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Abigail Spanberger

Congress / VA-07

Elected in a swing district in 2018, Abigail Spanberger has stood up to the abuses of power by the Trump administration, helping achieve the impeachment of Donald Trump in the House of Representatives. A former CIA officer, she plays an important role in foreign policy issues, and has been receptive to the priorities of Common Defense veterans.

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Adriano Espaillat

Congress / NY-13

Rep. Espaillat is a progressive leader on the Foreign Affairs committee who has signed our pledge the End the Forever War. He represents an urban NYC district covering Harlem and upper Manhattan.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Congress / NY-14

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is an inspirational progressive champion who has led the Green New Deal in Congress. A member of the progressive “Squad,” she’s embodied the values of a rising new generation. Common Defense endorsed her in her primary victory in 2018, and she was one of the first to sign our pledge to End the Forever War.

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Andy Kim

Congress / NJ-03

Rep Andy Kim is a Rhodes Scholar and former State Department and Department of Defense official, representing one of the most competitive swing districts in the country, where he was elected in 2018.

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Ayanna Pressley

Congress / MA-07

Ayanna Pressley is an advocate, a policy-maker, an activist, and survivor. A member of the progressive “Squad,” she was endorsed by Common Defense during her primary victory in 2018, and represents the communities surrounding Boston, Massachusetts.

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Barbara Lee

Congress / CA-13

Rep Barbara Lee cast the lone “no” vote against the disastrous war in Afghanistan and the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force that has spawned the global Forever War. She is the daughter of a veteran and a beloved progressive leader in Congress, representing Oakland and Berkleley, California.

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Deb Haaland

Congress / NM-01

Deb Haaland is one of first two Native American women ever elected to Congress, and with the help of Common Defense and New Mexico veterans she is fighting for racial justice, ending poverty, and investing in our communities. She’s been a progressive voice on the Armed Services Committee, overseeing the military.

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Doug Jones

Senate / AL

Senator Doug Jones is a fellow veteran and has shown deep integrity in his time in the U.S Senate, taking tough, principled votes that put country over his political self-interest. Common Defense is proud to support his reelection in Alabama.

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Ed Markey

Senate / MA

Senator Ed Markey is a progressive champion on climate change, and introduced the Green New Deal in the Senate. He has also signed out pledge to End the Forever War. Common Defense has his back against a primary challenge by a more conservative Democrat who is backed by corporate money.

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Elissa Slotkin

Congress / MI-08

Rep Elissa Slotkin is a former intelligence analyst and national security official who flipped a suburban swing district in 2018 that encompasses Lansing. She has been a leader in Congress on preventing war with Iran, leading the War Powers Resolution in the House. She played a key role in successfully impeaching Donald Trump in the House after meeting with Common Defense veterans.

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Ilhan Omar

Congress / MN-05

Ilhan Omar has been a progressive community organizer her whole life, advocating for working families, educational access, environmental protection, and racial equity. She’s been a particular leader in Congress on foreign policy, and was the first member of Congress to sign our pledge to End the Forever War.

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Jason Crow

Congress / CO-06

Jason Crow is a former Army Ranger, longtime advocate for the homeless, and spoke at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, making the case for President Obama’s repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” He served as one of the Impeachment managers during the trial of Donald Trump.

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Jim McGovern

Congress / MA-02

A strong voice in Congress against our endless wars, Rep McGovern is a leading progressive and plays a critical role in advancing our legislative priorities from his role on the Rules committee. McGovern is a champion on reforming war powers to end the Forever War.

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Mark Takano

Congress / CA-41

Rep Mark Takano is the Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, and has fought hard for veterans against the attempts by right wing billionaires to privatize and demolish the VA. He’s prioritized the need for better care for woman veterans and LGBTQ veterans.

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Mikie Sherrill

Congress / NJ-11

Elected in a swing district in 2018, Mikie Sherrill has stood up to the abuses of power by the Trump administration, helping achieve the impeachment of Donald Trump in the House of Representatives. A fellow veteran, she has been receptive to the priorities of Common Defense veterans in her suburban New Jersey district.

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Pramila Jayapal

Congress / WA-07

One of the co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Rep Jayapal has led the Medicare for All legislation in the House of Representatives, and signed our pledge to end the Forever War.

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Rashida Tlaib

Congress / MI-13

Rashida Tlaib is one of the first two Muslim Congresswoman, and has stood with veterans to fight back against the Trump agenda that puts corporate profits and serving the rich over the needs of the rest of us.

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Ro Khanna

Congress / CA-17

Rep Ro Khanna is one of the foremost leaders in progressive foreign policy in Congress, having passed the War Powers Resolution to end US involvement in the war in Yemen, and worked to end our Forever War abroad.

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Ruben Gallego

Congress / AZ-07

Rep Ruben Gallego is one of the most progressive veterans in Congress, and has been a strong ally to our growing movement. He served as an enlisted infantryman in the Marine Corps, and has signed our pledge to end the Forever War.

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Tom Malinowski

Congress / NJ-07

As the chief advocate for Human Rights Watch, Tom Malinowski led a effort to end the Bush Administration’s use of torture, and later served as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor under President Obama. Now he holds a swing district that helps determine the majority in Congress.

Charles Booker

Senate / KY

Charles Booker was elected in 2018 to the Kentucky State House of Representatives, and is the youngest Black state legislator in 90 years. During his time in office, Charles has championed common sense gun safety reform, affordable housing protections, voting rights, and strong labor unions. His overwhelming support and endorsements from local Kentuckians, and inspirational inclusive message, make him the most viable candidate to defeat Mitch McConnell in November. Unlike his big-money Democratic opponent, he has pledged to end the Forever War.

Candace Valenzuela

Congress / TX-24

The daughter of U.S. Army veterans, Candace was born and raised in El Paso. After her mother left the military, her family struggled financially and, for a time, they were homeless. Despite these challenges, Candace became the first Latina and first African-American woman to serve on the Carrollton-Farmers Branch school board. Now she’s running to flip an open GOP-held district, and faces a primary against a candidate who forced out of the military for war profiteering and corruption in Iraq.

Doyle Canning

Congress / OR-04

Doyle is a mother, a community organizer, and a progressive leader. For 20 years, she has been in the trenches building movements for strong climate solutions, racial justice, worker’s rights, immigrant rights, homes for all, environmental restoration, and more. She is challenging incumbent Democrat Peter DeFazio, who has taken significant campaign funding from big defense industry corporations.

Gina Ortiz Jones

Congress / TX-23

Gina Ortiz Jones is a fearless progressive, a child of immigrants, and a former Air Force Intelligence Officer who served as a lesbian during “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” She’s running to flip a GOP-held open seat.

Jamaal Bowman

Congress / NY-16

Jamaal Bowman is challenging incumbent Democrat Elliot Engel in this suburban district near NYC. Engel is the chairman of the Foreign Affairs committee, but has not signed our pledge to End the Forever War. Bowman is an educator and community leader who is a true representative of the needs of working people.

Arati Kreibich

Congress / NJ-05

Dr. Arati Kreibich is a Councilmember in Glen Rock, a neuroscientist, an immigrant, and a mom who has signed our pledge to end the Forever War. She is running for Congress in New Jersey’s 5th District against hawkish incumbent Josh Gottheimer, who puts Wall Street ahead of working people.

Marie Newman

Congress / IL-03

Marie Newman is challenging incumbent Democrat Dan Lipinski in Illinois’ 3rd congressional district, a safe Democratic district in the suburbs of Chicago. Lipinski has failed to support LGBTQ equality or our pro-choice values in Congress, and has not signed our pledge to End the Forever War.

Jon Hoadley

Congress / MI-06

Jon Hoadley is a state representative and leader in the LGBTQ community, comes from a family of educators, and is now challenging incumbent GOP Congressman Fred Upton. Jon is running an unabashed progressive, grassroots campaign and is committed to ending the Forever War.

Mondaire Jones

Congress / NY-17

Mondaire Jones is a former Obama Department of Justice staffer running to represent New York’s 17th Congressional District, an open, safely-democratic seat which covers parts of the Hudson valley. Mondaire was raised in Section 8 housing and on food stamps by a single mother who worked multiple jobs to provide for their family, and would be the first openly gay Black man elected to Congress. His progressive platform includes the Green New Deal, Medicare for All, and ending the Forever War.

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