NEW LEADERS TO WATCH LIST


We've heard the call for new leaders in Congress — and we agree.
 

This country needs more principled, pragmatic leaders who are committed to strengthening our democracy, advancing evidence-based policy and embracing America's diversity as one of our greatest assets.

Our members collected hundreds of candidate recommendations, analyzed dozens of House races, crunched the data and interviewed finalists to select these new entrants. They exemplify the principles of the Leadership Now Project that all Americans can get behind.

These 19 New Leaders:

  • bring real experience and degrees in business, policy, science, law, medicine and engineering;

  • have built businesses, run large non-profits, served in the armed forces and all have served their communities in substantive ways;

  • have expertise essential to preparing our country for the economy of the future. 

  • more than 50% are women and 45% bring diversity of race, ethnicity or sexual orientation.  (Few of the 435 current representative for Congress hold comparable qualifications or life experience ... and only 19% are women.) 

Click on the candidate photos for more details

East Coast

  Dan McCready, NC-09   MBA | Marine Corps vet | Clean energy investor   LinkedIn  |  Campaign site

Dan McCready, NC-09

MBA | Marine Corps vet | Clean energy investor

LinkedIn | Campaign site

  Mikie Sherrill, NJ-11   JD | Navy veteran | Assistant US Attorney   LinkedIn  |  Campaign website

Mikie Sherrill, NJ-11

JD | Navy veteran | Assistant US Attorney

LinkedIn | Campaign website

  Andy Kim, NJ-03   PhD in International Relations | Rhodes Scholar | National Security Council   Campaign website

Andy Kim, NJ-03

PhD in International Relations | Rhodes Scholar | National Security Council

Campaign website

  Antonio Delgado, NY-19   JD | Rhodes Scholar | Lawyer | Media exec   LinkedIn  |  Campaign site

Antonio Delgado, NY-19

JD | Rhodes Scholar | Lawyer | Media exec

LinkedIn | Campaign site

 
  Chrissy Houlahan, PA-06   MS Technology and Policy | US Air Force vet| Nonprofit exec   LinkedIn  |  Campaign site

Chrissy Houlahan, PA-06

MS Technology and Policy | US Air Force vet| Nonprofit exec

LinkedIn | Campaign site

  Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, PA-08 [current member of Congress]   JD | MBA | House of Representatives | FBI | CPA   Campaign site

Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, PA-08 [current member of Congress]

JD | MBA | House of Representatives | FBI | CPA

Campaign site

  Lauren Baer, FL-18   JD | Marshall Scholar | State Department   LinkedIn  |  Campaign website

Lauren Baer, FL-18

JD | Marshall Scholar | State Department

LinkedIn | Campaign website

  Lori Trahan, MA-03   Business Leader | Marketing Exec | Chief of Staff in US House of Representatives   LinkedIn  |  Campaign website

Lori Trahan, MA-03

Business Leader | Marketing Exec | Chief of Staff in US House of Representatives

LinkedIn | Campaign website

 
 
 

Greater Midwest

  Lauren Underwood, IL-14   MSN | MPH | Dept of Health and Human Services Advisor | Public Health Research   LinkedIn  |  Campaign site

Lauren Underwood, IL-14

MSN | MPH | Dept of Health and Human Services Advisor | Public Health Research

LinkedIn | Campaign site

  Sean Casten, IL-06   MS Engineering | Clean energy entrepreneur   LinkedIn  |  Campaign site

Sean Casten, IL-06

MS Engineering | Clean energy entrepreneur

LinkedIn | Campaign site

  Kara Eastman, NE-02   MSW | Nonprofit Executive   LinkedIn  |  Campaign site

Kara Eastman, NE-02

MSW | Nonprofit Executive

LinkedIn | Campaign site

  Colin Allred, TX-32   JD | Attorney | Department of Housing and Urban Development | NFL   LinkedIn  |  Campaign site

Colin Allred, TX-32

JD | Attorney | Department of Housing and Urban Development | NFL

LinkedIn | Campaign site

 
  Dean Phillips, MN-03   MBA | Business Owner   LinkedIn  |  Campaign site

Dean Phillips, MN-03

MBA | Business Owner

LinkedIn | Campaign site

  Gina Ortiz Jones, TX-23   MA in Economics | Airforce vet | US Trade Representative Advisor   LinkedIn  |  Campaign site

Gina Ortiz Jones, TX-23

MA in Economics | Airforce vet | US Trade Representative Advisor

LinkedIn | Campaign site

 
  Angie Craig, MN-02   Business Leader | Medical Executive   Campaign site

Angie Craig, MN-02

Business Leader | Medical Executive

Campaign site

  Joseph Kopser, TX-21   Army Ranger | MPA | Pentagon | Tech Entrepreneur   LinkedIn  |  Campaign site

Joseph Kopser, TX-21

Army Ranger | MPA | Pentagon | Tech Entrepreneur

LinkedIn | Campaign site

West Coast

  Josh Harder, CA-10   MBA | MPP | Educator | Businessman   LinkedIn  |  Campaign site

Josh Harder, CA-10

MBA | MPP | Educator | Businessman

LinkedIn | Campaign site

  Katie Hill, CA-25   MPA | Nonprofit Executive   LinkedIn  |  Campaign site

Katie Hill, CA-25

MPA | Nonprofit Executive

LinkedIn | Campaign site

  Elizabeth Heng, CA-16   MBA | House of Representatives staff | Telecom manager   LinkedIn  |  Campaign site

Elizabeth Heng, CA-16

MBA | House of Representatives staff | Telecom manager

LinkedIn | Campaign site