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Elizabeth Warren

U.S. Senate – Massachusetts

Elizabeth Warren demonstrated her fighting spirit long before becoming the first woman Senator from Massachusetts. In the Senate, she's pushed bank regulators to do their jobs, and fights for vital priorities like post office banking, a new Glass-Steagall, expanding Social Security, and debt-free college.

Beto O’Rourke

U.S. Senate – Texas

Beto is currently a congressman from El Paso, now running to unseat Republican Senator Ted Cruz. He’s running on a platform of universal healthcare, breaking up monopolies, and marijuana decriminalization, among other issues. His strong grassroots campaign is catching fire!

Dana Balter

U.S. House – New York (NY-24)

Dana is running to flip the congressional seat held by Republican John Katko. She’s a community organizer, professor, and researcher into publicly funded elections. She’s also a lifelong advocate for people with disabilities, starting with her beloved younger brother Jonathan. She’s running for Medicare for All, women’s rights, universal pre-K, and higher wages.

Randy Bryce

U.S. House – Wisconsin (WI-01)

Randy Bryce is a U.S. Army veteran, cancer survivor, and union ironworker. He is currently challenging Republican Paul Ryan to represent Wisconsin’s first congressional district. Randy is running as a proud working dad for single payer health care and more manufacturing jobs — and to stop the devastating Ryan agenda. He is famous on Twitter as @IronStache.

Ammar Campa-Najjar

U.S. House – California (CA-50)

Ammar is the son of a Mexican-American mother and Middle Eastern immigrant father, born and raised in East San Diego county. He helped support his struggling family by working as a church janitor in high school, working his way up to a position in the White House during President Obama’s administration. He developed an apprenticeship program at the U.S. Department of Labor to “earn while you learn,” and is running for Medicare for All, immigrant rights, and overturning Citizens United. He’s running to flip the congressional seat held by Republican Duncan Hunter.

Kara Eastman

U.S. House – Nebraska (NE-02)

Kara Eastman decided to run for Congress after watching her mom, dying of cancer, struggle to afford medicine that cost $2,500 per pill. She is a community leader and social worker who runs the Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance, working on issues like getting lead out of drinking water and standing up to the big corporations on fracking and pipelines. The current congressman voted to repeal people’s health care and is one of the most vulnerable Republicans in the nation -- having won by just 1% in 2016. Kara can win this seat and is campaigning on Medicare For All, debt-free college, a $15 minimum wage, and combating climate change and gun violence.

Veronica Escobar

U.S. House – Texas (TX-16)

As a County Commissioner and County Judge, Veronica took on the local police chief when he called Black Lives Matter “a radical hate group,” and sued the state of Texas over a bill that would have allowed local police officers to become de facto border patrol agents. She also led the effort to build public health clinics in El Paso, and has been visiting detention centers where children have been separated from their parents.

Deb Haaland

U.S. House – New Mexico (NM-01)

Deb will be the first Native American woman in Congress. She's an attorney and activist, running for Medicare-for-All, free childcare and pre-K, fair scheduling legislation, a national paid family leave program, net neutrality, and so much more!

Pramila Jayapal

U.S. House – Washington (WA-07)

Pramila has spent the last 25 years as a Seattle organizer and activist — leading the charge for a $15 minimum wage, founding an immigrant rights’ organization, and passing legislation to help rape survivors. In 2016, she was elected to succeed retiring Congressman Jim McDermott, a huge progressive champion.

Andy Kim

U.S. House – New Jersey (NJ-03)

Andy is the son of immigrants, and became a Rhodes Scholar and diplomat, spending his early career as a strategic Pentagon advisor on the war against ISIS. But his experience with homeless advocacy shaped him the most, as he saw how many working families are living one paycheck away from catastrophe. He is running against Republican Tom MacArthur, who led the congressional push for Trump’s terrible health care proposal.

Jess King

U.S. House – Pennsylvania (PA-11)

Jess is running to unseat a Republican congressman who is the top NRA recipient in the nation. She was born and raised in her district, and runs a nonprofit that trains and lends money to people in the community trying to start small businesses. She and her husband, a Mennonite minister, have two daughters, and she makes a strong moral argument about her progressive values. She supports “guarding our farms, homes, and planet” and is campaigning on Medicare For All, debt-free college, banning fracking, and getting big money out of politics. She’s running an amazing grassroots campaign — she’s raising more money than her Republican opponent, and has hundreds of volunteers mobilized to knock doors and make phone calls.

Andy Levin

U.S. House – Michigan (MI-09)

Andy is a former union organizer, and one of the main architects of the Employee Free Choice Act, which would make it easier for anyone to join a union if they wanted to. He’s running for Medicare-for-All, free college for poor and working-class kids, and to stop global warming. As he says, “We can build a new politics of solidarity that will help working class people vote in their economic interests and take and hold power.” Fun fact: Andy learned Haitian Creole during his days organizing nursing home workers. He’s running for the open blue Congressional seat in Michigan. The current congressman is his dad, New Deal Democrat Sandy Levin, who is retiring this year.

Mike Levin

U.S. House – California (CA-49)

Mike is a clean energy entrepreneur and non-profit director. He believes strongly in the power of clean energy to create jobs, and will also fight for Medicare for All, debt-free college, and a $15 minimum wage. Mike says he is proud to be part of the Elizabeth Warren wing of American politics! He’s running to take on Darrell Issa, one of the most vulnerable Republicans in Congress, and he’s been participating in local protests outside Issa’s office each week — and then inviting protestors back to his office to call voters! We believe in this type of grassroots organizing, and the way he’s turning the Resistance into electoral power.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

U.S. House – New York (NY-14)

Alexandria received national attention when she beat longtime incumbent Joe Crowley in a primary, and since then she's ignited a movement. She is a proud Democratic Socialist, running on a strong platform of single payer healthcare, a federal jobs guarantee, end to private prisons, and campaign finance reform.

Ilhan Omar

U.S. House – Minnesota (MN-05)

Ilhan emigrated from Somalia with her family when she was 8 years old. After spending 4 years in a refugee camp, they arrived in Minneapolis. Years later, she worked for the City Council as a policy analyst, where she fought for paid parental leave for municipal employees, restricted the use of pesticides in the city, and formed a task force to examine pollution’s impact on communities of color. She’s now a 36-year-old mother of three, a state representative — and the first Somali-American Muslim woman to hold public office in the United States. (She’s also a past PCCC Champion, and alumni of our training program!) She’s running for the open blue Congressional seat in Minnesota vacated by Keith Ellison, who is running for Attorney General of Minnesota.

Katie Porter

U.S. House – California (CA-45)

Katie has spent twenty years fighting Wall Street and powerful interests as an attorney and consumer advocate. She was one of the first to sound the alarm about the big foreclosure crisis, and served as California’s watchdog on the banks. She even wrote a book with Senator Elizabeth Warren! Katie is taking on Mimi Walters, one of the most vulnerable Republicans in Congress.

J.D. Scholten

U.S. House – Iowa (IA-04)

J.D. is a fifth generation Iowan, lawyer, and former professional baseball player taking on Republican Steve King. He’s running in support of family farmers and against corporate consolidation of agribusiness that makes it harder for them to compete. He’s also a strong supporter of Medicare for All, a higher minimum wage, worker rights, and high-speed broadband in rural communities. J.D. has traveled to all 39 counties in the district in his Winnebago RV, “Sioux City Sue.”

Rashida Tlaib

U.S. House – Michigan (MI-13)

Rashida was born and raised in Detroit, the daughter of working-class immigrants and the oldest of 14 kids. She became the first Muslim woman ever to serve in the Michigan legislature -- where she fought predatory lenders, big polluters, and big corporations. She also fought for free health clinics and Meals on Wheels. Rashida talks about “taking on corporate billionaires, crony capitalists, industrial polluters, and government officials who would prefer to be unaccountable.” She’s running for an open Democratic seat.

Liz Watson

U.S. House – Indiana (IN-09)

Liz is running for Congress in Indiana against Republican Trey Hollingsworth. She is taking a no-nonsense approach to her campaign, talking to voters about the kitchen table issues that matter most to them, like good manufacturing jobs. As a former policy director in Congress, she wrote the Schedules That Work Act, the first-of-its-kind legislation to give employees more certainty around their work schedules, making it easier for them to arrange child care or hold a second job. If Liz wins, she will become a model for how populists can win red districts. She reminds us a lot of another “Liz” — Elizabeth Warren.

Jamie Raskin

U.S. House – Maryland (MD-08)

Before his election to the U.S. House of Representatives, Jamie led the Maryland State Senate's fight for marriage equality, ending the death penalty, passing criminal justice reform, and opposing corporate spending in political campaigns. A former law professor, he’s an expert on the Constitution, voting rights, and gerrymandering.

Stacey Abrams

Governor – Georgia

Stacey is the former Georgia House Minority Leader, and the founder of the New Georgia Project, which registered more than 200,000 voters of color between 2014 and 2016. She’s campaigning on a platform of investment in small business (instead of big business) to make Georgia’s economy grow. If Stacey wins, she’ll make history by becoming the first black woman governor in the country.

Mandela Barnes

Lieutenant Governor – Wisconsin

Mandela, a Milwaukee native, was born in the city’s poorest and the nation’s most incarcerated zip code. He was elected to the state assembly at the age of 25, where he championed working family economic and criminal justice reform issues. He’s also traveled the country helping other state legislators fight back against the regressive corporate ALEC agenda. Now he’s running for lieutenant governor of Wisconsin for free two-year college and debt-free four-year college, a BadgerCare public option, and an end to corporations abusing Wisconsin’s natural resources.

Jocelyn Benson

Secretary of State – Michigan

Jocelyn is running for Michigan Secretary of State to protect voting rights, especially during the all-important elections in 2020. She is also running on a smart platform of the “30 minute guarantee” — pledging that no one will have to wait more than 30 minutes to renew their drivers' license, register their vehicle, or cast their ballot. Oh yeah, and she's a former Elizabeth Warren student! She’s focused on running a strong race to beat the Republican.

David Garcia

Governor – Arizona

David is a veteran and teacher running on local investment in family-owned farms, breweries and vineyards, as well as making Arizona a “solar superpower.” He is also pushing for free community college, to train more skilled workers like nurses and firefighters, and a ban on assault weapons. He’s endorsed by Democracy for America and People for the American Way.

Andrew Gillum

Governor – Florida

As the mayor of Tallahassee, Andrew fought the NRA, even winning a lawsuit against them. Lately he’s been a national voice for gun control, and has been campaigning on other bold progressive issues like corporate tax hikes and marijuana legalization. Andrew is the real deal — an activist who isn’t afraid to take on powerful opponents.

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