This letter is from 31 female House Democrats (including two members-elect) endorsing Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for Minority Leader.
We strongly urge you to support Nancy Pelosi's bid for Democratic Leader in the 112th Congress. Throughout her tenure in leadership, Speaker Pelosi has worked nonstop on behalf of the entire Caucus, and she has also elevated both the prominence of issues important to women and the roles played by women members of the House. We have no doubt that as Democratic Leader she will continue to ensure that the issues most important to women will remain a focus of our Caucus' agenda.
As the first women Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi has borne the brunt of unfair criticism and attacks, but her record of accomplishment speaks for itself - particularly to women. As Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi was instrumental in launching the Democratic Women's Working Group to ensure that women Members had a forum to highlight issues of importance to women and their families both in the United States and around the world. She was especially effective in drawing attention to the devastating impact that privatization of Social Security would have on women - a major reason we were successful in defeating then-President Bush's plan.
As Speaker, Nancy Pelosi promoted more women into Committee Chairmanships than ever before. From day one, she worked to advance policies important to women and families: the Fair Minimum Wage Act and the College Student Relief Act in 2007 and in the 111th Congress the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act. Throughout the consideration of health reform legislation, Speaker Pelosi guaranteed inclusion of maternity coverage and prohibitions on pregnancy being considered as a "preexisting condition" and the practice of gender rating.
Beyond the halls of Congress, Speaker Pelosi has maintained close and productive relationships with outside organizations representing American women. She has assured that although women are underrepresented in elected office - less than 20% of the House or Senate - their voices are heard and their priorities are the priorities of Democratic leadership.
At a time when the incoming Majority is expected to threaten the progress we have made for women and families, we need Nancy Pelosi as Democratic Leader to help us stay unified and fight back. We need her leadership to protect the interests of American women and we urge you to join us in enthusiastically endorsing her bid for Minority Leader.
Lois CappsMember of Congress
Jan SchakowskyMember of Congress
Diana DeGetteMember of Congress
Rosa DeLauroMember of Congress
Louise SlaughterMember of Congress
Gwen MooreMember of Congress
Carolyn MaloneyMember of Congress
Nita LoweyMember of Congress
Doris Matsui Member of Congress
Anna EshooMember of Congress
Allyson SchwartzMember of Congress
Donna ChristensenMember of Congress
Barbara LeeMember of Congress
Lucille Roybal-AllardMember of Congress
Debbie Wasserman SchultzMember of Congress
Maxine WatersMember of Congress
Zoe LofgrenMember of Congress
Betty McCollumMember of Congress
Loretta SanchezMember of Congress
Donna EdwardsMember of Congress
Marcia FudgeMember of Congress
Eddie Bernice JohnsonMember of Congress
Mazie HironoMember of Congress
Judy ChuMember of Congress
Chellie PingreeMember of Congress
Laura RichardsonMember of Congress
Grace NapolitanoMember of Congress
Jackie SpeierMember of Congress
Lynn WoolseyMember of Congre