2022 Endorsements

Arizona
Senator Mark Kelly (AZ)
Senator Mark Kelly is a retired NASA astronaut and veteran proudly representing the state of Arizona. Senator Kelly’s victory was key for Democrats retaking the Senate in 2020. Kelly’s views firmly align with those of JDCA. He has championed gun reform alongside with his wife, former Arizona congresswoman and gun-violence victim Gabby Giffords. JDCA endorsed and supported Kelly in 2020 and has a strong relationship with his Senate office since entering office. We are proud to endorse Senator Kelly and help elect him to a full six-year term in the Senate.
California
Senator Alex Padilla (CA)
Senator ​​Alex Padilla was appointed to his Senate seat by California Governor Gavin Newsom after it was vacated by Vice President Kamala Harris. In his short time as a Senator, Padilla has established himself as a champion on many of JDCA’s key issues, particularly voting rights and immigration. We are proud to endorse Senator Padilla and help elect him to a full six-year term in the Senate.
Colorado
Senator Michael Bennet (CO)
Senator Michael Bennet has served Colorado in the Senate since 2009. Senator Bennet’s grandparents were Jewish holocaust survivors. Initially appointed to his seat, he was reelected in 2012. Senator Bennet served as the Chief of Staff for then-Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, who was just elected to the Senate himself. His legislative priorities include agricultural, clean energy, and job creation. Bennet has always been a strong supporter of Israel.
Connecticut
Senator Richard Blumenthal (CT)
Senator Richard Blumenthal has held his seat since 2011. As a Jewish Democrat himself, Blumenthal is strongly supportive of Israel and is a close ally of JDCA. He is closely aligned with JDCA on many key issues. He is especially strong in fighting climate change where he has long advocated for both stronger legislation and executive action. While serving five-terms as Connecticut’s Attorney General, his commitment to justice was unmatched, and he has continued to fight for justice while in Congress. His record as a Senator also includes strong leadership on matters of consumer protection and national defense.
Georgia
Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock (GA)
Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock won his Senate seat in the Georgia runoff election in January 2021 in which JDCA was heavily involved. Warnock is a close JDCA ally, championing key Jewish Dems’ values, such as voting rights. In his time as a pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church, he built strong ties with the local Jewish community. We are proud to endorse Senator Reverend Warnock and help elect him to a full six-year term in the Senate.
Hawaii
Senator Brian Schatz (HI)
Senator Brian Schatz was first appointed to the Senate in 2012. He then went on to win a special election in 2014, and was reelected again in 2016. Prior to his time in the Senate, Schatz served as Hawaii’s lieutenant governor and worked as a climate activist. As a Jewish Democrat himself, Senator Schatz is strong on many of our key issues. He is a powerful voice on voting rights and climate change in particular.
Illinois
Senator Tammy Duckworth (IL)
Senator Tammy Duckworth is a purple heart recipient who has served in the United States Senate since her first election in 2016. Prior to her time in the Senate, she served in the House of Representatives for IL-8. She is well known for her foreign policy credentials dating back to her time as a service member. She lost her leg while serving in Iraq. In the Senate, she’s worked to expand access to healthcare and improve care for veterans. We are proud to endorse Senator Duckworth and help elect her to another term in the Senate.
Maryland
Senator Chris Van Hollen (MD)
Senator Chris Van Hollen has been a champion for our values since his election in 2016. In the past, he served in the Maryland State Legislature and as a Congressman for Maryland’s 8th District. In the Senate, he has worked tirelessly to address economic inequalities, childhood cancer, and gun violence. Senator Van Hollen is vocal about the need for Israelis and Palestinians to live peacefully in coexistence.
New Hampshire
Senator Maggie Hassan (NH)
Senator Maggie Hassan is running for reelection in New Hampshire in 2022. New Hampshire is a perennial swing state and polling suggests it will be a close race, just as it was in 2016 when Senator Hassan prevailed by just 800 votes. Senator Hassan is a friend to small business and is committed to expanding economic opportunity for the Granite State  She became Governor of New Hampshire in 2013, where she worked to fight the opioid crisis, led the state to have the lowest unemployment rate in the nation, and froze in-state tuition at state universities.
Nevada
Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (NV)
Senator Catherine Cortez Masto has represented Nevada since her election to the Senate in 2016. She previously served as the Attorney General of Nevada. She was close with former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who supported her during her 2016 primary and general election. Senator Cortez Masto leads the way on issues pertinent to Nevada such as tourism, tribal affairs, and natural resources and has made history as the first Latina ever elected to the United States Senate. The Senator is gearing up for a tough re-election campaign, in a state where Biden narrowly won. Her commitment to Israel and our values warrants JDCA’s tireless effort to ensure her victory.
New York
Senator Chuck Schumer (NY)
Senator Chuck Schumer has served as the Senator from New York since 1999 and as Senate Majority Leader since 2021 when Democrats took back the Senate. Since becoming the majority leader, Schumer has championed many of our key issues, trying to secure meaningful legislation on voting rights, immigration, healthcare, climate change, and the economy. He is front and center in negotiations over the Build Back Better Act and is trying to procure a generational investment in the American people. Senator Schumer is the first Jewish majority leader and is a longtime friend of the Jewish and pro-Israel communities.
Oregon
Senator Ron Wyden (OR)
Senator Ron Wyden has held his seat since 1996. Wyden is very outspoken on voting rights and climate change, in particular. Senator Wyden is the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and is the Leading Senate Democrat on the Joint Committee on Taxation. The Senator has been a leader on net neutrality and cybersecurity as well as protecting natural resources in Oregon and across the country. Senator Wyden supported the Embassy’s relocation to Jerusalem and advocates for a two-state solution.
Washington
Senator Patty Murray (WA)
Senator Patty Murray has served the state of Washington since 1993 in the Senate. She is perhaps most well known for her work with Paul Ryan in 2013 to negotiate the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, which helped prevent a second government shutdown that year. Murray is a strong champion for numerous JDCA issues and particularly advocates for environmental and education policy, issues she championed as a private citizen prior to holding elected office.

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