Before I retire from the Senate in January, I want to tell you something:
Thank you so much for having my back all these years.
When I first ran for the U.S. Senate in Maryland, the party leaders doubted that a woman could raise the money needed to win. They wanted to go the safer route, with a man.
The EMILY's List community helped me break a barrier as the first Democratic woman to win a Senate seat in her own right. You then made sure that even though I was the first, I was not the last.
Six years later EMILY's List sent me four new sisters in the Senate, and from then on our numbers have only continued to grow. But our work's not done — not even close.
Become an EMILY's List member before the end of December to help elect even more pro-choice Democratic women to the Senate.
This year EMILY's List sent four new women to the Senate, and three of them are women of color.
These are former prosecutors, legislators, and a governor: women who are used to fighting for justice and who are going to stand up to the Republican majority to protect America's women and families.
But they need more sisters working alongside them to make sure women's voices are at the decision-making table, to keep equal pay moving forward, to ensure that women have access to the health care they need, and to do so much more.
I may be retiring soon, but I will never stop working to elect more women.
EMILY's List has been there for me every step of the way, and now I'm going to be there for the next wave of EMILY's List women.
So for this next cycle and the ones to follow, I'm going to put on my lipstick, square my shoulders, and get ready to help EMILY's List candidates win.
Are you with me?
Become an EMILY's List member before the end of the year, and let's help elect more pro-choice Democratic women:
Thanks for being part of this wonderful community, and for everything you've done.
Senator Barbara Mikulski
1800 M Street NW, Suite 375N, Washington, DC 20036
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