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Senator Shaheen is the first woman in U.S. history to be elected both a Governor and a U.S. Senator. She was Governor of New Hampshire from 1997 to 2003 and has been serving New Hampshire in the Senate since 2009. She is the top ranking woman on the Armed Forces Committee and the only woman on the Foreign Affairs Committee. She also serves on the Ethics Committee, Appropriations Committee, and Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee. She is a proud champion of women in the U.S. and abroad. During her tenure, Senator Shaheen has had three of bills she introduced signed into law, the most recent being the Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2017. This act, among other things, ensures that women are trained and critically involved in democratic and peacekeeping missions abroad – as women are essential to the building and maintenance of democracy. She also authored the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Rights Act, which President Obama signed into law in 2016. In 2014, she defeated Republican Scott Brown by just 3.3% of the vote. Currently, there are 2 Republicans running for Senator Shaheen’s seat in 2020.
Senator Smith is the junior senator from Minnesota and took over Sen. Franken’s seat in a special election in 2018. Prior to being elected, she served as Chief of Staff to Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Governor Mark Dayton. In 2014, she was elected as Minnesota’s Lieutenant Governor. Senator Smith serves on the following committees: Indian Affairs; Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry; Banking, Housing, & Urban Affairs; Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions. She authored the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Reservation Restoration Act which passed in the Senate and is being read in the House. It would restore 11,760 acres of land, currently held by the federal government, to the Ojibwe tribe and their reservation. Senator Smith also champions equitable and quality healthcare for all. She is involved in the fight to lower the price of insulin in the U.S. and with her colleagues Senators Durban and Kramer, recently introduced a bill to expedite approval of lower cost insulin. In 2018, she defeated her Republican opponent with 10.6% of the vote. She is seeking a full term in 2020.
Senator Maggie Hassan is the second woman in the state of New Hampshire to be elected as both Governor and U.S. Senator. She was Governor of New Hampshire from 2013 to 2016, served in the New Hampshire State Senate representing District 23 from 2004 to 2010 including serving as majority leader, president pro tempore, and assistant Democratic whip. As governor, she passed two budgets without raising the state’s sales or income taxes. In 1999, Gov. Jeanne Shaheen appointed her to serve on the Advisory Committee to the Adequacy in Education and Finance Commission. In 2016, she was elected as the Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from New Hampshire, defeating incumbent Senator Kelly Ayotte (R) by less than 800 votes. As a senator, from 2017-2020 she was assigned to the following committees: Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Joint Economic, Health Education, Labor, and Pensions, Finance, and Commerce, Science, and Transportation. In 2020, she has voted against bills like the Ban abortion after 20 weeks and voted for bills including provide federal aid for coronavirus economic impacts and renew FISA surveillance law authorization. On April 25, 2020, the Trump administration invited her to join a bipartisan task force on the reopening of the economy amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Maggie chaired the DSCC Women's Senate Network this past cycle. On December 4, 2020, she announced that she is running for reelection in 2022. Potentially the Republican Governor, Chris Sununu may run against Maggie, and potentially the former Republican Senater, Kelly Ayotte might re challange Maggie.
Members are Welcome to Join Us on ZOOM to Meet with Senator Hassan on Tuesday, January 19th for a Washington update.
Sara Gideon is running for election in 2020 against four-time Republican incumbent Senator Susan Collins, who notably voted to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. Rep. Gideon is currently serving her fourth term in Maine’s House of Representative, and her second term as Speaker of the House. Most recently, the governor of Maine signed her landmark bipartisan legislation, the LIFT Bill, into law. This bill aims to lift Maine’s families and children out of poverty by reforming and improving public assistance programs and the “benefits cliff” many struggling Mainers face. During her time in the Maine legislature, Speaker Gideon has also increased access to the lifesaving overdose drug Naloxone, championed Automatic Voter Registration to increase civic engagement, and focused on promoting renewable energy in Maine. Additionally, as states across the nation have begun to legislate against women’s reproductive rights, Speaker Gideon has remained vigilant and strongly in favor of a woman’s right to choose.
Barbara Bollier is a Democratic member of the Kansas Senate representing the 7th district (Mission Hills in Johnson County). Barbara became a doctor to help people. She went into public service to fix things that were broken. And she is running for the US Senate to be a voice of reason in Washington. After a career as a physician, Barbara ran for the Kansas House of Representatives in 2010 to make a difference across the state. There, she served as an independent voice for Kansans, earning a reputation as a leader willing to stand up to both political parties.
U.S. House of Representatives
Frontline candidates were elected in 2018, and won red districts, beating Republican opponents by very close margins. They are being challenged in 2020. These candidates are vulnerable incumbents and need your support!
Rep. Finkenauer is a former state representative from Iowa. At 29, she was the second-youngest person to be elected to the House of Representatives and one of the first two women to win election to the House from Iowa (the other, Cindy Axne, was also elected in 2018). Rep. Finkenauer sits on the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee and the Small Business Committee. She was the first member of the freshman class to pass a bill in the House – H.R. 246 – which assists small businesses in procuring federal contracts. In 2018, she defeated her Republican opponent by 5.1% of the vote. There are currently 2 Republicans running for her seat in 2020.
Prior to election, Rep. Axne worked as a small business owner and was an education advocate in her community. She is one the first two women Iowa elected to the House of Representatives (the other being Abby Finkenauer IA-1, also elected in 2018). Rep. Axne serves on the Financial Services Committee and the Agriculture Committee. Recently, she sponsored the Outsourcing Accountability Act and the Expanding Access to Capital for Rural Job Creators Act. In 2018, she defeated her Republican opponent by just 2.2% of the vote. There are currently 3 Republicans running for her seat in 2020, including the former incumbent.
Prior to being elected, Rep. Spanberger worked as a federal investigator for the U.S. Postal Service investigating money laundering and narcotics cases. She then served as case officer in the CIA, both in the U.S. and abroad, to ensure our national security. Rep. Spanberger serves on the Agriculture Committee and Foreign Affairs Committee. In the House, she has worked to protect healthcare for all Americans. Recently, her resolution to block the sale of certain dangerous weapons to Saudi Arabia passed the House with bipartisan support. She is the first Democrat to represent her district in 49 years and in 2018, she defeated her Republican opponent by just 1.9% of the vote. Currently, there is one Republican running for her seat in 2020.
Prior to her election, Rep. Mucarsel-Powell worked as the Vice President for Advancement and Associate Dean for FIU’s College of Medicine. She is the first Ecuadorian-American and first South American immigrant member of Congress. Rep. Mucarsel-Powell lost her father to an act of gun violence and is a strong advocate for gun safety legislation. She sits on the Judiciary Committee and the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. As one of her first acts in office, she sponsored and passed a bill in the House that would provide humanitarian assistance to Venezuelans. In 2018, she defeated her Republican opponent by just 1.8% of the vote. Currently, there is one Republican running for her seat in 2020.
Before being elected to Congress, Rep. Craig worked at St. Jude Medical Center, where she was involved in health policy, media and government relations, and corporate communications. Later she led St. Jude’s Human Resources group where she ensured more women were placed in management roles. Rep. Craig sits on the Agriculture Committee and the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. In the House, she advocates for government transparency, and recently introduced the HUMBLE Act – which would permanently ban members of Congress from lobbying, as well as require them to sell individual stocks upon being sworn in. In 2018, she beat her Republican opponent by 5.6% of the vote.
Rep. Luria attended the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Naval Nuclear Power School. She spent 20 years in the Navy, operating nuclear reactors aboard combat ships and has been deployed to the Middle East and Western Pacific. She reached the rank of Commander, and before retiring, she commanded a unit of 400 sailors. Her district has one of the largest navy bases and concentration of veterans. She sits on the Armed Forces Committee and the Veterans’ Affairs Committee. In the House, she has successfully sponsored and passed a bill to increase the disability and indemnity compensation for veterans disabled through their service. In 2018, she defeated her Republican opponent by just 2.3% of the vote.
Rep. Slotkin worked as a Middle East analyst for the CIA, during which time she worked alongside the U.S. military for 3 tours in Iraq. After returning to the U.S., she served in various national security and intelligence positions under Presidents Bush and Obama and served in a high ranking position at the Pentagon. Rep. Slotkin serves on the Armed Forces Committee and Homeland Security Committee. Recently, Rep. Slotkin has sponsored the Short-Term Detention Standards Act to improve the basic requirements for immigrants. In 2018, she defeated her Republican opponent by 3.8% of the vote.
Rep. Stevens is the former Chief of Staff to the U.S. Auto Rescue Task Force, the federal initiative under President Obama that saved the jobs of 200,000 Michigan residents. She also set up the Office of Recovery for Automotive Communities and Workers and the White House Office of Manufacturing policy. Rep. Stevens sits on the Education & Labor Committee and the Science, Space, & Technology Committee and was elected co-president of the freshman Democratic class. Her priorities in the House include manufacturing and environmental sustainability. In 2018, she defeated her Republican opponent by 6.6% of the vote.
Rep. Hayes is the first African-American woman and first African-American Democrat to represent Connecticut in Congress. She was a public school teacher for 15 years and earned the distinction of 2016 National Teacher of the Year. Rep. Hayes is a strong advocate for equitable access to quality education and sits on the Education and Labor Committee and the Agriculture Committee. She recently introduced bicameral legislation to combat food insecurity for college students. In 2018, she defeated her Republican opponent with 11.8% of the vote, but already has 2 Republican challengers, one of whom is a former assistant U.S. Attorney.
Rep. Porter received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and is a subject matter expert in consumer protection and bankruptcy law. Prior to her election, she was appointed by then Attorney General Kamala Harris to serve as California’s independent watchdog against the banks. In the House, she has used her expertise to question the transparency and practices of banks and mortgage lenders such as Wells Fargo and Equifax, and has introduced legislation to strengthen the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In 2018, Rep Porter defeated her Republican opponent with just 2.2% of the vote. It is the first time a Democrat has represented this district since its creation in 1983.
Rep. Horn is an attorney who, prior to taking office, managed government affairs at the Space Foundation and was the executive director of Sally’s List – a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that trains and supports women running for office. She founded Women Lead Oklahoma, also a nonpartisan nonprofit, that encourages women to participate in civic work. Rep. Horn is on the Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space, and Technology Committee. Most recently, she introduced and passed an amendment that will increase funding for mental health crisis training for police officers. In 2018, she defeated her Republican opponent by only 1.4% of the vote. She is the first Democrat to represent her district in 44 years. Already, there are 4 Republicans running for her seat in 2020.
Rep. Schrier is the only female doctor in Congress and the first Democrat to represent her district since its creation in 1983. She spent her career working as a renowned pediatrician in the Greater Seattle area. As a physician who also lives with Type 1 diabetes, she has a unique dual perspective on the healthcare needs of Americans. She sits on the Agriculture Committee and the Education & Workforce Committee. Recently, Rep. Schrier’s bill to strengthen and reauthorize the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act passed the House with bipartisan support. In 2018, she defeated her Republican opponent by 4.4% of the vote.
Rep. Underwood is the first woman and the first person of color to represent her district in Congress, as well as the youngest African-American woman to serve in Congress. She is a registered nurse, and before being elected she worked at the Department of Health and Human Services as a senior policy advisor. She sits on the Education & Workforce Committee, the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, and Vice Chair’s the Homeland Security Committee. Recently, Rep. Underwood has introduced legislation to improve medical screening and provide high priority medical resources to migrants at the border. In 2018, she defeated her Republican opponent by 5% of the vote.
Rep. Fletcher is an attorney, who, prior to her election, represented Houstonians in court on a variety of issues from international law to litigation. Her district is entirely within the city of Houston and where she has been a resident her whole life. Rep. Fletcher sits on the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee and Science, Space, & Technology Committee. In the House, she has focused on bringing relief to Houston after Hurricane Harvey and ensuring her district and the nation is more prepared for future natural disasters. In 2018, she defeated her Republican opponent by 4.5% of the vote. Currently, there are already 2 Republicans running for her seat in 2020.
Rep. McBath has held dual roles as the national spokesperson for Everytown For Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action, after her son Jordan was shot and killed in a senseless act of violence in 2012. In Congress, she is a tireless advocate for gun safety and recently secured $50 million to fund gun violence prevention research, the first funding of its kind in over 20 years. In 2018, Rep. McBath defeated her Republican opponent by just 1% of the vote. There are currently 2 Republican challengers running for her seat, including the the former incumbent Karen Handel.
Rep. Davids is one of the first two Native American women to be elected to Congress (the other, Debra Haaland NM-1, was also elected in 2018). Prior to serving in congress, Rep. Davids was an attorney, worked in community development at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, and served as a White House Fellow at the Department of Transportation during the Obama Administration. She serves on the Small Business Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Recently, she has introduced two new bills, that if passed, will remove hidden fees from student loans and help students scammed by faulty loans. In 2018, Rep. Davids defeated her Republican opponent by 9.7% of the vote.
Rep. Wild is the first woman to represent her district in Congress. She is an attorney, and prior to being elected, she also served as the first female solicitor of Allentown, PA. She is an expert in litigation, medical malpractice, and municipal law. Rep. Wild serves on the Education & Labor Committee, the Foreign Affairs Committee, and the Ethics Committee. Recently, she introduced and passed an amendment in the House that will prevent this administration and future administrations from enacting rules or policy changes to increase healthcare premiums. In 2018, she defeated her Republican opponent by 10% of the vote.
Prior to her election, Rep. Lee had a diverse career focused on improving the lives of others. She has worked as a campaign policy advisor to Las Vegas Mayor Jan Laverty Jones, founded a homeless shelter for parents and children in need, and was the president of the board of Communities In Schools of Nevada, a program that seeks to lower high school dropout rates. Rep. Lee took over the seat from Rep. Jacky Rosen (D) in January 2019 and serves on the Education & the Workforce Committee and Veterans’ Affairs Members Committee. Recently, she has successfully introduced and passed 3 amendments that will increase the efficiency of medical care at the VA and DOD. In 2018, she beat her Republican opponent by 9% of the vote. So far, she has one Republican challenger in 2020 – former Nevada state treasurer Dan Schwartz – who has attacked her affiliation with Nancy Pelosi in the media.
Red to Blue candidates are seeking election in districts
currently represented by Republicans.
Christy Smith CA-25
Assemblymember Smith is a statewide an education, health, and environmental advocate, who currently serves as California’s State Assembly (CA-38) and chairs the California State Assembly’s Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management. Formerly, she was a political analyst at the U.S. Department of Education during Clinton’s administration and served two terms as a Governing Board Member on the Newhall School District. She also served as the Legislative Vice President of the Santa Clarita Valley Trustees Association and a delegate to the California School Board Association. Moreover, she is the founder and the Chair of the Valencia Valley Technological Education Foundation. Recently, she introduced AB 2379 which qualifies disaster preparedness items for tax-free purchase and AB 1837 which provides schools with resources and support during emergencies and natural disasters. In 2018, she defeated her Republican opponent, Dante Acosta by 3% of the vote. In 2020, she recently lost the special election for California House 25 against her Republican opponent, Mike Garcia by 9.76% of the vote. They are both on the ballot again for the general election in November. With Joe Biden at the top of ticket and more voters in the general election, Smith is looking to regain CA-38 for the democrats.
Sarah Jacobs CA-53
Sara Jacobs is a former foreign policy advisor to Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election and has worked in various policy positions at the State Department during Obama’s administration, UNICEF and the United Nation. She is also a Scholar in Residence at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego. Jacobs is the founder and chairwoman of San Diego for Every Child: The Coalition to End Child Poverty, and the founding CEO of Project Connect – an education non-profit that is now a flagship part of UNICEF’s work around the world. In 2020, she is running for Rep. Susan Davis’ House seat – Rep. Davis is not seeking for re-election in 2020. As of March 3, 2020, she is leading the primary votes with 29.1% which is 9.1% more vote against her Democrat opponent, Georgette Gomez, and 13% more vote than her Republican opponent, Rep. Chris Stoddard. Sarah Jacobs is in a good position to win this seat in the general election.
Jill Schupp MO-2
Rep. Schupp has been a member of the Missouri State Senate representing District 24 since 2015, defeating Republican Jay Ashcroft and Libertarian Jim Higgins with 50% of the vote. Prior to that, she represented District 82 in the Missouri House of Representatives from 2009 – 2015 and served on the Creve Coeur City Council and the Ladue School District Board of Education. A couple of her legislative accomplishment includes the Nathan’s Law which aimed to increase safety at daycare centers by restricting capacity and the Justice for Survivors Act, creating a network of nurse practitioners to handle sexual assault cases. In May 2020, her Postpartum Depression Care Act received final legislative approval and now awaits the governor’s signature. Under this legislation, Missouri women who screen positive for postpartum depression would receive care through Medicaid for up to one year. In 2020, she advanced the democratic primary and will be challenging Republican incumbent Rep. Ann Wagner for the toss-up seat. Rep.Wagner won this seat three times but faced a close call in 2018. Recently, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden endorsed Rep. Schupp.
Michelle De La Isla KS-2
Rep. De La Isla is the first Latina and the second female to serve as Mayor of Topeka. As mayor, she continued her employment as the Diversity and Inclusion representative at Westar Energy making her the first Mayor to hold additional employment during her tenure and serve on the Board of Regents for Washburn University, Joint Economic Development Organization, and Tri-Chair of GO Topeka’s Momentum 2022. Prior to becoming a mayor, she served on the Topeka City Council from 2013 – 2018 and several professional positions; the chief financial officer of MANA National, a founding member of MANA de Topeka, and executive director of Topeka Habitat for Humanity where she established Topeka’s first ReStore and increased service delivery. In 2017, she won the mayoral race by a margin of 501 votes. In 2016, the district overwhelmingly voted for now-President Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in a 56-37 percent split of the vote, and in Kansas’ 2018 gubernatorial election, the district voted for Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly over Republican Kris Kobach by a margin of 9% points, 50% to 41%. In 2020, she won the Democratic primary by 74.9% of the vote, is now challenging Republican candidate Jacob LaTurner for the open seat.
Kathleen Williams MT-1
This is the only Congressional district in Montana. The race helps the electoral college with the one vote for Montana. Kathleen Williams is a former three-term Montana state representative, representing District 61 from 2011 – 2017. As an avid advocate of the environment, she served in the nonpartisan Environmental Quality Council of the Montana Legislature and the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Park. Williams worked as the executive director at Instream Flow Council and owner and manager at Jetway Geographer LLC and the Lizzie the Lab. In 2018, she won the Democratic primary election by 33.5% of the vote but unsuccessfully challenged the Republican incumbent Greg Gianforte during the general election. In 2020, she won the democratic primary by 89.5% of the vote and will be challenging Republican candidate Matt Rosendale for the toss-up seat. This race will be Rosendale's second run for the seat. The DCCC has put her race for Montana at-large seat on its “Battleground" the race is competitive.
Carolyn Bourdeaux GA-7
This seat is one of the number one pick up seats for the Democrats.
Carolyn Bourdeaux has been a professor at the Andrew Young School of Public Policy since 2003 and she founded the Center for State and Local Finance to teach the next generation of leaders about responsible and compassionate public policy. From 2007 to 2010, she was the Director of Georgia’s Senate Budget and Evaluation Office. In her district, she worked on legislation that helped expand access to the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program and access to Federally Qualified Health Centers while saving the federal government money. In 2018, In 2018, she challenged (R) then-incumbent Rob Woodall, coming within striking distance with about 1 % difference in the results. In 2020, she won the Democratic primary by 53% of the vote, and she will be challenging Republican incumbent Rep. Rich McCormick (an emergency room physician endorsed by Trump) for the open seat. Recently, Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden endorsed her.
Lt Col. Jackie Gordon NY-02
Jackie Gordon is one of the only two African Americans to be elected to the Babylon Town Council, and she served as the Chair of the Veterans Advisory Council. She is an advocate for health care, education, veterans and military families, gun violence, and economy and tax issues. As a combat veteran, retired army reserve, and a lieutenant colonel, prior to the election, she spent 29 years serving in the United States Armed Forces. Her career included serving as a platoon leader in Germany, an operations officer at Guantanamo Bay, a battle captain in Baghdad, and Commander of 310th Military Police Battalion in Afghanistan. In addition to her outstanding profile as a veteran, she also spent three decades working in the New York Public Schools, as a guidance counselor, mentor, and advisor. In 2020, Rep. Gordon is running for the highly competitive open seat that has been held by Republican Congressman, Peter T. King for 14 terms.
Gina Ortiz Jones TX-23
Nominee Gina Ortiz. Jones is running in the open seat now held by retiring Republican Rep Will Hurd. Ortiz Jones, a U.S. Air Force veteran, served as an intelligence officer and later captain in the Iraq War. She also worked as an intelligence analyst for the United States African Command in Germany and special adviser to the deputy director at the Defense Intelligence Agency, specializing in Latin American. Gina served as the Director for investment at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and as the Senior Advisor for trade enforcement. She is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations and the Truman National Security Project Defense Council. A member of the LGBTQ community, she advocates on issues including national security, immigration reform, accessible and affordable health, education (including higher education and skilled job training), protecting our civil rights and freedoms, protecting our seniors, fighting for our veterans, creating jobs, and growing the economy. In 2018, she lost the election by 1.5%, and his Republican opponent, Rep. Hurd was re-elected. In 2020, she is running for Rep. Hurd seat – he announced that he would not run of re-election 2020. Ortiz Jones is running an exceptional race and will help turn Texas BLUE.
Betsy Dirksen Londrigan IL-13
Betsy Dirksen Londrigan is the former staffer for Senator Dick Durbin (D-III), and worked at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and is the co-founder of Women Rising, an organization that works to elect female candidates to public office. She is an avid health care advocate because personally, in 2009 her son had a life-threatening illness that started from a tick bite, and she believes that health care is a right, not a privilege. She is endorsed by the League of Conservation Voters because she believes that clean water, air, and land are human rights. She is also endorsed by EMILY’s LIST and Planned Parenthood because she trusts women to make the best health care decisions for themselves and their families. Rep. Londrigan advocates for climate change due to her district prone to flooding (affecting the farmers). If elected, Rep. Londrigan will work to stabilize the Affordable Care Act. In 2020, she is running to challenge Republican Rep. Rodney Davis who has held the seat since 2013 making this a Red to Blue seat.
Hiral Tipernini AZ-06
Dr. Hiral Tipireni is an Indian American emergency room physician, cancer research advocate and sat on the Board of Directors of the Maricopa Health Foundation – which supports the Maricopa county’s public health care delivery system. At the age of three, she came to the United States because her parents who seek the American Dream. She has lived in Arizona for over 22 years and an avid advocate for health care – expanding Medicare to serve as a public insurance option for more than seniors and increase Social Security Revenue. She was the lead organizer for the TEDx event about effecting positive change in the Northwest Valley. In 2018, she won the primary in Arizona’s deeply Republican territory, the 8thCongressional district, but lost the general election by 11% against her Republican opponent, Debbie Lesko. In 2020, she is running for the 6thCongressional district of Arizona seat against, Rep. David Schweikert – who is a member of the powerful tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee. In this time of COVID-19 we would welcome another female physician (joining Dr. Kim Schrier WA) to the House of Representatives.
Tedra Cobb NY-21
Tedra Cobb, former St. Lawrence County Legislature who served two four-year terms, and the starter of the St. Lawrence Health Initiative. Tedra can unseat Elise Stefanik (R). Cobb, as a legislature, her achievements included authorship and passage of substantial ethics reform and a successful initiative to lower the cost of prescription drugs. Following her legislative work, she was appointed to the NYS Committee on Open Government and worked to improve local government’s transparency and openness to constituents. She is an avid health care advocate because personally, her daughter had to have an emergency back surgery at a young age. She is forefront in advocating for the expansion of economic opportunity for all North Country working families. She is endorsed by the Jefferson County Democratic Committee and the District’s 12 Democratic party chairs. In the 2020 primaries, she is an uncontested Democrat. In the November 2020 election, she will challenge the incumbent Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik, to flip the congressional seat from red to blue.
Rita Hart (IA-02)
Rita Hart, former member of Iowa State Senator from the 49th district (2013-2019), who chairs the economic growth standing committee, vice-chair the economic development appropriation subcommittee and, served on the agriculture, education, local government, and veteran affairs. She is also a lifelong farmer and 20-years educator. She has been involved in the Clinton County Justice Coordinating and County Planning and Zoning Commission and founded the Clinton County Economic Development Coordinating Council. In 2018, she was defeated by incumbent Rep. Adam Gregg for the Lieutenant Governor of Iowa seat. In 2020 primaries, she is the democratic candidate for the November election, and she will be challenging Republican State Sen. Marianette Miller-Meeks, for Rep. Dave Loebsack’s seat, and maintaining the seat blue.
Wendy Davis (TX-21)
Wendy Davis, lawyer and former member of the Texas State Senate (2009-2015) representing District 10 and is best known for her thirteen-hour-long filibuster on Texas Senate Bill 5, challenging the incumbent, Rep. Chip Roy - the bill is an anti-woman agenda that sought to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and impose a stricter requirements in Texas. She was also the vice-chair on the Senate Select Committee on Open Government and member of the Economic Development, Transportation, Veteran Affairs and Military Installation Committee, and used to serve on Forth Worth City Council. She is an avid women’s health care advocate and empowering young women to speak up and advocate for themselves and their communities. She is an avid women’s health care advocate and empowering young women to speak up and advocate for themselves and their communities. She is endorsed by Elizabeth Warren, EMILY’s List, and Planned Parenthood for her work, fighting for women’s reproductive freedoms, public education, working families, and equal pay for women. In 2020, she won the democratic primary election with 86.2% by vote, defeating Jeannie Lou Leeder. In the November election, she will be challenging incumbent Libertarian, Rep. Chip Roy.
Deborah Ross (NC-02)
Deborah Ross. a civil right lawyer and a former representative of the North Carolina General Assembly (2003-2013) representing the 38th and 34th House District. As a representative, she served both Majority and Minority Whip and chaired the Judiciary, Ethics and Election Laws Committees. Her career also includes being the state director for the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina in 1994, a legal counsel for Triangle Transit. She is a supporter of the Equal Pay Act. In 2016, she was the Democratic nominee in the Senate election in NC but loss slightly to the incumbent Republican, Rep. Richard Burr, who won with just 51% of the vote. In the March 2020 Democratic primaries, she won and is the district’s Democratic candidate and in November, she will be challenging Rep. Alan Swain. Since her district is blue, she has the likelihood to win the general election.
Kathy Manning (NC-06)
Kathy Manning is the first woman to chair the Jewish Federations of North America, a Greensboro attorney, small business owner, and a well-known philanthropist in the 6th District. As an avid community and nonprofit leader who held various position such as in United Way, Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, the National Conference for Community Justice and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, she worked to provide retraining, mortgage assistance, food and health care for people who lost their jobs due to the great recession. She has placed the Black Economic Alliance (BEA) policy agenda at the center of her campaign and pledges to introduce or co-sponsor legislation geared towards expanding employment opportunities for Black Americans, funding for prisoner education and reentry program and launching infrastructure in lower-income communities. In the 2020 democratic primaries election, she won with 48.4% by a vote in a highly Democratic district. In the November election, she will be running against Republican, Joseph Lee Haywood, for the open seat of incumbent Republican, Rep. Mark Waller who is not running for reelection. Since her district is blue, she has the likelihood to win the general election.
Alyse Galvin (Alaska -01)
Alyse Galvin is best known as the founder and organizer of Great Alaska Schools, a citizens’ lobby that pressed the Legislature for better education funding including working with Governor Bill Walker’s Education Transition Team. She used to work as a daycare operator, hotel manager, and school consultant. She is an avid advocate for education, health care, climate crisis, safety and security, jobs and economic development and, diversification. Specifically, health care, which is a crisis point in Alaska. In 2018, she lost the general election to the Republican incumbent, Don Young by 6.6% of the vote. In 2020, she is running again for the House seat, on both the Independent and Democratic line representing Alaska’s At-Large Congressional District. She is running in the Democratic primary as an independent. She has two Democratic contenders – William Hibler and Ray Sean Tugatuk – and her primary will occur on August 18, 2020. She has been endorsed by the Alaska Democratic Party and has put raised Young through Q1 2020.
Other Challenged Incumbents
Rep. Kirkpatrick represented Arizona’s 1st Congressional district from 2009 to 2011, and again from 2013 to 2017. In 2018, she was elected to represent Arizona’s 2nd Congressional district and is seeking reelection there in 2020. She currently sits on the Appropriations Committee and Agriculture Committee and in the past has served on the Small Business Committee, Veterans’ Affairs Committee, and Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. She supports Native American rights, protecting our natural resources, and supporting our armed forces and veterans. Most recently she cosponsored the Stop Cruelty Against Migrant Children Act to protect the health and safety of children in immigration detention. In 2018, she defeated her Republican opponent by 9.5% of the vote.
New York 12th
Rep. Maloney has represented her district in Congress since 1993. Among her many firsts, she was the first woman to represent her district in Congress and the first woman to chair the Joint Economic Committee – a bicameral panel that addresses the nation’s most immediate economic concerns. Ten of Rep. Maloney’s authored bills have been signed into law by Presidents, including but not limited to: the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which provides health monitoring and financial assistance to 9/11 first responders, volunteers, and survivors; the Debbie Smith Act, which increases funding for law enforcement to process DNA rape kits; the Credit CARD Act, which protects consumers from shady practices by card companies. In addition to these bills, Rep. Maloney has been a tireless champion for the Equal Rights Amendment and has reintroduced the bill 11 times since 1993. She was also the leading sponsor and advocate for the funding and construction of the 2nd Avenue Subway in her district. She recently made headlines when her bill, The Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act, was signed into law. Rep. Maloney is up for reelection in 2020 and currently faces two challengers in the Democratic Primary.
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