We Must Hold the House

We flipped the House in 2018 and need to hold it in 2020.

It took a historic Blue Wave of Democratic voters to squeak out close wins in many of the 40 districts that flipped in 2018. Force Multiplier targeted 15 of those races and we helped to win 13 of them. The Republicans need to win back only 18 of those seats to regain the majority. In many districts all that’s needed is a shift of a few thousand votes. The candidates on our Hold the House slate have already been targeted by the GOP, and are in states that are likely to have a high-impact on control of the Senate and/or the White House.

Our slate will change from time to time as the elections develop and the political landscape evolves.

 

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Meet the Force Multiplier Hold the House Slate 

Lucy McBath

Georgia 06

Elected by 1%

Committees:

​Member, Education & Labor

Member, 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 Delta Airlines flight attendant for 30 years. She is a two-time breast cancer survivor and an advocate for coveringpre-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.

 

Her district is on the list of 2020 Republican targets. She has multiple Republican challengers including the former rep. Karen Handel.

 

Endorsements:

Force Multiplier

End Citizens United
Congressional Black Caucus PAC

Giffords

United Auto Workers

Georgia AFL-CIO

Cindy Axne

Iowa 03

Elected by 2.1%

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:

Force Multiplier

DCCC Frontline

Emily’s List

Planned Parenthood

End Citizens United

The Human Rights Campaign

Tom Malinowski

New Jersey 07

Elected by 4%

Committees:

Foreign Affairs

Transportation and Infrastructure 

 

Malinowski was born in Poland and immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 6, as his family sought refuge during the Cold War. He grew up in New Jersey, going to public school, playing baseball and hockey, and hoping someday to give back to the country that gave freedom to his family. He served on President Clinton’s National Security Council, worked for Human Rights Watch, and served as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor in the Obama administration. Malinowski earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Philosophy from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Malinowski is divorced and has one child.

 

Endorsements:

Force Multiplier

DCCC Frontline

Planned Parenthood

End Citizens United

League of Conservation Voters

Susan Wild

Pennsylvania 07

Elected by  10%

 

Committees:

Committee on Foreign Affairs

Committee on Education and Labor

Committee on Ethics

Congresswoman Susan Wild was born on Wiesbaden Air Force Base in West Germany. She  has been a member of the Lehigh Valley community for more than 30 years. Her two adult children were born and raised in the Valley, where they attended public schools. Susan built a successful legal practice while raising her two children and became the first woman to be appointed as Allentown City Solicitor. In November 2018, Congresswoman Wild was elected as the first woman to represent Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Susan graduated from American University and George Washington Law School.

Wild has a number of Republican opponents who have access to substantial funding.  Her district is on the list of 2020 Republican targets.

 

Endorsements

Force Multiplier

Brady PAC

EMILY's List

End Citizens United

Giffords PAC

League of Conservation Voters 

NARAL Pro-Choice America

Planned Parenthood Action Fund

Jared Golden

Maine 02

Elected by 1%

Committees:

Armed Services

Small Business

Golden, who was born and raised in Maine, left college to join the Marines after the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks, and was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. After returning home, he was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress, which has led to his commitment to veterans' issues--particularly health care. He overcame his diagnosis to graduate from college with tuition assistance through the G.I. Bill. He was elected to the Maine House of Representatives in 2014 and became Assistant Majority Leader. He has led the way on bills on jobs, health care, seniors, and the opioid crisis. Golden graduated from Bates College and is married.

Endorsements:

Force Multiplier

DCCC Frontline

Planned Parenthood
End Citizens United

VoteVets

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell

Florida 26

Elected by 1.8%

Committees:

Judiciary

Housing

Infrastucture

Debbie is also a member of the Congressional Hispanic, Gun Violence, Progressive and Womens’ caucuses.

Debbie immigrated to the United States from Ecuador, as a young girl with her single mother. Mucarsel-Powell worked to help her family make ends meet and pay her way through college.She has 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. Mucarsel-Powell earned her undergraduate degree from Pitzer College and holds a master’s degree in international political economics from Claremont College. She and her husband have three children.

 

Endorsements:

Force Multiplier

DCCC Frontline

Emily’s List

Planned Parenthood

End Citizens United

Abigail Spanberger

Virgina 07

Elected by 2%

Committees:

Foreign Affairs

Agriculture

 

Spanberger is a member of the Bi-Partisan Womens’, New Democrats and Problem Solvers Caucuses.

She first worked for the U.S. Postal Service Inspection Service, investigating money-laundering and narcotics. Spanberger later joined the CIA as an Operations Officer, where she worked until 2014. She traveled and lived abroad collecting intelligence, managing assets, and overseeing high-profile programs in service to the United States. Spanberger graduated from the University of Virginia and earned her Master of Business Administration in Germany. She and her husband live with their children in Glen Allen. 

Endorsements:

Force Multiplier

DCCC Frontline

Emily’s List

Planned Parenthood

End Citizens United

Giffords

League of Conservation Voters

Elissa Slotkin

Michigan 08

Elected by 3.8%

Committees:

Armed Services

Homeland Security

Slotkin, who was born and raised on a Michigan farm, is a life-long public servant, who has been proud to work for both Republican and Democratic leaders who put the good of country over politics. Slotkin was recruited into the CIA directly out of graduate school, where she was trained as a Middle East analyst and served three tours in Iraq. Slotkin served in the White House under both President Bush and President Obama as a senior leader in the Pentagon, where she negotiated some of the Defense Department's most sensitive national security matters. Slotkin earned her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and completed her graduate degree at Columbia University. Slotkin is married and has two adult stepchildren. 

Endorsements:

Force Multiplier

DCCC Frontline

Emily’s List

Planned Parenthood

End Citizens United

Giffords

VoteVets

Lauren Underwood

Illinois 14

Elected by 5.0%

Committees:

Committee on Education and Labor

Committee on Homeland Security (Vice Chair)

Committee on Veterans' Affairs

 

Congresswoman Underwood, 33,  was  born in Ohio, and grew up in Naperville, IL She is the youngest African-American woman to serve in Congress. She earned her BSN from the University of Michign and her MSN and MPH from Johns Hopkins. She started her career as a policy professional in the Obama Administration in 2014 and later worked as a senior advisor at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).In 2017 she was the Senior Director of Stratgy and Regulatory Affairs at Next Level Health. She also served as an adjunct instructor at the Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies.

This district is a priority target of the Republicans in 2020. It is rated Toss-Up by Cook and Sabato.

The Republican opponent, Jim Oberweis is a  State Senator and wealthy businessman who is able to self -fund.

 

Endorsements

Force Multiplier

DCCC Frontline

Emily’s List

End Citizens United

NARAL

Planned Parenthood

Brady

Sierra Club, and others

Abby Finkenauer

Iowa 01

Elected by 5%

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:

Force Multiplier

DCCC Frontline

Emily’s List

Planned Parenthood

End Citizens United

League of Conservation Voters

Eugene DePasquale

Pennsylvania 10

Running against Incumbent Rep. Scott Perry

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 states 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 moved him into a district more friendly to Democrats which also voted for Auditor DePasquale. 

 

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

 

Endorsements:

Force Multiplier

DCCC Red to Blue

League of Conservation Voters

Brady

Naral

NewDem Action Fund

National Education Association

Equality PAC

And others

Hiral Tipirneni

Arizona 06

Running vs. incumbent David Schweikert (R)

Cook Lean R, Sabato Likely R

Dr. Tipirneni Immigrated from India at age 3 and was raised in Ohio. She has an MD from Northeast Ohio Medical University  and has been working as an Emergency Room physician in Arizona for many years.  In 2018 she ran in District 08 and did very well. Her home is on the line between District 06 and 08. Her district includes mostly the northeastern suburbs of Pheonix including Scottsdale. The district has a high median income and is 77% white.

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The incumbent, David Schweikert,  was elected in 2010 in District 5 and then redistricted to District 6 in 2012. He was re-elected in 2018 by 10 points. He has voted with Trump about 90% or the time. He is currently under investigation by the House Ethics Committee for allegedly misusing congressional office funds, pressuring Congressional staff to perform political activities, failing to properly disclose campaign finance information and other violations of House rules.

 

This race is a stretch but is in Arizona, a state that is rated Toss-Up for Presidential and for Senate.  The benefits of a strong Congressional campaign in this district may favorably affect up-ticket races. With the investigation into the Republican opponent and Dr. Tipirneni’s impressive resume, Force Multiplier considers this race a worthwhile investment.

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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 and many more.

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