Letter from 1,011 Democratic women: Here's why we support Van Hollen
Apr 20, 2016 at 9:47 AM
We, the undersigned, staunch Democrats and feminists, support the mission of EMILY's List to elect pro-choice women to office in local, state and national positions.
But we are also united by our shared commitment to electing the most outstanding candidates to political office — candidates who have a successful track record of effecting change on the many issues that matter to us. That is why we unequivocally and wholeheartedly support Rep. Chris Van Hollen to succeed Barbara Mikulski as the next senator from Maryland.
Mr. Van Hollen has represented Maryland's 8th Congressional District with distinction since 2003. He is a very effective legislator with a significant track record of consistently delivering to the people of the state of Maryland.
Among his many accomplishments, Congressman Van Hollen:
•Has earned 100 percent ratings from Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro Choice America, and the American Association of University Women every year since his election to Congress.
•Helped pass the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which became the first bill signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2009.
•Has been a leader in the fight for reasonable measures to protect our communities against senseless gun violence, including authoring legislation to help states implement handgun purchaser licensing laws and passing Maryland's built-in trigger lock law — the first in the country.
•Introduced legislation that requires the federal government to fully fund cornerstone federal education programs in order to expand opportunities for students, reduce class sizes and provide more resources to those who need it most.
•As the senior Democrat on the Budget Committee since 2011, has introduced budgets that represent our Democratic values and support women and families.
•In Annapolis, was a key player in the passage of legislation that overhauled school funding formulas to steer additional resources to Baltimore City, Prince George's County, Montgomery Count, and other jurisdictions.
Conversely, Mr. Van Hollen's opponent, Rep. Donna Edwards, has no demonstrable legislative achievements in her nearly eight years in the House of Representatives. She has a reputation for poor constituent services and just last year was ranked the least effective Democrat by insidegov.com.
Congressman Van Hollen is the most qualified candidate to become Maryland's next senator and we urge you to join us on primary day, April 26th, in voting for Chris Van Hollen for U.S. Senate.