We are pleased to present our complete slate of congressional endorsements for 2022. Most of our candidates are in margin-of-error-tight races facing incumbent Republicans. We believe our endorsees have the vision and skills to serve as important leaders on national economic and political reform issues in Congress. Our honorable mentions are those leaders in Congress, who are in safe seats.
U.S. House of Representatives
Serving as Wisconsin’s 45th Lieutenant Governor, Mandela Barnes is entering the midterm election as the Democratic nominee after his top primary challengers dropped out to endorse his candidacy. Before assuming the role of Lieutenant Governor in 2018, Barnes represented Wisconsin’s 11th Assembly district from 2013 to 2017. Through exceptional grassroots momentum and steady poll growth, Barnes continues to prove he is the best person to flip this Senate seat from red to blue and plans to outcompete two-term Republican incumbent Ron Johnson this November.
Lt. Gov. Barnes has fought for various policies regarding community reinvestment and has led the charge for various bipartisan reforms when it comes to defending democracy. He has long been a champion of rebuilding the working class and has publicly prioritized policies that provide immediate relief to people throughout his home state, including but not limited to middle-class tax cuts.
Former North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley is a devoted public servant and an experienced leader who has dedicated her life to the people of North Carolina. In 2019, Justice Beasley made history by becoming the first African American woman to serve as chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. Justice Beasley is running for the open U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican incumbent Senator Richard Burr, who is not seeking reelection in 2022.
Justice Beasley is running to expand economic opportunities for all North Carolinians. She has promised to support workforce development programs that would protect manufacturing and farming jobs while encouraging high-tech jobs in areas like the Research Triangle. Justice Beasley also wants to make the Expanded Child Tax Credit permanent, one of the most popular and transformative provisions of the American Rescue Plan.
Senator Michael Bennet is no stranger to a competitive race. The Coloradan won his first Senate in 2010 by less than 2 percent. But Bennet beat out his opponent for re-election in 2016 by nearly 6 percent, proof that the two-term Senator can appeal to voters in a state that has not always been reliably blue. Despite Democrats’ success in Colorado in recent years, hanging onto the state’s Senate seat up this fall is not a given. Senator Bennet’s appeal to rural voters and working families will be essential to maintaining a Democratic Senate in 2022.
In Congress, Senator Bennet has fought for policies like the child tax credit expansion that lifted millions of children out of poverty during the pandemic. He has also called for an extension on the student loan repayment pause, worked to make college more affordable, and advocated for expansions to jobs training and apprenticeship programs. Senator Bennet is a particularly strong advocate for lower healthcare costs, ending surprise medical bills after an emergency, as well as allowing Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices.
In 2016, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto became the first woman to represent Nevada and the first Latina to serve in the US Senate. This November, she will face a tight re-election bid against a Trump-backed, anti-choice Republican opponent. Holding this seat will be crucial for Democrats’ control of the Senate, and Senator Cortez Masto is more than up for the challenge.
Throughout her career in public service, first as the Attorney General of Nevada and now as a Senator, Cortez Masto has been a champion for women, children, and seniors. She has fought to promote access to affordable healthcare by working to reduce the cost of prescription drugs and ensuring spouses and children are able to get healthcare coverage. She has also worked to expand access to affordable housing, protect our environment, and promote investments in American manufacturing and research. We need her steady vote on the Senate Banking Committee.
Lt. Gov. John Fetterman decisively won the Democratic nomination for Pennsylvania’s Senate seat. This is a flip seat opportunity for Democrats with Senator Toomey retiring. Fetterman presents as a no-nonsense, blue-collar populist. He was Mayor of Braddock for 13 years, first elected in 2005. In 2018, he was elected Lieutenant Governor.
As Lt. Gov., he focused on economic issues and criminal justice reform. Fetterman supports a $15 minimum wage, unions, and healthcare as his top priorities. He doesn’t accept campaign money from corporate PACs and wants to get rid of the filibuster. Currently, the GOP still doesn’t have a nominee: Dr. Oz has 31.3 percent of the vote, and Dave McCormick has 31.1 percent of it. Fetterman will be a strong candidate against either nominee and will be key to the Senate majority.
Senator Maggie Hassan was elected to the Senate in 2016 after serving as Governor of the Granite State for four years. The second woman in American history to be both Governor and Senator, Hassan is running for re-election to her critical swing seat this November. Her campaign platform focuses on her ability to work on a bipartisan basis on behalf of New Hampshirites to fuel economic opportunity, support small businesses, and keep America safe, secure, and free. Hassan, a champion of healthcare, maintained her record as she called on President Biden to take action to protect women’s access to healthcare after the Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to an abortion.
Senator Hassan’s opponent is Republican extremist Don Bolduc, a retired Army brigadier general. Don Bolduc flip-flopped on his denial of the 2020 election results and toned down his extreme pro-life views after securing the Republican nomination post-primary. This comes too little too late as Senator Hassan continues to pull away in the polls, leading by 6.6 percentage points. The National Republican Senatorial Committee has recently canceled nearly $3 million in scheduled ad buys, a good indicator for Democrats.
Naval veteran and retired astronaut Mark Kelly’s victory in the 2020 special election marked the first time since the 1950’s that Arizona had two Democratic Senators simultaneously. Now, the frontline Democrat is running for his first full term in a race key to holding the Senate majority.
In 2013, Kelly co-founded GIFFORDS, an organization dedicated to ending gun violence, with his wife, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. In Congress, Senator Kelly has worked tirelessly to deliver for his constituents, championing last year’s bipartisan infrastructure bill as well as investments in domestic chip manufacturing. Kelly has also advocated for greater transparency from members of Congress and introduced legislation to ban stock trading by members.
In Congress, Rep. Tim Ryan has fought for working families in his district and across the country — opposing unfair trade deals that would ship jobs overseas, pushing to raise wages, and working to protect the promise of a secure retirement by strengthening Medicare and Social Security. Currently, Congressman Ryan is on the House and Senate Conference Committee for USICA/COMPETES. Ryan understands that there’s nothing more patriotic than investing in Ohio’s workforce, bringing good-paying jobs to Ohio, and making sure our workers can compete with countries around the world.
In the Senate, Congressman Ryan will fight to raise wages, make healthcare more affordable, invest in education, rebuild our public infrastructure, and revitalize manufacturing — and he’ll make sure we’re keeping workers in on the deal every step of the way. Congressman Ryan outperformed President Biden by 2 percent in both the rural and suburban precincts in his district in 2020. Rep. Ryan has built a campaign and message focused on winning in every corner of Ohio, and he is prepared to beat his extreme and out-of-touch Republican opponent, J.D. Vance.
Senator Warnock’s election to the U.S. Senate in 2020 was monumental for Georgians and the Democratic party. After defeating Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler in the runoff, Sen. Warnock flipped the seat from red to blue, becoming the first Black senator from Georgia. Before joining the Senate, he was a pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once preached. He rose to political prominence in Georgia as a leading activist in the campaign to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. In his brief time in the Senate, Sen. Warnock has continued to advocate and fight for Georgian’s best interests.
Sen. Warnock is up once again to secure a full six-year term in November. This year’s general election is expected to be one of the tightest, most closely watched Senate races in the country. Recent polls have Sen. Warnock’s race against GOP candidate and former UGA football player, Herschel Walker, as a toss-up. Walker’s baggage includes a Trump endorsement, state-wide name recognition, and a less than favorable personal history. Sen. Warnock’s strong voting record aimed at increasing access to healthcare, lowering costs, and creating jobs should resonate with Georgians.
U.S. House of Representatives
Representative Cindy Axne is one of the first women to represent Iowa in the U.S. House of Representatives. Used to defending her seat by close margins, Axne is once again headed into a tight race. This cycle, Axne is facing Republican Zach Nunn, a former officer in the U.S. Air Force who serves as the Iowa State Senator from the 15th district.
A member of the House Financial Services Committee, Congresswoman Axne has introduced legislation on corporate offshoring, job outsourcing, rural small business access to credit, and rental assistance for low-income rural residents. During the pandemic, she has been outspoken on adequate federal assistance to states and localities and supported measures to increase flexibility for small businesses and supported the vital American Rescue Plan and Bipartisan Infrastructure bills.
Iowa State Representative Christina Bohannan is a law professor and former engineer serving the people of Iowa in the State House. In 2020, Bohannan won a seat in the Iowa House, defeating a 20-year incumbent. Bohannan is running now to unseat freshman Representative Mariannette Miller-Meeks, who won her seat by an incredibly slim margin of six votes in 2020. This is a key flip opportunity for a seat that was held by a Democrat only one cycle ago.
State Representative Bohannan is a champion for her community, and now she is running for Congress to continue fighting for every Iowan to have a fair shot. In Congress, Bohannan will work to increase training for high-skill, high-wage jobs, invest in our kids and schools, make Iowa a clean energy leader, strengthen protections for voting rights, and increase access to quality, affordable health care and broadband. Her legislative record shows Bohannon’s promise to be an effective leader in Congress.
Representative Sean Casten was first elected in the Democratic wave of 2018. He represents the 6th Congressional district of Illinois, a state which has continued to be a Democratic stronghold in the Midwest. The two-term House member beat out his primary opponents by nearly 40 percent, proving that he is a popular and viable candidate to appeal to the suburbs of Chicago. However, the seat is not safe by any metric, as Cook Political Report rates the district Lean Democrat. He faces Republican challenger Keith Pekau in the general election, who famously sued Governor JB Pritzker to fight a mask and vaccine mandate.
In Congress, Representative Casten serves on the House Financial Services Committee, the Science, Space and Technology Committee, and the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. He is known for fighting for economic justice with an emphasis on consumer protections and financial regulation. Congressman Casten continues to emphasize and affirm a desire to make everyone pay their fair share.
Representing Kansas’ 3rd Congressional district encompassing Kansas City, KS and surrounding suburbs, Rep. Sharice Davids is running for her third term. When she was elected in 2018, she became one of the first Native American women to serve in Congress, alongside now-Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland. Congresswoman Davids serves as the Vice Chair for the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Chair of the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access in the Small Business Committee, and as a member of the Joint Economic Committee and the Agriculture Committee.
After redistricting shifted this seat to the right, the Congresswoman faces a tough reelection fight against her previous opponent Amanda Adkins who helped Kansas Governor Sam Brownback implement his failed “tax experiment” that bankrupted the state. This toss-up race is a key race to defending the majority in the House. As a champion for expanding economic opportunity, Rep. Sharice Davids must be sent back to Congress to continue standing up for those underrepresented in Kansas.
Chris Deluzio is a veteran and voting rights attorney running in Pennsylvania’s 17th Congressional District, covering the northern and western suburbs of Pittsburgh. After serving three deployments in the U.S. Navy, DeLuzio received his law degree and went on to work at the Brennan Center for Justice and Pitt Cyber, where he focused on voting rights and election security. More than ever, Congress needs more champions that will defend our democracy.
After redistricting made this seat slightly bluer, incumbent Rep. Conor Lamb left to run for a failed Senate bid. The absence of an incumbent gave Deluzio the opportunity to run in this must-keep district for Democrats. His opponent, Jeremy Shaffer, is running on his local government experience as a pro-business conservative. In contrast, Chris is running a pro-union campaign and taking corporate power head on. As a champion for economic equality and democracy, Chris Deluzio stands to be a voice for democracy and political reform in Congress.
Bridget Fleming has spent her career standing up for Long Island families. As a Suffolk County Legislator, Fleming has championed public health, responsible economic development, and tax relief, serving as Chairwoman of the Ways and Means Committee. Before serving on the Southampton Town Board, Fleming worked for almost a decade as an assistant district attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office to protect victims of sex crimes and eliminate fraud in public programs.
Her Republican opponent, Nicholas LaLota, served in the U.S. Navy and is currently the Chief of Staff to the Suffolk County Legislature. In this seat like many other seats, Roe will be on the ballot. Fleming is in favor of codifying Roe while LaLota stands with those who want to ban abortions. A similar stretch of Suffolk County as the current 1st District voted to elect Biden over Trump in 2020 by a narrow 0.2 percent margin.
Representative Bill Foster is one of the few scientists in Congress. Representing parts of the Chicago suburbs, Congressman Foster takes his past experiences as a physicist into account when crafting and advancing legislation. A methodical approach to policy with a passion for the granular makes Foster stand out from his colleagues.
As a member of the House Financial Services Committee, Representative Foster has focused heavily on cybersecurity risks to the financial sector and ensuring monetary policy is working for everyone. His focus on cybersecurity and technology is bolstered by his position as Chair of the Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee for the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Representative Foster also sits on the conference committee for USICA/COMPETES, ensuring an eagle-eyed legislator is promoting the intentional industrial policy we need to revitalize American manufacturing and shore up supply chains.
A progressive organizer turned politician, Maxwell Alejandro Frost is on his way to becoming the first Gen Z member of Congress. After muscling his way through a large primary field, Frost is well positioned to secure a seat in Congress representing the Orlando suburbs, a solidly Democratic area.
Before running for Congress, Frost organized for abortion rights, voting rights, and against gun violence. His efforts helped secure gun violence prevention legislation, five billion dollars in funding for community-based violence prevention programs, and the restoration of voting rights for 1.6 million Floridians who previously had felony convictions. Frost broke through the primary field with a progressive platform focusing on Medicare for All, ending gun violence, pandemic preparedness, climate change, reimagining the justice system, housing, and transit. Frost’s holistic approach to policy paired with his exuberant passion for justice will be a signal addition to Congress.
Representative Steven Horsford’s win over Republican Representative Cresent Hardy in 2018 was instrumental in helping Democrats retake the House. Nevada’s 4th Congressional district has swung between Democratic and Republican control numerous times over the past decade, and Congressman Horsford’s race will be close this November.
His background in job training and workforce development and as a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, make Representative Horsford a key and vocal advocate for American families struggling economically. He also serves as First Vice Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and Co-Chair of the Labor Caucus. On the Ways and Means Committee, Representative Horsford has introduced important legislation on tax reform and advocated for increases to Social Security benefits with more equitable financing.
A former public school teacher and non-profit leader, Greg Landsman is in his fifth year on Cincinnati City Council. Greg has spent his career fighting for children and families, having successfully led the Preschool Promise which now provides two years of quality preschool for Cincinnati’s three and four-year-olds.
In Congress, Greg will focus on issues like housing, jobs, and climate. This district is a prime flip opportunity, to help the Democrat’s majority in the House. GOP Congressman Steve Chabot won in 2020 with only 51 percent of the vote.
Running to replace retiring Rep. Mike Doyle, State Rep. Summer Lee is hoping to become the next Democrat to represent Pittsburgh and its southern and eastern suburbs. Currently representing Braddock and its surrounding areas in the 34th district in Pennsylvania’s State House, Lee’s bid to move up to federal office faced its first hurdle in the hotly contested primary earlier this summer where Lee beat back a dark-money funded candidate. Following the primary, Lee turned her attention to her opponent — who happens to also be named Mike Doyle — with favorable odds in a historically Democratic area.
Lee has centered her campaign around democracy reform, voting rights, and economic justice — all pillars of the functioning, vibrant society she envisions we can build. Lee will be a heavyweight when it comes to issues surrounding financial access and housing, bringing her local and state perspectives to Congress to better inform these crucial policy areas. In addition, her pursuit of a modern industrial policy shows the promise of a thoughtful, compassionate legislator who wants to expand prosperity through intentional investments in the productive capacity of our economy.
After a successful primary challenge against a Blue Dog incumbent, progressive Jamie McLeod-Skinner is running to represent Oregon’s 5th Congressional district, which includes the city of Bend and the suburbs of Portland. No stranger to public service, she currently serves as an elected board member of the Jefferson County Education Service District and was appointed by the governor to serve on the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board. McLeod-Skinner also served as the City of Talent’s Interim City Manager where she brought in millions of dollars for aid and emergency housing. This toss-up race is essential to defending the House majority, and McLeod-Skinner has the experience and the vision to keep this seat blue.
A former union member and now small business owner, McLeod-Skinner is running to expand economic opportunity for Oregonians in both rural and urban communities. McLeod-Skinner is committed to investing in critical infrastructure and expanding access to affordable housing, healthcare, childcare, and affordable higher education, including trade programs. If elected, McLeod-Skinner will be the first openly LGBTQ+ candidate from Oregon to be elected to Congress.
Shocking the nation in a closely-watched special election in August, Rep. Mary Peltola is already in a tight re-election fight to hold onto the sole House seat in Alaska following the passing of Rep. Don Young. Peltola will once again go up against former Governor Sarah Palin and Nick Begich, a rare Republican member of the Begich dynasty in Alaska. Despite beating them in a ranked choice election already, Republicans will want to recapture the seat in their pursuit of the House majority this November.
The first Alaska Native to serve in Congress, Peltola has the making of a transformational voice for Alaska. Her campaign has centered around kitchen table issues for Alaskans: abortion access and rights, the fishing economy, and the use of Alaska’s plentiful natural resources. Her unique perspective, both through her background and held views, will add nuanced discussion to various issues as she represents Alaska.
Colorado State Senator Brittany Pettersen is running to fill Congressman Perlmutter’s seat as he retires this term. The newly re-drawn 7th district is less safe than it has been in recent years, but State Senator Pettersen is the perfect candidate to keep the district blue. Pettersen won her election to the state Senate in 2018 by over 16 percentage points, helping Democrats take control of the State Senate.
During her time in the state legislature, State Senator Pettersen sponsored Colorado’s Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, Red Flag Law, and Secure Savings Act. She has championed investments in public education and mental health services. In Congress, Pettersen will keep fighting for progressive values and supporting policies that help those struggling in this economy.
Having served in the Oregon state legislature since 2017, Andrea Salinas is hoping to take her fight for working families from the statehouse to Congress as she runs to represent Oregon’s newly formed 6th Congressional district which includes Salem and some Portland suburbs. Salinas will face anti-climate, anti-choice businessman Mike Erickson in November, offering a prime opportunity for Democrats to pick up an additional seat.
Prior to joining the state legislature, Salinas worked as an advocate representing unions, reproductive rights organizations, and environmental groups. A leader in the state legislature, Salinas has championed access to quality, affordable healthcare, protections for workers, and climate change mitigation. Salinas also fought to raise the minimum wage and pass the most progressive paid family leave bill in the country. Her strong track record will serve her well in Congress where she will continue to work to protect rights of privacy and a fairer economy.
A Grand Rapids native and former DOJ lawyer, Hillary Scholten is running to flip Michigan’s 3rd Congressional district. After running for the seat against Peter Meijer in 2020, Scholten is facing better odds with the district becoming bluer after redistricting and Trump-endorsed John Gibbs winning the GOP primary over Meijer.
Scholten’s work with her church and faith-based charities drives her passion to fight inequality and make the economy better for working families. Her experience as an immigration attorney leads her to see immigration as an economic opportunity issue. Scholten’s innovative thinking and commitment to her community will make her a great leader in Congress.
Representing Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, Rep. Abigail Spanberger is looking to secure her seat for the 118th Congress. Spanberger faces a tight race against extremist Republican Yelsi Vega. Spanberger, the most bipartisan Member of Congress representing the Virginia delegation in either chamber, is fighting for Virginia families and working to lower prescription drug costs. Other priorities include advancing small businesses, expanding access to healthcare, and protecting the nation from domestic and foreign threats.
Prior to being elected in 2018 as the first Democrat to win election in the 7th District since 1968, Spanberger served as a CIA case officer and federal enforcement officer. Today, Spanberger serves on the House Agriculture Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Spanberger is a champion for cleaning up Washington, which is why she doesn’t accept a dime of corporate PAC money, and has advocated for the bipartisan TRUST in Congress Act, which would ban Members of Congress and their spouses from buying, trading, and selling individual stocks.
Ohio State Rep. Emilia Sykes currently represents the Akron area in District 34. Sykes is running for election to the U.S. House to represent Ohio’s 13th Congressional District. Sykes served as state House minority leader from 2019 to 2021. The current configuration of Ohio’s 13th Congressional District is represented by Tim Ryan, running for U.S. Senate in Ohio.
As a State Representative, Sykes has worked tirelessly to keep jobs in Ohio and expand opportunities for working families in Northeast Ohio. She’s fought for tax cuts for middle-class and working families, funding for high-speed internet, and higher wages with safer working conditions for Ohio’s workers. During her first year as leader, despite serving in the minority, the percentage of bipartisan bills passed was nearly double each of the previous two legislative sessions. She believes that too often working families feel alone and shouldn’t have to leave the state to find success, safety, and security. Sykes will bring a fresh perspective and fight for opportunity for children, seniors, and families, stand up for jobs, affordable, quality health care, and public safety.
Former Las Cruces city councilor and conservationist Gabe Vasquez is running to flip New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional district from red to blue. After former Rep. Xochitl Torres Small lost reelection in 2020, this district has been held by Republican Rep. Yvette Herrell who voted against the bipartisan infrastructure law and spread conspiracy theories about COVID-19. However, redistricting shifted this rural southern seat to the left, making this an extremely close race.
Vasquez is running as a champion for working families and seeks to create an economy that works for all, prioritizing job creation, infrastructure and natural resources. Additionally, he supports ethics and democracy reform in Congress, and does not believe members of Congress should trade stocks. As an advocate for workers and economic development, Vasquez will be a strong addition to the 118th Congress.
Representing Northeast Philadelphia in Pennsylvania’s 2nd district, Representative Boyle is in no danger of losing reelection but has demonstrated impressive leadership during his tenure for the last eight years. Boyle has been a stalwart advocate for working families and focuses on lifting wages and keeping jobs in America while ensuring our seniors continue to see adequate benefits in retirement.
Representative Boyle has been a critical ally for progressive reform of our tax code as a member of the Ways and Means Committee. He has worked alongside other progressives to rein in the failures of the Opportunity Zones program and to make sure our tax code rewards work, not wealth. As a co-founder and chair of the Blue Collar Caucus, Representative Boyle has proven his commitment to workers in the manufacturing and building industries, particularly as the new consensus around an industrial policy is formed. He has also pushed for the expansion of education and healthcare, two pillars of the modern Democratic coalition and a sign he is working to deliver.
Representing a heavily working-class Hispanic district in the heart of Chicago, Representative Jesús “Chuy” García has been a progressive champion for Chicago going back to the 1980s. He recently joined Congress as part of the class of 2018 and immediately put his foot on the pedal to deliver for his district and the rest of the country.
As a member of the House Financial Services Committee, Congressman García has stood up to Wall Street and secured critical legislation to level the playing field. Most recently, he brought together a bipartisan coalition to pass the Close the ILC Loophole Act through the committee so that companies can no longer take advantage of this glaring gap in the banking regulatory framework. Representative García has also been a singular leader in the House on reforming oversight of the financial sector with the Systemic Risk Mitigation Act and the Bank Merger Review Modernization Act.
Congresswoman Madeleine Dean was sworn into Congress in 2018 as a part of the most diverse freshman class in history – and brought female representation back to Pennsylvania. Having cosponsored over 400 pieces of legislation during her first term – she has used her voice in Congress to advocate for and champion forward-thinking priorities such as education, universal access to healthcare, gun safety, and ethical government to support the lives of her constituents.
Serving on the House Judiciary Committee and House Financial Services Committee, Congresswoman Dean is committed to oversight and accountability of all elected officials and government agencies – recognizing the importance of good governance and public trust. She is also a regional vice-chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), working to elect more Democrats to Congress.
Having served in the US House of Representatives since 1995, Rep. Lloyd Doggett will run this year in Texas’s new 37th Congressional District. During his time in Congress, he has been a champion for progressive economic issues.
As chair of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health, Rep. Doggett has fought to lower the cost of prescription drugs and increase access to affordable healthcare. He also serves on the House Budget Committee and the Joint Committee on Taxation. He has been a committed advocate for tax fairness, Social Security and Medicare, public education, and the environment, earning awards for his service and leadership from Save the Children, AARP, and the League of Conservation Voters, among others.
As Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Rep. Pramila Jayapal has been a champion for a range of progressive issues, including universal healthcare, climate action, and abortion rights. A long-time advocate for civil and human rights, Jayapal’s commitment to equality has led her to take on the Trump administration’s child separation policies and work to create a fairer, more humane immigration system. Jayapal has been a leader on economic issues through her service as a member of the Select Committee for Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth, as well as the House Budget and Education and Labor Committees, where she consistently fights for a $15 minimum wage, Medicare for All, and affordable housing.
Jayapal is seeking her fourth term in Congress. Her district is located in Seattle and its surrounding suburbs. As a tireless advocate in the fight against economic inequality, her voice remains a key component of the progressive movement.
Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, chair of the House Democratic Caucus and possible successor to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is running for reelection in a district that stretches across southern and central Brooklyn. As the House Democrat’s fifth-highest ranking member, Rep. Jeffries helped deliver a string of legislative victories for Democrats such as the American Rescue Plan and the Inflation Reduction Act. His leadership abilities used to galvanize the House Democratic caucus bode well for his potential Speaker nomination.
Jeffries was among the most vocal critics of the New York Court of Appeals throwing out maps drawn by the state legislature and of the initial map offered by the special master. With a D+26 rating, Jeffries is expected to win by a landslide against Republican candidate Yuri Dashevsky, a public relations consultant and interpreter.
Former member of the U.S. Air Force and current Colonel in the Reserves, Congressman Ted Lieu was elected to Congress in 2014 to represent California’s 33rd Congressional district. Congressman Lieu currently serves on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee. A clear leader, Lieu was appointed as an Assistant Whip for the Democratic Caucus in 2017.
Congressman Lieu has established himself as a champion on the environment, cybersecurity, civil liberties, and veterans. He also serves in House Leadership as a Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Co-Chair, working to provide a unified message amongst House colleagues that focus on lowering costs, better paying jobs, and safer communities. We commend Congressman Lieu for taking on this challenging but important task on behalf of the Democratic caucus.
Democratic Rep. Joe Neguse, the first African-American member of Congress in Colorado history, is running for reelection in a district that spans the northwestern suburbs of Denver. Serving as a key member for the House Judiciary Committee, House Natural Resources Committee, House Rules Committee, and Select Committee on Climate Crisis, Neguse has continuously been praised for his hardwork and was elected to House Democratic Leadership as the Co-Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee.
In 2021, the former attorney and civil leader introduced 80 bills, the most out of all members of the U.S. Congress. Neguse is particularly passionate about expanding access to education and banning members of Congress from trading stocks. His tireless commitment to the people of Colorado prompted his recognition as one of the top 10 most effective Democratic members of Congress.
Representing Wisconsin’s state capital, Madison, and its surrounding suburbs, Pocan has been a fearless progressive leader for working- and middle-class families. The blue district is bound to re-elect Pocan this fall, for good reason. His consistent leadership on healthcare, manufacturing, and LGBTQ+ equality has helped push forward policies that are always in need of deep-rooted support.
Previously serving as co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Pocan graciously stepped back from the position in order to allow the caucus to restructure under a more dedicated framework of power. However, Pocan has remained one of the most impassioned voices in the appropriations process and on the Education and Labor Committee. His role as the Co-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus has made him a critical player in the fight to codify same-sex marriage during the latter part of this Congress.
Representing Maryland’s suburbs around DC, Rep. Jamie Raskin has proven himself a leader on democracy. From his position as Chair of the House Oversight Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties to his role on the Select Committee on the January 6th attack, Raskin has fought for a government that represents and is accountable to the people. His membership on the Judiciary, Administration, and Rules Committees also exemplifies his prioritization of this mission.
First elected in 2016, Raskin’s background as a state senator and constitutional law professor informs his innovative thinking on how to better our republic. Rep. Raskin is a critical strategic mind with a bright future in Congress, already a House champion for voting rights and government reform.
Senator Chris Van Hollen is running for reelection to the U.S. Senate to represent the state of Maryland. Van Hollen, who replaced retired Sen. Barbara Mikulski in 2017, will face Republican Chris Chaffee this fall. The state of Maryland has held a Democratic Senator for the last 35 years and Van Hollen is widely expected to keep pace with the trend.
Sen. Van Hollen’s top priorities range from creating more jobs to increasing educational opportunities for all age groups across the state of Maryland. As a member of the Banking Committee, Appropriations Committee, and Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, Van Hollen has emerged as an important leader on economic policy. He has been coined as a tenacious advocate for working people and has led a number of momentous efforts to return money to the diverse communities he represents.
Hailing from southern Los Angeles, Representative Maxine Waters has become one of the most well-known Democrats in Congress for her relentless persistence during floor debates and committee hearings. Representing this area of Los Angeles since the early 1990s, Congresswoman Waters has cultivated leadership skills in both herself and colleagues to fight for progressive causes.
Representative Waters now serves as the Chair of the powerful House Financial Services Committee, where she initiated countless important hearings on issues ranging from oversight of the financial system to the housing crisis to student loans to the pandemic recovery. Her tenure as committee chair has brought these crucial issues to the forefront of debate and helped secure the passage of critical legislation out of committee such as various sanctions on Russia as well as the committee’s portion of the American Rescue Plan.
Representing Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, Congresswoman Susan Wild has a strong history of prioritizing economic issues and fighting for unions and job creation as a member of the Education and Labor Committee and as vice-chair of the Congressional Labor and Working Families Caucus. She’s a leader in lowering the cost of prescription drugs, education, and mental health.
She first took office in 2018, the first woman ever elected to Pennsylvania’s 7th congressional district. Since then, her district has gone from D+1 to R+2. Congresswoman Wild isn’t new to a tough race. The GOP has nominated Lisa Scheller, whom Representative Wild already defeated in 2020.