20 states by 2020

To all who have said Me Too and called out for change,

We write as state legislators and legislators-elect from across the United States to say: We hear you. We are with you. And we commit to fighting for a safer future for everyone.

We see how sexual violence and other forms of sexual harassment deeply injure our communities by keeping students from succeeding in school, denying women safety and equal opportunity at work, and—as many of us have witnessed firsthand—blocking women from political leadership. No state is immune to this corrosive harm.

On the one-year anniversary of #MeToo going viral, nearly 300 organizations came together to call for strengthened protections against sexual harassment and violence at work, in schools, homes, and communities—demanding concrete advances in “20 states by 2020.”

Now, in the wake of an election where voters demanded leaders who champion safety and dignity for all survivors and historically high numbers of women were elected to state legislatures, we cannot wait for Congress to act.

States must lead in this fight.

As 2019 state legislative sessions begin, we commit to supporting survivors and working to address sexual harassment and violence in our workplaces, our schools, and every place it occurs.

We will work with survivors and the communities most severely impacted by sexual violence—including women of color, immigrants, and LGBTQIA and gender nonconforming individuals—who are central to creating the solutions this movement demands.

Together let’s build a better world in the #MeToo Era.

We call on all states to join us.

The time is now.


If you are a current state legislator interested in taking the #20Statesby2020 pledge to advance concrete steps in protections against sexual harassment and violence, join here.

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In solidarity,

State Representative Scott Kawasaki, Alaska
State Representative Andrés Cano, Arizona
State Representative Kirsten Engel, Arizona
State Representative Rosanna Gabaldón, Arizona
State Representative Athena Salman, Arizona
State Representative Raquel Terán, Arizona
State Senator Anna Caballero, California
State Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo, California
State Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, California
State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, California
State Senator Connie M. Leyva, California
State Assemblymember Eloise Reyes, California
State Senator Nancy Skinner, California
State Representative Daneya Esgar, Colorado
State Representative Leslie Herod, Colorado
State Senator Terry Gerratana, Connecticut
State Representative Jillian Gilchrest, Connecticut
State Senator Matthew Lesser, Connecticut
State Senator Marilyn Moore, Connecticut
State Representative Caroline Simmons, Connecticut
Councilmember Charles Allen, District of Columbia
Councilmember David Grosso, District of Columbia
State Senator Lori Berman, Florida
State Representative Anna Eskamani, Florida
State Representative Amy Mercado, Florida
State Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith, Florida
State Representative Park Cannon, Georgia
State Representative David Dreyer, Georgia
State Senator Nan Orrock, Georgia
State Representative Kim Schofield, Georgia
State Representative Renitta Shannon, Georgia
State Senator Laura Thielen, Hawaii
State Representative Carol Ammons, Illinois
State Representative Jaime M. Andrade, Jr., Illinois
State Representative Dan Brady, Illinois
State Representative Monica Bristow, Illinois
State Representative Kelly Burke, Illinois
State Senator Melinda Bush, Illinois
State Representative Kelly Cassidy, Illinois
State Representative Melissa Conyears-Ervin, Illinois
State Representative Terra Costa Howard, Illinois
State Representative Daniel Didech, Illinois
State Representative Mary Edly-Allen, Illinois
Assistant Majority Leader Sara Feigenholtz, Illinois
State Representative Mary Flowers, Illinois
State Representative Robyn Gabel, Illinois
State Representative Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, Illinois
State Representative Will Guzzardi, Illinois
State Representative Michael Halpin, Illinois
State Representative Greg Harris, Illinois
Majority Caucus Chairman Mattie Hunter, Illinois
Speaker Michael Madigan, Illinois
State Representative Theresa Mah, Illinois
State Representative Natalie Manley, Illinois
State Representative Joyce Mason, Illinois
State Representative Christian Mitchell, Illinois
State Representative Anna Moeller, Illinois
State Representative Martin Moylan, Illinois
State Representative Michelle Mussman, Illinois
State Representative Diane Pappas, Illinois
State Representative Sue Scherer, Illinois
State Representative Nicholas Smith, Illinois
State Representative Karina Villa, Illinois
State Representative Celina Villanueva, Illinois
State Senator Ram Villivalam, Illinois
State Representative Maurice West, Illinois
State Representative Ann M. Williams, Illinois
State Representative Kathleen Willis, Illinois
State Representative Chris Campbell, Indiana
State Representative Karlee Macer, Indiana
State Representative Joni Jenkins, Kentucky
State Representative Josie Raymond, Kentucky
State Representative Attica Scott, Kentucky
State Representative Lisa Willner, Kentucky
State Senator Wesley Bishop, Louisiana
State Representative Royce Duplessis, Louisiana
State Representative Jimmy Harris, Louisiana
State Representative Patricia Haynes Smith, Louisiana
State Senator “JP” Morrell, Louisiana
State Senator Karen Carter Peterson, Louisiana
State Representative Robert Alley, Maine
State Representative Christopher Babbidge, Maine
State Representative Pinny Beebe-Center, Maine
State Representative Michael Brennan, Maine
State Representative Christopher Caiazzo, Maine
State Representative Kristen Cloutier, Maine
State Representative Janice Cooper, Maine
State Representative Edward Crockett, Maine
State Representative Scott Cuddy, Maine
State Representative Matthea Daughtry, Maine
State Representative Diane Denk, Maine
State Representative Jan Dodge, Maine
State Representative Donna Doore, Maine
State Representative Victoria Doudera, Maine
State Representative Michelle Dunphy, Maine
State Representative Jeffrey Evangelos, Maine
State Representative Richard Farnsworth, Maine
Assistant Majority Leader Rep. Ryan Fecteau, Maine
Speaker Sara Gideon, Maine
State Representative Nicole Grohoski, Maine
State Representative Craig Hickman, Maine
State Representative Patricia Hymanson, Maine
State Representative Henry Ingwersen, Maine
State Representative Anne-Marie Mastraccio, Maine
State Representative Chloe Maxmin, Maine
State Representative David McCrea, Maine
State Representative Joyce “Jay” McCreight, Maine

State Representative Genevieve McDonald, Maine
State Representative Michele Meyer, Maine
Majority Leader Rep. Matt Moonen, Maine
State Representative Maggie O’Neil, Maine
State Representative Sarah Pebworth, Maine
State Representative Teresa Pierce, Maine
State Representative William Pluecker, Maine
State Representative Deane Rykerson, Maine
State Representative Thomas Skolfield, Maine
State Representative Holly Stover, Maine
State Representative Ryan Tipping, Maine
State Representative Charlotte Warren, Maine
State Senator Pamela Beidle, Maryland
State Senator Joanne Benson, Maryland
State Senator Jill Carter, Maryland
Majority Leader, Delegate Kathleen Dumais, Maryland
State Delegate Eric Ebersole, Maryland
State Senator Sarah Elfreth, Maryland
State Senator Bill Ferguson, Maryland
State Delegate David Fraser-Hidalgo, Maryland
State Senator Guy Guzzone, Maryland
State Delegate Shelly Hettleman, Maryland
Speaker Pro Tempore Adrienne Jones, Maryland
State Delegate Anne Kaiser, Maryland
State Delegate Ariana Kelly, Maryland
State Senator Nancy King, Maryland
State Delegate Steve Lafferty, Maryland
State Senator Clarence Lam, Maryland
State Senator Susan Lee, Maryland
State Delegate Jazz Lewis, Maryland
State Delegate Karen Lewis Young, Maryland
State Delegate Brooke Lierman, Maryland
State Delegate Eric Luedtke, Maryland
State Delegate Maggie McIntosh, Maryland
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr., Maryland
State Delegate Joseline Peña-Melnyk, Maryland
State Senator Douglas J. J. Peters, Maryland
State Delegate Pamela Queen, Maryland
State Senator William C. Smith, Jr., Maryland
State Delegate Dana Stein, Maryland
State Delegate Geraldine Valentino-Smith, Maryland
State Senator Jeff Waldstreicher, Maryland
State Senator Ronald Young, Maryland
State Senator Craig Zucker, Maryland
State Representative Natalie Blais, Massachusetts
State Representative Michelle Ciccolo, Massachusetts
State Senator Jo Comerford, Massachusetts
State Representative Mindy Domb, Massachusetts
State Representative Maria Duaime Robinson, Massachusetts
State Representative Lori Ehrlich, Massachusetts
State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier, Massachusetts
State Representative Tami Gouveia, Massachusetts
State Representative Richard Haggerty, Massachusetts
State Representative Natalie Higgins, Massachusetts
State Representative Jack Patrick Lewis, Massachusetts
State Representative Tram Nguyen, Massachusetts
State Representative Norman Orrall, Massachusetts
State Representative Denise Provost, Massachusetts
State Senator Becca Rausch, Massachusetts
State Representative Lindsay Sabadosa, Massachusetts
State Representative David Robertson, Massachusetts
State Senator Stephanie Chang, Michigan
State Senator Erika Geiss, Michigan
State Senator Betty Jean Alexander, Michigan
State Representative Darrin Camilleri, Michigan
State Representative Robert Wittenberg, Michigan
State Senator Rosemary Bayer, Michigan
State Representative Julie Brixie, Michigan
State Representative Rachel Hood, Michigan
State Representative Kara Hope, Michigan
State Senator Jeff Irwin, Michigan
State Representative Donna Lasinski, Michigan
State Representative Mari Manoogian, Michigan
State Senator Sean McCann, Michigan
State Senator Jeremy Moss, Michigan
State Representative Rebekah Warren, Michigan
State Representative Laurie Halverson, Minnesota
State Representative Mary Kunesh-Podein, Minnesota
State Senator Sandy Pappas, Minnesota
State Representative Ami Wazlawik, Minnesota
State Representative Kathy Sykes, Mississippi
State Representative Cora Faith Walker, Missouri
State Senator Sue Crawford, Nebraska
State Senator Sara Howard, Nebraska
State Senator Megan Hunt, Nebraska
State Senator Patty Pansing Brooks, Nebraska
State Senator Anna Wishart, Nebraska
State Senator Yvanna Cancela, Nevada
State Assemblyman Steve Yeager, Nevada
Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, New Jersey
State Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson, New Jersey
State Senate Assistant Majority Leader Linda Greenstein, New Jersey
State Representative Gail Chasey, New Mexico
State Representative Joanne J. Ferrary, New Mexico
State Representative Georgene Louis, New Mexico
State Representative Andrea Romero, New Mexico
State Representative Elizabeth “Liz” Thomson, New Mexico
State Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, New York
State Representative Christy Clark, North Carolina
State Representative Carolyn Logan, North Carolina
State Representative Marcia Morey, North Carolina
State Senator Tim Mathern, North Dakota
State Representative Juanita Brent, Ohio

State Representative Kelly Albright, Oklahoma
State Representative Chelsey Branham, Oklahoma
State Representative Emily Virgin, Oklahoma
State Senator Dr. George E. Young, Sr., Oklahoma
State Representative Janelle Bynum, Oregon
State Senator Rob Wagner, Oregon
State Representative Susan McLain, Oregon
State Representative Margaret Doherty, Oregon
State Representative Lynn Findley, Oregon
State Senator Lew Frederick, Oregon
State Senator Sara Gelser, Oregon
State Senator Jeff Golden, Oregon
State Representative Chris Gorsek, Oregon
State Senator Tim Knopp, Oregon
State Representative Pam Marsh, Oregon
State Representative Mark Meek, Oregon
State Representative Tiffiny Mitchell, Oregon
State Senator Laurie Monnes-Anderson, Oregon
State Representative Courtney Neron, Oregon
State Representative Rob Nosse, Oregon
State Representative Carla Piluso, Oregon
State Representative Karin Power, Oregon
State Representative Rachel Prusak, Oregon
State Representative Jeff Reardon, Oregon
State Senator Arnie Roblan, Oregon
State Representative Andrea Salinas, Oregon
State Representative Tawna Sanchez, Oregon
State Representative Sheri Schouten, Oregon
State Representative Barbara Smith Warner, Oregon
State Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, Oregon
State Senator Kathleen Taylor, Oregon
State Representative Marty Wilde, Oregon
State Representative Anna Williams, Oregon
State Representative Donna Bullock, Pennsylvania
State Senator Maria Collett, Pennsylvania
State Representative Leanne Krueger-Braneky, Pennsylvania
State Senator Katie Muth, Pennsylvania
State Representative Mike Schlossberg, Pennsylvania
State Representative Brian Sims, Pennsylvania
State Representative Mary Isaacson, Pennsylvania
State Representative Morgan Cephas, Pennsylvania
State Representative Edith H. Ajello, Rhode Island
State Representative Gregg Amore, Rhode Island
State Senator Sam Bell, Rhode Island
State Representative Lauren Carson, Rhode Island
State Representative Terri Cortvriend, Rhode Island
State Representative Susan Donovan, Rhode Island
State Senator Dawn Euer, Rhode Island
State Senator Gayle Goldin, Rhode Island
State Representative Art Handy, Rhode Island
State Representative Katherine Kazarian, Rhode Island
State Representative Rebecca Kislak, Rhode Island
State Senator Joshua Miller, Rhode Island
State Representative Deborah Ruggiero, Rhode Island
State Representative Teresa Tanzi, Rhode Island
State Senator Bridget Valverde, Rhode Island
State Representative Gilda Cobb-Hunter, South Carolina
State Representative John Ray Clemmons, Tennessee
State Representative Nicole Collier, Texas
State Representative Victoria Neave, Texas
State Representative Erin Zwiener, Texas
State Representative Jennifer Dailey-Provost, Utah
State Representative Jessica Brumsted, Vermont
State Representative Mollie Burke, Vermont
State Representative Scott Campbell, Vermont
State Representative Annmarie Christensen, Vermont
State Representative Sara Coffey, Vermont
State Representative Sarah Copeland Hanzas, Vermont
State Representative Mari Cordes, RN, Vermont
State Representative Lori Houghton, Vermont
State Representative Kathleen James, Vermont
State Representative Mike Mrowicki, Vermont
State Representative Carol Ode, Vermont
State Representative Jean O’Sullivan, Vermont
State Representative Ann Pugh, Vermont
State Representative Marybeth Redmond, Vermont
State Representative Laura Sibilia, Vermont
State Representative Trevor Squirrell, Vermont
State Representative Thomas Stevens, Vermont
State Representative Randall Szott, Vermont
State Representative Joseph Troiano, Vermont
State Representative Rebecca White, Vermont
State Representative Theresa Wood, Vermont
State Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy, Virginia
State Senator Mona Das, Washington
State Senator Karen Keiser, Washington
State Delegate Amanda Estep-Burton, West Virginia
State Delegate Barbara Evans Fleischauer, West Virginia
State Delegate Cindy Lavender-Bowe, West Virginia
State Representative Jimmy Anderson, Wisconsin
State Representative Jill Billings, Wisconsin
State Representative Jonathan Brostoff, Wisconsin
State Representative David Crowley, Wisconsin
State Representative Evan Goyke, Wisconsin
State Senator LaTonya Johnson, Wisconsin
State Senator Chris Larson, Wisconsin
State Representative Beth Meyers, Wisconsin
State Representative Greta Neubauer, Wisconsin
State Senator Fred A. Risser, Wisconsin
State Representative Melissa Sargent, Wisconsin
State Representative Katrina Shankland, Wisconsin
State Representative Christine Sinicki, Wisconsin
State Representative Mark Spreitzer, Wisconsin
State Representative Lisa Subeck, Wisconsin
State Representative Chris Taylor, Wisconsin
State Senator Lena Taylor, Wisconsin
State Representative JoCasta Zamarripa, Wisconsin