Barbara Lee Helps Women Senators Fight Campaign Challengers

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“Women Senate 2010” Arms Candidates for Reelection

CAMBRIDGE – Four women U.S. Senators facing 2010 reelections and one new Senate candidate gathered in Cambridge tonight for a fundraiser at the home of local philanthropic-activist Barbara Lee. Lee organized the event, called Women Senate 2010, to help arm women candidates for their elections this November.

The event attracted a capacity crowd of guests supporting Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Patty Murray (D-WA), and Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D-MO).

“The women lawmakers in this room have been behind some of the most important progressive legislation of the last decade,” Lee said in her opening remarks. “Proving yet again, when women make laws, they make change.”

Each candidate met with supporters and delivered brief remarks. Also present were event co-chairs U.S. Representative Niki Tsongas (D-MA), Senate President Therese Murray, Attorney General Martha Coakley, First Lady Diane Patrick, and First Lady Angela Menino. Governor Deval Patrick also attended.

“It’s a tough time to be running for re-election,” said Lee. “My goal is to help these extraordinary women hold on to their seats as well as continue to grow the ranks of women in the Senate.”

Lee has held Women Senate events since 1999 to elect women senators and to inspire Massachusetts voters to support women candidates at the top of the ticket.

Photos from tonight’s event are available for publication upon request. Please email for more information.

Barbara Lee is a leader in the effort to promote women’s political leadership and powerful participation in our democracy and in the arts. The Barbara Lee Political Office is dedicated to electing pro-choice Democratic women to public office.

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