Bellevue – Today, Senator Patty Kuderer announced her endorsement by EMILY’s List, a national organization aimed at electing pro-choice Democrat women to all levels of office. Kuderer is running for re-election in the 48th Legislative District, comprised of parts of Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, and all of Medina, Hunts Point, Yarrow Point, and Clyde Hill. She faces two challengers in the August primary.
“As the first female state Senator from the 48th legislative district, Senator Patty Kuderer has used her position to act as a voice for working families. She is a fierce advocate for strong public schools, accessible health care, women’s rights, and efficient and honest government,” said Geri Prado, senior director of state and local campaigns at EMILY’s List. “EMILY’s List is confident that Senator Kuderer’s previous accomplishments are just the beginning of what will be a long and productive tenure in the Washington State Senate and we are excited to support her re-election campaign.”
In 2018 alone, Kuderer passed six pieces of legislation with bipartisan support. Her bills included same-day voter registration, reforms to our juvenile justice system, and expanded educational opportunities for students with special needs. She also supported bills to protect a woman’s right to choose, to earn equal pay for the same work, and to fight sexual harassment in the workplace.
“I am so proud to earn the endorsement of EMILY’s List. Their track record of electing pro-choice Democratic women has changed the face of politics in our country. As a former NARAL Pro-Choice Washington board member, I have long been dedicated to the fight for women’s rights and access to comprehensive and affordable reproductive healthcare,” stated Kuderer. “I will continue to be an ardent advocate for women in our state Senate.”
Kuderer was appointed to the Senate on January 5, 2017 and successfully won her election to retain the seat that fall. Previously, she served in the Washington State House of Representatives.