Marjorie Dannenfelser is the president and an original organizer of the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List), a national pro-life group dedicated to pursuing policies and electing candidates to reduce and ultimately end abortion. Under Marjorie’s leadership, the SBA List has grown to more than 365,000 members nationwide. Since its founding, the SBA List has helped elect more than 100 pro-life candidates to the U.S. House of Representatives, 19 to the U.S. Senate, and 16 to other statewide offices across the country.
Marjorie has argued that pro-life electoral politics hinges on the ability to reach voters personally. That’s why in the 2014 election cycle the SBA List and its partners, the SBA List Candidate Fund and Women Speak Out PAC, spent more than $15 million to counterstrike the “war on women” – exposing pro-abortion incumbents and turning out voters through an unprecedented ground campaign. By Election Day, more than 700 pro-life activists had made more than 900,000 voter contacts in races critical to building a Senate majority. That included knocking on more than 460,000 doors.
Having helped elect a new Senate majority, the SBA List now continues its efforts to protect unborn children, mothers, and pro-life taxpayers though the advancement of lifesaving federal legislation. In addition to ending taxpayer funding of abortion in Obamacare, the SBA List’s top legislative priority is the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act – a popular initiative to protect unborn children after five months, more than halfway through pregnancy. This bill, which is supported by the new Senate Majority Leader, would save more than 18,000 lives a year. At the urging of the SBA List and top congressional leaders, the five-month abortion ban has also been endorsed by several likely 2016 GOP presidential candidates including Governor Jeb Bush, Governor Mike Huckabee, Governor Mike Pence, Governor Bobby Jindal, and Senator Ted Cruz.
In the fall of 2014, Marjorie was the subject of a profile story in the New Yorker magazine. The piece, entitled “The Intensity Gap: Can a pro-life platform win elections?”, showcases the SBA List’s political strategy under Marjorie’s leadership and illustrates the place SBA List has come to occupy within the national political scene. Marjorie has been named one of Newsmax’s top 25 Most Influential Republican Women and one of Newsweek’s top ten “Leaders of the Christian Right.” In the last three years, the SBA List has twice been awarded the prestigious Weyrich Grassroots Organization of the Year.
A regular commentator on Fox News’ Special Report and EWTN News Nightly, Marjorie has also made appearances on The O’Reilly Factor, Fox & Friends, CNN’s John King Live, EWTN’s The World Over, and CBN News. Her list of recent op-ed placements includes FoxNews.com, The Weekly Standard, The Hill, Human Events, The Washington Post, The Washington Examiner, AOL Politics Daily and WORLD Magazine.
Marjorie is a regular contributor on RedState and Townhall.com. She has been interviewed or cited in an array of national print, radio and online outlets, some of which include the Associated Press, Politico, United Press International, MSNBC.com, ABC News, National Public Radio, Focus on the Family, the Janet Mefferd Show, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, American Spectator, Catholic News Agency, Congressional Quarterly, The Hill and Roll Call.
Marjorie serves on the boards of the Alliance Defending Freedom, Constituting Culture Foundation, and Chosen Families, a ministry to families who have special needs children. Prior to launching the Susan B. Anthony List, she served on Capitol Hill as staff director of the Congressional Pro-life Caucus and also worked at the Heritage Foundation. She is originally from North Carolina and is a graduate of Duke University. Marjorie lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband Marty and their five children.