Let's Build the Majority 

We flipped the House in 2018.

We wanted to expand our majority in 2020.

The candidates on our 2020 House slate are all in races that are will help us build the majority and in some cases impact up ballot races for the Senate and/or the White House.

Our slate changed over the cycle as the political landscape changed, in order to offer our community the most current advice on where dollars would have the most impact .

Our Final House Slate: A Baker’s Dozen Full of Hope for the Future

In 2018 we flipped the House, paving the way to make Nancy Pelosi speaker. A Biden presidency could bring  a challenging 2022 election. Historically, the party in power loses about 26 House seats in its first midterm election. We used our data driven model and extensive research to help identify seats that gave us the best opportunity to build an enduring majority.

 

YOU X ME = A HOUSE MAJORITY

Lucy McBath

Georgia 06

Elected by 1% in 2018 
Opponent: Karen Handel (R)
Cook/Lean D, Sabato/Lean D

Committees

Education & Labor

Judiciary

 

Lucy McBath, age 59, was born in Illinois. Her father was an official in the NAACP. McBath became a staunch gun-control advocate after losing her 17-year-old son in a shooting. She was the national spokesperson for Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action. ​McBath was a Delta Airlines flight attendant for 30 years. She is a two-time breast cancer survivor and an advocate for covering pre-existing conditions and accessibility for all. McBath has a BA in Political Science and English from Virginia State University. She is married and has one surviving son.

 

McBath will be facing the former incumbent, Karen Handel, who had served a partial term after winning a 2017 special election. Recent polling shows a statistically tied contest.

 

Endorsements

DCCC Frontline

End Citizens United
Congressional Black Caucus PAC

Giffords

Brady Campaign

Planned Parenthood

NARAL

Human Rights Campaign

Sierra Club

United Auto Workers

Georgia AFL-CIO

Cindy Axne

Iowa 03

Elected by 2.1% in 2018

Opponent: David Young (R)
Cook/Toss-Up, Sabato/Lean D

Committees

Agriculture
Financial Services Committees

Axne is a fifth-generation Iowan, a small business owner, a parent and a community activist. Axne performed extremely well in a very competitive Democratic primary, indicating very strong support. 

 

This district is about evenly split between Democratic and Republican registered voters, so turn-out is critical.

 

From 2005 to 2014, Axne worked for the State of Iowa, helping over twenty different state agencies deliver government services more effectively and efficiently for taxpayers. Since then, she has focused on growing the digital design firm she runs with her husband John. Axne graduated from the University of Iowa and earned a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Axne and her husband have two children.

 

Endorsements

DCCC Frontline

Emily’s List

Planned Parenthood

End Citizens United

The Human Rights Campaign

Candace Valenzuela

Texas 24

Challenger Open Seat

Oponent: Beth Van Duyne (R)

Cook/Toss Up, Sabato/Toss Up, Bitecofer/Lean D

Valenzuela clinched the Democratic nomination on July 14th after a run-off. She was born and raised in El Paso, Texas into a family with generations of military service, including both parents.

Valenzuela and her mother escaped a domestic abuse situation and overcame poverty. If elected to Congress, Valenzuela could become the first Black Latina woman elected to Congress in US history. Valenzuela was a first-generation college student, studying education on full scholarship at Claremont McKenna College.

Valenzuela has spent her career in education including working with special needs students. She was elected to the School Board in 2017 defeating an 18-year incumbent. She has focused on greater fiscal transparency, STEM education, vocational training, funding capital improvements and inclusiveness for students of all backgrounds.

Texas's 24th congressional district covers much of the northern suburban area between Fort Worth and Dallas It is a R+9 District but it is changing  with growing diversity and higher levels of education. Her opponent is Beth Van Duyne, former mayor of Irving, who has been endorsed by President Trump.

Endorsements

DCCC Red to Blue

Emily’s List

Giffords

ASPIRE PAC

Congressional Hispanic Caucus

Congressional Black Caucus

Christine Finello

Pennsylvania 01

Challenger

Opponent: Brian Fitzpatrick (R)

Cook/Lean R, Sabato/Lean R, Bitecofer/Lean R

Finello is a fifth generation Pennsylvanian who grew up in a middle-class Irish-Italian family. She has a joint JD/PHD from Villanova/Drexel.

For the past 10 years Finello has worked to improve government systems for care delivery as Deputy Director of the Bucks County Department of Housing and Human Services and working with the Philadelphia Veterans Court, connecting Pennsylvania's veterans with high-quality services. She has served on the board of Alpha Bravo Canine, helping connect veterans with combat-related injuries with well-trained service dogs. Finello serves on the 7-member elected Ivyland Borough Council.

 

Pennsylvania 01st is a pivotal battleground district in a battleground state. Clinton won the district in 2016.In 2018 the weak Democratic challenger only lost by 2.6 points.

 

The Incumbent, Brian Fitzpatrick, a former FBI agent and Special US Attorney, “inherited” the seat in 2016 from his brother who had served four terms. He won in 2018 even though Pennsylvania was redistricted and the new PA-01 was more favorable to Democrats. This is thought to be due to the weakness of the self-funded Democratic nominee that year. This seat is thought to be in reach in 2020.

 

Endorsements

DCCC Red to Blue

Emily’s List

Planned Parenthood

NARAL

End Citizens United

And many others.

Carolyn Bourdeaux

Georgia 07

Challenger

Opponent: Rich McCormick (R)

Cook/Toss-Up, Sabato/Toss-Up, Bitecofer/Lean D

Bourdeaux is a graduate of Yale University, earned a Masters from the University of Southern California, and received a PhD in public administration from Syracuse University. Since 2003, Carolyn has been a professor at the Andrew Young School of Public Policy at Georgia State University. From 2007-10, she worked as the State Senate Budget Director.

In 2018, she came within 433 votes of ousting a 4 term Republican incumbent in this district. When the incumbent announced his retirement, the district became one of the top prospects for Democratic pickup in the country. 

        

Georgia's 7th Congressional District covers suburban areas of northeastern Atlanta. Along with Lucy McBath’s 6th District this district is thought to hold the key to potential victories in the two Senate races and possibly the Electoral College. It is a tight race.

Bourdeaux’s opponent is Rich McCormick (R), an  Emergency room physician who has defended the President’s coronavirus response. Endorsed by the Club for Growth – an anti-regulation, corporate special interests’ group that invested heavily in his primary. Aggressively anti-choice. Frequently appears on QAnon and right-wing talk shows.

Endorsements

Planned Parenthood Action Fund

Emily’s List

Brady PAC

End Citizens United

NARAL Pro-Choice America

DCCC Red-to-Blue Program

League of Conservation Voters

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell

Florida 26

Elected by 1.5%

Opponent: Carlos Giminez (R)

Cook/Toss Up, Sabato/Lean D

 

Committees

Judiciary

Housing

Infrastructure

 

Mucarsel-Powell immigrated to the United States from Ecuador as a young girl with her single mother. She worked to help her family make ends meet and pay her way through college. She dedicated more than twenty years to her work as an executive in non-profit organizations, improving access to healthcare, protecting the environment, and increasing educational opportunities in South Florida. She defeated an incumbent in a tight race in 2018. Debbie stood out in the freshman class of the 116th Congress when she was appointed to the House Judiciary Committee, where she sits on the Immigration & Citizenship Subcommittee and Crime, Terrorism, & Homeland Security Subcommittee. She immediately got to work on the Judiciary Committee fighting for immigration reform and commonsense gun safety.

 

Mucarsel-Powell’s opponent is Miami Mayor Carlos Giminez who is considered one of the Republicans’ strongest challengers in the 2020 cycle. Polling is sparse but is showing that Gimenez is a strong opponent. Mucarsel-Powell needs our help to retain her seat and continue her work.

 

Endorsements

DCCC Frontline

Emily’s List

Planned Parenthood

End Citizen’s United

Brady Campaign

Sierra Club

MoveOn.org and others

Hiral Tipirneni

Arizona 06

Challenger

Opponent: incumbent
David Schweikert (R)

Cook/Toss Up, Sabato/Lean R

 

Dr. Tipirneni immigrated from India at age 3 and was, raised in Ohio. She has an MD from Northeast Ohio Medical University and worked as an emergency room physician in Arizona for many years. Later she worked as an administrator in cancer research.

 

Her district includes mostly the affluent northeastern suburbs of Phoenix including Scottsdale.

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The incumbent, David Schweikert was elected in 2010 in District 5 and then redistricted to District 6 in 2012. He has voted with Trump about 90% or the time. In July 2020 the House voted to reprimand him for numerous ethics violations related to misusing campaign funds and recommended a $50,000 fine.

 

The incumbent’s ethics violations and the strength of Dr. Tipirneni as a candidate put this race within reach. Arizona is a state rated Lean D for Senate and Toss-Up for the Electoral College. The benefits of a strong Congressional campaign in this district may favorably affect up-ticket races.

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Endorsements

DCCC Red to Blue,

Emily’s List,

314 Action

Aspire PAC

End Citizen’s United

Planned Parenthood Action Fund,

Brady Campaign

League of Conservation Voters 

Jackie Gordon

New York 02

Challenger​: Open Seat

Opponent: Andrew Garbarino (R)

Cook/Toss Up, Sabato/Toss Up

 

Gordon was born in Jamaica (West Indies) and, grew up in Queens, N.Y. She joined the US Army Reserve, and served for 29 yrs, in Germany, Guantanamo, Iraq and Afghanistan. She retired as a Lt. Colonel. Single mom with a son and a daughter (who is AF captain). Gordon spent three decades working in New York public schools as a guidance counselor and has earned degrees in education from Hunter College and Queens College. From 2007 to 2020, she served on the Babylon Town Council, where she worked to direct resources to veterans and military families as Chair of the Veterans Advisory Council, pushed for the revitalization of Wyandanch Village, which has breathed new life into the community, and helped raise nearly $1 million for the Wounded Warriors Project through the annual Soldier Ride in Babylon.

Gordon’s competitor, Assemblyman Andrew Garbarino is in the NRCC’s “Young Gun Program”. His stated goal is to follow in the footsteps of the retiring Peter King who has voted with Trump 86% of the time.

The NY-02 district, on the South Shore of Long Island, has been a swing district, favoring Democratic Presidential Candidates from 1996 through 2012 and switching back and forth between Democratic and Republican Congresspersons.  In 2016 the district went for Trump. However, three out of the four state senate seats that overlap with the district have flipped to Democratic control.

 

Endorsements

DCCC Red to Blue

EMILY’s list

Planned Parenthood

VoteVets

Congr. Black Caucus PAC

End Citizens United,

Sierra Club

Everytown for Gun Safety

Abigail Spanberger

Elected by 2%

Virginia 07

Opponent: Nick Freitas (R)

Cook/Toss Up, Sabato/Lean D

Committees

Foreign Affairs

Agriculture

Abigail won a narrow victory to flip Virginia's 7th Congressional District and become it's first Democratic representative in 48 years. 

 

A former CIA agent, Abigail was one of the seven "Security Democrats" whose Washington Post op-ed was influential in launching the House impeachment inquiry.

 

She has already been targeted by the Republican Congressional Committee. Abigail needs our support to hold this important seat and maintain the Democratic majority in the House

Patricia Timmons-Goodson

North Carolina 08

Challenger

Opponent: incumbent
Richard Hudson (R)

Cook/Lean R, Sabato/Lean R

 

Timmons-Goodson is a former state Supreme Court Justice (the first African American woman on the state’s Supreme Court) and was appointed by President Obama to the United States Commission on Civil Rights in 2014. She was nominated by President Obama in 2016 to serve as a federal judge but the nomination was blocked by Senators Richard Burr and Mitch McConnell. Before that she oversaw Fayetteville operations for the U.S. Census Office in Charlotte during the 1980 count, and then went on to become a respected Cumberland County assistant district attorney.

 

Timmons-Goodson is running a terrific campaign against a fourth-term, very conservative Congressman. The district was recently re-drawn by court order, reducing what was a Trump +16 district to what would have been Trump +9. She has been gaining ground steadily by pointing to Hudson’s extremely conservative voting record, including votes to repeal the ACA. This race has moved steadily in Timmons-Goodson’s favor over the last several months.

With a strong slate of Democratic House and Senate contenders, North Carolina is now in play as a possible Democratic pick-up in November.

 

Endorsements

Emily’s List

League of Conservation Voters

Planned Parenthood

NARAL

End Citizens United

Congressional Black Caucus PAC

North Carolina Association of Educators

Let America Vote

Equality North Carolina

Off the Sidelines

Eugene DePasquale

Pennsylvania 10

Challenger

Opponent: incumbent
Rep. Scott Perry (R)

Cook/Toss Up, Sabato/Lean R

DePasquale, a Pittsburgh native, received his bachelors from the College of Wooster, an MPA from the University of Pittsburgh and a JD from Widener University. DePasquale was a state representative in York County from 2006 through 2012. In 2012 he won a hotly contested statewide race for State Auditor General. He is well known for working to protect the state's water supply from the effects of gas drilling.

His opponent, Scott Perry, is a Freedom Caucus member who didn't face a competitive election until 2018 after redistricting. The new district is more balanced and  supports Auditor DePasquale. 

 

Pennsylvania is one of the most important battleground states and investments here may favorably influence turnout to support the Presidential race.

 

Endorsements

DCCC Red to Blue

League of Conservation Voters

Brady

Naral

NewDem Action Fund

National Education Association

Equality PAC

Cameron Webb

Virginia 05

Challenger​: Open Seat

Opponent: incumbent
Bob Good (R)

Cook/Toss Up, Sabato/Toss Up

 

Webb is a young (age 37) African-America physician who earned both law and medical degrees after graduating from UVA. He was tapped by President Obama for a White House Fellowship where he worked on President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative and served on the White House Health Care Team into the first year of the Trump Administration. He is an assistant professor of medicine at the UVA Medical School where he teaches and sees patients, including COVID patients.

 

Webb has been an exceptional, popular candidate who has turned this race from one the Republicans weren’t worried about, into a consensus toss-up. And his momentum continues to grow, in part because his opponent is a pure base candidate. He's a self-avowed "biblical conservative" and a shrill opponent of same-sex marriage. Webb is well positioned for an upset victory in this Virginia district that Trump will likely carry.

 

Endorsements

Human Rights Campaign Foundation

League of Conservation Voters

Planned Parenthood

NARAL

Virginia AFL-CIO

Sierra Club

Congressional Black Caucus PAC

314 Action

Voter Protection Project

United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America

Abby Finkenauer

Iowa 01

Elected by 5%

Opponent: Ashley Hinson (R)
Cook/Toss Up, Sabato/Toss-Up​

Committees

Small Business

Transportation

Infrastructure

At 29-years-old, Finkenauer was one of the youngest women ever elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2018, she and Cindy Axne became the first two women elected to represent Iowa in the House.

Elected by a narrow margin, her race is rated a toss-up by both Cook and Sabato. 

Finkenauer, a first-generation college graduate and
second-term Iowa State Representative, advocates for working families, women, and the people of Iowa.  Finkenauer graduated from Drake University. She and her family have lived in Iowa for generations.

 

Endorsements

DCCC Frontline

Emily’s List

Planned Parenthood

End Citizens United

League of Conservation Voters

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