02/15/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

EMILY's List Endorses Feigenholtz To Replace Emanuel

State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz received the endorsement of the the influential women's political group EMILY's List Thursday. The group's national fundraising reach could provide an edge in the crowded race to succeed Rahm Emanuel in Congress.

The Democratic primary is March 3.

The full release, via Lynn Sweet:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - EMILY's List, one of the nation's largest political action committees and financial resource for women candidates, today announced its endorsement of Sara Feigenholtz for Illinois's fifth congressional district.

"Rep. Sara Feigenholtz is a progressive state legislator and community leader who has made a life-long commitment to improve women's health and lower health care costs for working families," said Ellen R. Malcolm, president of EMILY's List. "Illinois needs Sara's leadership in Congress to work with President-elect Obama to create real change for our nation. EMILY's List and its members are proud to support Sara Feigenholtz in her campaign to represent Illinois's fifth congressional district."

State Representative Feigenholtz has the experience needed to bring change from the city of Chicago to the halls of Congress. She has served seven terms in the Illinois House of Representatives, where she successfully championed issues pertaining to women, children, and seniors. In the state legislature, Feigenholtz led the charge to expand the state's Family Care program to cover uninsured working parents and fought for legislation that helped improve health care for senior citizens.

"I am honored to receive the endorsement of EMILY's List and the support of so many dedicated women and men across the country," said Rep. Sara Feigenholtz. "My experience as a community leader, state representative and health care reformer will enable me to bring about the change demanded by so many Americans to Congress."

Born and raised in the fifth district, Feigenholtz has dedicated her life to public service. She has fought to strengthen the human services system, ensure equal protection under the law based on gender, sexual orientation, and religion, protect environmental resources, and reform the political system to combat corruption.

In the 2007-2008 cycle, EMILY's list raised more than $43 million to support its mission of recruiting and supporting women candidates, helping them build strong campaigns, and mobilizing women voters to turn out and vote. EMILY's List and its members directly contributed more than $9 million to EMILY's List candidates for federal and gubernatorial office. With more than 100,000 members across the country, EMILY's List is one of the largest political action committees in the nation. Since its founding in 1985, EMILY's List has worked to elect 79 pro-choice Democratic women to the U.S. House, 15 to the U.S. Senate, nine governors, and hundreds of women to the state legislatures, state constitutional offices, and other key local offices.