2022 Endorsements

JDCA endorses candidates who share our Jewish and Democratic values. Every race is unique and we consider each race on its own merits. In general, JDCA’s endorsement process considers many factors, such as the size of the Jewish population and the extent to which Jewish voters can impact the outcome of the election; whether candidates face strong challengers; and the candidates’ positions on issues of concern to Jewish voters and JDCA.

Click on the map below to check out our endorsements and voting info for each state and DC, and scroll down for all of our 2022 endorsements.

 


Arizona
Sen. Mark Kelly (AZ-Sen)
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.
Rep. Tom O'Halleran (AZ-02)
Representative Tom O’Halleran has been a fierce representative for the people of Arizona’s 1st district since his election in 2016. Due to redistricting, Rep. O’Halleran will be running in Arizona's 2nd district this year. He has spoken out against the vile immigration policies of the Trump administration and their effect on the people of Arizona, pushing support for the DREAM Act and ending family separation. Rep. O’Halleran has worked to protect against Medicare and Medicaid cuts and supports the expansion of the Affordable Care Act. Rep. O’Halleran has consistently fought for the LGBTQ+ community and supports reproductive rights. He has advocated for increased investment in a green economy and supports aggressive action on fighting climate change. He supports a two-state solution. Tom is a positive voice in the party and we are excited to see what he will bring in years to come. 
Rep. Greg Stanton (AZ-04)
Representative Greg Stanton is running in Arizona's 4th district due to redistricting, after serving two terms in Arizona’s 9th district, a seat he won in the 2018 midterm elections after serving six years as the mayor of Phoenix. He has been a strong Democratic voice in the House in his first two terms, fighting to expand access to affordable healthcare to more Arizonans and build upon the Affordable Care Act, as well as working tirelessly to protect those patients with pre-existing conditions. Rep. Stanton is committed to expanding LGBTQ+ protections and has consistently advocated for reproductive freedom and a fairer criminal justice system. As mayor of Phoenix, Rep. Stanton successfully cut the city’s greenhouse gas emissions and pushed for increased public transportation funding. Rep. Stanton supports a two-state solution and strongly believes in Israel’s right to self-defense. Has consistently advocated for a strong US-Israel relationship. 
California
Sen. Alex Padilla (CA-Sen)
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.
Jay Chen (CA-45)
Jay Chen is the President of the Board of Trustees for Mt. San Antonio Community College, a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserves, a small business owner, and a committed advocate for Democratic values. In the House, Chen would focus on decreasing the cost of healthcare, expanding educational opportunities, and supporting small businesses. Chen will fight for the people of California and ensure that Congress is working for them, and we are proud to endorse him.
Rep. Josh Harder (CA-09)
Representative Josh Harder is running in California's 9th district due to redistricting after serving two terms for California’s 10th district. Since entering Congress in 2018, he has been a tireless advocate for lowering healthcare costs for American families. Rep. Harder wants to lower premiums, deductibles, and life-saving prescription drug prices that are sold for a fraction of the cost in other countries. Representing the Central Valley, Rep. Harder understands how devastating the effects of climate change can be and is working to fight the worst effects of it while building reliable and resilient water infrastructure for future generations. Josh Harder has shown leadership and a commitment to public service. He supports a two-state solution and continued U.S. aid to Israel to help it maintain a qualitative edge in the region, as well as the Iran Nuclear Deal.
Rep. Mike Levin (CA-49)
Representative Mike Levin is running for reelection in California’s 49th District after winning key races in 2018 and 2020. From the start, Rep. Levin has been a strong leader on critical issues to our community. Before joining Congress, he spent years tackling the issue of climate change, working in the clean energy industry to improve both transportation and electric generation. He also spent several years on the board at the Center for Sustainable Energy. Rep. Levin has continued that fight in Congress, serving on the House Committee on Natural Resources and the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. He supports providing quality healthcare to all Americans, supporting bills that would provide dental and vision coverage under Medicare and improve healthcare outcomes for mothers and babies on Medicaid and in the CHIP program. Rep. Levin is a strong advocate for the U.S.-Israel relationship and a co-sponsor of H.R. 326, which reaffirmed Congressional support for a two-state solution.
Asif Mahmood (CA-40)
Dr. Asif Mahmood is a physician and philanthropist running for Congress in California’s 40th district. As a physician, Dr. Mahmood has enacted a policy in his office that uninsured patients are not charged for their care, enabling these patients to seek medical treatment where they otherwise could not. In his philanthropic work, Dr. Mahmood has worked with organizations like UNICEF and sits on the board of Southern California’s largest homeless shelter. In Congress, he will fight to tackle inflation, bring down the cost of living, and invest in our infrastructure. Dr. Mahmood has made an indelible mark on his community in Southern California and he will build on this important work in Congress. We are proud to endorse him.
Rep. Katie Porter (CA-47)
Representative Katie Porter is running in California’s 47th District this November due to redistricting after serving two terms in California’s 45th District. From the start, Rep. Porter has been a fighter for everyday Americans. That’s why in 2012, then-California Attorney General Kamala Harris appointed Rep. Porter to be California’s watchdog against the banks. Rep. Porter and her team held the banks’ feet to the fire, securing over $18 billion and helping tens of thousands of families move forward with their lives. Rep. Porter has been a key player in the fight against abusive credit card fees and, in 2010, helped pass important federal credit card protections for families. Rep. Porter has taken that same fight to Congress as a member of the Oversight and Reform Committee, where she has been fearless in asking tough questions during hearings to get the truth out of administration officials and making government work for everyone. That’s also why she is an ardent supporter of federal voting rights legislation and removing dark money from politics. Rep. Porter has worked hard on making healthcare coverage more affordable for American families. In 2019, she passed legislation that reduced the income threshold for families to deduct medical expenses from their taxes and has introduced multiple bills aimed at lowering prescription healthcare costs. She is also a friend to Israel. She co-sponsored H.R. 326, which reaffirmed Congressional support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Rep. Porter is undoubtedly a star in the party and we look forward to sending her back to Congress.
Will Rollins (CA-41)
Will Rollins is a former federal prosecutor running for Congress in California's 41st district. As a prosecutor, Rollins brought countless individuals to justice. From Ponzi scheme organizers, insurrectionists, and domestic terrorists, Rollins focused on keeping Californian and American families safe from fraud and other criminal acts. In Congress, he will prioritize fighting extremism, promoting LGBTQ+ equity, updating our nation’s infrastructure, and expanding abortion access. Rollins has fought injustice and stood up for American families throughout his career and he would continue to do so in Congress. We are proud to endorse him.
Rudy Salas (CA-22)
Assemblymember Rudy Salas is a five-term State Assembly member and lifelong resident of California’s Central Valley. In the California State Assembly, Assemblymember Salas has been a steadfast advocate for Valley residents. Between securing $50 million in funding for infrastructure upgrades, standing up for veterans’ and workers’ rights, and supporting small businesses, Assemblymember Salas has always focused on delivering for his constituents. Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Assemblymember Salas served as the first Latino Bakersfield City Councilmember in the 112-year history of the City Council. Assemblymember Salas has shown his ability to fight for Democratic values and get results, and we are proud to endorse him.
Christy Smith (CA-27)
Assemblymember Christy Smith served her community as a member of the California State Assembly between 2018 and 2020. During her tenure in the State Assembly, Assemblymember Smith wrote a series of bills that were signed into law on issues ranging from college affordability to human trafficking. Prior to her election to the State Assembly, she worked in the Department of Education and served on the Newhall School Board. In Congress, she will focus on implementing paid family leave, protecting social security, and fighting for equity through policies like the Equality Act and the Women’s Health Protection Act. She is a dedicated advocate for Democratic values and we are proud to endorse her.
Colorado
Sen. Michael Bennet (CO-Sen)
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.
Gov. Jared Polis (CO-Gov)
Governor Jared Polis was first elected as Governor of Colorado in 2018. Before his gubernatorial election, he served in Congress for CO-02 from 2009 to 2019. As Governor, Gov. Polis has made significant investments in public services, including the largest investment in public education in Colorado's history. Gob. Polis is the second LGBTQ+ governor in American history and Colorado’s first Jewish governor. In Congress, Polis had a strong pro-Israel record and he supported the JCPOA. Polis has often taken to Twitter to celebrate Israel and defend it from critics. Governor Polis has strongly condemned right-wing efforts to equate mask and vaccine mandates to Nazi activity, saying that “As a Jewish American who lost family in the Holocaust, I’m offended by any comparison to Nazism.” Jared Polis is a proud Jewish Dem and JDCA was proud to endorse him in 2018.
Yadira Caraveo (CO-08)
State Representative Yadira Caraveo has been serving her community as a member of the Colorado State House of Representatives since her election in 2018. In the State House, State Rep. Caraveo has passed trailblazing legislation that lowered the cost of prescription drugs, expanded preschool funding, limited pollution and prevented evictions during the pandemic. She would build on this critical work in Congress and prioritize healthcare reform, bringing down the cost of housing, fighting back against GOP attacks on voting rights, and combating the effects of climate change. State Rep. Caraveo has been a crucial voice for Democratic values in Colorado and we are proud to endorse her.
Brittany Petterson (CO-07)
State Senator Brittany Petterson is a member of the Colorado State Senate and former Assemblymember. As a member of the Colorado Legislature, State Sen. Petterson has passed incredibly impactful bills including a red flag gun bill and an equal pay bill that worked to close the gender pay gap in Colorado. She has also secured historic levels of funding for public schools and fought for more access to mental health resources. State Sen. Petterson has shown that she can strive for dramatic change and deliver, and we are proud to endorse her.
Connecticut
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (CT-Sen)
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.
Rep. Joe Courtney (CT-02)
Representative Joe Courtney has been serving his community since his election to the House of Representatives in 2006. In the House, he has had a number of legislative successes in key areas. He has passed legislation increasing the tax credit for first-time homebuyers, made it easier for veterans to enter teaching jobs, and secured over $80 million in funding to boost manufacturing in Connecticut. He has also made substantial efforts to protect workers’ rights and support rural communities in Connecticut, earning him the Golden Triangle Award from the National Farmers’ Union. Rep. Courtney has long been a voice for Democratic values in the House and we are proud to endorse him for re-election.
Rep. Jahana Hayes (CT-05)
Representative Jahana Hayes was first elected to Congress in 2018 and was re-elected in 2020. She is the first African-American Congresswoman from Connecticut. Prior, she worked as a teacher and was recognized as National Teacher of the Year by President Obama in 2016. In her capacity as Teacher of the Year, she traveled the country and the world to empower public educators and worked on policies designed to improve outcomes for students. Rep. Hayes is firmly aligned with our values, which has been showcased by her tireless advocacy in Congress. She currently sits on the full House committees of Education, Labor, and Agriculture.
Florida
Rep. Val Demings (FL-Sen)
Representative Val Demings is a current member of the U.S. House and was first elected in 2016. Before her time in Congress, she served as Orlando’s chief of police and was the first female to hold that role. Rep. Demings comes from a working-class background, where she was forced to get her first job at the age of 14 washing dishes. She rose to prominence as an impeachment manager in the first impeachment of Donald Trump. Rep. Demings is the presumptive Democratic nominee for Senate in Florida and will face Marco Rubio in the general election. Rep. Demings cosponsored several pro-Israel bills, including the Israel Relations Normalization Act of 2021, which promotes normalization agreements between Israel and Arab nations, and resolutions condemning BDS. JDCA was thrilled to partner with her for an event promoting common-sense gun safety.
Eric Lynn (FL-13)
Eric Lynn is a former member of the Obama administration and community advocate running in Florida’s 13th District. Within the Obama administration, Lynn developed crucial experience in national security and would bring a complex understanding of foreign policy and domestic safety issues to the table as a Congressman. He is also committed to fighting the effects of climate change by investing in renewable energy and protecting the environment. Lynn is also focused on expanding Social Security and protecting it from Republican attacks. He is a true supporter of Democratic causes and we are proud to endorse him.
Georgia
Sen. Reverend Raphael Warnock (GA-Sen)
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.
Stacey Abrams (GA-Gov)
Stacey Abrams first ran for Governor of Georgia in 2018 and lost extremely narrowly to Brian Kemp. Before her 2018 gubernatorial campaign, Abrams served in the state legislature, most prominently as the minority leader. In the state legislature, Abrams focused on expanding healthcare access, raising taxes on the wealthy while preventing tax hikes on the middle class, and securing voting rights. Since 2018, she has continued her organizing efforts as the founder of the voting rights organization, FairFight. She also built an organizing operation that helped elect Senators Ossoff and Warnock in 2021. JDCA was proud to endorse Abrams in 2018. In 2016, Abrams voted against SB 237, a bill that would have penalized those who comply with the BDS movement, arguing it violated free speech. In an op-ed, Abrams stated “I unequivocally support a two-state solution as the path to resolution of the Israel and Palestinian conflict, with Israel as the national homeland for the Jewish people. Moreover, I reject the demonization and delegitimization of Israel represented by the BDS narrative and campaign.” If elected Governor, she intends to make sure that Israel remains a strong economic and political partner for Georgia. Abrams is widely credited with organizing the state to help elect Biden, Ossoff, and Warnock in 2020 in Georgia.
Rep. Lucy McBath (GA-07)
Representative Lucy McBath has been serving her community as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives since 2019. Prior to running for office, Rep. McBath worked with Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action to demand that our leaders do more to address the epidemic of gun violence in America. This is a particularly personal issue for Rep. McBath, as her own son was murdered in a senseless act of gun violence. Since entering elected office, she has passed life-saving gun safety legislation including universal background checks and Red Flag Laws through the House and sponsored legislation bolstering support for disabled veterans that was signed into law. When reelected, Rep. McBath will continue to fight to end gun violence and support Democratic values. We are proud to endorse her.
Hawaii
Sen. Brian Schatz (HI-Sen)
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
Sen. Tammy Duckworth (IL-Sen)
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.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker (IL-Gov)
Governor J.B. Pritzker has been serving his state as the Governor of Illinois since 2019. As Governor, he has made significant progress within Illinois by raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, passing a historic tax relief for working Illinois families, and signing protections for reproductive rights into law to protect Illinois from any attacks on abortion access. Gov. Pritzker has also met the moment to support the people of Illinois during some of the state’s most challenging times. At the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, Gov Pritzker created the largest relief grant program for small businesses in the nation. He has also worked with the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus to fight racial inequities in Illinois and dismantle structural racism within the state. Gov. Pritzker has been a consistent advocate for Democratic values as Governor and we are proud to endorse him for re-election.
Nikki Budzinski (IL-13)
Nikki Budzinski has been fighting for working families for her entire adult life. After graduating college, she went on to work with a number of labor unions nationwide and stood up for collective bargaining and ensured union members were getting all the benefits they were entitled to. As an advisor to Illinois Governor JB Pritzker, Budzinski was a key player in raising the Illinois minimum wage to $15 an hour and also helped expand broadband access across the state. She built on this important work in the Biden administration as Chief of Staff for Biden’s Office of Management and Budget, where she oversaw the implementation of the American Rescue Plan. She will continue to be an advocate for workers and the people of Illinois in Congress and we are proud to endorse her.
Rep. Sean Casten (IL-06)
Representative Sean Casten is running for reelection in the Illinois 6th Congressional District after winning his first race in 2018 and again in 2020, becoming the first Democrat to represent the district since 1949.  Before coming to Congress, Rep. Casten worked as a clean energy consultant and as CEO of the Turbostream Corporation, focusing on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and helping to lead the way forward on climate change.  He has taken that same spirit of activism to Congress where he sits on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, as a member of the Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment. As a member of the New Democrat Healthcare Task Force, Rep. Casten is committed to expanding American’s access to quality, affordable healthcare by protecting and expanding the Affordable Care Act.  He’s targeted overpriced prescription drugs, worked to stop insurance companies from selling junk healthcare plans, and protect those with preexisting conditions. Rep. Casten is also committed to protecting women’s access to healthcare options, including the right to choose, and has worked on legislation to help reduce the pay gap between men and women. Rep. Casten understands the special relationship between Israel and the United States and supports continued aid for Israel, the Iran Nuclear Deal, and a two-state solution.  He co-sponsored House Resolution 326 which reaffirmed congressional support for a two-state solution.
Rep. Bill Foster (IL-11)
Representative Bill Foster was first elected to Congress in 2008. Prior, he worked as a physicist and played a leading role in several groundbreaking experiments in elementary particle physics. Rep. Foster highlights healthcare and economic reform as his highest priorities. He is especially passionate about regulating finance and protecting everyday consumers - Foster helped craft both the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and the Consumer Protection Act, two of the most important economic reforms in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Foster strongly supports a two-state solution and supports efforts to improve Israel’s regional ties through normalization agreements.
Rep. Lauren Underwood (IL-14)
Representative Lauren Underwood is running for reelection in the Illinois 14th Congressional District.  In 2018, Congresswoman Underwood flipped her district from red to blue, becoming the youngest African American woman ever elected to Congress and the first woman of color to serve as the representative for her district. Before joining Congress, Rep. Underwood was a nurse and then an advisor at the Department of Health and Human Services and has always recognized how fundamental quality, affordable healthcare is for good health outcomes.  That’s why in Congress she has worked tirelessly to protect those with preexisting conditions and lower the costs of premiums and prescription drugs.  She has introduced legislation to limit the percentage of income a person would have to pay on their insurance premium. Rep. Underwood is also a leader in the fight against climate change and has introduced legislation empowering the EPA to take stronger measures to reduce our nation’s carbon footprint.  Tying her passions and experience together, she has also worked on legislation that would help state and local governments better handle the negative health side effects of climate change. Rep. Underwood has supported resolutions condemning BDS and supporting a two-state solution.  She has spoken about her desire to maintain a strong relationship between the United States and Israel and to see an equitable and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians.  
Iowa
Mike Franken (IA-Sen)
Admiral Mike Franken is a former Admiral in the Navy who is running for Senate to unseat Chuck Grassley in Iowa. Within the Navy, Admiral Franken gained significant experience in the Pentagon and held several strategic planning positions that tailored military policy around the world. In the Senate, he would focus on protecting Social Security, safeguarding democracy, fighting white supremacy, and passing gun safety legislation. This puts him in stark contrast with Chuck Grassley, who both voted against the creation of a bipartisan committee to investigate January 6th and the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act. Admiral Franken is a committed fighter for Democratic causes and the people of Iowa. We are proud to endorse him.
Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03)
Representative Cindy Axne was a key part of the 2018 blue wave, knocking out an incumbent Republican who won by double digits in 2016. Before joining Congress, she worked for Iowa’s state government and was an outspoken advocate against education inequality. In Congress, she has continued the fight for affordability, supporting the National Paid Family Leave Act, funding for Planned Parenthood, and was a co-sponsor of the House bill to lower drug costs and cap Medicare Part D for seniors. Rep. Axne has shown support for Israel, sponsoring H.R. 326 reaffirming Congressional support for a two-state solution. As a former Division Administrator at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and now as a member of the House Agriculture Committee. She recognizes the importance of conserving our environment, protecting our natural resources, and building resiliency to the effects of climate change. She has seen what recent storms, floods, and droughts have done to Iowa communities, especially farmers, and supports strong efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions in order to fight climate change.
Christina Bohannan (IA-01)
State Representative Christina Bohannan is a member of the Iowa House and a law professor at the University of Iowa. Prior to entering elected office, she worked as an engineer and clerked for the United States Court of Appeals. While in the House, State Rep. Bohannan has worked to pass legislation addressing elder abuse and cracking down on human trafficking. In Congress, she will focus on investing in education, making Iowa a leader in clean energy, protecting voter rights, and making healthcare more accessible. State Rep. Bohannan has shown that she understands the problems facing Iowans and will fight for Democratic values in Washington. We are proud to endorse her.
Liz Mathis (IA-02)
State Senator Liz Mathis has been serving her community as a member of the Iowa State Senate since 2011. Prior to entering politics, she worked as a journalist as well as a nonprofit leader working to connect children and adults with mental healthcare and housing. In the Iowa State Senate, State Sen. Mathis has fought for farming communities as a member of the Agriculture Committee and passed measures focused on improving educational opportunities for Iowans. In Congress, she will work to make healthcare more affordable and create jobs in clean energy. State Sen. Mathis is a proven fighter for Democratic values and we are proud to endorse her.
Kansas
Rep. Sharice Davids (KS-03)
Representative Sharice Davids is running for re-election in the Kansas 3rd Congressional District. In 2018, Rep. Davids made history as the first LGBTQ+ Native American member of Congress. In just two terms, Rep. Davids has proven herself to be a leader on issues on combating antisemitism, supporting a House resolution that condemned antisemitism and bigotry. Davids also recognizes the importance of the strong relationship between the United States and Israel, supports reentering the Iran Nuclear Deal, and opposes the BDS movement.  On healthcare, Rep. Davids wants to expand and protect the Affordable Care Act, lower the price of prescription drugs, improve the quality of care and protect individuals with preexisting conditions from being denied coverage. Davids supports comprehensive immigration reform that secures our border in smart, effective ways, while also providing a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers. Before Congress, she served in the Department of Transportation in the Obama and Trump administrations. She has cosponsored many pro-Israel bills, including the Israel Relations Normalization Act of 2021, which promotes normalization agreements between Israel and Arab states, as well as legislation condemning BDS.
Maryland
Sen. Chris Van Hollen (MD-Sen)
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.
Rep. David Trone (MD-06)
Representative David Trone has served his community since his election to the House of Representatives in 2018. Prior to holding elected office, Rep. Trone was a successful entrepreneur and business owner. He was also a prominent supporter of the American Civil Liberties Union, which recently created the Trone Center for Justice and Equality, which focuses on creating much-needed prison reform. In Congress, Rep. Trone has focused on tackling the opioid crisis, achieving criminal justice reform, and improving mental healthcare. Rep. Trone is a proven fighter for Democratic values and the people of Maryland, and we are proud to endorse him.
Michigan
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (MI-Gov)
Governor Gretchen Whitmer was first elected as Governor in 2018. Before her election, Gov. Whitmer served in both the Michigan statehouse and Senate. She is focused on improving infrastructure and lowering prescription drugs costs. As Governor, she developed a high profile on the national stage, largely due to her success on economic issues, her COVID-19 response, and an attempted kidnapping thwarted by the FBI. She was selected as a vice-chair of the DNC and has served in that capacity since 2021.  In 2019, Whitmer took a trade trip to Israel to connect Israeli businesses with Michigan and strengthen MI-Israel economic ties, signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Israel-based tech NGO, Start-Up Nation Central. Before her time as Governor, Whitmer sponsored and helped pass Senate Resolution 191, a resolution recognizing the 60th Anniversary of Israel’s founding.
Rep. Elissa Slotkin (MI-07)
Representative Elissa Slotkin was elected to Congress in 2018 to represent Michigan’s 8th district and is running this year in Michigan's 7th district due to redistricting. Rep. Slotkin believes that we must safeguard the Affordable Care Act and build on it, specifically to lower prescription drug prices. She supports investment in clean energy and sees it as an opportunity to create new manufacturing jobs in Michigan. Rep. Slotkin believes we must enact common-sense legislation that keeps weapons of war out of civilian hands and prohibits terrorists and domestic abusers from obtaining guns. In her role on the House Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Slotkin has been an outspoken leader in the effort to combat anti-Semitism, white nationalism, and other forms of bigotry and hatred. She has been a leader on national security and homeland security issues, bringing her national security background to Congress. She has led important legislation related to Iran and was also a co-sponsor of H.Res.326, which supported a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Rep. Dan Kildee (MI-08)
Chief Deputy Whip Dan Kildee has been a strong supporter of our values throughout his tenure in Congress. In his past term, he has been focused on defeating COVID-19 and ensuring Michigan’s economic recovery. Rep. Kildee has also been instrumental in combatting the water crisis and providing aid to Flint. Prior to joining Congress, Kildee served as Genesse County Treasurer and on the Flint Board of Education. He remains committed to Israel’s security and fostering peace throughout the region.
Hillary Scholten (MI-03)
Hillary Scholten has been creating change in her community since she began her career as a caseworker for the Aids Action Committee, where she worked to shield members of the LGBTQ+ community from housing discrimination. From there, she clerked for the U.S Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and later went on to work for the Department of Justice under the Obama administration. At the DOJ, she focused on reforming American immigration policies and ensuring that immigrants were being treated fairly throughout the immigration process. Since then, Scholten has taken on roles at the Times Up Legal Defense Fund and the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center to provide legal assistance to those who need it most. She will continue to fight for the people of Western Michigan in Congress by defending the Affordable Care Act, investing in public education, and securing funding for infrastructure projects. Scholten has demonstrated her commitment to Democratic values throughout her career and we are proud to endorse her.
Rep. Haley Stevens (MI-11)
Representative Haley Stevens has brought energy and effectiveness to Congress and is running for reelection this November for Michigan’s 11th district. She has passed multiple pieces of legislation advancing American manufacturing, developing STEM education, and protecting Americans. Rep. Stevens believes we must implement a public option for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and allow those aged 55-65 to buy into Medicare. She believes in promoting a clean energy future and securing the “Pure Michigan” her constituents deserve. Rep. Stevens believes we must pass comprehensive immigration reform that recognizes human dignity and work to solutions that close the loopholes in our gun control laws. On Israel, Rep. Stevens believes that the U.S. and Israel share a special relationship bound to common values and that the U.S.-Israel relationship must not be politicized. Rep. Stevens stands firmly against the BDS movement and believes in Israel’s fundamental right to self-defense.
Minnesota
Rep. Angie Craig (MN-02)
Representative Angie Craig was elected to represent Minnesota’s 2nd district in 2018 and is running for a third term this November. Coming from humble beginnings, she has established herself as a champion of the people with a unique ability to break through partisan politics and get things done. For example, she has pushed for healthcare reform in fighting to lower health insurance premiums and prescription drug prices. If re-elected, Rep. Craig will continue to push for increased access to affordable and quality healthcare, while ensuring that all Americans and families can receive care when sick.  Rep. Craig believes in science and will work to address the effects of climate change with lasting solutions. Rep. Craig supports positioning the United States as a leading power in a global green economy. Rep. Craig is also committed to protecting veterans and their benefits, fighting for civil rights, and working towards establishing a country that is safe from gun violence. Rep. Craig believes that Israel is our greatest ally in the Middle East and wants to ensure our long-lasting partnership is preserved. She supports a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict and opposes the BDS movement. Rep. Craig is also committed to fighting antisemitism, xenophobia, and the rise of hate crimes. Rep. Craig made history by becoming the first LGBTQ individual elected to Congress from Minnesota. Before running for Congress, she was a reporter and worked at a medical device company.
Montana
Monica Tranel (MT-01)
Monica Tranel is a former Olympian and attorney running for Congress in Montana’s 1st district. As an Attorney, Tranel has successfully taken on large corporations who have tried to take advantage of Montana. In Congress, she will build on this work by ensuring that corporations pay their fair share in taxes and breaking up monopolies. She will also prioritize increasing the supply of affordable housing, securing voting rights, strengthening social security, and increasing representation for Montana’s tribal nations. Tranel has been a strong advocate for Democratic values in Montana and we are proud to endorse her.
Nebraska
Tony Vargas (NE-02)
Tony Vargas has served his community since 2013, first as a member of the Omaha Public Schools Board and now as a State Senator. Prior to entering elected office, Vargas worked as a public school teacher and also worked for educational nonprofits dedicated to improving educational opportunities for children nationwide. During his time in the Nebraska State Senate, Vargas has shown his commitment to working across the aisle to pass legislation improving healthcare access, promoting innovation, investing in public schools, and so much more. Vargas has worked tirelessly to promote Democratic values in Nebraska and we are proud to endorse him.
Nevada
Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (NV-Sen)
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.
Gov. Steve Sisolak (NV-Gov)
Governor Steve Sisolak made history in 2018 by becoming the first Democratic Governor of Nevada since 1999. Before his gubernatorial campaign, Sisolak served in various positions within local government in Clark County and on the Board of Regents. Sisolak is focused on healthcare, education, the economy, and lowering prescription drug prices.  Gov. Sisolak strongly supported Israel during the conflict with Gaza in May 2021. He has supported several measures to combat antisemitism during his tenure as governor, prominently signing the ADL-backed Holocaust Education Bill into law in June 2021 to strengthen Holocaust and genocide education in NV. He also issued a proclamation condemning antisemitism following the hostage situation in Colleyville.
Rep. Steven Horsford (NV-04)
Representative Steven Horsford was first elected to Congress in 2012. He lost re-election in 2014 before returning to Congress in 2018, and he has served ever since. Prior, he was a member of the Nevada Senate, where he was Majority Leader from 2009 to 2013.  Rep. Horsford frequently cosponsors pro-Israel legislation, including the Israel Relations Normalization Act of 2021, which promotes normalization agreements between Israel and Arab states, as well as legislation condemning BDS. Rep. Horsford is active in efforts to remove statues of antisemites from Nevada and the US Capitol. He supports the JCPOA and believes it is the best way to limit Iran’s nuclear program.
Rep. Susie Lee (NV-03)
Representative Susie Lee’s experience advocating on behalf of education throughout her career has carried over into Congress, where she is a champion for working people in her district. She is committed to continuing to expand on the Affordable Care Act by creating a public healthcare option, working to lower prescription drug prices, increasing price transparency for all healthcare-related costs, and protecting individuals with pre-existing conditions from being denied coverage.  In addition, Rep. Lee is a champion for improving education, women’s reproductive rights, and protecting the environment from the effects of climate change. Rep. Lee wants to create clean-energy jobs that will transform the economy and the environment to survive for future generations to come. Rep. Lee is committed to fighting antisemitism both domestically and globally. She supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, opposes the BDS movement, and supports the Iran Nuclear Deal. Before her election, Rep. Lee worked with several nonprofits focused on education and youth services.
Rep. Dina Titus (NV-01)
Representative Dina Titus was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008. She joined Congress after teaching government at University of Nevada, Las Vegas for 34 years. Additionally, she was the Senate Minority Leader in the state legislature from 1993-2008. Rep. Titus has devoted her life to education, both as a teacher and in her work in Congress. Titus has also emerged as a prominent voice against gun violence. She supports comprehensive immigration reform, protecting persons with disabilities, and expanding protections for seniors. Titus is a supporter of Israel and a two-state solution. 
New Hampshire
Sen. Maggie Hassan (NH-Sen)
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.
Rep. Chris Pappas (NH-01)
Representative Chris Pappas was first elected to Congress in 2018 and has been an advocate for the people of New Hampshire’s 1st district throughout his service. Prior, he served in the New Hampshire Executive Council. Rep. Pappas is the first openly gay man to represent New Hampshire in Congress. He has worked tirelessly on issues such as the opioid epidemic and increasing access to affordable health care. He is committed to lowering the cost of prescription drugs by fighting to end special tax breaks for pharmaceutical companies, increasing healthcare-related cost transparency, improving access to low-income seniors, and allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices. He has vowed to protect the Affordable Care Act, protect individuals with pre-existing conditions from being denied coverage, standing up for female reproductive rights and healthcare.  Rep. Pappas wants to increase funding for public education, make college more affordable, protect small businesses, expand career and technical and education programs, support paid family leave, increase the federal minimum wage, protect the LGBTQ+ community, enact stricter EPA regulations to protect access to clean drinking water and preserve the environment, and is committed to ending gun violence in the United States. Pappas supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He supported the Iran Nuclear Deal, opposes the BDS movement, is committed to continuing to provide aid to Israel, and believes that Israel has a right to exist as a Jewish and democratic state.
New Jersey
Rep. Andy Kim (NJ-03)
Representative Andy Kim is running for reelection in the New Jersey 3rd Congressional District. He is the first Korean-American member of Congress and is a former National Security Council in the Obama administration and a veteran of the war in Afghanistan. Rep. Kim first decided to run for office in part to protect the Affordable Care Act and will continue to fight for its protection and expansion in Congress. Rep. Kim supported a resolution reaffirming Congressional support for a two-state solution and is regarded as a rising leader in Congress.
Rep. Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05)
Representative Josh Gottheimer is running for reelection in the New Jersey 5th Congressional District. As a Congressman, Rep. Gottheimer has served as a leading voice on pro-Israel issues and in combating anti-Semitism. He is the leading sponsor of bipartisan legislation which affirms U.S. support for Israel’s right to defend itself from terrorist attacks and has spoken frequently about the need to combat white supremacy. Rep. Gottheimer opposses the BDS movement and supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and conitued aid to Israel. He has worked on legislation that would enable Congress to partner with Israel to counter terror attacks from unmanned aerial vehicles such as drones. Rep. Gottheimer is working in Congress to protect the Affordable Care Act and is against cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security. He opposes attempts to deny coverage to individuals with preexisting conditions. Josh is also a leader in the fight against climate change and strongly supports investing in renewable energy. He has co-sponsored legislation that would significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 and wants to hold the President accountable for his withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord. Josh believes in reducing gun violence by passing legislation that requires universal background checks for all gun purchases and stricter rules that would prevent increased acts of violence.
Rep. Tom Malinowski (NJ-07)
Representative Tom Malinowski is running for reelection in the New Jersey 7th Congressional District. Before joining Congress, Rep. Malinowski served as Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor in the Obama administration, where he helped lead the global fight to defend the human rights of women and LGBTQ+ people, to protect workers in our trade agreements, to safeguard our privacy on the internet, to root out corruption, and to stand up to dictators like Putin and Kim Jong-Un. Rep. Malinowski won his first election in 2018, flipping his district from red to blue. In Congress, Rep. Malinowski has continued to focus on expanding human rights through U.S. foreign policy and is striving to protect the Affordable Care Act and patient protection. Rep. Malinowski supports a two-state solution and opposes West Bank settlement expansion and unilateral annexation. He has also called on the Republican Party to do more to root out white nationalism and denounce racist and anti-Semitic comments made by Republicans in Congress because he understands that only by guaranteeing human rights for all Americans can we be safe as a country and as a democracy.
Rep. Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11)
Representative Mikie Sherrill is a United States Navy Veteran who will continue to bring her knowledge and experience to Congress in order to fight for the people of New Jersey’s 11th district. Throughout her military service, Sherrill flew missions throughout Europe and the Middle East as a Sea King helicopter pilot, worked on the Battle Watch Floor in the European Theater during the Iraq invasion, and served as a Flag Aide to the Deputy Commander in Chief of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet. In addition, she previously served as a Russian policy officer and worked on the implementation of our nuclear treaty obligations and oversaw the relationship between the U.S. Navy and Russian Federation Navy. Mikie Sherrill will continue to put America’s national security and safety before party or politics. She is committed to eradicating crime, acts of gun violence, and improving education. She will fight to lower healthcare costs, create a public option, increase transparency in billing, and provide affordable and accessible health care options for women, families and children. She will also advocate for climate change reform, better government spending, as well as promoting civil and racial unity. Rep. Sherril supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and opposes unilateral annexation and the BDS movement. She condemns all forms of anti-Semitism, bigotry, racism, xenophobia, and hatred. She will be a leading voice in ensuring that white nationalism has no place in America, nor will it be allowed to influence our laws, culture, and policies. 
Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (NJ-10)
Representative Donald Payne Jr. has served in Congress since 2012, following the death of his father who previously held this seat. Prior, Rep. Payne served in various capacities as a Democratic activist and on the Newark City Council. Among his current legislative priorities are protecting and expanding voting rights and ensuring access to quality education. He has spoken out strongly against antisemitism on several occasions and frequently ties antisemitism into his broader understanding of white supremacy. Rep. Payne is a strong Democratic voice in Congress and we are proud to endorse him.
New Mexico
Rep. Teresa Leger Fernandez (NM-03)
Representative Teresa Leger Fernandez has been serving her community as a member of the House of Representatives since 2021. Prior to entering elected office, Rep. Fernandez worked in the Department of Housing and Urban Development and advocated for bolstered access to health clinics and affordable housing. In Congress, she has focused on investing in clean energy, upgrading our nation’s infrastructure, environmental conservation, and improving educational outcomes for children in New Mexico. When re-elected, Rep. Fernandez will build on this work and continue to push for progress and development in New Mexico and across the country. We are proud to endorse her for re-election.
Gabe Vasquez (NM-02)
Councilmember Gabe Vasquez has been serving his community as a member of the Las Cruces City Council since 2017. Prior to entering elected office, he worked in public lands conservation as well as serving as a policy advocate for child welfare. On the City Council, Councilmember Vasquez has secured millions of dollars in investments for parks and infrastructure, as well as crafted a development plan that lifted families in the region out of poverty. In Congress, he will focus on expanding voting rights, supporting unions, and investing in clean energy. Councilmember Vasquez has been a strong voice for Democratic values in Las Cruces and we are proud to endorse him.
New York
Sen. Chuck Schumer (NY-Sen)
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.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-12)
Representative Carolyn Maloney was first elected to Congress in 1992 and has represented the 12th district since 2013. Before her election, she served on the New York City Council. She is firmly aligned with JDCA on key issues and is the Chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. Rep. Maloney frequently cosponsors pro-Israel legislation, including the Israel Relations Normalization Act of 2021, which promotes normalization agreements between Israel and Arab states, as well as legislation condemning BDS. She regularly attends the Israel Day Parade in New York and is committed to stopping Republicans from turning Israel into a political wedge issue.
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18)
Representative Sean Patrick Maloney was first elected to Congress in 2012 and currently serves as Chair of the DCCC (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee). Before his election, he served in President Clinton’s administration in various roles, including as White House Staff Secretary. At the time, he often referred to himself as “the highest-ranking openly homosexual man on the White House staff." He has cosponsored numerous pieces of pro-Israel legislation, including the Israel Relations Normalization Act of 2021, which promotes normalization agreements between Israel and Arab states, as well as legislation condemning BDS.
Rep. Jerry Nadler (NY-12)
Representative Jerry Nadler has served in the House of Representatives since 1992. Prior, he served in the New York State Assembly. Rep. Nadler is among the highest-ranking Jews in Congress and leads the unofficial Jewish House Caucus. As such, Rep. Nadler plays a key role in mediating between Jewish members of Congress. In addition, he is the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and has played a crucial role in the impeachment proceedings of Donald Trump, tamping down on white supremacism and antisemitism, protecting abortion rights, and implementing criminal justice reform. Rep. Nadler has cosponsored numerous pieces of pro-Israel and anti-BDS legislation. He has been a friend of JDCA since our founding, and we are proud to endorse him.
North Carolina
Justice Cheri Beasley (NC-Sen)
Justice Cheri Beasley served as a North Carolina Supreme Court Justice from 2012 to 2020. She gained national attention in 2020, as an outspoken advocate for racial justice reform following George Floyd’s murder. Justice Beasly was appointed to the state Supreme Court in 2012 and was subsequently elected statewide to the Supreme Court in 2014. She outperformed other statewide Democratic candidates for Senate and Governor in 2014, and, though she narrowly lost her reelection in 2020, she again outpaced all Democrats in the state.  She strongly supports Israel’s security and the two-state solution, noting that she supports unconditional U.S. aid to Israel and opposes the BDS movement. She supports reentry to the JCPOA, as well as future negotiations regarding Iran’s other nefarious behavior.
Don Davis (NC-01)
State Senator Don Davis has served his community since he was 29, first as the Mayor of Snow Hill, North Carolina and most recently as a six-term State Senator. Prior to entering politics, State Sen. Davis served as a member of the Air Force for eight years and took a position as an assistant professor of Aerospace Studies at East Carolina University. While in the North Carolina State Senate, State Sen. Davis fought for rural access to high-speed internet, passed legislation supporting military families, and secured over $215 million in funding for healthcare access in rural communities. State Sen. Davis has consistently fought for the people of North Carolina and we are proud to endorse him.
Valerie Foushee (NC-04)
State Senator Valerie Foushee has been serving her community since her election to the North Carolina House of Representatives in 2012 and subsequent appointment to the State Senate in 2013. Prior to entering the State Legislature, State Sen. Foushee worked in law enforcement and held positions on the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School Board as well as the Orange County Board of Commissioners. As a State Senator, she has worked to increase access to healthcare and end the practice of child marriage. She has also stood up to Republicans when they sought to pass bills targeting immigrants, restricting abortion access, and limiting voting rights. In Congress, she will focus on reforming the criminal justice system, addressing climate change, and combating systemic racism. State Sen. Foushee is a proven fighter for Democratic values and we are proud to endorse her.
Jeff Jackson (NC-14)
State Senator Jeff Jackson has been serving his community as a North Carolina State Senator since 2014. Prior to entering politics, State Sen. Jackson served in the U.S. Army, where he remains active to this day. In the North Carolina State Senate, Jackson has fought to deliver Covid-19 relief to his constituents, expand Medicaid, provide affordable housing, and retaliate against voter suppression. Most notably, State Sen. Jackson played a crucial role in closing North Carolina’s “consent loophole,” ensuring that women reserved the right to revoke consent after it was given. State Sen. Jackson has been a consistent advocate for Democratic values in the state senate and we are proud to endorse him.
Rep. Kathy Manning (NC-06)
A strong friend of JDCA, Representative Kathy Manning was first elected to Congress in 2020. She has committed her career to bringing people together, both as a business leader and a member of her community. Prior, she worked as a lawyer, small business owner, and a leader in the Jewish community, leading major Jewish philanthropic organizations like JFNA and Prizmah. She’s proven through her work in Congress and on countless boards and organizations that she is committed to serving the people of her district. She believes that every American is entitled to affordable health care coverage. She wants to protect individuals with pre-existing conditions including senior citizens. Rep. Manning believes in a woman’s right to choose and vows to fight for equal pay, affordable and quality childcare, and access to reproductive health care.Rep. Manning wants to protect the environment by creating incentives for companies to utilize clean and renewable energy supplies while fighting for cleaner water and improved air quality. She supports universal background checks for gun purchases, closing gun show loopholes, and banning access for domestic abusers, terrorists, criminals, and individuals with mental illness. In addition to chairing the Jewish Federations of North America, Rep. Manning is the founding chairwoman of Prizmah, which is the umbrella body for Jewish day schools of all denominations. She supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and is a firm believer in strong US-Israel relations. 
Wiley Nickel (NC-13)
State Senator Wiley Nickel is a dedicated public servant and has represented his community in the North Carolina State Senate since 2019. Prior to entering elected office, State Sen. Nickel worked as a staffer in the Obama White House and ran a criminal defense law practice in Cary, NC. During his tenure in the State Senate, State Sen. Nickel has been a sworn defender of democracy with positions on the Judiciary Committee and the Redistricting Committee. State Sen. Nickel is focused on creating much-needed electoral reform and protecting the right to vote. State Sen. Nickel has demonstrated his commitment to Democratic values in both the Obama administration and North Carolina State Senate, and we are proud to endorse him. 
Ohio
Rep. Tim Ryan (OH-Sen)
Representative Tim Ryan has been serving the people of Ohio’s 13th district in Congress since 2003. He has fought to lower college costs, strengthen the middle class, and work to end the heroin epidemic. Rep. Ryan believes that healthcare is a basic human right and will continue to promote legislation that expands access to both quality and affordable healthcare. He will protect individuals with pre-existing conditions from being denied coverage and wants to continue to build upon the Affordable Care Act. He is an advocate for gender equality and female reproductive freedom. He supports criminal justice reform, LGBTQ+ equality, and wants to fight climate change quickly. He wants to limit our dependence on foreign oil and jumpstart Ohio’s green energy economy. In addition, he supports a strong U.S.-Israel partnership, a two-state solution, opposes BDS, and supported the Iran Nuclear Deal. In Congress, Tim Ryan cosponsored numerous pieces of pro-Israel legislation, including the Israel Relations Normalization Act of 2021, which promotes normalization agreements between Israel and Arab states, as well as legislation condemning BDS. Before running for Congress, he was a State Senator. JDCA endorsed Tim Ryan for his House race in 2020.
Rep. Shontel Brown (OH-11)
Representative Shontel Brown was elected last year to fill Secretary Marcia Fudge’s seat in OH-11, and JDCA was proud to support her. Prior to serving in Congress, Rep. Brown was Chairwoman of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party and a City Councilmember, where she notably instituted a country-wide 911 texting service. In Congress, she has already introduced legislation to expand access to school meals and improve veteran health. Her priorities include ending gun violence, improving healthcare, and promoting justice, all of which directly align with our values. Rep. Brown is a proven and dedicated friend to Israel and Jewish Americans, and thanks to our work, the Jewish vote played a crucial role in her election.
Greg Landsman (OH-01)
Councilmember Greg Landsman has been serving his community as a member of the Cincinnati City Council since 2018. Prior to entering politics, Councilmember Landsman worked as a non-profit leader and a public educator. He is a Jewish candidate and has worked with the Tauber/Rashi Rise Together Initiative, an organization that works in Israeli cities to invest in young people. On the Cincinnati City Council, Councilmember Landsman has secured historic investments in transit and infrastructure in the Cincinnati area and has fought to ensure that Cincinnati children are provided with two years of quality preschool. In Congress, he will build on this important work and advocate for Democratic values. We are proud to endorse him.
Emilia Sykes (OH-13)
State Representative Emilia Sykes has been serving her community as a State Representative for Ohio’s 34th District since 2014. In the state House, she has spent four years in Democratic leadership and shown her ability to deliver on legislative goals, even in a Republican-controlled House. She has fought for tax cuts for working families, increased access to high-speed internet, and stood up for victims of domestic abuse. State Rep. Sykes believes in a strong U.S.-Israel relationship and has attended a Trade Development Mission with the Jewish Federation of Cleveland aimed at promoting partnerships between Ohio and Israeli companies. In Congress, She will work to bring down the cost of higher education, increase access to quality healthcare, and deliver results for the people of Northeast Ohio. We are proud to endorse her.
Oregon
Sen. Ron Wyden (OR-Sen)
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.
Jamie McLeod-Skinner (OR-05)
Jamie McLeod-Skinner has devoted her life to public service. From rebuilding hospitals in Kosovo and Bosnia from 2000-2002 to serving as a City Manager in both Phoenix and Talent, OR, McLeod -Skinner has shown time and again that she is dedicated to bettering the lives of others. Skinner is running on a platform of tackling climate change, standing up for working families, and democratic reform. Skinner has been a union member, attorney, and engineer, meaning that she would bring a diverse set of skills and unique perspectives to Congress. Skinner has shown her dedication to Democratic values in Oregon and we are proud to endorse her.
Pennsylvania
Lt. Gov John Fetterman (PA-Sen)
Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman is the Democratic nominee for Senate in Pennsylvania. Prior, Lt. Gov. Fetterman served as mayor of Braddock, PA for 13 years and was elected Lieutenant Governor in 2018 in a commanding victory. Lt. Gov. Fetterman champions progressive priorities including worker and union rights and criminal justice reform. Lt. Gov. Fetterman has received support from Democratic leadership, including President Biden. During JDCA’s candidate forum, Fetterman underscored just how crucial the U.S.-Israel relationship was to him, emphasizing his strong opposition to the BDS and his support for U.S. aid to Israel. This race will be one of the most important of the midterms and play a critical role in Democrats maintaining and expanding control of the Senate.
Attorney General Josh Shapiro (PA-Gov)
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro is running to succeed Gov. Tom Wolf and keep PA blue after President Biden’s win in 2020. In his role as state Attorney General, AG Shapiro sued the Trump administration on several occasions, including a lawsuit to block the Muslim ban and to make it easier to access contraception. He made national headlines for his successful work taking on the Pennsylvania Catholic Church for widespread child sex abuse and cover-up. AG Shapiro is proudly Jewish and often emphasizes his Jewish roots. His Jewish values can be seen throughout his work every day. Before serving as Attorney General, Shapiro first worked on the Hill as a staffer for PA House members.
Rep. Matt Cartwright (PA-08)
Representative Matt Cartwright was first elected to Congress in 2012 and has been an effective legislator throughout his time in the House. Prior, he worked as a lawyer. He has won reelection every year since, despite representing a district that Trump won by 10 points in 2016; Cartwright won the district by 7 points that same year. Rep. Cartwright chose to run for Congress because of his Democratic incumbent’s opposition to the Affordable Care Act, and has spent his tenure fighting to preserve and expand on the landmark legislation and protect patients with pre-existing conditions. He has been a strong supporter of the LGBTQ+ community and is a consistent supporter of reproductive freedom. Additionally, Rep. Cartwright has spearheaded efforts to combat climate change and invest in a clean, renewable energy future. Rep. Cartwright has advocated for a strong U.S.-Israel relationship and supports a two-state solution. Rep. Cartwright has also spearheaded bipartisan efforts to condemn anti-Semitism in America and abroad.
Rep. Madeleine Dean (PA-04)
Representative Madeleine Dean was first elected to Congress in 2018. Prior, she was a member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly and the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.  She is working towards protecting abortion rights, universal pre-k, and gun control reform. Rep. Dean has fought in Congress to protect and expand upon affordable, accessible, high-quality healthcare. Additionally, Rep. Dean has fought countless conservative attempts to privatize and cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. She is strongly pro-choice and supports broadening anti-discrimination laws to include stronger LGBTQ+ protections. Rep. Dean is a strong supporter of Israel and its special relationship with the United States and has fought to preserve critical funding for Israel’s defense systems. Rep. Dean supports a two-state solution.
Chris Deluzio (PA-17)
Chris Deluzio is a veteran and voting rights attorney from Pittsburgh, PA. He has worked to protect voting rights throughout his career, both as the Policy Director at Pitt Cyber and through his work at the Brennan Center for Justice. In Congress, Deluzio would focus on voting rights and electoral reform, as well as protecting reproductive rights, supporting unions, and increasing access to healthcare. Deluzio has fought tirelessly in support of Democratic values in Pennsylvania and we are proud to endorse him.
Ashley Ehasz (PA-01)
Ashley Ehasz is a veteran and Democratic candidate running in Pennsylvania’s First District. Ehasz was moved to run for office following the January 6 riots at the Capitol, as she felt that politics needed significant change to meet the moment. In Congress, she will fight to bring down the price of prescription drugs, pass gun safety legislation like universal background checks, combat climate change, and reform the U.S. immigration system. Ehasz will be a great advocate for both Democratic values and the people of Pennsylvania, and we are proud to endorse her.
Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (PA-06)
Representative Chrissy Houlahan was first elected to Congress in 2018 and was re-elected in 2020. She is a veteran of the United States Air Force, a business leader, and a strong representative for the people of Pennsylvania’s 6th district. She has become a leading voice in Congress advocating for our veterans and ensuring young women have the opportunity to succeed in the field of STEM. Rep. Houlahan is a strong advocate for lowering drug prices and expanding on the Affordable Care Act with the creation of a public option. Additionally, she has been a consistent voice in the fight against the opioid epidemic. She is pro-choice and supports the Equality Act. She supports a two-state solution and has utilized her spot on the Foreign Affairs Committee to advocate for continued economic and military aid to Israel.
Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-05)

Representative Mary Gay Scanlon was first elected to Congress in 2018 and was re-elected in 2020. Prior, she worked as a lawyer, and her work included pro-bono work for low-income defendants. Since taking office, Rep. Scanlon has sponsored legislation to, among other things, protect juveniles from abuse, to block unfair loan practices against student loan borrowers, and she helped lead the debate for Congress’ vote on the Equal Rights Amendment. She has used her time in Congress to safeguard the Affordable Care Act and expand its guarantees. Rep. Scanlon has also co-sponsored legislation to bring down drug prices and hold the powerful pharmaceutical industry accountable. She is a longtime and consistent advocate for women’s reproductive rights and has fought the Trump administration on its weak approach to combating climate change. Rep. Scanlon strongly supports a two-state solution and maintaining a tight security and diplomatic relationship with Israel.

Rep. Susan Wild (PA-07)
Representative Susan Wild was first elected to Congress in 2018 and was re-elected in 2020. Prior, she worked as a lawyer and as Solicitor of Allentown where she focused on accountability and transparency in local government. In Congress, she has focused on lowering prescription drug prices, which she calls her highest priority. She believes that health care is a human right, and has fought to increase access to care, make prescription drugs more affordable, and increase funding for mental healthcare. Rep. Wild is pro-choice, supports the passage of the Equality Act, and advocates for a revolutionized energy system that prioritizes combatting climate change. She strongly supports Israel and is committed to combatting antisemitism.
Virginia
Rep. Elaine Luria (VA-02)
Representative Elaine Luria came to Congress with two decades of experience serving as a Commander in the Navy. Now she is serving our country in Congress, where she is fighting each day for the people of Virginia's 2nd district. Rep. Luria believes that every American should have access to affordable and quality healthcare. She is committed to standing up to large pharmaceutical companies to lower prescription drug prices and protecting individuals with pre-existing conditions from being denied coverage. Rep. Luria supports female reproductive rights and will protect Planned Parenthood. As a veteran herself, Rep. Luria is deeply committed to protecting veterans and their benefits. She has sponsored legislation to expand veterans’ access to job training programs, mental health counseling, and protecting the VA. She is committed to fighting climate change and supports transitioning to a clean and green nuclear energy system. She is also a strong proponent for increased gun safety legislation and supports passing universal background checks on all firearm purchases. Rep. Luria supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In Congress, she co-sponsored the United States-Israel PTSD Collaborative Research Act, the U.S.-Israel Anti-Killer Drone Act, and will continue to be a strong ally.  
Rep. Abigail Spanberger (VA-07)
Representative Abigail Spanberger has been a fierce advocate for the people of Virginia’s 7th district since coming to Congress in 2018. Her biggest priorities have been advocating for affordable healthcare, as well as instituting a new assault weapons ban. On healthcare, she is committed to ensuring that every American has affordable, accessible, and quality healthcare. She wants to protect individuals with pre-existing conditions from being denied coverage, and she is a proponent of lowering prescription medication costs and increasing transparency in billing. Rep. Spanberger is a former federal law enforcement officer and understands the importance of responsible gun ownership. She is committed to passing legislation to prevent further acts of gun violence and is committed to keeping our children, communities, and citizens safe. She wants to improve our immigration system, protect DACA recipients, and promote racial justice and civil rights. Through her experience as a former CIA officer, Rep. Spanberger understands that protecting the US-Israel relationship is paramount to our national security. She supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and was a staunch proponent of the Iran Nuclear Deal.
Rep. Jennifer Wexton (VA-10)
Representative Jennifer Wexton was first elected to Congress representing Virginia’s 10th district in 2018 and won re-election in 2020. Prior, she was a lawyer and member of the Virginia State Senate. In her first two terms in Congress, Rep. Wexton has made combating gun violence one of her top priorities. She’s also passed legislation to provide additional resources to address the opioid epidemic, and she is fighting to make our economy work for everyone. She has also been a champion in Virginia for enacting mental health reform and combating the heroin and opioid crisis. She believes that healthcare is a basic human right and that it should be made affordable and accessible to all Americans. She is an outspoken advocate for women’s rights and reproductive choices and will fight to lower the costs of prescription drugs while also protecting individuals with pre-existing conditions. She will continue to fight for criminal justice reform, improving education, enacting comprehensive gun violence prevention and safety, climate change, LGBTQ+ rights, and job creation. She is committed to raising the federal minimum wage, passing paid medical leave, and passing legislation to ensure equal pay for equal work.
Washington
Sen. Patty Murray (WA-Sen)
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.
Rep. Kim Schrier (WA-08)
Representative Kim Schrier was first elected to Congress in 2018. Before her election, Rep. Schrier worked as a pediatrician. Drawing from both personal experience and professional expertise, Rep. Schrier’s top priority is health care; she entered politics because her representative worked to repeal the Affordable Care Act. She has cosponsored numerous pieces of pro-Israel legislation, including the Israel Relations Normalization Act of 2021, which promotes normalization agreements between Israel and Arab states, as well as legislation condemning BDS. Rep. Schrier is a proud Jewish Dem and was endorsed by JDCA in 2020.
Wisconsin
Gov. Tony Evers (WI-Gov)
Governor Tony Evers was elected to his first term as Governor of Wisconsin in 2018. Before his election, Gov. Evers dedicated his life to education, working as a classroom teacher before serving as a principal, school district superintendent, Cooperative Education Service Agency (CESA) administrator, and deputy state superintendent. In 2009, Gov. Evers was elected as state superintendent and was re-elected in 2013 and 2017. He positioned himself as a consensus builder and focused his first Gubernatorial campaign on increasing funding for public education, investing in public infrastructure, and lowering healthcare costs. JDCA endorsed Tony Evers in 2018. Gov. Evers has spoken out against antisemitism and is a dedicated ally to the Jewish community.

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