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For Immediate Release

July 11, 2020

Madam for America Endorses Barbara Anne Washington for Missouri Senate District 9

Today, Madam for America, the Midwest’s leading organization for Black women in politics, endorsed Barbara Anne Washington for the Missouri Senate District 9. Dorothy L. McClendon, Esq., president of Madam for America, released the following statement:

“Barbara Washington, serving as a Missouri State Representative has been a strong advocate for juvenile justice reform, increased mental health services, supporting small businesses, fully funding public education, revitalizing and preserving historical areas in Kansas City and affordable and safe housing. She is extremely involved on the ground in Kansas City, Missouri and listens to the concerns of her constituents. ”

“As a Missouri State Representative, Barbara Washington has been a strong leader in the halls of Jefferson City, Missouri advocating for juvenile justice reform, increasing funding for education, supporting small businesses, especially women and minority-owned businesses and affordable health care, including, mental health services. Madam for America is proud to support her campaign and is confident that she will be an even stronger and effective advocate as the next Senator for District 9.”

Barbara Washington is a lifelong Kansas City, Missouri native. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism, law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law and MBA from Avila University. She is a practicing attorney and has been a solo practitioner since she started her law firm in 2009. Prior to practicing law she was a newspaper and magazine reporter.

Madam for America, is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to recruiting and training leaders, supporting strong campaigns, and mentoring Black women for public office throughout the Midwest. Since our founding on July 25, 2019, Madam for America has helped women win competitive campaigns – in state and local races – and researching the issues that impact women and families, and turning out women voters to the polls. In less than a year in existence, we have helped elect two women to office. In 2020 during COVID-19, we helped one woman make history as the first Black person elected to the Lee’s Summit School Board and we helped one woman to get elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in November 2019, a special election.Since our launch, more women have reached out to Madam for America about running for office laying the groundwork for candidates for local, state and federal offices.