San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement on her appointment of Jane Morrison to cast her vote in the Electoral College in Sacramento for President Barack Obama:
“It is with great pride that I appointed Jane Morrison to cast our district’s vote in the Electoral College for President Barack Obama. Jane is a committed grassroots activist, a fixture in local and state politics, a tireless advocate for the rights of women, and a powerful voice for the homeless, the environment, and the economic prosperity of San Francisco.
“Along with her late husband and former San Francisco Supervisor Jack Morrison, Jane spent her adult life at the crossroads of some of the truly transformational moments of American, California, and San Francisco history. She was a volunteer in the best sense – giving of herself, her time, her energy and passion for candidates and causes she held most dear. Through it all, her focus and her actions have been rooted in her values: the belief in a fair, just, more equal city, state, and country for all.
“Born before women even had the right to cast a ballot, Jane’s participation in this extraordinary moment for our democracy is a true measure of our progress as a country and a people. Our city is fortunate to have Jane as one of its accomplished residents and as a representative in the Electoral College.”
Jane Morrison is a longtime Democratic Party activist, volunteer, and journalist. For 35 years, she worked for NBC radio in San Francisco as a public affairs manager and editorial writer. Previously, she taught mass media courses as a part-time lecturer at San Francisco State University and the University of San Francisco; worked as an FCC consultant for radio stations in the Bay Area; and served as a reporter, columnist, editor, and feature writer in Oklahoma City and Kansas City.
Over the course of the past 60 years, Jane Morrison has earned recognition and accolades for her wide-ranging service to local non-profit organizations, Democratic campaigns, and political groups. She and her husband, Jack Morrison, a 1960s member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, got their start as volunteers for Adlai Stevenson’s presidential campaigns in the 1950s, organized supporters for Governor Pat Brown, and spent their evenings campaigning for Mayor George Moscone, Senator Alan Cranston, and President John F. Kennedy. She was a delegate to the 1960 and 1964 Democratic National Conventions, the State Women’s Chair of the California Democratic Party, and Chair of the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee. Currently, Ms. Morrison serves as a Member of the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Transbay Terminal in San Francisco.
Under state law, California’s 53 Democratic Congressional nominees and two U.S. Senators each appoint one Democrat to cast their vote for the Electoral College, while the Republicans have a different system. Whichever candidate wins a state determines which appointees (Democrats or Republicans) actually become members of the Electoral College. Because President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden won California in the presidential election, Jane Morrison and the other Democratic appointees will be members of the Electoral College, which meets on Monday, December 17, 2012, in state Capitols throughout the nation.