Don't Count Katie Hill Out Just Yet

The former congresswoman talks her new PAC and hints at a big announcement coming soon.

2/27/2020 2:57:00 PM

'So many people reached out to me in the aftermath of [my resignation] and said, 'I'm somebody who wants to run. I don't want this kind of thing to happen to me,'' KatieHill4CA says. '[I've said] it's a risk that you’ve got to take because we need you.'

The former congresswoman talks her new PAC and hints at a big announcement coming soon.

for leaking the nude photos and a misogynistic culture for"capitalizing" on her sexuality. “We will not stand down, we will not be broken, we will not be silenced," she vowed."We will rise and we will make tomorrow better than today.”

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Nearly four months later, Hill says she's working hard to keep that promise. In an exclusive interview, the former congresswoman tells ELLE.com she's"re-entered the boxing ring—only this time in a different uniform." She's cooking up several new projects, including a political action committee, and says she has a big announcement coming—which some have speculated to be a book deal—that will be revealed later this week.

What she can say for now:"I wasn't ready for my work to be done."Related StoryKatie Hill Won Her Congressional RaceAfter leaving her political post in October, Hill thought long and hard about what she wanted to do next. She asked herself:"How can I fight for the issues I believe in and actually change policy? And more importantly, how can I change the power dynamics and change the face of power?"

The answer, Hill believes, is a PAC.At the MAKERS conference in Los Angeles earlier this month, she announcedHER Time, a brand-new coalition dedicated to mobilizing and supporting politically-inclined young women. Through the organization, Hill plans to provide financial resources and mentorship to budding candidates, with a focus on Democratic candidates looking to flip seats. Hill says HER Time will also recruit potential first-time female candidates and guide them through the process of running for office.

"So many people reached out to me in the aftermath of [my resignation] and said, 'I'm somebody who wants to run. What do I do? I don't want this kind of thing to happen to me,'" she says."I've talked with young women, and said, 'I want to be perfectly clear. This is a risk. This is something that can happen, but it's a risk that you’ve got to take because we need you.' The fight is up to us to make sure that that this doesn't happen to future generations of women."

Mario TamaGetty ImagesHill sees HER Time as a"higher risk-taking group" compared to other PACs like EMILY's List, which also helps get Democratic women candidates elected. A pillar of HER Time's mission, as, is to"support... long-shot candidates who have the vision and drive needed to make lasting systemic change."

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