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. Tammy Baldwin was elected to the Senate in 2012, and has made Wisconsin proud by protecting health care and fighting to make higher education more accessible and debt-free. Sen. Baldwin has also been a leader in the fight against the opioid epidemic. Baldwin faces state senator Leah Vukmir in the election.
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.
Sen. Ben Cardin has been standing up for Marylanders in public office since 1967, serving in the Maryland House of Delegates, the U.S. House of Representatives, and, since 2007, the US Senate, where he’s served as Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Sen. Cardin has been a champion in protecting the Chesapeake and fighting for Maryland’s interests, as well as supporting a strong U.S.-Israel relationship. Sen. Cardin will be facing off against Republican Dr. Tony Campbell.
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.)
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.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has represented New York in the House of Representatives since 2007 and in the Senate since 2009. Sen. Gillibrand is a leading proponent of Medicare for All, defending women’s rights, and protecting Dreamers and stopping family separation. Sen. Gillibrand is being challenged by Chele Farley.
Sen. Tim Kaine started his career as a civil rights lawyer, and as Virginia’s Senator since 2013, he has continued to fight for equal rights for all Americans. Sen. Kaine sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee, where he has worked tirelessly to support our military. He faces challenger Corey Stewart, Virginia chair of Donald Trump’s campaign.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.