Continuing a strong commitment to Texas Democratic women, EMILY's List, the nation's largest resource for women in politics, has officially endorsed long-time community leader Libby Willis for Texas Senate District 10. With more than 3 million members, EMILY's List is one of the largest political action committees in the United States.
EMILY's List has currently only endorsed two other candidates in Texas: Current District 10 Senator Wendy Davis for Governor, and Leticia Van de Putte for Lieutenant Governor. Their backing of Libby Willis shows that there is a serious investment in Texas, and that Texas Democratic women will keep this state moving forward.
Keeping Senate District 10 is essential for Texas Democrats. In regards to the Texas Legislature's longstanding two-thirds rule, maintaining SD-10 ensures Republican bills can still be blocked in the Senate by the current number of Democrats. Libby Willis has received strong endorsements from Annie's List, the Tarrant County Central Labor Council & Texas AFL-CIO, AFSCME, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas Association of Consumer Lawyers PAC, as well as from us here at Burnt Orange Report, and several others.
Read the full press release below on why Libby Willis is the right choice for SD-10 and to turn Texas blue!
Fort Worth, Texas – Today, EMILY's List, the nation's largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Libby Willis for Texas Senate District 10 because of her commitment to pass an equal pay bill.
Willis, the former President of the Fort Worth League of Neighborhoods, is a candidate to be the Democratic nominee for Texas Senate District 10, the seat currently held by Wendy Davis.
“If elected, I will work tirelessly to pass an equal pay bill that will be signed by Governor Wendy Davis.” Willis said.
“Libby Willis is a strong leader who is committed to fighting for Texas families,” said
Denise Feriozzi, Political Director of EMILY's List. “From fighting for equal pay for equal work, to expanding access to quality education and protecting our seniors, it's clear that Libby has the right priorities, and EMILY's List is proud to stand behind her strong campaign.”
Becky Moeller, President of the Texas AFL-CIO added, “Equal wages for women strengthens a family's buying power. That's why we need to pass the equal pay bill that Governor Perry vetoed. That's why Libby Willis must be elected to the Texas Senate.”
“From the classroom to the boardroom, women are still being paid less than
men. We can do something to fix it. If elected to the Texas Senate, I will.” said Willis.
According to the National Committee on Pay Equity, Texas women on average make only 79% of their male counterparts.
“Tarrant County families know first hand that pay equity is not only a fairness issue, it's a family economic issue.” said Willis.
The equal pay bill, House Bill 950, was sponsored by Senator Wendy Davis in the Texas Senate and Representative Senfronia Thompson in the Texas House during the 2013 legislative session. The bill would amend the law to allow suit to be filed within 180 days of last unequal paycheck rather than 180 days from when a discriminatory pay decision was made, as the Texas Supreme Court held the law required in Prairie View A&M v. Chatha, 381 S.W.3rd 500 (Tex. 2012). The bill passed both the House and Senate of the Texas Legislature, only to be vetoed by Texas Governor Rick Perry.
EMILY's List, the nation's largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $350 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making it one of the most successful political action committees in the country. Throughout its 29 year history, the organization has recruited and trained over 9,000 women to run, worked to elect 102 pro-choice Democratic women to the House, 19 to the Senate, 10 governors, and over five hundred women to state and local office. With the help of this growing community – now more than three million members strong – EMILY's List helped elect an historic number of candidates in 2012 including 19 new women to the House, six Senate incumbents, three new Senators, and 186 state and local officials.