Press Release

Giffords Endorses Jennifer Wexton in First Endorsement Slate of the Year 

In her first term, Jennifer Wexton followed through on vow to take action on gun violence prevention, helping to pass the most robust gun safety agenda in decades

Washington, DCGiffords, the gun violence prevention organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, announced its endorsement of Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) as part of the first endorsement slate of 2020. Along with seven other candidates endorsed today, all women from suburban districts, Rep. Wexton vowed to take action on gun safety if elected to Congress and then followed through, helping the House majority to, among other things, pass H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, the first large gun reform bill to get congressional approval in decades. Giffords is supporting her return so she can continue fighting for the initiatives that will help address America’s gun violence crisis.

Statement from former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, co-founder of Giffords:

“Strong women get things done and Jennifer Wexton was essential to the successful effort to get gun safety legislation through Congress. She has made clear that where others might waver, she will push ahead. She did not back down in the face of a gun lobby that tried to use its power and influence to block progress. Congresswoman Wexton’s arrival in Washington signaled the NRA’s ironclad grip on the House of Representatives was over.

“Because of Representative Wexton, Congress took the historic step of passing H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act. Progress in 2020 means reelecting Jennifer Wexton so she can continue being champions for a safer America. We’re proud to endorse Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton as she fights to free our country from its crisis of gun violence.”

Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton represents a rapidly growing suburban area of Northern Virginia. The congresswoman has a long record of service to her community, both as an assistant commonwealth’s attorney, where she prosecuted domestic abusers and sexual assaults, and as a state senator in the Virginia General Assembly.

Congresswoman Wexton’s race was one of Giffords PAC’s top priorities in 2018. Congresswoman Giffords recorded an ad taking on the incumbent for accepting tens of thousands of dollars from the gun lobby and visited the 10th District to participate in a roundtable with Wexton and survivors of gun violence. Congresswoman Wexton won her race comfortably and has made gun safety one of her signature issues since being sworn into Congress.

She was part of the 116th Congress that took monumental steps to advance lifesaving gun violence prevention legislation. H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, was one of the first pieces of legislation introduced in 2019, passing through the full House weeks after it was introduced. Congress similarly appropriated $25 million in gun violence research funding, and the House held more than a dozen hearings with gun violence as the main focus.

Recently released polling demonstrates that the issue of gun safety is becoming a major factor for voters, and one that is critical to winning elections in 2020. Fifty-nine percent of suburban women in the swing states of Colorado, Minnesota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Texas support stronger gun laws and say this issue is “very important” to their vote. An even larger group (64%) says that they would never vote for a candidate who didn’t support “requiring background checks on all gun sales,” outranking 13 other social and economic policy positions as the top voting determinant. Responses like these underscore that suburban women increasingly want a leader committed to gun safety.