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Our Candidate Slate

Posted on: May 16th, 2014 by teamlpac

The Candidates that LPAC has endorsed for 2014 election cycle

The Candidates that LPAC has endorsed for 2014 election cycle

Congratulations to the 2014 Election Cycle LPAC Endorsements. We are proud of this incredible field of candidates for office. With your support, these candidates can fight for lesbians and our families!

Read the Washington Post Story About Our New Board Chair and Our New Slate

Posted on: May 15th, 2014 by teamlpac

Our announcement of our new Board Chair and our new Slate generated some real buzz! One of the first to cover the story was the Washington Post, which wrote a great profile about our leadership and our 2014 goals. It is a must read this weekend!

LPAC Names Laura Ricketts New Board Chair, Announces 2014 Midterm Election Picks

Posted on: May 15th, 2014 by teamlpac

LPAC, the nation’s only lesbian-backed political action committee, announced today that founding member Laura Ricketts has succeeded Sarah Schmidt as Board Chair of LPAC as it launches its first round of 2014 endorsements.

“Serving as the founding chairwoman of LPAC has been an incredible honor,” said outgoing chair Sarah Schmidt. “Our work is only beginning, and I am thrilled that my dear friend and fellow founding member Laura Ricketts will lead LPAC as we continue to advance lesbian and women’s rights.”

Laura Ricketts is a co-owner of the Chicago Cubs, where she sits on the board of directors and is the first openly gay woman to own a major league baseball franchise. She is also the Chair of the Chicago Cubs Charities. Ms. Ricketts is a former corporate attorney, a member of the Democratic National Committee’s Executive Committee, and a former co-chair of the DNC National Finance Committee’s LGBT Leadership Council. She also sits on the board of directors for Emily’s List.

“Under Sarah’s leadership the last two years, LPAC has been tremendously successful, raising over $1 million to help elect pro-LGBT, pro-women candidates—including backing our nation’s first openly gay senator, Tammy Baldwin,” said Ms. Ricketts. “I am humbled and excited to take the reins as we continue to give lesbians a seat at the political table, and as we work hard to elect a new slate of LPAC candidates.”

Ms. Ricketts’ first act as Board Chair is to oversee LPAC’s 2014 political endorsement cycle, the first wave of which was announced today. “Over the last year, reproductive freedom, gender inequity, lesbian rights, and critical social justice movements continue to be under attack,” said LPAC supporter Billie Jean King. “LPAC’s work is crucial to stemming the tide of attacks on women and lesbians by electing pro-lesbian, pro-women candidates. The leaders and campaigns we are endorsing have a strong focus on inclusion and will positively influence the political and social landscape for all of us, especially lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women.”

The 2014 slate includes 15 candidates from across the country and at several levels of government, as well as a Tennessee constitutional ballot initiative aimed at repealing reproductive rights protections. In addition, LPAC will also be making political contributions to select pro-women and pro-lesbian through independent expenditure efforts. The initial endorsements include:

  • Incumbent Congresswoman, Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ)
  • Sean Eldridge (D-NY 19th Congressional District)
  • Gwen Graham (D-FL 2nd Congressional District)
  • Amanda Renteria (D-CA 21st Congressional District)
  • Tennessee Anti-Abortion Amendment: No on Tennessee’s Amendment 1
  • Incumbent Governor, Maggie Hassan (D-NH)
  • Incumbent Governor, Pat Quinn (D-IL)
  • Gubernatorial Candidate, Wendy Davis (D-TX)
  • Gubernatorial Candidate, Michael Michaud (D-ME)
  • Gubernatorial Candidate, Martha Coakley (D-MA)
  • Gubernatorial Candidate, Mary Burke (D-WI)
  • Gubernatorial Candidate, Heather Mizeur (D-MD)
  • Lieutenant Governor Candidate, Lucy Flores (D-NV)
  • Secretary of State Candidate, Nina Turner (D-OH)
  • Massachusetts Attorney General Candidate, Maura Healey (D-MA)

In order to receive an LPAC endorsement, a candidate must champion a range of issues that impact lesbians and women, including:

  • Ending discriminatory treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals and their families;
  • Protecting access to reproductive freedom and quality healthcare; and
  • Advancing social, racial, and economic justice for all Americans.

LPAC is a political action committee dedicated to one goal: influencing elections by giving lesbians a meaningful seat at the political table. Visit www.teamlpac.com for more.

Official Press Release

Claiming Our Seat at The Table in 2014

Posted on: May 15th, 2014 by teamlpac

We are ready for the 2014 election, and we hope you are too! Watch our video, which gives a great overview of the work we’ve done, and the work ahead! And don’t forget to share and like it. We need your help to build our grassroots army as we raise our voices and money to support pro-lesbian pro-women candidates and campaigns.

LPAC Issue Brief – Sexual Assault in the Military

Posted on: May 15th, 2014 by teamlpac

In the past year, we have read reports, heard stories, and watched Oscar-Worth documentaries on the unacceptable epidemic of sexual assault in the U.S. military. As we explore issues that impact women, lesbians, and our families, this issue seemed to resonate – in particular over the course of May, which is Military Appreciation Month. Please take the time to review and share the scary and sad data in this infographic.

LPAC’s 2013 Stakeholder Report

Posted on: May 15th, 2014 by teamlpac

Thank you! LPAC enjoyed tremendous success in 2013, and it was because of you. Together we are creating a movement that is giving lesbians a seat at the political table. Last year, we helped to elect a slate of pro-LPAC candidates. In addition, we blazed new trails with our inaugural Summit in DC, bringing together women from all over the country to network and meet with critical thought leaders.

We are pleased to announce our Annual Stakeholder Report, which highlights our activities in 2013.

We are so proud of what we continue to accomplish together, and we are excited about the impact we can make going forward.

Thank you so much!

LPAC Board