DNC CEO Jess O’Connell issued the following statement on the Democratic women elected last night:
“Congratulations to the Democratic women leaders who won their hard-fought races in Virginia, New Jersey, and all across the country. Each of these newly-elected women – many of whom flipped critical seats from red to blue – is proof that Americans want progressive leaders who will work to build a brighter future for working families, stand up for the most vulnerable among us, and expand economic opportunities for future generations.
“Women are leading the resistance against President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Republican lawmakers across the country who are attacking women’s rights and working families like never before. But last night, voters rejected the Trump-Pence agenda and voted for Democratic values and leaders who understand that women need to have a seat at the table when crafting the policies that affect their lives.
“We made history – from Sheila Oliver, New Jersey’s first African-American lieutenant governor, to the diverse women who won mayor’s races in Charlotte, Manchester, and Topeka. Manka Dhingra turned the Washington state Senate from red to blue. And the overwhelming majority of the staggering number of flipped Virginia House of Delegates seats are newly-elected Democratic women. Progressive women are winning everywhere, and we’re just getting started.
“Women are the core of our Democratic Party, and the DNC is proud of the targeted investments we made in races across the country to help lift up women who will be strong progressive advocates for working families in their communities. This is just the beginning. Last night’s victories showed us that Democrats can win on our issues when we organize and invest in diverse communities, engage with coalitions, and lead with our values.”