August 20, 2014
Democrats Looking to Become Third State Where Women Make the Majority
Wisconsin could become the third state in the nation where women comprise a majority of the ruling party of a state legislative house, according to State Senator Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma). Five Democratic women State Senators are joining together for the “Women in the Senate” campaign in Wisconsin.
The “Women in the Senate” campaign will kick off on Wednesday, August 20 in Appleton where U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin will join the State Senate Democratic women in supporting the campaign of Penny Bernard Schaber at the Grand Meridian
“We are thrilled to have our own woman in the U.S. Senate Tammy Baldwin join us to kick off this campaign. It is great to see women running and winning election to public office,” Senator Vinehout said. “Wisconsin needs the same gender balance in our Legislature we have in our population. Our women Senate candidates bring us an opportunity for real change.”
To highlight to historical aspect of the upcoming State Senate elections, the five women currently serving as Senate Democrats are kicking off the “Women in the Senate” campaign. With Janet Bewley and Janis Ringhand winning their primaries in two heavily Democratic seats, there will likely be at least seven Democratic women serving in the State Senate. It will be the most women serving in the Senate from any party in Wisconsin history.
Representative Penny Bernard Schaber (D-Appleton) and Martha Laning (D-Sheboygan) are currently running strong campaigns in seats formerly held by Republicans. Democrats need to win three seats in November to gain a majority of the 33 seats in the Wisconsin Senate.
Senators Julie Lassa, Lena Taylor, Jennifer Shilling Nikiya Harris Dodd and Vinehout plan to spend the fall travelling throughout Wisconsin to support the Democratic women running for Senate.
“Voters in Wisconsin have the unique opportunity to elect strong, articulate women of character and integrity to serve in the Wisconsin State Senate,” said State Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse). “I am excited about the chance to serve with these community leaders who are problem solvers, with a can-do attitude. Their common sense approach to the critical issues facing Wisconsin reflects the will of the people to work together and address the issues that are facing Wisconsinites every day.” Paid for by State Senate Democratic Committee, Mark Miller Treasurer
“Women have been the foundation for every great man in this country; it is simply time for us to lead, said Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee). “Men solve problems, Women build nations.”
“These women candidates are dynamic leaders who aren’t afraid of tackling difficult challenges in their communities,” added Senator Julie Lassa (D-Stevens Point). “Time and time again they’ve stood up, used their ability to bring people to the table, listened to their ideas and created solutions to move their communities forward. We need more women leaders in Madison who are willing to put aside ego in order to bring people together and find solutions to help our state and our citizens to move forward.”
“What a great day it will be to have more women at the seat of power,” added Senator Nikiya Harris Dodd (D-Milwaukee). The legislature can put forth real efforts on issues facing women, children and families in this state. It is about time we shake things up a bit.”
Only two state legislative houses currently have a “majority – female – majority” and in both cases the houses are controlled by Democrats.
The Colorado Senate has 11 women representing the Democratic majority of 18 seats.
The Vermont House has 49 women representing the Democratic majority of 94 seats.