FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 20, 2011
CONTACT: Emily Caponetti
WCF President/CEO Sam Bennett Announces Endorsement of Christie Vilsack for Congress
(Washington, D.C) – Today Siobhan “Sam” Bennett, President/CEO of the Women’s Campaign Forum, announced the organization’s endorsement of Former Iowa First Lady Christie Vilsack in her bid for the state’s Fourth Congressional District.
“Just this morning, Christie Vilsack declared her candidacy for Iowa’s Fourth Congressional District. The WCF community is thrilled that Christie is running for public office and proud to announce our full-hearted endorsement of her candidacy on its inaugural day. Throughout Christie’s career, she has been a steadfast advocate for Iowa families and has worked to empower local communities through education and literacy efforts.
What’s more, we know Christie will be a stellar candidate for what is sure to be a hard-fought race. Christie has already raised nearly half a million dollars, and the WCF family is committed to providing Christie with the support that will carry her over the finish line in 2012.”
An Iowa native, Vilsack graduated from Kirkland College in New York and later returned to Iowa to earn a master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Iowa. Vilsack served as the First Lady of Iowa from 1999-2007, during which time she developed and led literacy and education campaigns. In 2007 Vilsack founded the Iowa Initiative, a groundbreaking foundation aimed at reducing unintended pregnancies among young Iowan women.
The Women’s Campaign Forum is a national, non-partisan organization dedicated to advancing the political participation of talented women leaders who support reproductive health choices and options at all levels of office, throughout the country, and regardless of political party.