The Wish List (political organization)
The Wish List is a political action committee devoted to electing pro-choice Republican women to the House of Representatives and Senate. The Wish List was founded in 1992. The acronym “WISH” stands for Women In the Senate and House. The Wish List recruits candidates to run for federal office and state legislative offices.
The Wish List offers support for candidates by bundling contributions from their members. The organization encourages members to donate to two of the eligible candidates during an election cycle. The organization claims to raise over 1 million per year from their supporters. In 2004, the WISH List supported 11 Republican candidates for federal office.
This committee is the Republican equivalent to EMILY’s List, whose goal is to elect pro-choice Democratic women. Susan B. Anthony List is the anti-abortion counterpart to this organization, whose goal is to assist pro-life women candidates.
The WISH List maintained strong alliances with other moderate Republican groups, such as the Republican Majority for Choice, It’s My Party Too, and Republicans For Choice. In 2010, the WISH List had officially joined with the Republican Majority for Choice. In 2018, the Republican Majority for Choice ceased to be an active PAC.
- Wish List Chairwoman,
- Secretary, Victoria Toensing
- Lisa Murkowski, Alaska
- Susan Collins, Maine
- Shelley Moore Capito, West Virginia
- Kay Bailey Hutchison, Texas (former Senator)
- Olympia Snowe, Maine (former Senator)
- Mary Bono Mack of California (former U.S. Representative)
- Lynn Jenkins of Kansas (former U.S. Representative)
- Kay Granger of Texas
- Nancy Johnson, Connecticut (former U.S. Representative)
- Heather Wilson of New Mexico (former U.S. Representative)
- Ginny Brown-Waite, Florida (former U.S. Representative)
- Sue Kelly, New York (former U.S. Representative)
- Judy Biggert of Illinois (former U.S. Representative)
- Deborah Pryce of Ohio (former U.S. Representative)
Other statewide offices
- Arizona Corporation Commissioner Kristin Mayes
- Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger (No longer Insurance Commissioner; now a Democrat)
- North Carolina Labor Commissioner Cherie Killian Berry
- Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan
- Illinois State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka (died in office)
- Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey (No longer Lt. Governor)
|Carolyn Allen, Arizona||Barbara Allen, Kansas (No longer a Senator)||Pat Vance, Pennsylvania|
|Toni Hellon, Arizona (No longer listed)||, Kansas (No longer a Senator; now a Democrat)||Mary Jo White, Pennsylvania|
|Nancy Spence, Colorado||Vicki Schmidt, Kansas (No Longer a Senator, elected to be insurance commissioner)||June Gibbs, Rhode Island|
|, Connecticut (No longer listed)||Diane Allen, New Jersey||Diane Snelling, Vermont|
|Judith Freedman, Connecticut||Martha Bark, New Jersey (No longer a Senator)||, Vermont (No longer listed)|
|Liane Sorenson, Delaware||Sue Wilson Beffort, New Mexico||Cheryl Pflug, Washington|
|Pamela Althoff, Illinois||Patricia McGee, New York (No longer a Senator)|
|Christine Radogno, Illinois||Jane Earll, Pennsylvania|
|Gabrielle LeDoux, Alaska (No longer listed)||Nancy Detert, Florida (No longer listed)||Julie Brown, New Hampshire|
|Michele Reagan, Arizona||Barbara Marumoto, Hawaii||, New Hampshire (No longer listed)|
|Lynn Daucher, California (No longer a Representative)||Cynthia Thielen, Hawaii||, New Hampshire|
|Shirley Horton, California||, Idaho (No longer listed)||, New Hampshire|
|Penny Bacchiochi, Connecticut||, Illinois||, New Hampshire|
|Toni Boucher, Connecticut||Elizabeth Coulson, Illinois||, New Hampshire (No longer listed)|
|, Connecticut||, Illinois||Charlotte Vandervalk, New Jersey|
|Livvy Floren, Connecticut||Patricia Reid Lindner, Illinois (No longer a Representative)||Nancy Calhoun, New York|
|Lile Gibbons, Connecticut||Rosemary Mulligan, Illinois||Donna Ferrara, New York (No longer listed)|
|, Connecticut||, Illinois||Teresa Sayward, New York|
|, Connecticut||Vaneta Becker, Indiana (No longer listed)||Dierdre Scozzafava, New York|
|Themis Klarides, Connecticut||Phyllis Pond, Indiana||Vicki Berger, Oregon|
|, Connecticut||Libby Swanson Jacobs, Iowa (No longer listed)||Sue Cornell, Pennsylvania (No longer listed)|
|, Connecticut||Susan Williams Gifford, Massachusetts||Carole Rubley, Pennsylvania (No longer a Representative)|
|, Connecticut||Shirley Gomes, Massachusetts (No longer a Representative)||, Rhode Island|
|, Delaware||Karyn Polito, Massachusetts||, South Dakota|
|, Delaware||, Massachusetts||, Vermont|
|, Florida (No longer listed)||Mary Rogeness, Massachusetts|
|, Florida||, Missouri|
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