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Founded in 2003, Annie’s List was named for Dr. Annie Webb Blanton, the first woman elected to statewide office in Texas in her own right.
Who we are:
Annie’s List is a diverse coalition of political professionals, non-profit executives, policy experts, former candidates and elected officials, major donors, attorneys and more, all dedicated to changing the face of power in Texas politics – and thereby combating the assault on issues of most importance to women and their families – by recruiting, training and supporting women candidates across the state.
What we do:
• Map out opportunities years in advance
• Recruit women to run in winnable districts
• Train candidates and campaign staff
• Empower the next generation of progressives
• Financially support viable candidates
• Engage and activate women voters
Why we do it:
Either by unfair redistricting, institutional bias or self-imposed limitations, women have been severely underrepresented in the Texas Legislature. In fact, over 6,000 men have been elected statewide compared to just 143 women. Annie’s List works to proactively recruit talented women to run for office, to level the playing field in the campaigns and to help women move up the leadership pipeline as public servants. We see this as the only way to bring a balanced perspective back to Texas government.
In January 2013, Grace Garcia was selected by Annie's List Board as the organization's new Executive Director. 1 She replaced Robert E. Jones who went on to become Be One Texas' Chief Executive Officer. 2