DSCC Announces Catherine Cortez Masto to Chair Women’s Senate Network

With More Women Up for Reelection Than Ever Before, Cortez Masto to Lead Outreach to Supporters & Elect More Women to Public Office

The DSCC today announced that U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto will chair the Women’s Senate Network, leading the Committee’s initiative to elect more women to public office and outreach to women supporters. In 2018, 10 women will run for reelection to the Senate – more than ever before – and Senator Cortez Masto will spearhead engagement across the country, building on the work started when the Women’s Senate Network was established in 2001 by Senator Debbie Stabenow.

“I am honored to be the first female Senator from Nevada and the first Latina in the Senate. I could not have done it without the support of my women colleagues,” said Senator Cortez Masto. “While we have more women senators than ever before, more work needs to be done. I am looking forward to chairing the Women’s Senate Network to help reelect our women Democratic Senators and ensure that women who are thinking of running for Senate have the advice, tools and resources they need to get elected.” 

“Our entire caucus is behind Catherine, and I look forward to working with her on one of the Committee’s chief priorities this cycle,” said DSCC Chair, Senator Chris Van Hollen. “With Catherine’s leadership, we will grow this incredible network that helps drive our work and continue to encourage more women to run for office.” 

Senator Cortez Masto is one of four women elected to their first term in 2016, along with Senators Maggie Hassan, Tammy Duckworth and Kamala Harris. With 21 women in the Senate – 16 of whom are Democrats – more women are a part of the legislative chamber now than ever before. As a historic number of female Senators face reelection, Senator Cortez Masto will be an important resource for candidates in campaigning and also lead fundraising efforts focused on electing women.


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