Endorsed Candidate Profiles
JDCA has endorsed the following Senate and House candidates in the midterm election. Check back often, as more endorsements will be forthcoming…
Senator Sherrod Brown, Ohio: Sen. Sherrod Brown has represented Ohio in the Senate since 2006, where he has been a champion for the middle class. He currently serves as the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, & Urban Affairs, and a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry. His opponent, Representative Jim Renacci, won the Republican primary after being endorsed by President Trump.
Campaign Website: https://www.sherrodbrown.com/
Senator Claire McCaskill, Missouri: In 2006, Sen. McCaskill became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from Missouri. Since that time, she has served as a champion for veterans, and has led the charge on government and financial oversight in the Senate. Senator McCaskill currently serves on the Armed Services Committee and Committee on Finance. Additionally, she is the top-ranking Democrat on the Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee. Her opponent, Josh Hawley, the state’s attorney general, has branded himself as a Trump loyalist.
Campaign Website: https://clairemccaskill.com/
Senator Robert Menendez, New Jersey: Sen. Robert Menendez was first elected to the Senate in 2006. Since the time, he has served as a leader on foreign policy as Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which he previously chaired. He is also a serves on the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee and Senate Finance Committee. Sen. Menendez has advocated for immigration reform, minority rights, LGBTQ protections and gun reform. In the 2018 election, Sen. Menendez will face Republican challenger Bob Hugin.
Campaign Website: https://www.menendezfornj.com
Senator Bill Nelson, Florida: Sen. Bill Nelson was first elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2000. Since that time, he has served as a champion for the U.S. consumer, standing up to insurance companies, Wall Street banks, and Big Oil. He serves on the Budget, Finance and Armed Services Committees, among others. Sen. Nelson has devoted his time in office to fighting for better education, protection of the environment, access to affordable healthcare for all, and protection of Medicare and Social Security. He is being challenged by Republican Florida Governor Rick Scott.
Campaign Website: https://nelsonforsenate.com/
Congresswoman Jacky Rosen, Nevada: Rep. Jacky Rosen is running to represent Nevada in the U.S. Senate. Since 2016, she has represented Nevada Congressional District 3, where she served as a champion of early childhood education in STEM for young girls. Rep. Rosen, who previously served as president of her synagogue, has a strong record of support of Israel and on domestic issues of importance of the Jewish community. Rep. Rosen is challenging incumbent Sen. Dean Heller, who is largely viewed as one of the most vulnerable Republican senators in the midterms.
Campaign Website: https://www.rosenfornevada.com/
Sean Casten, Illinois Congressional District 6: Sean Casten is running to represent Illinois’ 6th District in the U.S. House. Casten is committed to preserving health care for hardworking families and preserving secure retirement for future generations. Casten, a successful entrepreneur and scientist, has focused the environment, health care and fair tax policy. Casten is challenging incumbent Rep. Peter Roskam.
Campaign Website: https://castenforcongress.com/
Congressman Josh Gottheimer, New Jersey Congressional District 5: Rep. Gottheimer, who was elected in 2016, currently serves on the House Financial Services Committee, where he has fought for American taxpayers. He has also served as an outspoken supporter of Israel and led efforts to combat anti-Semitism. Rep. Gottheimer’s Republican challenger, John McCann, brands himself as a “moderate” but has aligned closely to President Trump’s agenda.
Campaign Website: https://josh4congress.com/
Congressman Conor Lamb, Pennsylvania Congressional District 17: Rep. Conor Lamb was elected to the House in a special election in early 2018 that stunned the political establishment, and served as a bellwether of the Democratic victories to come in November. Lamb has gained widespread support in a district where Trump previously won by 20 points in 2016. Rep. Lamb will be running Congressional District 17 following extensive redistricting in Pennsylvania. His opponent is Rep. Keith Rothfus
Campaign Website: https://conorlamb.com/
Mike Levin, California Congressional District 49: Levin, an attorney specializing in environmental and energy issues, is running for an open seat currently held by Republican Rep. Darrell Issa. Levin is a champion of access to affordable healthcare and public education, and has advocated for both “Medicare for All” and “College for All.” Levin has stressed his support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and has talked about the anti-Semitism his family has experienced. Levin is facing Republican Diane Harkey in the midterms. Campaign Website: https://mikelevin.org
Tom Malinowski, New Jersey Congressional District 7: Malinowski is a human rights and social justice advocate and national security expert who has served on former President Clinton’s National Security Council (1998-2001) and also served as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor under President Obama (2014-2017). Republican incumbent Rep. Leonard Lance, a close ally of President Trump, is Malinowski’s opponent in the general election.
Campaign Website: https://malinowskifornj.com/
Kathy Manning, North Carolina Congressional District 13: Manning, an attorney, community leader, and business owner, is the first woman to have chaired the Jewish Federations of North America. She is also a founding board member of Prizmah, a network of Jewish day schools of all denominations. Manning is running on a platform prioritizing affordable and accessible healthcare, jobs, education, and training to prepare people for tomorrow’s economy. Manning is challenging freshman Rep. Ted Budd, a member of the Freedom Caucus and a strong ally of President Trump. Campaign Website: https://kathymanning2018.com
Dean Phillips, Minnesota Congressional District 3: Phillips is running to represent Minnesota’s 3rd District. As a successful businessman in Minneapolis, Phillips has focused on social justice and philanthropic work, as well as furthering youth, education and health and fighting discrimination. He is challenging incumbent Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen.
Campaign Website: https://www.phillipsforcongress.org/
Elissa Slotkin, Michigan Congressional District 8: Slotkin is a national security expert who served three tours in Iraq with the CIA, and held high-ranking roles in the White House, Pentagon, and State Department in the Obama and Bush administrations. Slotkin is an advocate for affordable healthcare, continued investment in our country’s education system and infrastructure, environmental protections, and strengthening our national security. Slotkin, who has received former Vice President Biden’s endorsement, is challenging two-term incumbent Rep. Mike Bishop, who has championed President Trump’s agenda in the House.
Campaign Website: https://elissaforcongress.com
Mikie Sherrill, New Jersey Congressional District 11: Sherrill, a former Navy helicopter pilot, is running on a platform that stresses universal access to healthcare, support for pro-choice policies and a strong relationship with Israel. Her Republican opponent for this open seat, following the retirement of Republican Rep. Frelinghuysen, is Jay Webber, who is regarded as, “the conservative conscience” of the New Jersey State Legislature.
Campaign Website: https://www.mikiesherrill.com/
Susan Wild, Pennsylvania Congressional District 7: Wild, an attorney, shepherded in a new era of accountability and transparency in her community as the first female Solicitor of the City of Allentown. Wild is running on a platform prioritizing the preservation of Social Security and Medicare, protecting the environment, strengthening of the Affordable Care Act, and making college debt free. Wild, who served on the board of her local Jewish Federation, is running against Republican Marty Nothstein, to fill the seat vacated by retired Rep. Charlie Dent. Campaign Website: https://wildforcongress.com