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For Immediate Release

 14,  2006

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Carrie Giddins
cgiddins@emilyslist.org

EMILY's List Announces Endorsement of Gabrielle Giffords for Arizona’s 8th Congressional District

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- EMILY's List, the nation's largest grassroots political network and financial resource for women running for elective office, today announced its endorsement of Gabrielle Giffords in her bid for Arizona’s 8th Congressional District.
 
"Gabrielle Giffords is independent, passionate, and ready to effect change in Washington just as she has in her home state. Gabrielle knows Arizona.  She has experienced it from every angle, from small business owner to state senator, and she understands and is willing to fight for what is important to Arizonans," said Ellen R. Malcolm, president of EMILY's List. "Support for Gabrielle throughout Southern Arizona is impressive, and EMILY's List sees her campaign as a tremendous opportunity to take back this seat in 2006. This is one of EMILY’s List’s top priority races, and our membership will use its significant strength to ensure a victory for Gabrielle Giffords.”
 
From 2000 to 2005, Giffords represented her hometown of Tucson in the Arizona state legislature, and had the honor of being the youngest woman ever elected to the Arizona State Senate.  She has combined her business experience with a deep commitment to her community, serving on several non-profits boards. In the Legislature, she worked to expand healthcare coverage for children and families, to create better paying jobs, and to protect the environment – priorities that were motivated by her love of Arizona and its people, not by politics. 
 
A third generation Arizonan, Giffords has strong ties to Southern Arizona.  She is the former president and chief executive officer of her family’s business, El Campo Tire and Automotive, which she took over from her father. Her business know-how paired with her strong background in economic development and experience in local lawmaking will be invaluable to her in Washington, and her presence in Washington will be invaluable to the people of the 8th Congressional District.
 
“I am honored to have earned the support of the thousands of members of EMILY’s List,” said Giffords. “It is time for a different approach and a new direction in Washington, and as a new Member of Congress I will focus on the real problems that Arizona communities face.”
 
With more than 100,000 members, including over 1,900 in Arizona, EMILY's List is the largest political action committee in the nation. Since its founding in 1985, EMILY's List has helped elect 61 pro-choice Democratic women to the U.S. House, 11 to the U.S. Senate, and eight governors. In only ten election cycles, EMILY's List has helped elect hundreds of pro-choice Democratic women to federal office, state legislatures, state constitutional offices and other key local offices.

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