off two lesser opponents in the June 8 primary.
Running for: Lieutenant Governor, CA
Janice Hahn’s public service career launched in 1997 when she was elected to the Charter Reform Commission of Los Angeles. While serving in that position, one of her major accomplishments was to establish a widely successful neighborhood council system to ensure that the community had a say in local issues. In 2001, Hahn became a Los Angeles County Councilwoman, a position she is still in today.
If elected, Hahn will be California’s first female Lieutenant Governor. She has been endorsed by all the major women’s organizations, many local elected officials and is looking strong in her bid for the Democratic ticket.
Running for: Attorney General, CA
Harris has spent her entire professional life in the trenches as a courtroom prosecutor. In December 2003, Kamala Harris was elected as the first woman District Attorney in San Francisco's history, and as the first African American woman and South Asian American woman in California to hold the office. She was overwhelmingly reelected to a second term in November 2007.
San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris is now running for the position of California Attorney General. She has the endorsement of National, State and Local politicians, as well as many community organizations- including EMILY’s List and Women’s Campaign Forum.
Secretary of State (Incumbent), CA
Debra Bowen is running as an incumbent for the position of California’s Secretary of State. Since her election in 2006, Debra has worked to build up election integrity and break down government barriers. She authored the first-in-the-world law that put legislative information online in 1993, giving Californians immediate access to information about state lawmakers’ bills, voting records, and more. In 1995, Debra was the first California legislator to voluntarily put her campaign finance reports online.
Debra was recently recognized nationally with the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award, one of the highest global honors for public servants who choose principles over partisanship.
Senator (Incumbent), WA
In her first tough race since winning office as a "mom in tennis shoes" in 1992, Senator Murray is facing Washington Republican governor nominee Dino Rossi, who according to Cook Report changed the race from 'lean D' to 'a tossup'. Recent polling shows Murray and Rossi within four points. Rossi, who is not Pro-Choice, has run twice against Governor Christine Gregoire and lost closely in both attempts, once that ended in months of close recounts. Since being elected as the first woman to represent the state of Washington, Senator Murray has been a champion for women and their families.
Running for US Senate, KS
Lisa Johnston is campaigning for the Kansas Senate seat vacated by Sam Brownbeck. The campaign is focusing on the August primary, where Johnston is running against Charles Schollenberger. Johnston is running a campaign concentrating on economic growth and job creation for Kansas and is a strong proponent of choice in the face of her general election opponent’s anti-choice beliefs. As a former professor and university administrator, she will also have a strong focus on improving education.
Mary Jo Kilroy
Congresswoman (Incumbent), OH-15
Incumbent Mary Jo Kilroy is running against Republican Steve Stivers for the House seat in Ohio’s 15th district. Kilroy faced off against Stivers in 2008, and won by a very narrow margin; this year’s election is projected to be even tougher. Rep. Kilroy’s commitment to women’s issues can be seen in her congressional record. During her time in office, she has co-sponsored and voted in favor of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, acted as one of the biggest advocates for the federal health care bill, and is currently co-sponsoring the Prevention First Act, which seeks to increase access to family planning services and prevent unintended pregnancies. This record serves in sharp contrast to her anti-choice opponent, who voted in the Ohio legislature against requiring insurance companies to cover contraception and in favor of banning the use of public funds to pay for abortion.
Congresswoman (Incumbent), NY-18
Lowey is running for her twelfth time in New York’s 18th district. Rep. Lowey has proven her dedication to women’s and family issues in numerous ways: serving as a leader in the fight for the passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act; passing the Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act; procuring substantial federal funding for battered women’s shelters; increasing federal funding for after-school programs. Rep. Lowey is the current chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations and she also serves on the Select Committee on Homeland Security. NWPC is proud to re-endorse her this election season.
Running for House, MN-2
Former State Representative Shelley Madore is challenging Dan Powers in the August primary for the MN-2 House seat. During her time as a State Representative, Madore was recognized for her work in education, health care and transportation. Her campaign is focused on job creation, infrastructure improvements for her district, improved education, and tax relief for those sending their children to college. Madore’s campaign also looks to capitalize on the fact that her opponent lacks her political experience.
Running for House, OH-12
Franklin County Commissioner Paula Brooks is running in Ohio’s 12th district against Republican incumbent Patrick Tiberi. We are especially proud to endorse Brooks because she is a former NWPC member and chairperson of our Democratic Task Force.
Brooks brings not only a solid, pro-choice stance on women’s issues but also a strong history of sound fiscal policy in her work as county commissioner. Commissioner Brooks has put together an excellent campaign which has been recognized by the DCCC, who listed her in their “Red to Blue” program. Incumbent Tiberi faces tough competition for the first time in his 5-term incumbency, as Brooks’ enthusiastic campaign and her ties to the community as a County commissioner will give him an especially tough race.
Running for House, TX-21
Lainey Melnick is challenging incumbent Lamar Smith for the TX-21 House seat. Melnick’s campaign is focusing on the economy, promotion of heightened regulations for banks and limiting bailouts. She is also a strong proponent of both choice and equal rights for women.
Running for House, WI-7
Lassa was elected to the State Assembly in 1998 serving until 2003 when she won a special election to the State Senate. Over the years, she has built an impressive record working for middle class families and standing up to special interests. Lassa has also been recognized for her work on enhancing job creation, promoting small business, strengthening educational opportunities, and promoting the safety and health of children.
In this election cycle, with the Democratic heritage of this northern Wisconsin district and the support of DCCC endorsement, Lassa has put up a tight race against her Republican opponent, Sean Duffy. Her campaign theme focuses on “bringing Wisconsin value to Washington”.
Senator (Incumbent), NY
After working as an attorney in New York City for more than a decade, serving as Special Counsel to United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Andrew Cuomo during the Clinton Administration, and serving in the Congress, Kirsten Gillibrand was sworn in as New York's Senator in January 2009.
Throughout her time in Congress, Senator Gillibrand has been committed to advancing the legislative agenda which prioritize job creation, economic development, empowerment of women worldwide, and assistance to middle class, working families and the seniors. Serving on the Environment and Public Works Committee, the Agriculture Committee, the Aging Committee and the Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Gillibrand is also a leader on the issues of public infrastructures and national security.
Congresswoman (Incumbent), CA-06
Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, the first former welfare mother to serve in Congress, is in her ninth term as the representative from California’s 6th District, with a high incumbency rate of 72%. As Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Congresswoman Woolsey is a vocal and visible leader on progressive issues, particularly those dealing with children and families. She led the fight to withhold Democratic support in the House for a health care bill and a strong social safety net. As the Chairwoman of the Committee on Education and Labor’s Workforce Protections Subcommittee, Congresswoman Woolsey helps to oversee the policies that affect millions of American workers, children and families. As the first House member to call for a troop withdrawal from Iraq, Woolsey also sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The congressional district she serves is predicted to be solid democratic in this election season.
Congresswoman (Incumbent), CA-23
Since January, 2003, Lois Capps has served as the Representative of the California’s 23rd District. Throughout her terms in the Congress, Capps is committed to helping people improve their daily lives through better schools, quality health care, and a cleaner environment. Serving on the Committee on Energy and Commerce and as the Vice Chair of its Health Subcommittee,
Capps is a respected leader in Congress on issues of public health, passing legislation to address the national nursing shortage, detect and prevent domestic violence against women, improve mental health services, among many other issues. Capps also serves on the influential Natural Resources Committee and its Subcommittees on Fisheries, Wildlife and Oceans and National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, hence has also been at the forefront of efforts to protect the environment.
Congresswoman (Incumbent), CA-34
Congresswoman Roybal-Allard proves to be a political pioneer and an effective leader. After representing the 56th Assembly District of California for six years, she became the first Mexican-American woman elected to Congress in 1992. She is also the first Latina in U.S. history to be appointed to the Appropriations Committee, and the first female chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
Throughout her tenure in public service, Congresswoman Roybal-Allard has remained committed to expanding opportunities for her constituents and working families throughout the country. She champions efforts to increase access to health care, create affordable housing, modernize public schools, increase the federal minimum wage, preserve Social Security and Medicare, and stimulate economic growth to create new jobs. The congresswoman serves on three influential subcommittees. With a high incumbency rate of 77%, Roybal-Allard is expected to continue her service in the solid democratic 34th congressional district.
Congresswoman (Incumbent), MA-05
Niki Tsongas is currently serving her second term representing the Fifth Congressional District of Massachusetts as a member of the US House of Representatives. She is the first woman to be elected to Congress from the state of Massachusetts in 25 years. Congresswoman Tsongas serves on the House Armed Services Committee and on the Budget Committee where she is focused on addressing the devastating deficits and debt created over the last eight years, while simultaneously shaping a national budget that will strengthen our economy and create jobs. In 2009, Congresswoman Tsongas joined the Natural Resources Committee.
Tsongas is being challenged by Republican nominee Jon Golnik, a former Wall Street currency trader and small businessman, in this election. Given her unopposed last incumbency rate, she is expected to continue her service in the Congress.
Congresswoman (Incumbent), SD at large
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin is South Dakota’s at-large Member of Congress, serving since 2004. She is the youngest female member of the House, and the first woman elected to the House of Representatives from South Dakota. She serves the Agriculture Committee, the Veterans' Affairs Committee, the Natural Resources Committee and the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.
Herseth Sandlin is being challenged in the general election by Republican state representative Kristi Noem. The two are putting up a tough race.
Running for Congress, FL-12
In 1992 Edwards was elected in a close race to represent Florida’s 65th District in state legislature. In the State House Lori worked hard to reform Florida’s welfare system and to institute performance based budgeting.
Lori is running for the open seat of Congress in Florida’s 12th congressional district. Edwards would focus on promoting the interest of middle-income families and small businesses.