More Than 1000 Emerge Alums Currently in Elected Office

  • Mar 18, 2021
  • Emerge Staff


Allison Abney,

More Than 1000 Emerge Alums Currently in Elected Office

Washington, DC–Emerge, the nation’s premier organization that recruits and trains Democratic women to run for office, announced today that there are a record 1010 Emerge alums in elected office across the country. This comes after several historic election years in which an unprecedented number of graduates from the organization’s candidate training programs ran for office and won.

“Democratic women are making incredible progress in elected office, and Emerge alums are leading the way,” said A’shanti F. Gholar, President of Emerge. “When women are given the tools and support they need to run for office, there is no limit to what they can accomplish, and we are seeing that everywhere with our alums. We are excited for the policies and legislation that these women will put forward now that they have a seat at the decision-making table, and know they will help set our country on a path towards a brighter future.” 

Emerge’s alums are elected at every level of office from school board to city council, state legislature and Congress. In addition, earlier this week, Emerge New Mexico alum Deb Haaland was confirmed as Secretary of the Interior making her the first Native American cabinet member in U.S. history.

Since 2001, Emerge has trained more than 4,500 Democratic women to run for office, and has committed to reaching 100,000 more women of the New American Majority over the next 15 years. There are currently 27 state affiliates, and the organization has impacted a total of 45 states, Washington, D.C. and territories. In 2020, more than 400 Emerge alums won their races at all levels of government.