For Immediate Release
March 11, 2016
New Jersey Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter Nominated for EMILY’s List’s Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, announced that Shavonda Sumter, New Jersey assemblywoman, is a 2016 nominee for its Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award.
Named in honor of the dedicated and courageous Gabrielle Giffords, the Rising Star Award celebrates an extraordinary woman serving in state or local office. The award honors a woman who demonstrates the sort of commitment to community, dedication to women and families, and determination and civility that have been the highlights of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ career, in and out of office. Previous Rising Star Award recipients include Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams in 2014 and Boston City Councilwoman Ayanna Pressley in 2015.
“Shavonda Sumter is a progressive leader who knows how to get things done,” said Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List. “Her effective legislating and endless efforts in protecting marginalized communities is reflective of the kind of leader that this state needs. The EMILY’s List community couldn’t be prouder to nominate Sumter, a leader with passion and determination, for the Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award.”
Shavonda Sumter began serving in the New Jersey legislature in 2012, where she provides a steady demeanor that proves invaluable in advancing an agenda to help her constituency. She is an effective legislator representing both urban and suburban communities. She advocates for progressive principles that include increasing the minimum wage, ending discriminatory hiring practices, and improving access to mental health treatment. The NJ Auditor named her the most prolific legislator for having the most signed bills by the governor in 2014. Sumter legislates with compassion and is committed to working through the state’s tough challenges with integrity.
The Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award winner will be chosen with community input. Online voting can be found here: Vote for the 2016 Rising Star.
Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter is nominated alongside:
- Stephanie Chang, Michigan State Representative
- Kathleen Clyde, Ohio State Representative
- Crisanta Duran, Colorado State House Majority Leader
- Leanne Krueger-Braneky, Pennsylvania State Representative
- Maggie Toulouse Oliver, Bernalillo County Clerk in New Mexico
EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $400 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making it one of the most successful political organizations ever. We recruit and train candidates, support strong campaigns, research women’s issues, and turn out women voters. We’ve trained over 9,000 women to run, and helped elect over 100 women to the House, 19 to the Senate, 11 governors, and over 700 to state and local office. Since its founding in 1985, almost one-third of the candidates EMILY’s List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color – including every single Latina, African American, and Asian American Democratic Congresswoman currently serving.