Sandra Mortham, national chair for the organization Maggie's List, says Independence Day is the perfect time to name a patriot and public servant to a post she will use to elect more conservative women to office.
Mortham announced Wednesday the appointment of Jennifer Carroll as the new national spokeswoman for Maggie's List. Carroll served with Gov. Rick Scott as the 18th lieutenant governor of Florida from Jan. 4, 2011 to March 12, 2013.
Established in 2010, Maggie's List is a federal political action committee created to raise awareness and funds to increase the number of conservative women elected to federal public office.
Carroll emigrated with her parents from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago at the age of 8. She and her family assimilated in the U.S. and embraced the opportunities the nation afforded, Mortham writes in her announcement.
Carroll is no stranger to challenges and adversity, having adapted to a new culture as a young child, then to her life after joining the Navy as a jet mechanic in a field that was male-dominated and unwelcoming at the time. She worked hard and ascended to greater heights when she received a commission and after 20 years retired as a highly decorated Navy lieutenant commander.
Carroll gives credit to her training and experience in the Armed Forces for her successes in government. She was the first black Republican female elected to the Florida Legislature and as Florida’s lieutenant governor.
“My accomplishments in the military, in government and serving on many nonprofit boards have been my way of giving back to a nation that embraced my family and opened doors that may not have been,” states Carroll. “My role as a national spokeswoman for Maggie’s List is to encourage conservative women to take the challenge and run for Congress, help further expand diversity among the congressional ranks for us to have a true representative government.
“This Independence Day I hope all citizens and those who adopted the United States as their home, will give appreciation for the liberty and freedom so many take for granted," Carroll continues. "I know for many the struggle still exists, but I believe the work of Maggie’s List in its support of conservative women running and elected to Congress will help bring about greater opportunities, improvements and independence.”
Said Mortham, “Maggie’s List is ecstatic to have a mom, grandmother, veteran, former legislator, former lieutenant governor and Maggie’s List founding member as our national spokeswoman. She has done it all with honor, grace and integrity. There is no one more qualified than Jennifer to do this job of advancing the compassionate conservative cause to elect more women in government.”
Maggie's List provides training and get-out-the-vote programs as well as critical financial support for female candidates for the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate. Maggie's List extensively researches candidates and endorses those whose policy views and legislative behavior promote fiscal conservatism, less government, more personal responsibility and strong national security.