January 9, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Lois Frankel (D-FL) and Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-IN) have been elected by the women of the House as Co-Chairs of the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues for the 115th Congress. Congresswomen Mimi Walters (R-CA) and Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) will serve as Co-Vice Chairs.

“I look forward to working with my colleagues on finding common ground and advocating issues important to the advancement of women and girls,” Frankel said.

“The Congressional Women’s Caucus is an important, bipartisan forum to discuss major policy issues of our day with a focus on how these issues impact women and families,” Brooks said. “In the past, this caucus has been a driving force for a strong Violence Against Women Act and for the Children’s Health Insurance Program. There is more work to be done, and I’m proud to have been selected by my colleagues to serve as Co-Chair with my friend, Congresswoman Lois Frankel. Together, we will work with our colleagues as strong advocates for women and families in the upcoming Congress.”

“Today, women in America still face serious obstacles in the workplace and academia,” Walters said. “In the House, we are working to address this by expanding opportunities, increasing flexibility, removing barriers, and empowering the next generation. I am humbled to serve as the Congressional Women’s Caucus Vice Chair, and I look forward to serving with Representatives Brooks, Frankel, and Lawrence, and all of the members of our caucus to ensure that girls and women across the country have equal access to the tools they need to pursue their American dream.”

“I am honored to be a part of this bipartisan caucus advocating on behalf of women nation-wide,” Lawrence said. “Working together to support the needs of women and families is a cornerstone of our country’s overall success and I am committed to collaborating in creating legislation that supports the goals of this Caucus. When women succeed America succeeds, and I’m excited to be a part of this Caucus and this continued movement supporting fairness and equality for women.”

Founded in 1977, the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues has been a leading advocate on issues advancing the lives of women and families. Caucus members have helped pass legislation securing tougher child support enforcement, promoting women’s health, helping women business owners, and protecting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The caucus works closely with the Women's Policy Inc., a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy organization whose mission is to bring women policymakers together across party lines to work on issues of importance to women and their families.