Washington, DC – Today LGBTQ+ Victory Fund, LPAC and Equality PAC announced their day-one endorsements of Jamie McLeod-Skinner for Oregon’s 5th Congressional District following her campaign launch this morning. If elected, McLeod-Skinner would be the first out LGBTQ+ person elected to federal office from Oregon. The U.S. must elect 21 more LGBTQ+ U.S. Representatives for equitable representation, according to LGBTQ+ Victory Institute.
Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ+ Victory Fund:
“For far too long, Oregon’s vibrant LGBTQ+ community has lacked representation in Congress. Jamie is well prepared to be their voice and not just fend off anti-LGBTQ and anti-choice legislation, but fight for policies that protect and affirm all Oregonians. We are confident Jamie’s commitment to addressing the real needs of her constituents – from climate change to reproductive health care to worker’s rights – will resonate with voters and make her an exceptional leader in Congress.”
Lisa Turner, Executive Director of LPAC:
“LPAC was proud to stand with Jamie McLeod-Skinner when she ran in Oregon’s 5th Congressional district in 2022, winning a highly-competitive primary and then narrowly losing the general election to Republican Lori Chavez-DeRemer in one of the nation’s closest races. We are thrilled Jamie is running again and are excited to endorse her on day-one as she seeks to flip this seat and become the first openly LGBTQ person elected to Congress from Oregon. As an organization that is dedicated to electing LGBTQ women and nonbinary people to public office – candidates who champion the values of women’s rights, LGBTQ equality, and social justice – supporting Jamie was an easy decision. She will be a champion for our values and an excellent member of Congress.”
“Last year, Jamie McLeod-Skinner defied the odds and a challenging political environment, coming within two points of winning her race for Congress. Equality PAC was proud to stand with Jamie then, and we are even more excited to be supporting her again now — when we know she will win and make history as the first openly-LGBTQ person ever elected to federal office from Oregon. Jamie is a proven leader for LGBTQ communities and families across the state, and we need her voice in Congress as we work to build a new Pro-Equality majority in the House of Representatives. With Jamie in this race, we are one step closer to achieving that goal.”
“I am honored to be endorsed by Victory Fund, LPAC, and Equality PAC. I remember a time in our history not too long ago when an out, gay woman running for Congress would have been unthinkable. But while we’ve come incredibly far in the past few decades, we still have a long way to go until we reach true equality. I will be proud to be Oregon’s first openly LGBTQ+ Member of Congress when we win in 2024. In addition to fighting for LGBTQ+ rights and access to abortion, I will work to protect our environment and provide affordable healthcare, prescription medication, and housing. We need a fighter in Oregon who will deliver for us, and I will be proud to do that as your next Congresswoman.”