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] 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.[3] In 2004, the WISH List supported 11 Republican candidates for federal office.[4]

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.[5] In 2018, the Republican Majority for Choice ceased to be an active PAC.[6]

Members[edit]

Senate[edit]

House[edit]

Governors[edit]

Other statewide offices[edit]

State Senate[edit]

Carolyn Allen, Arizona Barbara Allen, Kansas (No longer a Senator) Pat Vance, Pennsylvania
Toni Hellon, Arizona (No longer listed) Jean Kurtis Schodorf, 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
Cathy Cook, Connecticut (No longer listed) Diane Allen, New Jersey Diane Snelling, Vermont
Judith Freedman, Connecticut Martha Bark, New Jersey (No longer a Senator) Wendy Wilton, 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[edit]

Gabrielle LeDoux, Alaska (No longer listed) Nancy Detert, Florida (No longer listed) Julie Brown, New Hampshire
Michele Reagan, Arizona Barbara Marumoto, Hawaii Patricia Dunlap, New Hampshire (No longer listed)
Lynn Daucher, California (No longer a Representative) Cynthia Thielen, Hawaii Stephanie Eaton, New Hampshire
Shirley Horton, California Jana Kemp, Idaho (No longer listed) Sheila Francoeur, New Hampshire
Penny Bacchiochi, Connecticut Suzie Bassi, Illinois Elizabeth Hager, New Hampshire
Toni Boucher, Connecticut Elizabeth Coulson, Illinois Sandra Balomenos Keans, New Hampshire (No longer listed)
Ruth Fahrbach, Connecticut Carolyn Krause, 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)
Sonya Googins, Connecticut Sandra Pihos, Illinois Teresa Sayward, New York
DebraLee Hovey, 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)
Pamela Ziegler Sawyer, Connecticut Susan Williams Gifford, Massachusetts Carole Rubley, Pennsylvania (No longer a Representative)
Lenny Winkler, Connecticut Shirley Gomes, Massachusetts (No longer a Representative) Carol Mumford, Rhode Island
Donna Stone, Delaware Karyn Polito, Massachusetts Jodi Cutler, South Dakota
Nancy Wagner, Delaware Susan Pope, Massachusetts Joyce Errecart, Vermont
Donna Clark, Florida (No longer listed) Mary Rogeness, Massachusetts
Faye Culp, Florida Kathlyn Fares, Missouri

References[edit]

  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. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "Spending on Pro-Choice Vote Surges". Women's eNews. Retrieved 2019-04-14.
  5. ^ "Republican Majority for Choice | WISH LIST". Retrieved 2019-04-14.
  6. ^ 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.