Feminist Majority Endorsements

Kelda Roys

Kelda Roys, a lawyer and pro-choice advocate, is running for US Congress in Wisconsin’s 2nd district (Madison) for an open seat vacated by Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D), who is running for U.S. Senate.

Background

Currently, Roys serves as a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly from the 81st district. Her leadership roles include the chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus. During her time in the Assembly, she: Fought Governor Scott Walker's proposal to strip workers' rights from public employees. Led the passing of the Compassionate Care for Rape Victims Act. Spoke out against the Keystone XL pipeline, which would release damaging fuels into the environment.

Position on Key Issues

If elected, she would be one of only two Congress people with a background in reproductive health. In addition to reproductive rights, Roys is also a passionate advocate of workers' rights and environmental protection.

Prospects

Although Roys was named a top 10 progressive candidate by Democracy for America, she is behind in the fundraising race in the Democratic primary to fellow state House representative Mark Pocan. The 2nd district has a strong Democratic history. The winner of the August Democratic primary is tantamount to winning this election.

Opponent

Roys is running for the open seat and faces a contested Democratic primary with several candidates on August 12, 2012.

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