7/7/14 Six New Game Changers in Wake of Supreme Court Decisions


July 7, 2014


CONTACT: Juan Garcia


Women’s Campaign Fund Names Six New Game Changers in Wake of Supreme Court Decisions

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, Women’s Campaign Fund (WCF) named six new women as Game Changers. The initiative, aimed at “changing the game” for women in politics, lays out WCF’s vision for a more representative government that includes more women, minorities, and others from outside the traditional world of politics.


“I am incredibly excited to be adding these six highly qualified women candidates to our Game Changer initiative,” said Clare Bresnahan, WCF’s Political and Programs Director. “The group includes Maureen Koetz, a moderate, Republican woman who supports women’s access to reproductive health choices and options. Her addition to the Game Changers initiative takes on greater urgency in light of the two recent Supreme Court decisions that have had a devastating impact on women’s health. These decisions underscore the greater need for women on both sides of the aisle who will stand up for women.”

The Game Changers announced today include:

Staci Appel, running for U.S. House (IA-03): Staci’s many accomplishments in the Iowa State Senate and extensive experience in the financial sector make her highly qualified to represent Iowa’s 3rd district in the U.S. House of Representatives. This is also an opportunity for Iowa to make history by electing its first woman ever to Congress.

Gloria Bromell Tinubu, running for U.S. House (SC-07): Gloria Tinubu has a very real understanding of the struggles faced by working class families. She was born the 7th of 8 children. Neither of her parents graduated from high school. Gloria went to become the first African American to receive a PhD in Applied Economics from Clemson University.

Maureen Koetz, running for New York State Assembly (NY-65): As a moderate, pro-choice, Republican woman, voices like Maureen Koetz’s have become all too rare in politics. WCF is incredibly proud to support this first-time candidate, Navy veteran, single mother, and Queens native. In addition to being a champion for all New York women, Maureen will restore the integrity of the office currently held by the New York Assembly Speaker.

Pramila Jayapal, running for Washington State Senate (WA-37): Pramila Jayapal was born and raised in India. She moved to the U.S. when she was 16, in search of education and opportunity. She is now a successful woman leader with an extensive background in social justice and immigration advocacy.

Kay Floyd, running for Oklahoma State Senate (OK-46): In her two years in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, Kay already has a long list of accomplishments, including two major pieces of legislation aimed that protect women and their families. As the first openly LGBT woman to serve in the Oklahoma legislature, she is also a testament to the power of having different perspectives at the decision-making table.

Sandra Mendoza, running for California State Assembly (CA-53): Sandra has dedicated her career to community service and organizing. Her commitment is a testament to the idea that women often cite wanting to help their communities as their primary reason for getting involved in politics.

Previously announced Game Changers include:
• Emily Cain, running for U.S. House of Representatives (ME-02)
• Charniele Herring, running for Virginia House of Delegates (VA-46)
• Eloise Gomez Reyes, running for U.S. House of Representatives (CA-31)
• Sandra Fluke, running for California State Senate (CA-26)
• Connie Pillich, running for Ohio State Treasurer
• Nina Turner, running for Ohio Secretary of State
• Wendy Davis, running for Governor (Texas)
• Alison Lundergan Grimes, running for U.S. Senate (Kentucky)
• Rocky Lara, running for U.S. House of Representatives (NM-02)
• Alma Adams, running for U.S. House of Representatives (NC-12)
• Betty Yee, running for State Controller (California)
• Amanda Renteria, running for U.S. House of Representatives (CA-21).
• Maura Healey, running for Attorney General (Massachusetts)
• Suja Lowenthal, running for State Assembly (CA-70)
• Mary Sosa, running for State House of Representatives (OK-89)
• Kelly Westlund, running for U.S. House of Representatives (WI-07)
• Aimee Belgard, running for U.S. House of Representatives (NJ-03)
• Stephanie Chang, running for Michigan House of Representatives (MI-06)
• Kristy Pagan, running for Michigan House of Representatives (MI-21)
• Faith Winter, running for Colorado House of Representatives (CO-35)
• Rebecca Thompson, running for Michigan House of Representatives (MI-01)
• Heather Mizeur, running for Governor (Maryland)
• Lucy Flores, running for Lt. Governor (Nevada)
• Val Demings, running for Mayor (Orange County, Florida)
• Muriel Bowser, running for Mayor (Washington, DC)
• Brianne Nadeau, running for City Council (Washington, DC - Ward 1)
• Sharon Quirk-Silva, running for State Assembly (CA-65)
• Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa, running for U.S. Senate (Hawaii)
• Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema, running for re-election to U.S. House (AZ-09)
• Wendy Greuel, running for U.S. House (CA-33)
• Brenda Lawrence, running for U.S. House (MI-14)
• Leticia Van de Putte, running for Lieutenant Governor (Texas)
• State Representative Rashida Tlaib, running for State Senate (MI-04)
• State Representative Gayle Goldin, running for reelection to State House House (RI-03)
• Cyndi Munson, running for State House (OK-85)
• Mary Rose Wilcox, running for U.S. House (AZ-07)
• Hina Wong-Kalu, running for Office of Hawaiian Affairs (Trustee At Large)
• Hilda Solis, running for Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (LA-1)
• Congresswoman Donna Christensen, running for Governor (Virgin Islands)
• Nellie Gorbea, running for Secretary of State (Rhode Island)


The Game Changers initiative complements WCF’s existing political endorsement program. The 40 women chosen for the initiative are selected from the pool of WCF’s already impressive roster of endorsed candidates.


For more information about WCF’s Game Changers, please visit wcfonline.org/game_changers. To read previous Game Changer announcements, please visit wcfonline.org/press_release.


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