A press release from the Giffords campaign today announced her endorsement by the AEA.
Quotes from that release:
The Arizona Education Association is the largest professional organization in Arizona, with 35,000 teachers and education support professionals. It is a state affiliate of the National Education Association, the largest professional organization in the United States, with 2.7 million members. They are dedicated to advancing the cause of public education, and they both joined together to announce their support of Gabrielle.
In the legislature, Gabrielle Giffords helped lead the bipartisan Children's Caucus, which worked to improve education and health care for Arizona's children. She worked closely with Governor Janet Napolitano on the promotion of all-day kindergarten. She supported our schools through sponsorship of supplemental state aid through bonds (SB 1344, in 2004) and tax credits that could be used for school supplies (SB 1355, in 2003). She also sponsored a bill to improve air quality in the schools (HB 2272, in 2004) and pushed for accountability on school spending (SB 1297, in 2004). Thanks to her support of reading in the curriculum, she was awarded Arizona Family Literacy's Outstanding Legislator for 2003.
She has also worked to improve higher education in Arizona. She sponsored legislation to support our universities and community colleges with research infrastructure (HB 2529, in 2003) and technology support (HCR 2028, in 2003). Locally, she serves on the advisory board of the University of Arizona College of Business and Public Administration.
The AEA and NEA have joined a large coalition of labor unions and professional organizations that have stood in support for Gabrielle Giffords' campaign for a government that works for all of us – not just the privileged and connected. The coalition includes:
United Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 104.
Arizona Conference of Police and Sheriffs (AZCOPS), Local 7077.
United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 99.
Associated Highway Patrolmen of Arizona.
United Brotherhood of Carpenters of America (Southwest Regional Council).
Professional Fire Fighters of Arizona.
Arizona State Council of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.
Tucson Fire Fighters Association, Local 479.
Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen.
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.