Meet JDCA’s Endorsed Candidates
We are committed to taking back control of Congress and laying the groundwork for a Democratic win in 2020. We have endorsed Democratic incumbents and challengers who share our values, and are running in districts and states where we believe the Jewish community can play a critical role in securing a Democratic win in November. In campaigns where JDCA has endorsed candidates, we are aiming to energize the Jewish vote.
Sen. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Sen. Casey defeated Rick Santorum for Senator in 2006 and was reelected again in 2012. He has been an active opponent of President Trump on tax cuts and health care, among other issues. Sen. Casey is a strong supporter of Israel, traveling there five times since becoming Senator, and voicing consistent support for Israel’s right to self-defense and U.S. military assistance, including joint missile defense programs between the U.S. and Israel. Sen. Casey, who sits on the Finance Committee, is being challenged by Rep. Lou Barletta (PA-11.)
Sen. Smith faces a special election in Minnesota after being appointed to the U.S. Senate in January 2018. Smith has been a strong voice for universal healthcare and a champion for rural and Native American people. She sits on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, among others. Sen. Smith is being challenged by MN State Senator Karin Housley.
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.
Rep. O’Rourke, who serves on the Armed Services Committee and the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, has represented the people of Texas’s 16th Congressional District in the House since 2012. O’Rourke is a moderate who understands Texas voters. He’s a proponent for universal healthcare and promised to end the federal prohibition on marijuana. Rep. O’Rourke is challenging Senator Ted Cruz.
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.
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.
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
Rep. Cartwright was elected to represent Pennsylvania’s 17th District in 2012. He serves on the House Committees on Appropriations, and Oversight and Government Reform. Rep. Cartwright has a strong reputation of reaching across the aisle in the House to advocate for working families. Cartwright is being challenged by John Chrin.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trone is a successful entrepreneur and businessman in Maryland running for the 6th Congressional District. Trone seeks a ban on assault weapons and supports universal background checks and universal Pre-K. He has also advocated for increased efforts to effectively combat the opioid epidemic. Trone is running against Amy Hoeber for an open seat.
Hill is a California native and non-profit veteran. She worked at PATH (People Assisting the Homeless), the largest non-profit provider of homes for the homeless in the state of California. She also helped pass historic ballot initiatives aiming to alleviate homelessness in Los Angeles County. She has been endorsed by former President Obama. Hill is running against Steve Knight for an open seat.
Kim is a former Rhodes Scholar and national security adviser in the Obama White House, where he advised the President on ISIS and other national security issues. Kim is a strong supporter of the Affordable Care Act, reducing the role of special interests in politics, and ending voter suppression. He has been endorsed by former President Obama. Kim is running against Rep. Tom McArther.
Porter has worked as a Consumer Protection Attorney for nearly twenty years, fighting corporate interests and advocating on behalf of the American consumer. Porter has the support of former President Obama, U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Representative Ro Khanna (D-CA). Porter is challenging incumbent Rep. Mimi Walters.
Allred is an attorney and former linebacker for the Tennessee Titans. He worked in the Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Obama Administration, in both the General Counsel and Inspector General’s offices. Allred is challenging eleven-term incumbent Rep. Pete Sessions, and has the endorsement of former President Obama.
Rep. Sinema is running for the open Senate seat in Arizona. She has represented the state’s 9th congressional district since 2012. As a state senator and Member of Congress, Rep. Sinema has been a champion of social justice issues and has advocated for comprehensive immigration reform, health care, standing up for women and families, and caring for our nation’s veterans.
Wexton is currently serving in the Virginia State Senate, where she represents the 33rd district and is known for her bipartisanship. In the VA State Senate, Wexton has championed legislation addressing gun control, sexual and domestic violence, and the opioid epidemic. Wexton is challenging incumbent Rep. Barbara Comstock.
Since entering politics in the 1980s, Sen. Donnelly has gained the reputation of one of the most bipartisan members of the U.S. Senate. A member of the Armed Services, Banking, Agriculture, and Aging Committees, the Senator has passed major legislation on combating the opioid abuse epidemic and has led the charge in stopping cuts to Medicare since being elected to the Senate in 2012. He has also served as a leader in foreign policy, particularly the U.S.-Israel relationship, having helped to secure funding for U.S.-Israel missile defense programs.
Sen. Feinstein has broken glass ceilings her entire career. She was the first female mayor of San Francisco, the first woman elected as Senator from California, one of the first Jewish women elected to the Senate, and the first woman to chair numerous Senate committees, including the Senate Rule Committee and Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. She currently serves as the leading Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Since her election to the Senate in 1992, Senator Feinstein has championed gun safety, protecting the environment, national security, criminal justice reform, and access to affordable health care.
New Jersey State Senator Jeff Van Drew is a dentist and small business owner known for his commitment to his community and ability to work across the aisle. Van Drew is the second Democratic state senator from his district, and the only one to ever be reelected. He has a demonstrated record as a pragmatic problem solver who embraces a bipartisan approach. As a Member of Congress, he will be focused on expanding economic opportunity for the people of New Jersey, particularly in Atlantic City.
Harley Rouda is a businessman, philanthropist, attorney, and a tech and social entrepreneur. Running in California’s 48th congressional district, Rouda is challenging Republican incumbent Dana Rohrabacher, who has a close relationship with the Kremlin and has partnered with Holocaust deniers in his congressional office. President Barack Obama has endorsed Rouda because he believes he will bring positive change to the people of California’s 48th district.
As a practicing pediatrician, Dr. Schrier will bring an important perspective to Congress. Her 16 years building a medical practice have helped her understand the need for expanding Medicare coverage to include pediatric care, reproductive care, and family planning services, and to preserve protections for pre-existing conditions. In Congress, she has committed to advocating for clean air and water and public education, as well as economic opportunity.