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Susan Bysiewicz (D-Conn., U.S. Senate)

Suzanne Bonamici

Susan Bysiewicz

NOW/PAC is pleased to endorse Democrat Susan Bysiewicz in her bid for U.S. Senate. Bysiewicz is one of four Democrats vying for the seat of retiring Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman. She could face Linda McMahon (R) in the general, who ran a close senate race in 2010 and is considering another run in 2012.

Born and raised on a farm in Middletown, Conn., Bysiewicz served three terms as a state representative from 1992 to 1998. She then served as Connecticut's secretary of state from 1998 to 2010, during which time she made it a priority to visit each of Connecticut's 169 cities and towns, meeting with families, veterans, school children and small business owners, listening to the challenges they were facing. Bysiewicz worked tirelessly to address their concerns, utilizing her office to grow business, strengthen democracy and help the people of Connecticut.

Bysiewicz supports all NOW's issues, taking action to improve women's lives. As secretary of state, she created the "Safe @ Home" program to protect survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault by keeping their addresses private. She has helped many women-owned businesses with networking opportunities and seminars. And it has been a passion of hers to encourage women to run for elected office and to support their efforts when they do.

In the state legislature, Bysiewicz served on the Judiciary Committee, voting against every anti-choice bill, including parental consent and limiting access to clinics. Her strong pro-choice stand continued as secretary of state, when she demanded that Catholic hospitals provide Plan B emergency contraception.

NOW/PAC is eager to see Susan Bysiewicz become the first woman senator to represent Connecticut!

For more information please visit her website

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