We are proud to stand with some truly incredible candidates this year — progressive champions and heroes of the middle class.

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Mark Begich

U.S. Senator, Alaska

Mark Begich was born and raised in Anchorage, where he started his first small business as a teenager. He gets his independent spirit from his parents, including his father, former Alaska Rep. Nick Begich. As a former Mayor and a current member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, Mark knows how to work across party lines to get the job done. And he’s fought tirelessly to protect Alaskan jobs, including in the fishing industry as the state’s fisheries are among the largest in the world.

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Cory Booker

U.S. Senator, New Jersey

Some people run away from challenges. Cory Booker prefers to tackle them head-on. A Stanford graduate and Rhodes Scholar, Cory was elected Mayor of Newark, New Jersey — where he made significant reforms and balanced the city’s budget. He’s brought his energy and creativity to Washington, where he has co-sponsored progressive legislation such as ENDA and a bill to recognize the validity of all marriages.

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Bruce Braley

U.S. Senate Candidate, Iowa

Bruce Braley knows all about hard work. Growing up in rural Iowa, he got his first job as a paperboy when he was in 2nd grade, and he put himself through college working in road construction, waiting tables, and tending bar. With no prior political experience, he ran for a seat in the House in 2006 and won. As a founding member of the House’s Populist Caucus, Bruce understands the needs of hard-working people who feel voiceless in Washington. Now, he’s trying to bring their voices to the Senate.

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Chris Coons

U.S. Senator, Delaware

Chris Coons has a well-deserved reputation as a pragmatist, but his principles come first. In his first two years as a Senator, he made preserving civil liberties a top priority. He’s fought to stop disenfranchisement in our elections and he’s consistently stood up to protect women’s access to health care. In Delaware, he’s organized numerous job fairs and skills workshops. And in the U.S. Senate, he’s worked to expand the impact of the R&D tax credit. He’s a proud participant of the “It Gets Better” project, an internet-based initiative to prevent LGBT youth suicide. Coons is also a former employee of the I Have a Dream Foundation.

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Tammy Duckworth

U.S. Congresswoman, Illinois

Tammy Duckworth is a combat-wounded Iraq War veteran. She lost both legs and part of the use of her right arm in that conflict and was awarded the Purple Heart. Tammy is the former Director of Illinois’ Department of Veterans’ Affairs, and in 2009, President Obama appointed her Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs. She oversaw the VA’s effort to end veteran homelessness and lead initiatives for female veterans. She is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Illinois Army National Guard.

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Dick Durbin

U.S. Senator, Illinois

For Dick Durbin, the fight for the middle class is personal. He grew up in East St. Louis and worked in stockyards, on railroads, and in slaughterhouses to afford his college education. He’s tireless in his efforts to keep food and children’s toys safe. Dick was integral in the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Board, limiting the fees companies can place on debit cards, and preventing a spike in student loan rates. In short, he’s one of the most effective and vocal progressives in the U.S. Senate.

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Keith Ellison

U.S. Congressman, Minnesota

Congressman Keith Ellison is currently serving his fourth term as the representative for Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District. His policy agenda is based on four key priorities—peace, prosperity for working families, environmental sustainability, and support for civil and human rights. His roots as a community organizer shows in his commitment to inclusivity and participation in the democratic process whether on the local or national level.

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Kay Hagan

Kay Hagan knows that you can’t make change if you don’t get in the game. That’s why she ran for Senate, and her tireless work ethic led her to an upset victory over the incumbent in 2008. Kay believes in a results-oriented approach to her job, and she’s dedicated to making Washington work for North Carolina families. She comes from a military family, and in her role as a member of the Armed Services Committee, she’s committed to making North Carolina the most veteran-friendly state in America. Kay sees her job as bringing North Carolina’s voice to Washington, and she’s backed that up by conducting hundreds of listening tours, forums, and roundtables across the Tar Heel State.

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Ed Markey

U.S. Senator, Massachusetts

Ed Markey is a prolific legislator who brings passion, energy, and know-how to the U.S. Senate. During his time in the House, Ed worked across the aisle on landmark legislation to modernize the Internet, combat climate change, and find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. He is the former Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and Finance, where he wrote laws that toughened penalties on insider trading and strengthened oversight of financial markets. The son of a milkman from Malden and a devoted fan of the Sox, Pats, Celtics, and Bruins, Ed Markey is Massachusetts through and through.

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Betty McCollum

U.S. Congresswoman, Minnesota

Congresswoman Betty McCollum is a proud DFLer serving her seventh term in Congress representing the families of Minnesota’s 4th Congressional District. Betty has been an outspoken voice for economic opportunity, social justice and fiscal responsibility. She is a proud defender of teachers, seniors, and the middle class.

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Jeff Merkley

U.S. Senator, Oregon

Jeff Merkley believes in a simple philosophy: each of us has the responsibility to leave our community, our nation, and our planet better than we found it. That’s what drove him to propose new regulations on Wall St., to provide nursing mothers with flexible break times, and to promote investment in alternative energy sources. He is a strong supporter of equal marriage and ENDA, and he co-sponsored legislation to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. He is the son of a sawmill worker and the former director of Portland Habitat for Humanity.

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Rick Nolan

U.S. Congressman, Minnesota

A former teacher and small business owner, Rick Nolan represents Minnesota’s Iron Range. He’s passionate about providing for veterans, and has sponsored numerous bills to address the backlog at the Veterans Administration. And he’s a staunch protector of the benefits seniors have earned through Social Security and Medicare. Despite his many Congressional duties, Rick always makes time to be home in Minnesota for the annual fishing opener.

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Gary Peters

U.S. Senate Candidate, Michigan

Gary Peters is a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve and currently represents Michigan’s 14th Congressional District. He has been intimately involved with helping Michigan recover from the Great Recession, both in keeping automakers from going bankrupt and in reforming Wall St. regulations. Born in Pontiac, Gary believes strongly in protecting workers from unfair trade deals. He’s also a champion of transparency and accountability, working hard to eliminate duplicative spending and reduce the deficit responsibly. Now, Gary is running to bring his fight for Michigan’s middle class families to the U.S. Senate.

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Jeanne Shaheen

U.S. Senator, New Hampshire

Jeanne Shaheen is the only woman in American history to have been elected Governor and U.S. Senator. Jeanne has worked across the aisle to reduce costs and improve medical care for seniors. She’s a leader in the fight to recognize marriage equality and to end gender pay discrimination so equal work means equal pay.

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Tom Udall

U.S. Senator, New Mexico

Tom Udall’s family has been a part of New Mexico since before New Mexico was a state. He served as New Mexico’s Attorney General before being elected to the House of Representatives, where he introduced a bill to create a national renewable electricity standard. Since being elected to the U.S. Senate, he’s voted to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and to implement the DREAM Act, the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act. He’s a passionate advocate on behalf of Native Americans and New Mexico’s national parks.

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Mark Udall

U.S. Senator, Colorado

Mark Udall is a fifth-generation Westerner with an independent streak as wide as the Rockies. A champion of Colorado’s wild lands and natural resources, he knows that environmental issues shouldn’t be subject to petty politics. He’s fought to protect a woman’s right to choose and women’s healthcare, while also pushing for equal pay. And he believes strongly in comprehensive immigration reform and was a co-sponsor of the DREAM Act.

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Tim Walz

U. S. Congressman, Minnesota

The son of a public school administrator and community activist, Congressman Tim Walz spent his childhood summers farming with his extended family. As a Sergeant Major in the U.S. Army National Guard, Walz is the highest ranking enlisted soldier to ever serve in Congress. He is a passionate advocate for veterans and the author of the Traumatic Brain Injuries Center Act. Tim is a strong supporter of LGBT rights, reproductive rights, and the needs of farmers.