Today, Women Winning announced its endorsement of 13 pro-choice women running for re-election to the state legislature in 2020.
“With perpetual threats to choice at the federal level — from the elimination of Title X funding to the anti-choice majority on the U.S. Supreme Court — state legislatures are fundamental to protecting reproductive rights,” said Meggie Wittorf, Executive Director of Women Winning. “Early support is critical and Women Winning is proud to endorse this slate of formidable pro-choice women running in the most competitive State Senate and House races in Minnesota. We’ll be shoulder-to-shoulder with these candidates on the campaign trail and look forward to their re-elections and continued leadership at the State Capitol.”
Women Winning is proud to endorse two pro-choice women for re-election to the Minnesota Senate:
Sen. Karla Bigham, Senate District 54
Sen. Susan Kent, Senate District 53
Women Winning is proud to endorse eleven pro-choice women for re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives:
Rep. Kristin Bahner, House District 34A
Rep. Shelly Christensen, House District 39B
Rep. Anne Claflin, House District 54A
Rep. Heather Edelson, House District 49A
Rep. Ginny Klevorn, House District 44A
Rep. Erin Koegel, House District 37A
Rep. Carlie Kotyza-Witthuhn, House District 48B
Rep. Kelly Moller, House District 42A
Rep. Kelly Morrison, House District 33B
Rep. Ruth Richardson, House District 52B
Rep. Ami Wazlawik, House District 38B
During the 2019 legislative session, anti-choice legislation, including a 20-week abortion ban criminalizing providers, passed in the Minnesota Senate. Only 10 of 67 senators — less than 15% — are pro-choice women. In addition to re-electing pro-choice women incumbents, Women Winning is recruiting and mentoring candidates in competitive districts to increase pro-choice women’s representation and flip the Minnesota Senate to a pro-choice majority in 2020.
In 2018, 10 of the 11 seats needed to flip the Minnesota House of Representatives to a pro-choice majority were won by women. Despite these gains, pro-choice women’s representation in the House remains at less than 25%. Women Winning is determined to defend the hard-fought gains of 2018 and expand pro-choice women’s representation in the Minnesota House in 2020.
Women Winning has been working for 37 years to elect pro-choice women to all levels of public office, from park board to President of the United States. In that time, Women Winning has raised and contributed millions of dollars to pro-choice women’s campaigns, endorsed thousands of candidates, and has more than tripled the number of pro-choice women elected officials in Minnesota. Its endorsement comes with strategic campaign guidance, training, and financial and grassroots support.