Wednesday, May 2, 2012

National Organization for Women Endorses Lori Saldaña for Congress

National Organization for Women Endorses Lori Saldaña for Congress

NOW President calls Saldaña ‘fiercely principled’

WASHINGTON D.C.  - The nation’s largest women’s advocacy organization, The National Organization for Women (NOW) has announced their endorsement of Lori Saldaña‘s run for Congress.

NOW President Terry O’Neill pointed to Saldaña’s unwavering record on women’s issues.

“In the California Legislature, Lori Saldana has been a champion for policies that advanced the issues NOW cares about, including economic justice, reproductive rights, and addressing the epidemic of violence against women,” O' Neill said.

“She is also fiercely principled in her stands,” she said. “We endorsed Lori because we know she will stand for women in Congress."

Saldaña is the Democratic frontrunner to unseat extremist Republican Brian Bilbray in California’s 52nd Congressional District.

NOW adds to the growing list of women’s organizations supporting Saldaña for Congress, including Emily’s List, Run Women Run, and the San Diego Democratic Women’s Club. The national NOW endorsement was made with the support of the local and state chapters.

Saldaña said she was thrilled by NOW’s endorsement.

"I am honored to have NOW's support, especially at such a crucial time for women,” Saldaña said “I look forward to working to elect more women for national office who will push back against the extremist anti-woman agenda in Washington.”

Throughout her tenure in the Legislature, Saldaña was recognized as a champion of women’s issues by organizations NARAL Pro-Choice California (100%), Planned Parenthood (100%) and California NOW (100%).

Saldaña was part of an historic leadership team in the California Assembly that included Karen Bass as the first African-American Speaker in the nation’s history, Saldaña as the Speaker pro Tem, and Assemblymember Noreen Evans as the Assembly Budget Chair.

Saldaña also served as the Chair of the bipartisan Legislative Women’s Caucus where she worked on issues related to the trauma faced by women female service members serving in combat situations.


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