The NWPC says on its website that it is a multipartisan, grassroots group with chapters in 38 states. The NWPC says it was the first, and remains the only, multipartisan membership organization that supports pro-choice women candidates for elected and appointed office.
Eaton said in a statement that she is “thrilled” to be endorsed by the caucus.
“Our friends and neighbors deserve real representation in Washington from someone who understands and simply gets it. We need solutions now, not partisan posturing,” Eaton said.
Citing statistics from the Center for American Women and Politics, a news release from Eaton said that this year, the U.S. House of Representatives has 73 congresswomen, making up 16.8% of the chamber. Yet the 2010 Census shows that women make up 50.8% of the U.S. population.
Donna Lent, the group’s vice president of political planning, said in a statement that Eaton is “committed to giving a voice to those who are underrepresented in politics. We need more women like Missa to engage in the fight.”
Eaton, of Sharon, is an assistant psychology professor at Penn State Shenango.
In the Nov. 6 election, she will face U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, of Butler, R-3rd Dist., who is seeking a second term. Also expected to be on the ballot are Independents Stacey Gray and Steven Porter.
– John Guerriero