Marie Newman is challenging incumbent Democrat Dan Lipinski in Illinois’ 3rd congressional district.
Common Defense is endorsing Marie Newman because she shares our commitment to holding leaders accountable and promoting progressive values. Her campaign is a powerful grassroots movement that has over two thousand volunteers who are committed to fighting for change in IL-3, and she has built a diverse coalition of people from within the district who are tired of Dan Lipinski’s consistent opposition to the progressive policies that we need. 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.
Marie grew up on Chicago’s Southwest Side and throughout the suburbs, where her grandfather worked as a union mechanic for Braniff Airlines at Midway International Airport. Like many others, her dad, both grandfathers, and her uncles all served our country in the U.S. Army and Marines. Her other grandfather, a union carpenter, built a double desk for Marie and her sister to study so they might be among the first in her family to go to college. She still uses that desk today.
When one of her children was severely bullied in school, she founded a national non-profit program called “Team Up To Stop Bullying” with Sears to address the problem—ultimately expanding it nationwide. She worked directly with state and federal legislators to make anti-bullying policies a priority and wrote a book designed to provide solutions for both parents and schools that is in use across the country. Marie has also served as a state and national advocate for health care rights, income equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and common-sense gun safety.