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Press Releases


July 25, 2016

Carolyn Fiddler
National Communications Director
[email protected]

Lawmakers Delivered Remarks on Democratic Legislative Achievements and the Importance of Down-Ballot Elections


PHILADELPHIA — Today Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Vice Chair and Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek was joined by DLCC Board members Kevin de Leon, President pro Tempore of the California Senate, and Stacey Abrams, Democratic Leader of the Georgia House, to deliver remarks during the Monday night session of the Democratic National Convention. These legislative leaders were selected to participate by DLCC Chair and Iowa Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal to highlight the diversity of our membership and leadership.

“As the first lesbian Speaker of any state House in our nation, I have personally witnessed the tremendous progress toward equality and justice for the LGBTQ community,” said Speaker Kotek. “We have come so far and we cannot go back. Hillary Clinton understands that the work to improve the lives of everyday Americans doesn’t just need to happen in Washington, DC. It needs to happen in state capitols all across the country. From the state house to the White House, we need leaders like Hillary Clinton who will stand up to the bullies who threaten fairness and equality, offer real solutions that put working families first, and build an economy that gives everyone a fair shot at success.”

“Democrats in California have led the way by raising the minimum wage, expanding child care, establishing our state’s own DREAM Act, and keeping college affordable,” said President pro Tem de Leon. “We’ve made unprecedented progress in every area. And, when we elect Hillary Clinton as our next President, I know that our progress will be America’s progress. This is how Democrats govern. And, when Democrats lead, everyone has a shot to succeed. Not by shouting bombastic rhetoric into microphones, but by taking bold steps forward – and implementing policies that ignite innovation and leave no one behind.”

“We are the architects of solutions to help families raise healthy children and make a living wage, rather than crippling our economic future and pushing dangerous policies that deny Medicaid Expansion and reproductive choice,” concluded Leader Abrams. “We fight for more because that is who we are. The Democratic Party is the party of civil rights and human rights, of space flight and moon shots. We will always be the party of progress and inclusion, and we will not allow this country to return to an era of discrimination. We will elect Hillary Rodham Clinton, a leader who sees the future and races toward it, fearless and bold. Because we know that America is and must always be united together.”

For additional information or to schedule interviews with these lawmakers, please contact DLCC National Communications Director Carolyn Fiddler at [email protected].

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