2016 Candidates

Committed to supporting genuinely progressive Democrats, 21st Century Democrats proudly endorsed the following 2016 candidates for their commitment to the progressive values that will improve the quality of life for all.

Ben Ray Luján

Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and representing New Mexico’s 3rd District in the House of Representatives since 2009, Ben Ray Lujan is a proven progressive leader....

Ran For US Congress
State New Mexico

Keith Ellison

Working to put progressives back on the path to leadership in Congress, Keith Ellison has focused not only on his own reelection but also on building grassroots electoral...

Ran For State Attorney General
State Minnesota

Chellie Pingree

“Pingree can work hard. Give her any job — chopping wood, planting a garden, canning vegetables, raising children, rewriting the U.S. Farm Bill.” With that, Maine Magazine captured...

Ran For US Congress
State Maine

John Sarbanes

Committed to fighting back against the influence of big money in Washington, Representative John Sarbanes of Maryland introduced the Government By the People Act to promote citizen-led, grassroots-funded...

Ran For US Congress
State Maryland

Rick Nolan

Having won his last election by a razor-thin margin, Republican funders have already started targeting Rick Nolan in his 2016 reelection bid. Nolan reports that Republicans made a...

Ran For US Congress
State Minnesota

Tammy Duckworth

Illinois is critical for Democrats to take back control of the U.S. Senate — and we couldn’t ask for a more resilient candidate than Tammy Duckworth. Polling well...

Ran For US Senate
State Illinois

Catherine Cortez Masto

With Senator Harry Reid retiring and control of the U.S. Senate at stake, the Koch brothers and the GOP have made this Nevada Senate seat a priority target....

Ran For US Senate
State Nevada

Kamala Harris

When Barbara Boxer announced her retirement from the U.S. Senate, Kamala Harris appeared at the top of most lists of candidates to replace her. Harris, the current California...

Ran For US Senate
State California

Patty Murray

In 1992, Senator Patty Murray’s first campaign cost $1.2 million. In 2016, her campaign could cost more than $20 million. Who is the opponent with pockets deep enough...

Ran For US Senate
State Washington

Russ Feingold

When we’re asked to give an example of a true progressive, Russ Feingold is the first name that comes to mind. From McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform, to his...

Ran For US Senate
State Wisconsin

Ted Strickland

“This is our country, our Senate, our fight – for higher wages, for fair trade, for education and opportunity for all.” That’s why Ted Strickland decided to run...

Ran For Senate
State Ohio

Steve Bullock

He has always been on the frontlines fighting for campaign finance reform, and now Governor Steve Bullock has won another battle against the “dark money” pouring into Montana...

Ran For Governor
State Montanta