Today, EMILY’s List threw their support behind Dr. Barbara Sharief’s campaign for Florida’s 20th Congressional District. They join over 100 other organizations, elected officials, and community activists rallying around her campaign.

“EMILY’s List is thrilled to endorse Barbara Sharief in the special election to represent Florida’s 20th Congressional District,” said Laphonza Butler, President of EMILY’s List. “Sharief’s career has been one of public service, advocacy, and breaking barriers. We know that her experience in the healthcare industry and as Broward County Commissioner will help her fight for Floridians in Congress. She will be a champion for making health care more affordable and accessible; expanding Medicare and Medicaid; supporting those most affected by the pandemic; improving local infrastructure; and protecting the rights of women, LGBTQ+ people, and voters. Barbara Sharief is the right choice for a better, brighter future for Floridians, and we are proud to stand by her.”

“I’ve served 29 years on the front lines of healthcare as a nurse, and one thing will never change—a woman’s healthcare is a woman’s business. I’m running for Congress at a time when reproductive rights are threatened in states across the nation and at risk here in Florida. We need strong representation to fight against these Republican efforts, and I’m thrilled to be endorsed by EMILY’s List as the woman for the job.”

EMILY’s List is the the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, and has raised over $700 million to elect Democratic pro-choice women candidates.


Dr. Barbara Sharief is a candidate for U.S. Congress in Florida’s 20th Congressional District. Barbara specializes in critical care and pediatrics and used her skills to open her own pediatric and adult homecare service, where she employs over 200 frontline heroes. Barbara has served as Broward County Commissioner for 11 years, and made history as not only Broward County’s first Black female mayor but also the first Black female President of the Florida Association of Counties. Barbara was born and raised in South Florida and has three beautiful daughters.

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