Katie McGinty (D-PA U.S. Senate)

Katie McGinty
KatieMcGinty (D-PA U.S. Senate)

Katie McGinty is running to be the first woman U.S. Senator to represent the State of Pennsylvania. She intends to make Pennsylvania the leader in wind and solar power and is committed to advancing women’s rights on Capitol Hill. Because of Ms.McGinty’s strong support of women’s rights, LGBT equality and environmental expertise, NOW PAC endorsed her campaign to unseat Republican incumbent Pat Tooney and help take the Senate back.

Love the Earth
Katie McGinty served as an environmental advisor to Vice President Al Gore and President Bill Clinton. President Clinton appointed her chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality in 1995. She was the first woman to hold that position. McGinty was also appointed to be Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, where she served her state for five years.

A Feminist Senator to Represent Pennsylvania
A working mother of three daughters, McGinty is particularly concerned with economic justice and closing the pay gap. She promises to “work to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act and fight for family leave because no one should have to choose between taking care of a family member or child and keeping their job.” Emphasizing the importance of women’s access to health services and contraception, McGinty is a vocal advocate of Planned Parenthood. The Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future named her “Business Leader of the Year” and the Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment presented her with their “Woman of the Year” award.

What’s At Stake
Ms. McGinty’s opponent, Republican incumbent Pat Tooney, boasts one of the most extreme anti-woman, anti-LGBT, anti-immigrant, anti-environment agendas in the U.S. Senate. Senator Tooney strongly opposes abortion as a woman’s right, voting YES on every anti-choice bill that he has the opportunity to– including granting citizenship to fetuses. In addition to supporting the inclusion of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, he voted to ban gay adoption– stark contrasts to Katie McGinty’s push to expand hate crime discrimination to include members of the LGBT community and her vocal support of trans rights. His voting record has been deemed anti-civil rights by the ACLU and anti-public education by the NEA. In direct opposition to Katie McGinty’s pro-environment stance, Tooney voted NO on alternative energy efforts and YES on speeding up approval for forest thinning projects. Mr. Tooney is a dangerous candidate who does not represent American interests.

For more information about Katie McGinty, see her campaign website at KatieMcGinty.com