NEW LEADERS TO WATCH LIST: CONGRESS


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 21 leaders bring real experience and degrees in business, policy, science, law, medicine and engineering.  Some have built businesses, run large non-profits, served in the armed forces and all have served their communities in substantive ways. Their expertise is essential to prepare our country for the economy of the future.  More than 50% are women and 47% bring diversity of race, ethnicity or sexual orientation.  Few of the 435 current representative for  Congress hold comparable qualifications and life experience ... and only 19% are women. 

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East Coast

  Dan McCready, NC-09   MBA | Marine Corps vet | Clean energy investor   LinkedIn  |  Campaign site    Primary: May 8

Dan McCready, NC-09

MBA | Marine Corps vet | Clean energy investor

LinkedIn | Campaign site

Primary: May 8

  Mikie Sherrill, NJ-11   JD | Navy veteran | Assistant US Attorney   LinkedIn  |  Campaign website    Primary: June 5

Mikie Sherrill, NJ-11

JD | Navy veteran | Assistant US Attorney

LinkedIn | Campaign website

Primary: June 5

  Andy Kim, NJ-03   PhD in International Relations | Rhodes Scholar | National Security Council   Campaign website    Primary: June 5

Andy Kim, NJ-03

PhD in International Relations | Rhodes Scholar | National Security Council

Campaign website

Primary: June 5

  Antonio Delgado, NY-19   JD | Rhodes Scholar | Lawyer | Media exec   LinkedIn  |  Campaign site    Primary: June 26

Antonio Delgado, NY-19

JD | Rhodes Scholar | Lawyer | Media exec

LinkedIn | Campaign site

Primary: June 26

 
  Chrissy Houlahan, PA-06   MS Technology and Policy | US Air Force vet| Nonprofit exec   LinkedIn  |  Campaign site     Primary: May 15 (won primary)

Chrissy Houlahan, PA-06

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

LinkedInCampaign site

Primary: May 15 (won primary)

  Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, PA-08  [current member of Congress]   JD | MBA | House of Representatives | FBI | CPA    Campaign site     Primary: May 15 (won primary) 

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

JD | MBA | House of Representatives | FBI | CPA 

Campaign site

Primary: May 15 (won primary) 

  Lauren Baer, FL-18   JD | Marshall Scholar | State Department   LinkedIn  |  Campaign website    Primary: August 28

Lauren Baer, FL-18

JD | Marshall Scholar | State Department

LinkedIn | Campaign website

Primary: August 28

  Lori Trahan, MA-03   Business Leader | Marketing Exec | Chief of Staff in US House of Representatives   LinkedIn  |  Campaign website    Primary: September 4

Lori Trahan, MA-03

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

LinkedIn | Campaign website

Primary: September 4

 
  Maura Sullivan, NH-01   MBA | MPA | Marine Vet | Departments of Veterans Affairs, Defense   LinkedIn  |  Campaign website    Primary: September 11

Maura Sullivan, NH-01

MBA | MPA | Marine Vet | Departments of Veterans Affairs, Defense

LinkedIn | Campaign website

Primary: September 11

 
 
 

Greater Midwest

  Lauren Underwood, IL-14   MSN | MPH | Dept of Health and Human Services Advisor | Public Health Research   LinkedIn  |  Campaign site     Primary: March 20 (won primary)

Lauren Underwood, IL-14

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

LinkedIn | Campaign site

Primary: March 20 (won primary)

  Sean Casten, IL-06   MS Engineering | Clean energy entrepreneur   LinkedIn  |  Campaign site     Primary: March 20  (won primary)

Sean Casten, IL-06

MS Engineering | Clean energy entrepreneur

LinkedIn | Campaign site

Primary: March 20  (won primary)

  Kara Eastman, NE-02   MSW | Nonprofit Executive   LinkedIn  |  Campaign site     Primary: May 15 (won primary)

Kara Eastman, NE-02

MSW | Nonprofit Executive

LinkedIn | Campaign site

Primary: May 15 (won primary)

  Colin Allred, TX-32   JD | Attorney | Department of Housing and Urban Development | NFL    LinkedIn  |  Campaign site    Primary run-off: May 22 (captured most votes in first round)

Colin Allred, TX-32

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

LinkedIn | Campaign site

Primary run-off: May 22 (captured most votes in first round)

 
  Gina Ortiz Jones, TX-23   MA in Economics | Airforce vet | US Trade Representative Advisor   LinkedIn  |  Campaign site    Primary run-off: May 22 (captured most votes in first round)

Gina Ortiz Jones, TX-23

MA in Economics | Airforce vet | US Trade Representative Advisor

LinkedIn | Campaign site

Primary run-off: May 22 (captured most votes in first round)

  Suneel Gupta, MI-11   JD | MBA | Tech Entrepreneur     LinkedIn  |  Campaign site    Primary: August 7

Suneel Gupta, MI-11

JD | MBA | Tech Entrepreneur  

LinkedIn | Campaign site

Primary: August 7

  Angie Craig, MN-02    Business Leader | Medical Executive   Campaign site    Primary: August 14

Angie Craig, MN-02

Business Leader | Medical Executive

Campaign site

Primary: August 14

  Dean Phillips, MN-03   MBA | Business Owner   LinkedIn  |  Campaign site    Primary: August 14

Dean Phillips, MN-03

MBA | Business Owner

LinkedIn | Campaign site

Primary: August 14

West Coast

  Shannon Hader, WA-08    MD | Centers for Disease Control | Healthcare Expert   LinkedIn  |  Campaign site    Primary: August 7

Shannon Hader, WA-08

MD | Centers for Disease Control | Healthcare Expert

LinkedIn | Campaign site

Primary: August 7

  Josh Harder, CA-10   MBA | MPP | Educator | Businessman    LinkedIn  |  Campaign site    Primary: June 5

Josh Harder, CA-10

MBA | MPP | Educator | Businessman 

LinkedIn | Campaign site

Primary: June 5

  Katie Hill, CA-25   MPA | Nonprofit Executive   LinkedIn  |  Campaign site    Primary: June 5

Katie Hill, CA-25

MPA | Nonprofit Executive

LinkedIn | Campaign site

Primary: June 5

  Elizabeth Heng, CA-16   MBA | House of Representatives staff | Telecom manager   LinkedIn  |  Campaign site    Primary: June 5

Elizabeth Heng, CA-16

MBA | House of Representatives staff | Telecom manager

LinkedIn | Campaign site

Primary: June 5