Defeated Tea Party Extremist Challenger Marilinda Garcia in Decisive Victory
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulated Representative Annie Kuster on her reelection victory in New Hampshire’s Second Congressional District. Kuster won a decisive victory against Tea Party candidate and Republican “rising star” Marilinda Garcia who’s extreme agenda won the support of Ted Cruz, but was rejected by New Hampshire voters.
“Tonight, voters made it clear that right wing extremism is not the way forward for the state of New Hampshire and decisively reelected Representative Annie Kuster to Congress,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “Since being elected to Congress in 2012, Annie has proven to be a fierce advocate for women and families and will continue to advocate for an agenda that will put New Hampshire’s women and working families first. Washington has enough ideological extremists like Marilinda Garcia, and we’re all glad to see Annie Kuster on her way back to Congress to champion of the type of commonsense solutions that are right for New Hampshire. And with the help of the EMILY’s List community – now more than three million members strong– New Hampshire can continue its proud tradition of women’s leadership.”
Endorsed for the first time in 2010, Kuster is a dedicated community leader who has used her legal expertise to fight for women's reproductive rights, make college more affordable, and help low-income families get life-saving medication. Once elected to the House in 2012, she served on the House Veteran’s Affairs Committees and worked to pass legislation that helps New Hampshire veterans smoothly transition back to civilian life. Additionally, she sat on the Small Business Committee, where she fought for tax breaks and worked to create new jobs for New Hampshire workers. Kuster also used her position on the Agriculture Committee to support conservation and promote local organic farming. She continually fights to maintain important programs that benefit underserved members of the population. She voted against the Farm Bill when it did not include provisions for food stamps and she voted against all attempts to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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 five hundred 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 woman currently serving.