our candidates

Meet Run with Pride's officially endorsed LGBTQ+ Democratic congressional candidates. From sitting officials to first time candidates, Run with Pride is dedicated to supporting LGBTQ+ candidates running for Congress.

 

officials

  Senator Tammy Baldwin U.S. Senate - WI   Tammy Baldwin is the junior United States Senator from Wisconsin and a member of the Democratic Party. She is the first woman elected to represent Wisconsin in the Senate and the first openly gay U.S. Senator in history. She previously served as the U.S. Representative from Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district from 1999 to 2013, as well as serving three terms in the Wisconsin Assembly representing the 78th district. Baldwin defeated her Republican opponent, former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson, in the 2012 U.S. Senate election. A self described "proud progressive", Tammy is considered on of the most liberal members in Congress. She is a staunch fighter for women and LGBT rights.

Senator Tammy Baldwin
U.S. Senate - WI

Tammy Baldwin is the junior United States Senator from Wisconsin and a member of the Democratic Party. She is the first woman elected to represent Wisconsin in the Senate and the first openly gay U.S. Senator in history. She previously served as the U.S. Representative from Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district from 1999 to 2013, as well as serving three terms in the Wisconsin Assembly representing the 78th district. Baldwin defeated her Republican opponent, former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson, in the 2012 U.S. Senate election. A self described "proud progressive", Tammy is considered on of the most liberal members in Congress. She is a staunch fighter for women and LGBT rights.

  Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema U.S. Senate - AZ   Krysten Sinema is the U.S. Representative for Arizona's 9th congressional district and a member of the Democratic Party. Prior to being elected she served in both chambers of the Arizona legislature, being elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2005, and the Arizona Senate. She was elected to Congress in 2012 and became the first openly bisexual U.S. Representative. She is currently running in the 2018 Arizona Senate race to replace Republican incumbent Jeff Flake. If elected, she would be the first openly bisexual person elected to the U.S. Senate and the second openly LGBT person ever to serve in the Senate. Kyrsten is currently a member of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus.   

Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema
U.S. Senate - AZ

Krysten Sinema is the U.S. Representative for Arizona's 9th congressional district and a member of the Democratic Party. Prior to being elected she served in both chambers of the Arizona legislature, being elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2005, and the Arizona Senate. She was elected to Congress in 2012 and became the first openly bisexual U.S. Representative. She is currently running in the 2018 Arizona Senate race to replace Republican incumbent Jeff Flake. If elected, she would be the first openly bisexual person elected to the U.S. Senate and the second openly LGBT person ever to serve in the Senate. Kyrsten is currently a member of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus.

 

  Congressman Mark Pocan U.S. House - WI-02   Mark Pocan is the U.S. Representative for Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district and a member of the Democratic Party. Mark was sworn in as U.S. Representative following 14 years in the Wisconsin State Assembly. In 1998, he was elected to succeed his long-time LGBT friend and ally Tammy Baldwin as the State Representative from the 78th District, when she left for Congress. He also succeeded Tammy Baldwin in the House of Representatives after she was elected to the United States Senate in 2012. Congressman Pocan is small business owner, union member and lifelong advocate for progressive causes. Mark is currently a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus.

Congressman Mark Pocan
U.S. House - WI-02

Mark Pocan is the U.S. Representative for Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district and a member of the Democratic Party. Mark was sworn in as U.S. Representative following 14 years in the Wisconsin State Assembly. In 1998, he was elected to succeed his long-time LGBT friend and ally Tammy Baldwin as the State Representative from the 78th District, when she left for Congress. He also succeeded Tammy Baldwin in the House of Representatives after she was elected to the United States Senate in 2012. Congressman Pocan is small business owner, union member and lifelong advocate for progressive causes. Mark is currently a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus.

  Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney U.S. House - NY-18   Sean Patrick Maloney is the U.S. Representative for New York's 18th congressional district and a member of the Democratic Party. Congressman Maloney is the first openly gay person to be elected to Congress from New York. He has a distinguished background in business and public service. He served as a senior advisor in President Bill Clinton’s White House as part of a team that balanced the budget and paid down the debt, all while helping create over eight hundred thousand jobs in New York. Sean is currently a member of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus.

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney
U.S. House - NY-18

Sean Patrick Maloney is the U.S. Representative for New York's 18th congressional district and a member of the Democratic Party. Congressman Maloney is the first openly gay person to be elected to Congress from New York. He has a distinguished background in business and public service. He served as a senior advisor in President Bill Clinton’s White House as part of a team that balanced the budget and paid down the debt, all while helping create over eight hundred thousand jobs in New York. Sean is currently a member of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus.

  Congressman David Cicilline U.S. House - RI-01   David Cicilline is the U.S. Representative for Rhode Island's 1st congressional district and a member of the Democratic Party. Before being elected to Congress in 2010, David had previously served as Mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, from 2003 to 2011, and was the first openly gay mayor of a U.S. capital. In 2015, Cicilline introduced the Equality Act to extend comprehensive anti-discrimination protections to the LGBT community in public accommodations, housing, employment, federal funding, education, credit, and jury service. David is currently a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus.

Congressman David Cicilline
U.S. House - RI-01

David Cicilline is the U.S. Representative for Rhode Island's 1st congressional district and a member of the Democratic Party. Before being elected to Congress in 2010, David had previously served as Mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, from 2003 to 2011, and was the first openly gay mayor of a U.S. capital. In 2015, Cicilline introduced the Equality Act to extend comprehensive anti-discrimination protections to the LGBT community in public accommodations, housing, employment, federal funding, education, credit, and jury service. David is currently a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus.

  Congressman Mark Takano U.S. House - CA-41   Mark Takano is the U.S. Representative for California's 41st congressional district and a member of the Democratic Party. Elected in 2012, Mark became the first openly gay person of color in Congress. He has also served on the Riverside Community College Board of Trustees since 1990. A grandson of Japanese immigrants, Mark was born and raised in California. His family was among those who were forcibly relocated to an American Internment Camp during WWII. Mark is currently a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus.

Congressman Mark Takano
U.S. House - CA-41

Mark Takano is the U.S. Representative for California's 41st congressional district and a member of the Democratic Party. Elected in 2012, Mark became the first openly gay person of color in Congress. He has also served on the Riverside Community College Board of Trustees since 1990. A grandson of Japanese immigrants, Mark was born and raised in California. His family was among those who were forcibly relocated to an American Internment Camp during WWII. Mark is currently a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus.

 

primary election candidates

  Matt Heinz U.S. House - AZ-02 Primary Date - August 28th   Matt Heinz is a candidate for Arizona's 2nd congressional district and a member of the Democratic Party. More info coming soon.

Matt Heinz
U.S. House - AZ-02
Primary Date - August 28th

Matt Heinz is a candidate for Arizona's 2nd congressional district and a member of the Democratic Party. More info coming soon.

  Joan Greene U.S. House - AZ-05 Primary Date - August 28th   Joan Greene is a candidate for Arizona’s 5th congressional district and a member of the Democratic Party. An Arizona native, a small business owner, and proud member of the LGBT community, Joan’s mission is to help make the American Dream available to everyone. Joan graduated from the University of Arizona with a Psychology degree and is the owner of a small marketing company that just celebrated 30 years in business. Joan is now running for Congress to give a voice to progressive issues. She looks forward to moving our country forward to a more inclusive nation where people of all colors, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression will be treated equally.

Joan Greene
U.S. House - AZ-05
Primary Date - August 28th

Joan Greene is a candidate for Arizona’s 5th congressional district and a member of the Democratic Party. An Arizona native, a small business owner, and proud member of the LGBT community, Joan’s mission is to help make the American Dream available to everyone. Joan graduated from the University of Arizona with a Psychology degree and is the owner of a small marketing company that just celebrated 30 years in business. Joan is now running for Congress to give a voice to progressive issues. She looks forward to moving our country forward to a more inclusive nation where people of all colors, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression will be treated equally.

  Marge Doyle U.S. House - CA-08 Primary Date - June 5th   Marge Doyle is a candidate for California's 8th congressional district and a member of the Democratic Party. Marge has served as a Registered Nurse and healthcare leader for almost four decades, serving as President of the Board of Directors at the Morongo Basin Healthcare District and Vice President of Operations and Clinical Services for Pamorris Health Care Solutions, a company dedicated to opening HIV clinics throughout the United States. Marge is running for Congress to fight for universal healthcare, social justice, and maintaining and protecting our environment for future generations. If elected, Marge would become the first openly lesbian member of California’s congressional delegation.

Marge Doyle
U.S. House - CA-08
Primary Date - June 5th

Marge Doyle is a candidate for California's 8th congressional district and a member of the Democratic Party. Marge has served as a Registered Nurse and healthcare leader for almost four decades, serving as President of the Board of Directors at the Morongo Basin Healthcare District and Vice President of Operations and Clinical Services for Pamorris Health Care Solutions, a company dedicated to opening HIV clinics throughout the United States. Marge is running for Congress to fight for universal healthcare, social justice, and maintaining and protecting our environment for future generations. If elected, Marge would become the first openly lesbian member of California’s congressional delegation.

  Lauren Baer U.S. House - FL-18 Primary Date - August 28th   Lauren Baer is a candidate for Florida’s 18th congressional district and a member of the Democratic Party. She is married to her wife, Emily, and has one daughter, Serena. As an attorney and foreign policy expert, Lauren served as an official in the Obama Administration and as senior advisor to Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, and to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power. Now, Lauren lives in Palm Beach Gardens and works as a consultant for Albright Stonebridge Group, the global strategy firm founded by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

Lauren Baer
U.S. House - FL-18
Primary Date - August 28th

Lauren Baer is a candidate for Florida’s 18th congressional district and a member of the Democratic Party. She is married to her wife, Emily, and has one daughter, Serena. As an attorney and foreign policy expert, Lauren served as an official in the Obama Administration and as senior advisor to Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, and to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power. Now, Lauren lives in Palm Beach Gardens and works as a consultant for Albright Stonebridge Group, the global strategy firm founded by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

  David Richardson U.S. House - FL-27 Primary Date - August 28th   David Richardson is a candidate for Florida’s 27th congressional district and a member of the Democratic Party. David is the current State Representative for Florida’s 113th district. Elected in 2012, he became the first openly gay man to hold office in the Florida Legislature. Prior to public office, Richardson’s career was spent as a forensic auditor, working for the Department of Defense and private contractors unraveling corporate corruption and financial malfeasance.

David Richardson
U.S. House - FL-27
Primary Date - August 28th

David Richardson is a candidate for Florida’s 27th congressional district and a member of the Democratic Party. David is the current State Representative for Florida’s 113th district. Elected in 2012, he became the first openly gay man to hold office in the Florida Legislature. Prior to public office, Richardson’s career was spent as a forensic auditor, working for the Department of Defense and private contractors unraveling corporate corruption and financial malfeasance.

  Sharice Davids U.S. House - KS-03 Primary Date - August 7th   Sharice Davids is a candidate for Kansas' 3rd congressional district and a member of the Democratic Party. More info coming soon.

Sharice Davids
U.S. House - KS-03
Primary Date - August 7th

Sharice Davids is a candidate for Kansas' 3rd congressional district and a member of the Democratic Party. More info coming soon.

  Angie Craig U.S. House - MN-02 Primary Date - August 14th   Angie Craig is a candidate for Minnesota’s 2nd congressional district and a member of the Democratic Party. She first ran for Congress in 2016 but narrowly lost in what would be one of the closest races in the country. Her career has centered around health policy, government relations, and corporate communications, most recently leading the St. Jude Global Human Resources Group since 2011. Angie first came out at the age of 18, and moved to Minnesota, in part, because the state allowed her to adopt her wife’s son. Angie is married to her wife, Cheryl, and has a son, Joshua.

Angie Craig
U.S. House - MN-02
Primary Date - August 14th

Angie Craig is a candidate for Minnesota’s 2nd congressional district and a member of the Democratic Party. She first ran for Congress in 2016 but narrowly lost in what would be one of the closest races in the country. Her career has centered around health policy, government relations, and corporate communications, most recently leading the St. Jude Global Human Resources Group since 2011. Angie first came out at the age of 18, and moved to Minnesota, in part, because the state allowed her to adopt her wife’s son. Angie is married to her wife, Cheryl, and has a son, Joshua.

  Chris Pappas U.S. House - NH-01 Primary Date - September 11th   Chris Pappas is a candidate for New Hampshire’s 1st congressional district and a member of the Democratic Party. A lifelong Manchester resident and fourth-generation owner of the landmark Puritan Backroom Restaurant, Chris has been a public servant of New Hampshire since 2002, and currently serves as Executive Councilor for District 4. As a community leader, Chris has worked tirelessly to fight the opioid epidemic, expand Medicaid, defend civil rights, and modernize transportation infrastructure. If elected, Chris would become the first openly LGBTQ+ congressional representative in New Hampshire history and the youngest LGBTQ+ member of Congress.

Chris Pappas
U.S. House - NH-01
Primary Date - September 11th

Chris Pappas is a candidate for New Hampshire’s 1st congressional district and a member of the Democratic Party. A lifelong Manchester resident and fourth-generation owner of the landmark Puritan Backroom Restaurant, Chris has been a public servant of New Hampshire since 2002, and currently serves as Executive Councilor for District 4. As a community leader, Chris has worked tirelessly to fight the opioid epidemic, expand Medicaid, defend civil rights, and modernize transportation infrastructure. If elected, Chris would become the first openly LGBTQ+ congressional representative in New Hampshire history and the youngest LGBTQ+ member of Congress.

  Pat Davis U.S. House - NM-01 Primary Date - June 5th   Pat Davis is a candidate for New Mexico’s 1st congressional district and a member of the Democratic Party. Pat grew up in a middle class family, his father a postal worker and firefighter and his mother a school teacher. After graduating from college, Pat went to work for the U.S. Capitol Police in Washington D.C. and later the Albuquerque District Attorney's office. Pat ran for Albuquerque City Council in 2015. He was invited to join Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s first class of state and local candidate training run by the Progressive Change Congressional Campaign. That training helped him win his election to city council on progressive values. Over the past two years he has since continued the fight for progressive issues and has had many successes. Pat lives in Albuquerque with his partner Christopher, their dogs Jack & Okra, and their cat Gus.

Pat Davis
U.S. House - NM-01
Primary Date - June 5th

Pat Davis is a candidate for New Mexico’s 1st congressional district and a member of the Democratic Party. Pat grew up in a middle class family, his father a postal worker and firefighter and his mother a school teacher. After graduating from college, Pat went to work for the U.S. Capitol Police in Washington D.C. and later the Albuquerque District Attorney's office. Pat ran for Albuquerque City Council in 2015. He was invited to join Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s first class of state and local candidate training run by the Progressive Change Congressional Campaign. That training helped him win his election to city council on progressive values. Over the past two years he has since continued the fight for progressive issues and has had many successes. Pat lives in Albuquerque with his partner Christopher, their dogs Jack & Okra, and their cat Gus.

  Pat Spearman U.S. House - NV-04 Primary Date - June 12th   Pat Spearman is a candidate for Nevada's 4th congressional district and a member of the Democratic Party. An ordained minister and retired Lieutenant Colonel, Pat won an extraordinary victory to the Nevada State Senate in 2012 over an entrenched incumbent who opposed marriage equality and reproductive freedom. A fierce fighter for veterans, the LGBTQ+ community, and women, Pat has introduced numerous bills to the Nevada Legislature to ensure that Nevadans are treated fairly under the law. If elected, Pat would become the first Black openly lesbian to serve in Congress.

Pat Spearman
U.S. House - NV-04
Primary Date - June 12th

Pat Spearman is a candidate for Nevada's 4th congressional district and a member of the Democratic Party. An ordained minister and retired Lieutenant Colonel, Pat won an extraordinary victory to the Nevada State Senate in 2012 over an entrenched incumbent who opposed marriage equality and reproductive freedom. A fierce fighter for veterans, the LGBTQ+ community, and women, Pat has introduced numerous bills to the Nevada Legislature to ensure that Nevadans are treated fairly under the law. If elected, Pat would become the first Black openly lesbian to serve in Congress.

  Peter Volosin U.S. House - VA-06 Primary Date - June 12th   Peter Volosin is a candidate for Virginia's 6th congressional district and a member of the Democratic Party. More info coming soon.

Peter Volosin
U.S. House - VA-06
Primary Date - June 12th

Peter Volosin is a candidate for Virginia's 6th congressional district and a member of the Democratic Party. More info coming soon.

 
 
 

general election candidates

  Rick Neal U.S. House - OH-15   Rick Neal is a candidate for Ohio's 15th congressional district and a member of the Democratic Party. More info coming soon.

Rick Neal
U.S. House - OH-15

Rick Neal is a candidate for Ohio's 15th congressional district and a member of the Democratic Party. More info coming soon.

  Jamie McLeod-Skinner U.S. House - OR-02 Primary Date - May 15th   Jamie McLeod-Skinner is a candidate for Oregon’s 2nd congressional district and a member of the Democratic Party. In 2004, Jamie became the first lesbian elected to the Santa Clara City Council, serving for 8 years. She is a former city manager, city planner, and worked for the International Rescue Committee in Bosnia, Herzegovina, and Kosovo. Her top priorities include creating clean energy jobs and fighting for universal health care. Jamie is married to her wife, Cass, and has four children.

Jamie McLeod-Skinner
U.S. House - OR-02
Primary Date - May 15th

Jamie McLeod-Skinner is a candidate for Oregon’s 2nd congressional district and a member of the Democratic Party. In 2004, Jamie became the first lesbian elected to the Santa Clara City Council, serving for 8 years. She is a former city manager, city planner, and worked for the International Rescue Committee in Bosnia, Herzegovina, and Kosovo. Her top priorities include creating clean energy jobs and fighting for universal health care. Jamie is married to her wife, Cass, and has four children.

  Gina Ortiz Jones U.S. House - TX-23 Primary Date - May 22nd   Gina Ortiz Jones is a candidate for Texas’ 23rd congressional district and a member of the Democratic Party. Gina is a former Air Force intelligence officer and a veteran of the Iraq war. After her service in the U.S.A.F., she worked for the Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency becoming a special advisor to the deputy director. She eventually moved to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative where she worked until her announcement for Congress. Texas’ 23rd congressional district is considered one of the most competitive in the nation. If elected, Gina would become the first openly lesbian congresswoman in Texas history.

Gina Ortiz Jones
U.S. House - TX-23
Primary Date - May 22nd

Gina Ortiz Jones is a candidate for Texas’ 23rd congressional district and a member of the Democratic Party. Gina is a former Air Force intelligence officer and a veteran of the Iraq war. After her service in the U.S.A.F., she worked for the Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency becoming a special advisor to the deputy director. She eventually moved to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative where she worked until her announcement for Congress. Texas’ 23rd congressional district is considered one of the most competitive in the nation. If elected, Gina would become the first openly lesbian congresswoman in Texas history.

 
 
 

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