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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Congress / CA-45
Katie Porter has been strong in standing up to powerful special interests and leaders of both parties, starting with Donald Trump. During her first term in Congress she has introduced progressive legislation that has been passed with unanimous, bipartisan support. We are certain she will continue to fight for Californians in her district, and all of us. We’re proud to endorse Katie Porter for a second term in Congress!
Congress / WI-02
One of the co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Rep Pocan has signed our pledge to end the Forever War.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Congress / AZ-03
Raul Grijalva is a leading progressive Democrat in Congress, who has run a people-powered grassroots campaign since he ran for office in 2002. Raúl has a thirty-year record of exceptional public service in Southern Arizona where he has fought for bold progressive change. He is fighting the Trump Administration’s attempts to privatize VA care and has supported legislation to ensure veterans receive the services they deserve. Raul co-chaired the Congressional Progressive Caucus for 10 years and currently serves as the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee. Arizona needs a leader that is committed to improving the quality of life in the Southern Arizona community, that is why we are honored to endorse Raul Grijalva for reelection in Arizona’s 3rd district!
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.
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.
Congress / PA-07
As the daughter of an Air Force veteran, Susan Wild understands the challenges our veterans and military family members deal face. She signed our pledge to End the Forever War, and bring our troops home after nearly 20 years in the Middle East. We’re proud to endorse Susan Wild for a second term in Congress!
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.
Senate / NC
Cal is a veteran of the U.S. Army who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He went on to serve in the North Carolina legislature where his priority was increasing access to healthcare, improving education, and combating climate change. As the Democratic nominee for Senate in North Carolina, Cal has vowed to fight the corruption in Washington which is hindering progress on the most important issues of our time. Cal has been endorsed by community leaders, current and former elected officials, and progressive leading advocacy organizations. We are certain Cal is the leader North Carolinians can count on to represent and fight for them. Cal Cunningham’s Republican opponent Thom Tillis is under investigation for insider trading, after selling off personal stock to profit off of his early access to confidential briefings on the COVID-19 pandemic. Common Defense’s progressive veterans are proud to endorse Cal Cunningham for U.S. Senate!
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.
Senate / AZ
Mark Kelly is a retired U.S. Navy combat pilot, engineer, and NASA astronaut. As the Democratic nominee for Senate in Arizona, Mark is prioritizing three key issues: Veterans, Healthcare, and the Economy. His platform includes working to make the VA the premier service provider we need, not privatizing it. Arizona is home to seven military bases, and there are more than a half million Arizonans who have served in the military. Mark Kelly’s Republican opponent Martha McSally has stood in the way of legislation to end sexual assault in the military, faced backlash over her disparaging comments about women servicemembers, and recently suggested that Arizonans should go without food in order to donate to her political campaign. We are proud to endorse Mark Kelly for U.S. Senate!
Senate / ME
Sara’s commitment to the people of Maine is unwavering. During her 15 years of public service, where she served first as local town council, then as a State Representative and now as Speaker of the House – she has always put Mainers first. As the Democratic nominee for Senate in Maine, Sara is committed to fight for veterans accessibility to the services they need. She has already done some of this work in the Maine House of Representative, where she increased homelessness prevention efforts, passed a law improving mental health care for veterans, and created systems in Maine’s universities and community colleges to help students who are veterans. Sara Gideon’s Republican opponent Susan Collins is directly responsible for the damage to the US Postal Service which is affecting countless Mainers who depend on the mail to vote and for basic essentials like medication.
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.
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.
Congress / MO-01
Cori Bush, a nurse and racial justice activist understands the struggles of everyday Americans. She had to quit her job at a preschool when she fell ill while pregnant with her second child in 2001. She and her then-husband were evicted from their home, and along with their baby and young son were homeless living out of their car for several months. Cori led protests in Ferguson in 2014, following the police killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. She is committed to fighting against inequality, poverty, and insecurity by pushing for a bold progressive agenda which includes Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, Immigration Reform, Public Safety, Education and Housing for All, among others. Common Defense is proud to endorse Cori Bush for Congress!
Congress / IL-16
Dani Brzozowski is an organizer and the daughter of a Gulf War veteran, running to unseat incumbent Rep. Adam Kinzinger. Unlike Rep. Kinzinger, Dani has signed our pledge to End the Forever War and finally bring troops like us home to their families after nearly 20 years of conflict. We are proud to endorse Dani’s for Congress!
Congress / TX-31
Donna Imam is an engineer and a tech entrepreneur. Donna served as President of ProductCamp Austin, a non-profit that provides free continuing education to boost people’s careers and paychecks; she is committed to bringing this work to Congress and to fight for quality education for all. Her platform includes a bold progressive agenda, which includes healthcare for all, which will drastically lower the cost of healthcare and prescription drugs and improve the quality of healthcare Americans receive. She also has a comprehensive plan for taking care of our veterans. Common Defense veterans are proud to endorse Donna Imam for Congress!
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.
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.
Congress / OH-14
Hillary O’Connor Mueri is a US Navy combat veteran, an engineer, a lawyer, and a fierce fighter for the people of northeast Ohio. Coming from a working class family herself, she understands the struggles that everyday Americans face. Ohioans deserve a representative who understands them and who will fight for them and their needs, that is why we are honored to endorse fellow veteran Hillary O’Connor Mueri for Ohio’s 14th district!
Congress / CO-04
Ike McCorkle is a combat-wounded Marine Corps veteran running to represent eastern Colorado’s 4th Congressional District. Ike wants to sure Colorado’s sons and daughters will not have to serve in the Forever Wars like he did in Iraq. Common Defense is proud to endorse Ike McCorkle for Congress!
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.
Congress / AZ-05
Arizona is Joan’s home, she knows the district and its families well and she is committed to fighting for Arizonans. Joan is committed to implementing solutions to increase the health care facility options for veterans in Arizona’s East Valley. She is the candidate that will put Arizonans first not special interests, and will put country over party. Common Defense veterans are proud to endorse Joan for Congress!
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.
Congress / TX-25
Julie Oliver comes from a military family, and her story is a heart-wrenching tale that highlights the ways our social safety net continues to fall short. Julie is running to represent the 25th district of Texas, which includes Fort Hood, on a platform which includes Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, and protecting and improving the Department of Veterans Affairs, not privatizing it. Julie Oliver will be an excellent representative for the people of Texas, and for all of us. We’re proud to endorse her and support her campaign!
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.
Congress / AZ-08
Michael Muscato is a native Arizonan and a small business owner. As the brother of a service member in the US Army, Michael understands military families and veterans’ needs. He is running a campaign grounded on solutions and his platform is based on representing the people of Arizona’s 8th district and solving the problems all of us as American’s need. Some of the issues he will fight for in Congress are quality healthcare and education for all. We are proud to support Michael Muscato for Congress!
Congress / TX-10
Mike Siegel is a civil rights lawyer and former public school teacher running for Congress in the Texas 10th District. Mike is committed to delivering justice and opportunities to Texas communities, his platform includes a progressive bold agenda that works for the people and not for corporate interests. We are proud to endorse Mike Siegel for Texas 10th district!
Congress / NC-11
Moe Davis proved himself to be a principled leader when he refused to use evidence gained from tortured detainees and then resigned as Chief Prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay. North Carolinians need someone like him to stand up for them in Washington against Trump and his Republicans. Veterans like Moe are natural leaders who bring people together, which is why we’re proud to endorse him and support his campaign.
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.
Congress / FL-18
Pam Keith is a US Navy veteran and a lawyer who understands service is about putting others first, giving back to your community, and taking the steps necessary to improve the lives of others. As a veteran herself, Pam believes in properly funding the VA. She is also committed to fighting for Americans to get quality healthcare and education. As a Floridian she is well aware that in a fight between man and Mother Nature; she is committed to fighting corporate interests in Washington that allow polluters the influence legislation. We are proud to endorse Pam Keith for Florida 18th district!
Congress / VA-01
Qasim Rashid is an immigrant running to represent Virginia’s 1st Congressional District which includes Dahlgren Naval Base and Marine Corps Base Quantico. His brother was a Marine, so Qasim knows firsthand what military families go through, which is why he signed our pledge to End the Forever War and bring our troops home. Common Defense is honored to endorse Qasim!
Congress / CA-53
Sara Jacobs progressive foreign policy expert, running in a Democrat vs Democrat general election. She has signed our pledge to end the Forever War, and supports diplomacy and the human rights of Palestinians. We believe Sarah has the values, integrity, and leadership needed to represent California’s 53rd Congressional District, and our members are proud to endorse her!