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Victories also include gun control initiatives in Nevada and Washington

SKDKnickerbocker (SKDK), one of the top political consulting and communications firms in the country, produced winning television, digital advertising and direct mail that helped secure victory in 13 House races – including six incumbents in a tough cycle – Democrat Maggie Hassan in the New Hampshire Senate race, and various female members of the California State Assembly. SKDK’s candidates represent many new and diverse Democratic elected officials, including five new Democratic House seats, three new members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the first ever Vietnamese-American woman elected to Congress. SKDK also successfully helped seven female Congressional candidates from across the country win, including Senator-elect Hassan.

Beyond supporting candidates, SKDK produced winning television ads that resulted in passage of Question 1 in Nevada, which requires background checks on all gun sales including those that take place online or at gun shows, and in Washington State, which allows families and law enforcement to go to court to temporarily suspend a person’s access to a firearm if they are deemed a threat to themselves or others.

SKDK is proud to congratulate all of the winning Democratic candidates and their hardworking staffers across the country for their victories during a challenging electoral season, and wish them the best in the upcoming term.

Winning Democratic Candidates

  • New Jersey’s 5th Congressional District: Democrat Josh Gottheimer defeated incumbent Representative Scott Garrett, blocking Garrett from a seventh term. The win was one of the six pickups Democrats had in the House.
  • California’s 44th Congressional District: Democrat Nanette Diaz Barragán beat State Senator Isadore Hall in a win that shocked the political establishment in the state. Diaz Barragán will be the first Hispanic to represent her district, the only new Latina representative in the House, and one of eight new Hispanic Democratic lawmakers.
  • Senate Majority PAC – U.S. Senate, New Hampshire: Democrat Maggie Hassan defeated incumbent Senator Kelly Ayotte, marking one of two pickup seats for Senate Democrats. SKDK made ads for this race on behalf of Senate Majority PAC and other Independent Expenditures, including Planned Parenthood, IUSA, Women Vote, AFSCME, Vote Vets, SEIU, NEA and Sierra Club.
  • Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Independent Expenditure – California’s 24th Congressional District: Democrat Salud Carbajal defeated Republican and former Congressional staffer Justin Fareed. Carbajal will be the first Latino to represent the Central Coast in Congress and one of eight new Hispanic Democratic lawmakers.
  • House Majority PAC – Florida’s 7th Congressional District: Democrat Stephanie Murphy defeated 23-year incumbent Representative John Mica, making her the first ever Vietnamese-American woman elected to Congress. This win also marks another pickup seat in the House for the Democrats.
  • House Majority PAC – Florida’s 13th Congressional District: Democrat Charlie Crist defeated incumbent Representative David Jolly. The victory marks another flipped seat in the House for the Democrats.
  • Environment Defense Action Fund – Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District: Democrat Jacky Rosen narrowly defeated Republican Danny Tarkanian. This win represents another seat picked up in the House for Democrats.
  • Environment Defense Action Fund – Nevada’s 4th Congressional District: Democrat Ruben Kihuen defeated incumbent Representative Cresent Hardy. Kihuen will be the first Latino to represent Nevada in the House and one of eight new Hispanic Democratic lawmakers.
  • Women In Power PAC – California State Assembly: The Women in Power PAC (WIP PAC) is a California PAC that supports Democratic women statewide. This year, WIP PAC ran their first-ever independent expenditures and were successful in doubling the number of Latina women serving in the California State Assembly.

House Incumbents Defended

  • Grace Napolitano – California’s 32nd Congressional District
  • Linda Sánchez – California’s 38th Congressional District
  • Bill Foster – Illinois’ 11th Congressional District
  • John Delaney – Maryland’s 6th Congressional District
  • Kathleen Rice – New York’s 4th Congressional District
  • Sean Patrick Maloney – New York’s 18th Congressional District

About SKDKnickerbocker

SKDKnickerbocker (SKDK) is one of the top communications and political consulting firms in the country and brings unparalleled strategic communications experience to Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, philanthropic organizations, and labor unions as well as political committees and candidates. With offices in Washington, New York, Los Angeles and Albany, SKDK offers strategic support on how to manage a crisis, protect a brand, advocate an issue or win an election. In 2016, SKDK was named Global Public Affairs Agency of the Year by the influential Holmes Report, following consecutive wins for SKDK as North America Public Affairs Agency of both 2015 and 2016. To learn more about SKDK, visit our website at

The 162 Report: November 10, 2016

Posted November 10, 2016

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I Rise

The 162 report is dedicated to the 162 million women living in the United States and highlights emerging issues in businesses, politics, and advocacy. With this bi-weekly tipsheet, we aim to call out injustices, celebrate progress, and lift up heroes and newsmakers. We hope you’ll excuse us for throwing out the usual format this week.

Like many – if not all – of you, we woke up Wednesday confused, in shock, and distraught. We are devastated that our country chose Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton as our President. But, we will not lose sight of or stop fighting every day for our values and what we believe in: justice, equality, compassion, that love trumps hate, black lives matter, and women’s rights are human rights. We will continue to choose kindness, decency, truth, and inclusion.

We formed the Women’s Leadership and Advocacy Practice to fight for the issues that women care about most, and the women who are on the frontlines fighting for them. Today, we re-commit ourselves to that effort. For Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Fannie Lou Hamer, Susan B. Anthony, Dolores Huerta, Clara Barton, Dorothy Height, Sojourner Truth, Eleanor Roosevelt, our mothers, our sisters, our daughters, and yes – for Hillary Clinton, we continue to fight.


…And What Is Inspiring Us

  • Secretary Clinton’s gracious, classy, and powerful concession speech at Time.
  • The bright spots – from NPR, the number of women of color in the U.S. Senate quadrupled with the elections of Senators-elect Kamala Harris (D-CA), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV).
  • Let’s dig into that – Senator-elect Catherine Cortez Masto is the first Latina Senator, reports the Washington Post.
  • The Los Angeles Times writes about Senator-elect Kamala Harris, the first Indian-American Senator and the second African-American woman senator – and first African-American U.S. Senator elected in California.
  • More on Senator-elect Tammy Duckworth, the first-Democratic woman combat veteran to be a U.S. Senator, at the New York Times.
  • And, in Mother Jones, Maggie Hassan (D-NH), who will join them, brings the total of new women senators to four.
  • But there’s more! Ilhan Omar Khan won a House seat in Minnesota and is the first Somali-American and first Muslim refugee elected official – the Minneapolis Public Radio.
  • NPR reports on Kate Brown, the first elected openly LGBTQ governor.
  • From NBC News, Florida elects the first Vietnamese-American Congresswoman, Stephanie Murphy.
  • At the Huffington Post, Pramila Jayapal was elected to represent Washington state in Congress and is the first Indian-American Congresswoman.
  • Lisa Blunt Rochester was elected to Congress in Delaware and will be the first woman and first African-American to represent the state in Congress, from the Associated Press.
  • And at Fox News Latino, Jennifer Gonzalez is the first woman to represent Puerto Rico in Congress.
  • The thousands who waited in line to pay tribute to Susan B. Anthony at her gravesite in Rochester, NY on Tuesday, reported by the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
  • Jezebel’s reflection on this campaign, assaults on women’s rights, and the grace consistently displayed by Secretary Clinton and all women in the face of those attacks.
  • This list of pro-women, pro-immigrant, pro-climate, anti-bigotry organizations to consider supporting – also from Jezebel.