The National NOW/PAC is proud to announce our endorsement of Lois Herr (D) for Congress in Pennsylvania's 16th District. Herr is taking on the all-important challenge of unseating Rep. Joe Pitts (R), co-author of the outrageous Stupak-Pitts Amendment. Herr rightly called this amendment, "a direct attack on the freedom and privacy of American women."
Thanks in large part to Pitts' efforts, the House's version of health care reform now stands as the greatest threat to women's fundamental right to abortion in decades. That's why NOW/PAC is stressing its commitment to getting Herr elected in 2010.
Herr is dedicated to providing affordable health care to every person in the United States, but not at the expense of women's access to reproductive health services. She is a longtime NOW member and a strong supporter of constitutional equality, equal pay, affirmative action, equal marriage rights and the full range of feminist issues. Herr understands the hurdles that women face every day in this country, and when she arrives on Capitol Hill, she will work to improve the lives of women and girls.
Herr worked for 26 years in the telecommunications industry and has served on numerous corporate, non-profit and governmental boards. Under President Ford, she worked in the Office of Management and Budget as part of the President's Executive Inter-exchange Program. Since 1993, she has worked for Elizabethtown College in a variety of positions—teacher, senior-level administrator, and Scholar-in-Residence, and has published two books.
Active in the Democratic Party, Herr was the endorsed 2004 and 2006 Democratic candidate for Congress in Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District. She was elected as a delegate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention and is an elected local committee leader for the Democratic Party and member of the State Democratic Party Committee. In 2006-07 she served as Executive Director of the Lancaster County Democratic Committee and was volunteer coordinator for the congressional campaign in 2008.
For more information about Herr please visit her campaign website.
Read the NOW/PAC press release, NOW Political Action Committee Endorses Lois Herr in Bid to Oust Pitts.
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