WASHINGTON, D.C. – EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest financial resource for women candidates, today announced its endorsement of Annise Parker for Mayor of Houston. In 2003, EMILY’s List endorsed Parker through the Political Opportunity Program in her successful race for City Controller of Houston.
“As a businesswoman, city councilor, and city controller, Annise Parker has made a lifelong commitment to the people of Houston,” said Ellen R. Malcolm, President of EMILY’s List. “Her strong fiscal management is helping lead Houston through these tough economic times. As mayor, Annise will continue working to keep Houston’s economy strong and creating jobs and opportunity for it’s residents. EMILY’s List is proud to endorse Annise Parker to be the next Mayor of Houston.”
Following a twenty year career in business, Parker was elected to the Houston City Council in 1997. After six years as an at-large member of the city council, she was elected city controller, the second-highest ranking position in Houston. Parker’s fiscal responsibility and strong guidance during the economic downturn has helped Houston avoid a major financial crisis.
Upon winning in November 2009, Parker will be mayor of the largest city in Texas and the fourth largest city in the United States.
“I’m thrilled to once again earn the support EMILY’s List. Their commitment to women and enthusiastic endorsement is exactly what will help us win this election,” said Parker.
In addition to serving as the city controller, Parker is a board member of the Holocaust Museum Houston and an advisory board member of the Houston Zoo. Parker has been named, “Councilmember of the Year” by the Houston Police Officers Union. In 2008, Houston Women Magazine named her one of Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women. Parker is a life long resident of Houston where she lives with her life partner, Kathy Hubbard and their two children.
EMILY’s List is the nation’s largest financial resource for women candidates. The Political Opportunity Program (POP) helps pro-choice Democratic women run and win for state and local office. POP has helped elect hundreds of women across the country since the program started in 2001.
In the 2007-2008 cycle, EMILY’s List raised more than $43 million to support its mission of recruiting and supporting women candidates, helping them build strong campaigns, and mobilizing women voters to turn out and vote. With more than 100,000 members across the country, EMILY’s List is one of the largest political action committees in the nation. Since its founding in 1985, EMILY’s List has worked to elect 80 pro-choice Democratic women to the U.S. House, 15 to the U.S. Senate, nine governors, and hundreds of women to the state legislatures, state constitutional offices, and other key local offices.
For more information on EMILY’s List, please visit www.emilyslist.org.