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ANDOVER, MA — The National Women’s Political Caucus and Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus today announced they are endorsing State Senator Barbara L’Italien in the race to succeed Rep. Niki Tsongas in Congress.
The NWPC, a grassroots organization dedicated to increasing women’s participation in the political process and electing progressive, pro-choice women to office, is the first national women’s group to get involved in the Third District race. MWPC is the first state women’s organization to choose to endorse in the five-woman field.
“We’re excited to back an experienced, highly-qualified and extremely effective female legislator like Barbara L’Italien,” said National Women’s Political Caucus president Donna Lent. “Her story, a mom who never intended to go into politics becoming an advocate for her son and a fighter for all our kids, is an inspiration. Her toughness in standing up for what’s right even when it costs her personally is admirable. Her record of success for women and for the most vulnerable in our society speaks for itself.”
“Barbara L’Italien is the real deal, the sort of change-making woman who will get things done in Congress and carry on this district’s tradition of strong female leadership. We believe the House could use a mom on a mission right now,” continued Lent.
L’Italien has an extensive history of fighting for women’s rights. She is the only candidate in the race to earn a “champion” rating from the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts, and has steadfastly worked to protect and expand a woman’s right to choose
. She refused to back down even after she was pushed out of her Catholic church for safeguarding reproductive rights and for her leadership in protecting marriage equality in Massachusetts.
Senator L’Italien has worked for affordable child care and paid family and medical leave throughout her time in public office. She has also emerged as an outspoken supporter for survivors of sexual assault of all genders, being the first state senator to call on Senate President Stan Rosenberg to step down and to resign, and joining efforts to end non-disclosure agreements in the state legislature.
“I am honored that these two organizations chose to endorse me after meeting with every woman in this race. I think it comes down to passion and experience. I’m ready to continue to lead on policies that impact women and families as a member of Congress,” said Senator L’Italien. “As the only candidate with the top ‘Champion’ rating from Planned Parenthood of Massachusetts, voters can trust me on these issues in Washington.”
“When women have more seats at the table, everyone benefits. When women work together, more gets done. We need more women’s voices in the halls of power and not fewer, especially now when women’s rights are at risk.”
Massachusetts has only sent five women to Congress. Two of them, Rep. Tsongas and the state’s first-ever congresswoman Edith Nourse Rogers, have represented the Merrimack Valley.
In addition to having the support of the only national women’s group to pick a candidate in the Third District, Senator L’Italien has also earned the only national union endorsements in the race, including both major teachers’ unions and the United Auto Workers.