EMILY’s List Endorses Nellie Gorbea for Rhode Island Secretary of State

February 4, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Nellie Gorbea in the election for Rhode Island’s Secretary of State.

“Nellie Gorbea has long been a champion of affordable housing, small business growth, government transparency, and voter education and access,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “As a former Deputy Secretary of State of Rhode Island and in her recent executive leadership of HousingWorks RI, Nellie has always put Rhode Island families first. We are proud to endorse her candidacy as she seeks to bring this experience and track record of proven results to the next level for the citizens of Rhode Island.”

A graduate of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs and Columbia’s Master of Public Administration program, Gorbea served as Rhode Island’s Deputy Secretary of State from 2002 to 2006. During her tenure, she oversaw the creation and development of the state’s central voter registration with online access, led the way in creating a streamlined website for small business owners to work efficiently with state agencies, and forged new ground by making statewide meetings open with online access to all citizens of Rhode Island. Her private sector work has involved helping lead numerous non-profits related to affordable housing, small business development, and empowering Rhode Island’s Latino community. In 2009, she was named a “Woman to Watch in Government, Social Services, and Education” by Providence Business News. In 2013, she received the César Estrada Chávez Committee Award and was recognized with a Community Excellence Award by Latino Public Radio.

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 8,000 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. Since its founding in 1985, EMILY’s List helped elect 97% of the Democratic women of color in Congress, including every single Latina, African American, and Asian American Democratic woman currently serving. And during the 2011-2012 cycle, EMILY’s List had the largest number of members and donors in its history and raised a record-breaking $52 million dollars. 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.



"I’m thrilled to have the support of EMILY’s List. This is a national organization that has been supporting progressive women candidates since 1985. Over that 28-year history, EMILY’s List has helped elect hundreds of women to state and local office, including many women of color. I’m humbled that EMILY’s List has recognized my campaign as one of the top opportunities in the country to help elect a woman to a constitutional office, “ said Gorbea. “It is also a great way to bring national attention to Rhode Island’s longstanding progressive values and people.”