JAC's Top Races for 2020

Meet the Candidates JAC's Top Races for 2020

Candidates for U.S. Senate

Senator Doug Jones

Doug Jones is committed to ensuring Israel’s safety and security, and has promised to work to strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship. He understands the importance of Israel as a democracy in the Middle East. He supports a woman’s right to choose, and has fought to increase access to affordable health care for all. Prior to working in the Senate, Doug was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the position of United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, where he worked tirelessly to make Alabama a better place. Click here for more information about Doug Jones.


Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly is a former astronaut and Captain in U.S. Navy, as well as husband to former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. He is a strong proponent of JAC's issues, including reproductive rights and gun violence prevention. Following the attack on Rep. Giffords by a constituent, the two founded the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, and are committed to achieving gunsense in America. Click here to learn more about Mark Kelly.


John Hickenlooper
Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is running for the U.S. Senate for Colorado. A former geologist and brewer, he owned a small pub in Denver. As governor, he helped Colorado grow from 40th in the nation in job creation to the top economy in the country. He is running to bring people together to lower health care cost and prescription costs, keep families safe from gun violence, and combat climate change. He is a strong defender of JAC's issues. Click here for more information about John Hickenlooper.


Jon Ossoff
Jon Ossoff is running in his second bid to represent Georgia in the U.S. Senate. In 2016, he came close to winning that seat, and has won the Georgia primary for 2020. A former national security staffer and aide to Rep. Hank Johnson, he is also CEO of an investigative journalism company focused on corrupt officials and organized crime. He is a strong supporter of JAC's issues and would be a welcome addition to the Senate. Click here for more information about Jon Ossoff.


Amy McGrath
Candidate D-KY
Amy McGrath is running to defeat current incumbent Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Following law school, she joined the Naval Academy and was commissioned as a Marine Corps officer, where she served for 20 years. She flew 89 combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, and became the first woman Marine to fly a combat mission in an F/A-18. She also served as a Conggressional Fellow, then served as the Marine Corps' liaison to the State Department and other federal agencies. She is a strong supporter of JAC's issues and will work to defend them in the Senate. Click here for more information.


Sara Gideon
Sara Gideon is the Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives and is running for the U.S. Senate against Sen. Susan Collins. She is a strong supporter of JAC's issues, including women's reproductive rights, leading the fight in Maine to make sure women remain control of their health care decisions. She is running for the Senate because she believes too many politicians are focused more on special interests than the interests of the people they're supposed to represent. Click here for more information about Sara Gideon.


Senator Gary Peters
Senator Peters has long supported all of JAC’s issues. He led a bipartisan coalition urging the President to continue U.S. support of Israel in 2010, and signed a Congressional letter to President Obama explaining the necessity of a strong U.S.-Israel relationship. He helped Planned Parenthood open a new office in his district, and has earned a 100 percent pro choice rating from NARAL. He has worked with representatives across party lines to fight for families, small businesses, good paying jobs, affordable health care, and many other crucial issues facing society today. Click here for more information about Gary Peters.


Steve Bullock
Former Montana Governor Steve Bullock is running for the U.S. Senate for the seat of first-term GOP Sen. Steve Daines. He was a two term governor of Montana. Prior to entering public office, he worked as a consumer protection, small business, and labor lawyer. He was elected Attorney Governor and brought the first legal challenge to Citizens United all the way to the Supreme Court. He is a strong defender of women's reproductive rights, supports all of JAC's issues and will be a strong ally in the Senate.


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Cal Cunningham
A life-long North Carolinian, Cal Cunningham is running to unseat Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC). A veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, he was elected to NC Senate as one of the youngest lawmakers in state history. He is a strong proponent of women's reproductive rights, addressing gun violence prevention, protecting and expanding voting rights, and addressing climate change. He helps lead a nationally-recognized environmental services and waste reduction company. He is a strong advocate for JAC's issues and will be a strong ally in the Senate. Click here for more information on Cal Cunningham.



Candidates for U.S. House of Representatives

Rep. Katie Porter
Representative Katie Porter spent nearly 20 years fighting powerful special interests and Wall Street banks on behalf of consumers and families. A national leader in consumer protection, she has won big victories against financial institutions who cheat consumers. She was one of the first to sound the alarm prior to the housing bubble burst. She served under CA Attorney General Kamala Harris as CA's bank watchdog. She is a fierce advocate of JAC's issues and committed to making Congress work for the people.


Rep. Harley Rouda
Rep. Harley Rouda was elected to represent California's 48th district in 2018. He worked helping to grow small and large businesses, and helped to create and support thousands of jobs.He and his family have long been involved in charitable and advocacy projects to help the homeless, protect victims of domestic violence, prevent gun violence, strengthen human rights, and protect our environment. He is a strong supporter of JAC's issues.


Rep. Jason Crow
Representative Jason Crow served in the Army's 82nd Airborne Division, where he led a platoon of paratroopers during the invasion of Iraq and earned the Bronze Star for his combat actions. He also served in the Joint Special Operations Task Force in Afghanistan. Jason is a leader who has always put selfless service above politics and isn't afraid to fith for what's right. He is a strong supporter of JAC's issues.


Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell
Representative Debbie Mucarsel-Powell was elected in 2018 as the first Ecuadorian-American and first South American immigrant to Congress. Having lost her father to gun violence, she is a strong advocate for gun safety legislation. As a freshman in Congress, she serves on the House Judiciary, Transpporation & Infrastructure Committees. She is a fierce advocate for women's reproductive rights, earning a 100% rating from Planned Parenthood.


Rep. Lucy McBath
Rep. Lucy McBath was elected to represent Georgia's 6th district in 2018, defeating incumbent GOP Rep. Karen Handel. She worked for 30 years as a flight attendant until her on, Jordan Davis, was shot and killed in what has become known as the "loud music shooting." Following his death, she devoted her lift to activism and preventing other families from experiencing what hers did. She is a fierce supporter of women's reproductive freedom and JAC's issues. Click here to learn more about Lucy McBath.


Rep. Abby Finkenauer
Representative Abby Finkenauer has been a strong voice for JAC’s values ever since her election to Congress. She has continuously voted against gun bills that put innocent people in danger. Additionally, she has, and will always, vote no on bills that are hostile to abortion and women’s reproductive right. Outside of the legislative floor, she has traveled to Israel and continues to support the peace efforts between Israel and the Palestinians. Click here to learn more about Abby Finkenauer.


Rita Hart
Rita Hart is a life-long Iowan running for the seat of retiring Rep. Dave Loebsack, with Loebsack's backing. A former high school and junior high teacher, she was elected to the Iowa Senate in 202, where she was a champion for fully funding K-12 schools and expanding job training for IA workers. She and her family own a 200-acre corn and soybean farm. She is a strong proponent of JAC's issues, believing the U.S.-Israel relationship is vital to the national security interests of the U.S.


Rep. Cindy Axne
Rep. Cindy Axne was elected to serve Iowas's 3rd district in 2018. She is a small business owner, parent, community activist and 5th generation Iowan. She is a supporter of JAC's issues and a strong advocate in Congress. She is committed to working with all Congressional colleagues toward bipartisan solutions for the many issues facing our country and her district. She is a strong supporter of Planned Parenthood and believes that Washington politicians should stay out of women's doctors' offices.


Rep. Sean Casten
Representative Casten is a respected scientist, clean energy advocate, and entrepreneur who has dedicated his career to building businesses that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Casten is ran for Illinois’s 6th congressional district, after criticizing both President Trump and his Republican opponent’s environmental policies that put millions of people’s lives and health at risk. Casten has promised to fight for every woman’s right to make her own reproductive health care decisions, and for affordable healthcare access for all Americans. Click here for more about Sean Casten.
Betsy Dirksen Londrigan
After a disappointing result in the 2018 election, Dirksen Londrigan has decided to run again to represent Illinois’s 13th district and help maintain the Democratic majority in the house. Dirksen understands that this upcoming election is integral in protecting our interests from attack. She is a passionate supporter of women’s reproductive rights and a strong advocate for the Israel-US relationship. She continues to be deeply committed to JAC’s main issues. Click here for more about Betsy Dirksen Londrigan.

Rep. Sharice Davids
Representative Sharice Davids is a strong advocate for women’s reproductive health and justice. She is supported by NARAL pro choice America and EMILY’s list. Davids is cosponsoring a bill opposing the delegitimization of Israel through the BDS movement, and is going on a trip to Israel in August 2019. Sharice Davids is one of two Native American women to be elected to the House of Representatives, as well as Kansas’s first gay representative in the House who is committed fighting for the rights of the LGBTQ community.


Rep. Jared Golden
Before being elected to Congress, Rep. Golden was a Representative in the Maine House, and was chosen by his peers to serve as Democratic Assistance Majority Leader. After the September 11 attacks he enlisted in the Marine Corp and served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a strong supporter of JAC's issues and is committed to protecting voting rights, the environment, health care, and more. 


Rep. Elissa Slotkin
Prior to her election to the house, Elissa Slotkin spent her career in Defense, working as Assistant Defense Secretary from 2015-2017 following a 5-year career in the CIA.  In that time Elissa gained experience facilitating Israeli defense policy, reaffirming her support for Israel.  Elissa even worked as a writer for a feminist center in Haifa, which reaffirmed her commitment to women’s reproductive rights and gained her an endorsement by Emily’s List. Click here for more about Elissa Slotkin.


Rep. Haley Stevens
Born and raised in the Detroit area, Rep. Stevens was elected to Congress in 2018 to represent Michigan's 11th district. During the Great Recession, she served as chief of staff on the Auto Rescue, which helped return the auto industry to financial stability. After working in the Obama Administration, she worked in a manufacturing research lab. She is a strong proponent of JAC's issues, working to protect women's reproductive rights and more.


Rep. Angie Craig
Elected to Congress in 2018, Angie Craig began her career as a newspaper reporter, and later worked her way up over 20 years to lead a Minnesota manufacturer with over 16,000 employees. There she started 'Women in Business' program to support and mentor women in their career choices. She believes no one should come between a woman and her doctor when making medical decisions, including contraception and reproductive freedom. She is a strong supporter of JAC's issues.


Rep. Mikie Sherrill
A Navy pilot and former federal prosecutor, Representative Mikie Sherill ran for Congress in an effort to bring new leadership to Washington that will fight for a positive future in America.  Mikie is committed to supporting Israel’s relationship with the U.S. and will fight for Roe V. Wade and sufficient funding for Planned Parenthood.  Mikie is also a key advocate for gun violence prevention. Click here for more about Mikie Sherrill.


Rep. Susie Lee
Susie Lee  has been a committed community leader in Las Vegas for the past 20 years. She has served as the president of Communities in Schools of Nevada (CIS), the leading organization for school dropout prevention. She is the Founding Director of After-School All-Stars and is dedicated to improving the public education system. Susie is devoted to the fight for pay equality and immigration reform is a top priority for her. She is an advocate for national background check legislation and gun control. Click here for more about Susie Lee.


Rep. Steven Horsford
In 2018, Steven Horsford returned to the seat he held from 2013-2015. He lost his father to gun violence when he was young, and made it a mission of his that people feel safe from gun violence in our communities and schools. He is also a strong proponent of women's reproductive rights, and strongly believes in Israel's right to exist and supports a continued vibrant U.S.-Israel relationship. Click here for more about Steven Horsford.


Rep. Max Rose
Rep. Max Rose was elected to represent Staten Island and Brooklyn in 2018. A former platoon leader in Afghanistan, he brings a dedication to working for the public to his role in Congress. He is a strong proponent of JAC's issues. Following his service in the Army, he worked at a nonprofit operator of medical clinics around New York. 


Rep. Antonio Delgado
Rep. Antonio Delgado was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018. Prior to representing NY's 19th District, he was a lawyer who committed significant pro bono work toward criminal justice reform, and was a hip hop musician focused on empowering young people through music. He earned a Rhodes Scholarship while attending Colgate University and went on to Harvard Law School. He is committed to JAC's issues and a strong friend in Congress.


Rep. Anthony Brindisi
Bringing his bipartisan leadership to Congress in 2018, Rep. Brindisi has worked across the aisle to get things done, including have 4 bills signed into law. Prior to his election to Congress, he served in the NY State Assembly, where he earned a reputation for principled bipartisanship. While in the Assembly he authored and passed his '21st Century Education Initiative' to create a diploma pathway for high school students. He is a strong supporter of JAC's issues.


Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon
Elected to Congress in 2018, Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, a former attorney, understands the importance of legal precedence. She has cited many important landmark Supreme Court cases to support JAC’s core ideals of protecting women’s reproductive rights and the separation of church and state. She vows to continue the fight for those rights in Washington D.C. 


Rep. Chrissy Houlahan
Elected to Congress in 2018, Rep. Chrissy Houlahan is a former Air Force officer and daughter of a Holocaust survivor, whose ideals align with JAC’s core beliefs and make her a poowerful voice in Washington. Her cousin-in law was one of the EMTs responding to the Sandy Hook tragedy, so she has a personal connection to the gun violence epidemic. She wants to push for common sense gun legislation, as well as ensuring that women’s health care decisions are made between her and her doctor. Click here for more about Chrissy Houlahan.


Rep. Susan Wild
Rep. Susan Wild received her B.A. from American University and her J.D. from George Washington University, and went on to work as an attorney. She supports a strong U.S.- Israel relationship, and a two-state solution. She also is committed to fighting for a woman’s right to choose. In addition to her support for women’s rights, and for Israel, she would like to see change regarding the gun violence plaguing our nation. She seeks to do this through an assault weapon ban and background checks. Click to learn more about Susan Wild.


Rep. Lizzie Flectcher
A native of Houston, Lizzie Fletcher began her career in law in 2006. Her work led to recognition as on of the Best Lawyers in America. A co-founder of Planned Parenthood Young Leaders, she helped recruit a new generation of leaders to fight for reproductive rights. She has also worked to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline, and help young people find their voices through dance and writing. She is a strong advocate for JAC's issues.


Gina Ortiz Jones
Gina Ortiz Jones is a former member of the Air Force who was deployed to Iraq. She is running to represent San Antonio in Congress. She ran for this seat in 2018, but was narrowly defeated by Rep. William Hurd (R-TX), who is not running for reelection. She was the director for investment at the Office of U.S. Trade Representative and as senior advisor for trade enforcement. She is a strong supporter of women's reproductive rights.


Rep. Colin Allred
Rep. Colin Allred flipped a north Texas district blue in the last election. As a successful civil rights lawyer, he understands the importance of a fight for rights in such a divided time. He stands by Planned Parenthood, and swears to combat violence against women. He also promises to help protect the U.S. – Israel relationship from outside threats, such as Iran. Domestically, he wants to protect our everyday life from the threat of gun violence.  


Rep. Elaine Luria
Rep. Elaine Luria served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years and reached the rank of commander. After retiring from the military in 2017, she founded an arts and crafts business. Elaine uses her experience in the Navy and as a small-business owner to protect our country and create an economy that works for everyone – not just those at the top.  She is a pro-choice champion committed to expanding access to affordable, quality health care. Elaine is a strong advocate for women’s rights, and also strongly believes in a ban of assault weapons. Click here for more about Elaine Luria.


Rep. Abigail Spanberger
Rep. Abigail Spanberger is former CIA operative who brings a special viewpoint to politics. As a former federal agent, she carried a gun with her to work. She promotes responsible gun ownership, while also promoting common sense gun legislation. She also has vast experience in foreign affairs. Her deep understanding of the Middle East makes her a much needed asset in the fight for a safe Israel – free from the threat of nuclear Iran.   Click here for more about Abigail Spanberger.


Rep. Jennifer Wexton
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Rep. Jennifer Wexton served almost two decades, as a prosecutor, an advocate for children, and as a legislator focusing on issues of concern to families. In Congress, Jennifer is a true advocate for women. She supports legislation that expands women’s access to quality, affordable healthcare, family planning services, and contraception, establishes paid family and medical leave programs, ends violence against women, promotes women’s involvement in STEM and political fields, and ratifies the Equal Rights Amendment in the U.S. Constitution.