'The House Leadership Endorsed by HRC Today Have an Incredible Track Record as Allies and Advocates For Our Community'
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Human Rights Campaign PAC (HRC PAC) announced its endorsement of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, Assistant Speaker Katherine Clark, and Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries for reelection in 2022.
Under their unwavering leadership, the House of Representatives successfully passed the Equality Act both in May of 2019 and again in February of 2021. The Equality Act is historic federal legislation that would modernize our nation’s civil rights laws by including explicit protections for LGBTQ+ people, as well as improve protections for women, people of color, and people of all faiths. The House has also passed other legislation important to the LGBTQ+ community including:
LGBTQ Business Equal Credit Enforcement and Investment Act
Global Respect Act
Violence Against Women Act reauthorization
American Dream and Promise Act
Bipartisan Background Check Act
John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act
COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act
Women's Health Protection Act
Family Violence Prevention Services Act reauthorization
Human Rights Campaign Interim President Joni Madison released the following statement:
“As we face a relentless assault on our community – from attacks on abortion access and bodily autonomy, to a wave of legislation targeting the LGBTQ+ community, and particularly, transgender and non-binary young people, to hateful rhetoric coming from those in power, it is crucial now more than ever that the leaders we elect are trailblazers for equality. The House leadership endorsed by HRC today have an incredible track record as allies and advocates for our community – notably for their efforts to pass the Equality Act in the House.
“From day one, these leaders have prioritized legislation that promotes inclusivity, compassion, and basic human decency. As Speaker Pelosi noted herself, the Equality Act was passed under the most diverse House Democratic Majority, with nearly 70 percent of majority members being women, people of color, or part of the LGBTQ+ community. To make this historic diversity the norm and not the exception, we must mobilize voters to elect leaders that advocate for the importance of diversity and that advance the integrity of our civil rights.
“That’s why the Human Rights Campaign is proud to endorse Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Majority Whip. Jim Clyburn, Assistant Speaker Katherine Clark, and Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries. We urge their constituents to return them to the House for another term. With their leadership, our country will become a fairer and more inclusive place for everyone.”
Across the country, HRC PAC works every day to elect pro-equality leaders who will advocate for policies that will support the rights and lives of LGBTQ+ people. During the 2020 election cycle, HRC staff on the ground recruited 5,800 individual volunteers nationwide who completed 28,500 hours of voter contact in more than 2,650 volunteer events. HRC engaged in robust digital and online GOTV efforts, including sending over 2.7 million person-to-person text messages, a massive increase from 2018 when approximately 500,000 texts were sent. HRC sent over 2.5 million mail pieces, had over 930,000 phone conversations with voters, and engaged more than 200,000 voters through HRC’s voter dashboard at hrc.org/vote.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, CA-11
Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, MD-5
Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, SC-6
Assistant Speaker Katherine Clark, MA-5
Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries, NY-8
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