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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.” JaredPolis is a proud Jewish Dem and JDCA was proud to endorse him in 2018.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Justice Cheri Beasley (NC-Sen)
JusticeCheri 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 narrowlylost 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.