The Wish List (political organization)

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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.[1] 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.[2]

The Wish List offers support for candidates by bundling contributions from their members.[2] They have hosted events on in DC, being featured on C-SPAN, to promote their candidates.[3] 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.[4] In 2004, the Wish List supported 11 Republican candidates for federal office.[5]

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.[1]

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.[6] In 2018, the Republican Majority for Choice ceased to be an active PAC.[7] The Wish List continues to be an active PAC.[8]

Members[9]

Senate

House

Governors

Other statewide offices

  • Arizona Corporation Commissioner Kristin Mayes (No longer in office)
  • 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 (No longer Secretary of State)
  • Illinois State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka (died in office)
  • Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey (No longer Lt. Governor)
  • Delaware State Treasurer Janet Rzewnicki (No longer in office)
  • Massachusetts Acting Governor Jane Swift (No longer in office)

State Senate

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

State House

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)
Ruth Fahrbach, 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
Claudia Powers, 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
Donna Stone, Delaware Karyn Polito, Massachusetts , South Dakota
, Delaware , Massachusetts , Vermont
, Florida (No longer listed) Mary Rogeness, Massachusetts
, Florida , Missouri

References

  1. ^ a b Schreiber, Ronnee (2008). Righting Feminism: Conservative Women and American Politics. Oxford University Press, Inc. p. 23.
  2. ^ a b Rozell, Mark J. (2000). “Helping Women Run and Win: Feminist Groups, Candidate Recruitment and Training”. Women & Politics. 21 (3): 101–116. doi:10.1300/J014v21n03_05.
  3. ^ “Republican Women Congressional Candidates | C-SPAN.org”. www.c-span.org. Retrieved 2020-01-01.
  4. ^ Crespin, Michael H.; Deitz, Janna L. (2010). “If You Can’t Join ‘Em, Beat ‘Em: The Gender Gap in Individual Donations to Congressional Candidates”. Political Research Quarterly. 63 (3): 581–593. CiteSeerX 10.1.1.518.967. doi:10.1177/1065912909333131. JSTOR 25747960.
  5. ^ “Spending on Pro-Choice Vote Surges”. Women’s eNews. Retrieved 2019-04-14.
  6. ^ “Republican Majority for Choice | WISH LIST”. Retrieved 2019-04-14.
  7. ^ Bevan, Susan; Cullman, Susan (2018-06-24). “Opinion | Why We Are Leaving the G.O.P.” The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-04-14.
  8. ^ “America’s WISH | The Wish List”. Retrieved 2020-02-12.
  9. ^ “Republican Women Congressional Candidates | C-SPAN.org”. www.c-span.org. Retrieved 2020-01-01.
  10. ^ “Rep. Kay Granger and Challenger Chris Putnam Square Off at Republican Women’s Forum”. The Texan. 2020-02-04. Retrieved 2020-02-06.

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