For Immediate Release
May 16, 2019

Media Contacts:
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Keegan Bales –


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Congressional Women’s Softball Game (CWSG) organizing committee announced the rosters for its eleventh annual game, which will be held on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at Watkins Recreation on Capitol Hill. To view this year’s full roster, click here. The annual game brings together women Members of Congress – Democrats and Republicans – to take on the women of the Washington, D.C. Press Corps. With freshmen members of the 116th Congress joining the Members team, and with new additions to the Bad News Babes, the event is sure to be a historic and exciting game.

Sponsorships are available through the game on June 19. To date, the CWSG has raised over $1.3 million for the Young Survival Coalition, the premier organization dedicated to young adults with breast cancer. To learn more about sponsorships, please email To RSVP for press credentials, please email or Tickets can be purchased for $10 here.

This year the rosters are as follows:

* Denotes captains
Bold denotes Rookies

Members Team

Members Roster

Rep. Nanette Barragan (D-CA-44)
Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17)
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito* (R-WV)
Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL-14)
Rep. Sharice Davids (D-KS-3)
Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA)
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand* (D-NY)
Del. Jenniffer González-Colón (R-Puerto Rico)
Rep. Debra Haaland (D-NM-1)
Rep. Katie Hill** (D-CA-25)
Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA-6)
Rep. Martha Roby* (R-AL-2)
Rep. Kim Schrier (D-WA-8)
Rep. Donna Shalala (D-FL-27)
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ)
Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA-35)
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz* (D-FL-23)

Members Coaches:
Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO-7)
Tori Barnes
Natalie Buchanan Joyce
Jim Kiley

Press Team

Press Roster

Jennifer Bendery, HuffPost
Mikayla Bouchard*, The New York Times
Bridget Bowman, Roll Call
Leigh Ann Caldwell, NBC News
Lisa Desjardins, PBS NewsHour
Gretchen Frazee, PBS NewsHour
Emily Goodin,
Erica R. Hendry, PBS NewsHour
Emmarie Huetteman*, Kaiser Health News
Tamara Keith, NPR
Abby Livingston, The Texas Tribune
Leigh Munsil, CNN
Amna Nawaz, PBS NewsHour
Lynn Sweet, The Chicago Sun-Times
Shawna Thomas, VICE News
Amy Walter, The Cook Political Report

Captains Emeritus:
Dana Bash, CNN
Carrie Budoff Brown, Politico
Brianna Keilar, CNN
Amy Walter, The Cook Political Report

David Espo, Associated Press (retired)
Carl Hulse, The New York Times
Frank Thorp, NBC News

Quotes from the Captains

"This game and its connection to the community is truly something special. Every year stakes get higher, the hits go farther and, most importantly, the awareness we raise for women battling breast cancer gets broader. It is an honor to take the field every year with an amazing group of women -- even if one half of them are sad when the press takes home the trophy." – Mikayla Bouchard

“The Congressional Women’s Softball Game is the best night of the year in Washington. It brings together Democrats, Republicans, Congress, and the press, for two amazing causes: helping an important charity for women breast cancer survivors, and beating the Bad News Babes! I’m honored to co-captain Team Congress once again, and I can’t wait to see everyone there!” – Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

"As the granddaughter of two breast cancer survivors, I'm proud to be part of this amazing community of women who put aside political and professional differences to rally for something bigger than any one of us. Plus, this game is just plain fun -- what better way is there to support this great cause?" – Emmarie Huetteman

“I am honored to participate in the Congressional Women’s Softball Game again this year as we rally together in support of a tremendously worthy cause. I am both proud and deeply saddened to play in honor of my dear friend’s daughter, Courtney, who courageously battled cancer for a little over a year but recently passed away. During this time of profound heartbreak, I am thankful to have this opportunity to honor Courtney’s life.” – Congresswoman Martha Roby

“We congressional women are in a league of our own, and I’m proud to continue keeping this tradition of bipartisanship, camaraderie, and friendly competition alive for a great cause. See you on the field!” – Senator Shelley Moore Capito

"I am thrilled to join my bipartisan colleagues to support striking out cancer through another season of Congressional Women's Softball. As a breast cancer survivor, I know firsthand the importance of education and outreach that informs women 45 and younger about their breast cancer risks, and empowers them to speak up for their health and fight this deadly disease. Our annual softball game is a fun and competitive opportunity to raise funds for the Young Survival Coalition, an incredible organization that supports young adults affected by breast cancer. Having a community of support was so critical to me as I fought cancer, and the Young Survival Coalition's work, and our annual softball game, are both models of building and embracing community in our lives, whether we are facing personal struggles or pursuing a common goal. It’s an important and special opportunity to build camaraderie as women in support of one another that we look forward to each year.” – Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz

The Congressional Women’s Softball Game will be held on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at Watkins Recreation Center, 420 12th Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003. Tickets are $10, and they can be purchased online, or at the gate on game day. For more information, visit:

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