Washington, DC – Today, Equality PAC Co-Chairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-CA) and Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) released the following statement regarding the results of last Tuesday’s midterm elections. Voters elected a record number of 10 Equality PAC endorsed candidates, marking the first time the committee has hit double digit numbers in the House.
“We are incredibly proud of our LGBTQ candidates we endorsed this cycle and are even more pleased to see so many of them win,” said Equality PAC Co-Chairs Chairman Mark Takano and Congressman David Cicilline. “Our diverse set of candidates, supporters, and voters helped make the new 118th Congress the gayest Congress in history. With these numbers, we will be able to better protect our community, advance LGBTQ rights, and work to get the Equality Act over the finish line. We are so grateful to our candidates, their teams, and our supporters for their work in helping set this historic record.”
Newly elected members include Congresswoman-Elect Becca Balint (VT-AL), the first woman and openly LGBTQ person to represent Vermont at the federal level, Congressman-Elect Eric Sorensen (IL-17), the first openly LGBTQ person to represent Illinois at the federal level, and Congressman-Elect Robert Garcia (CA-42), the first LGBTQ immigrant to serve in Congress. Returning members include Reps. Angie Craig (MN-02), Chris Pappas (NH-01), Mark Pocan (WI-02), David Cicilline (RI-01), Mark Takano (CA-39), Ritchie Torres (NY-15), and Sharice Davids (KS-03).
Equality PAC is the political arm of the Congressional LGBTQ Equality Caucus and is dedicated to the full legal and societal equality for LGBTQ Americans. All funds raised into Equality PAC are spent supporting and electing openly LGBTQ individuals and strong LGBTQ allies to the United States Congress who are committed to passing the Equality ACT and to ensuring full civil rights and protections for all LGBTQ Americans.