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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.

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 has no opponent in the primary, so she’s focused on running a strong race to beat the Republican.

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.

Greg Edwards

U.S. House – Pennsylvania (PA-15)

Greg Edwards…wow. Greg is a community leader who was just arrested in the Capitol protesting the horrific tax bill. As he said, “This bill goes far beyond being a Republican or Democrat -- this goes to the heart of who we are as a nation, to what it means to be human.” He is running in a primary in Pennsylvania for the open swing seat newly created from Republican Charlie Dent's retirement. The primary is crowded with other Democrats, and Greg has pledged not to accept corporate contributions, so every dollar counts. His primary is May 15.

Veronica Escobar

U.S. House – Texas (TX-13)

Veronica is running in a primary for a Democratic open seat in Texas. She has a long record of progressive action as a County Commissioner and County Judge. She 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 clinics in El Paso so poor and working families could access world-class care. If she wins, Veronica would be the first Latina elected to Congress from Texas. She’s running against a former Republican who has raised half her money from Republicans — we can’t let Republicans steal this blue seat! Her primary is March 6, so we need to act fast to give Veronica support.

Cathy Glasson

Governor – Iowa

Cathy Glasson is a registered nurse who led the fight to organize her fellow nurses 18 years ago, and then became president of her local union, SEIU Local 199. She is running for governor of Iowa on a bold progressive platform that includes support for $15 minimum wage, the right to form a union, and single payer health care.

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.

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.

Marie Newman

U.S. House – Illinois (IL-03)

We endorsed Marie Newman alongside a group of allies like NARAL, MoveOn, and Democracy for America. Marie is running in a primary against seven-term congressman Dan Lipinski, a Democrat, in this deep blue district. Why is she taking him on? Because Dan Lipinski voted against the Affordable Care Act, opposes abortion access and LGBT rights, and voted to defund Planned Parenthood. Meanwhile, Marie says she would be a “worker bee” for Medicare for All. The primary is March 20.

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.

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.

Brent Welder

U.S. House – Kansas (KS-03)

Brent has worked as an organizer and lawyer for the Teamsters and other unions. Senator Bernie Sanders nominated him to the Democratic National Platform Committee, where Brent wrote an amendment to ban corporate money from elections. As he says, he’s running for Congress because “billionaires and giant corporations have too much control over our government.” By contrast, the Republican Congressman, Kevin Yoder, has one of the worst records when it comes to taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from the payday lending industry and other bad corporate actors, and then pushing legislation that benefits those corporations at the expense of regular people. Brent’s primary is August 7.

Nanette Barragán

U.S. House – California (CA-44)

The youngest of 11 children born to Mexican immigrants, Nanette worked her way through college and law school, and dedicated her legal career to helping communities like her own. As the first-ever Latina elected to the Hermosa Beach City Council, Barragán prioritized bold progressives values, including leading the fight against oil drilling in Santa Monica Bay. In Congress, she's working to ensure that every student has access to a debt-free education, to expand Social Security and Medicare, and to create a public option for every American to have access to quality health insurance.

Keith Ellison

U.S. House – Minnesota (MN-05)

Keith Ellison has never wavered from the four key priorities he first ran on: peace, prosperity for working families, environmental sustainability, and support for civil and human rights. As Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, he's one of the most progressive members of Congress, pushing fundamental legislation like the People's Budget and advocating for our nation’s working families. He's also an organizer and a great partner to grassroots groups across the nation who knows how to motivate people, build power, and win votes for Democrats on the local, state, and federal levels.

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.

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.

Attica Scott

Kentucky House of Representatives – District 41

Attica has been a grassroots partner to the PCCC for years, culminating in our joint press conference at Senator McConnell's Kentucky office demanding that he ‘do his job’ and allow a vote on President Obama's Supreme Court nominee. She is an activist, community leader, and a mother who prioritizes protecting women's rights, workers' rights, and fair wages in the Kentucky State Legislature.

Looking for our 2017 state and local champions?  You can also browse our 2016 Endorsements and PCCC's inaugural 2016 Power List.