The Human Rights Campaign PAC (HRC PAC) has announced its endorsement of US Representative Peter Welch of Vermont for the US Senate. HRC PAC is committed to engaging our volunteers, members and supporters to mobilize the more than 130,000 equality voters in Vermont in favor of Welch and other pro-equality candidates up and down the ballot.
Human Rights Campaign Acting President Joni Madison released the following statement:
“Throughout his congressional career, Rep. Welch has been a strong and consistent supporter of LGBTQ+ equality and ensuring that members of our community can live freely and fully as equal members of society. . He was one of the original co-sponsors of the Equality Act, critical legislation to ensure anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ people are enshrined in federal law. In short, Rep. Welch will be a great U.S. Senator for Vermont and for the country, and HRC is proud to support him.
Representative Welch issued the following statement:
“I’m honored to have the endorsement of the Human Rights Campaign, an organization that works tirelessly to advance the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. If there’s anything the current Supreme Court has made clear, it’s is that individual rights, including LGBTQ+ rights, are under threat and we must do all we can to protect them. I am grateful to be in this fight with the support of the Human Rights Campaign. Together, we will create a society where everyone, regardless of their gender identity or the person they love, can live free from prejudice in this country.
As a strong LGBTQ+ ally in Congress, Rep. Welch has received a perfect score of 100% on the Congressional Human Rights Campaign Scorecard for the past seven sessions of Congress, meaning he has consistently supported key legislation that the HRC considers essential to promote equality. During the current session, he has registered important votes in favor of the Equality Act, the Respect for Marriage Act, the American Rescue Plan and the Women’s Health Protection Act.
HRC’s Commitment to Vermont
State Senate Speaker Becca Balint, who is aiming to succeed Welch in the U.S. House of Representatives, has also been endorsed by the HRC for this cycle in Vermont. If elected, she would be the first woman and the first lesbian to represent Vermont in Congress.
Equality voters, including the more than 130,000 in Vermont, are a voting bloc of demographically and geographically diverse Americans who are united by the advancement of LGBTQ+ equality. Equality Voters are younger, more racially diverse and more female than the general electorate, they recognize and trust the HRC brand, and they are more likely to identify with issue-specific organizations than to candidates or political parties.
Across the country, HRC PAC works every day to elect pro-equality leaders who support policies that will support the rights and lives of LGBTQ+ people. During the 2020 election cycle, HRC field staff recruited 5,800 individual volunteers across the country who completed 28,500 hours of voter contact in over 2,650 volunteer events. HRC engaged in strong digital and online GOTV efforts, including sending over 2.7 million person-to-person text messages, a massive increase from 2018 when approximately 500,000 texts were sent . HRC sent over 2.5 million letters, had over 930,000 phone conversations with voters and engaged over 200,000 voters through the HRC Voter Dashboard at hrc.org/vote.
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