Press Release

October 26, 2015

Maggie’s List Proudly Endorses Mary Thomas for Florida’s 2nd Congressional District

(Washington, DC) – Maggie’s List, a federal political action committee dedicated to electing conservative women to Congress, is proud to announce the Maggie’s List endorsement of Mary Thomas in her campaign for Florida’s 2nd Congressional District. 

Mary Thomas states, "As a wife, a mom, a first-generation American, a former top advisor to Governor Rick Scott, and a successful land use attorney, it is an honor to receive the endorsement of Maggie’s List, and with it the backing of a nationwide network of committed, conservative women, who will help me win my race so that I may serve as the U.S. Representative for the people of North Florida, and in doing so, make history by becoming the first Indian-American woman ever to serve in Congress.” 

“Mary Thomas is a proven leader who brings so much to Florida’s 2nd Congressional District,” states Sandra B. Mortham, Chairman of Maggie’s List and former Florida Secretary of State. “Her service in Governor Rick Scott’s Administration since January 2011, coupled with her relentless leadership and work on issues that directly impact the citizens, the businesses, the military installations and the environment of Florida’s 2nd Congressional District, make her the right candidate to represent the District’s citizens and interests.“ 

Mortham continues, “Maggie’s List is proud to stand with Mary Thomas, to take back this conservative seat in a District with a proven conservative track record. She will serve constituents with a fresh perspective and sound principles. Mary stands for our values of fiscal conservatism, less government, more personal responsibility and a strong national security, and she will bring these conservative values to the U.S. House of Representatives.” 

Mary Thomas was born in Charleston, South Carolina to immigrant parents who arrived in America, legally, from India in 1972 with their educations and their hopes of living the American dream. She has lived in Tallahassee for over a decade. Mary has been a member of Governor Rick Scott’s Administration since he was sworn into office in January 2011. Her experience includes: serving as the Governor’s representative in negotiations regarding the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill; developing strategies to protect the Apalachicola Bay from Georgia’s unchecked consumption of water, strategies that ultimately resulted in the filing of a lawsuit against Georgia in the U.S. Supreme Court; and helping to solve military base encroachment issues around the Panhandle’s military installations. Most recently, Governor Scott appointed Mary to serve as the General Counsel at the Florida Department of Elder Affairs where she managed and oversaw the legal department of an agency that administers an approximately $900 million budget. 

“We need more women in Congress. Women bring a different perspective to national policy, one that is sorely needed in today’s deeply divisive and overly negative political world. As moms, wives, caregivers and breadwinners, women know how to get things done and we know the value of family and the value of a dollar,” says Mary Thomas.

This first-generation American, mom and attorney knows the value of hard work and family and has what it takes to fight for conservative values as U.S. Representative