Nation’s only grassroots PAC dedicated to LGBTQ women makes first endorsement of 2016
LPAC, the country’s first and only lesbian political action committee, Friday announced its first endorsement of 2016. Representative Donna Edwards (D-MD), who is running for U.S. Senate in Maryland, earned the support of the LPAC board of directors for her steadfast commitment to LPAC’s issues.
“Donna Edwards is an outspoken champion and advocate for LGBTQ women and the issues we care about,” said LPAC Executive Director, Beth Shipp. “From LGBT rights to women’s equality to social justice, Donna has been on the front lines of all the important battles we’ve fought and she has stood shoulder to shoulder with us every step of the way. LPAC is incredibly proud to support her and we look forward to having her voice in the U.S. Senate next year.”
LPAC’s endorsement of Rep. Edwards is only the second of the 2016 election cycle and the first for U.S. Senate. In April 2015, the PAC endorsed Hillary Clinton for President, and was the first national LGBTQ group to do so. Likewise, LPAC is the first national LGBTQ group to endorse Donna Edwards for U.S. Senate.
“I am thrilled to receive the support of LPAC in my race for the United States Senate. Together, we have fought to achieve women’s and LGTBQ equality right here in Maryland and all across our country,” said Rep. Edwards. “Even after the landmark ruling of Obergefell v. Hodges, there is more work to do. I will proudly bring the voices of the LGBTQ community to the table in the United States Senate as we further our fight for critical legislation such as the Equality Act and for complete gender, sexual and reproductive justice.”
Since its inception in 2012, LPAC has been an active supporter of Rep. Edwards. The organization endorsed Rep. Edwards in her 2012 election for Maryland’s Fourth Congressional District; and, she was an LPAC hero, receiving the PAC’s endorsement in 2014. She was also a featured speaker at the 2013 LPAC Political Summit in Washington, D.C.
LPAC will announce additional endorsements throughout the spring of 2016.
LPAC builds the political power of lesbians by electing candidates who champion LGBTQ rights, women’s equality, and social justice. Since its founding in 2012, LPAC has grown into an influential grassroots political action committee, with members in 47 states and the District of Columbia. LPAC has raised over $2 million since 2012, and has invested in more than 40 races and independent expenditure campaigns throughout the country.