Campaign News
February 09, 2010

EMILY’s List Endorses Terri Sewell in Alabama’s Seventh Congressional District

Contact: Matt Burgess (202) 536-7484

For Immediate Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest financial resource for women candidates, today announced its endorsement of Terri Sewell for Alabama’s seventh congressional district.

“EMILY’s List is proud to endorse Terri Sewell for U.S. Congress,” said Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List. “As a successful attorney and community leader, Terri has dedicated herself to making life better for all Alabamians.  At her law firm, she worked with Alabama’s historically black colleges and universities to finance campus improvements.  As a candidate, she’s focused her campaign on economic development that will create jobs and opportunity for hard-working Alabama families.  Those are the qualities that will set her apart in this crowded field of candidates in the June Democratic primary.”  

“I am honored to receive the EMILY’s List endorsement” said Sewell. “We’ve got the momentum in this race, and with the help of EMILY’s List, we’ll continue building a strong campaign across the seventh district.” 

Following in the path of her mother, Nancy Gardner Sewell, the first African American woman elected to the Selma City Council, Terri Sewell began breaking barriers at a young age. She was the first African American valedictorian of her high school and the first African American female to make partner at the Birmingham law firm where she currently works. Now, she’s poised for another “first”: the first African American woman elected to Congress from Alabama.

In the 2007-2008 cycle, EMILY’s List raised more than $43 million to support its mission of recruiting and supporting women candidates, helping them build strong campaigns, and mobilizing women voters to turn out and vote. EMILY’s List and its members directly contributed more than $9 million to EMILY’s List candidates for federal and gubernatorial office. With more than 100,000 members across the country, EMILY’s List is one of the largest political action committees in the nation. Since its founding in 1985, EMILY’s List has worked to elect 80 pro-choice Democratic women to the U.S. House, 15 to the U.S. Senate, nine governors, and hundreds of women to the state legislatures, state constitutional offices, and other key local offices.

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