Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Senator Mark Begich has always fought for what’s right for his state. After serving nearly six years as mayor of Anchorage, Senator Begich was elected to the Senate in 2008. In the Senate, Senator Begich has focused on building a strong Alaska economy by reducing the national deficit, reforming the tax code, and building a national energy policy that emphasizes Alaska's oil and gas resources, an Alaska natural gas pipeline and the state’s many renewable resources.
Georgia offers Democrats one of their best pick-up opportunities with Points of Light CEO Michelle Nunn running for retiring Senator Saxby Chambliss’ seat. After a long, bruising primary process, the Republican side has narrowed to two fundamentally flawed candidates who will face off in a July 22nd runoff that will push both candidates even further to the right. Congressman Jack Kingston has all the baggage of the incredibly unpopular House Republican brand and has proven to be a gaffe prone candidate.
Senator Daniel Inouye honorably and courageously served his state and his country for decades in the military and in the US Senate. Following his passing late last year, Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie appointed Lt. Governor Brian Schatz to serve in Senator Inouye’s seat until the special election is held in 2014. From the beginning, Schatz has focused on fighting for Hawaii residents in the Senate and growing the economy and middle class. Schatz is running a strong, disciplined campaign and has raised $4.3 million since January 2013.
Senator Dick Durbin has been a strong voice advocating for Illinois’ working families. As the Assistant Majority Leader, Senator Durbin has been a leader in America’s economic recovery, the effort to make health care more affordable and accessible, and protect consumers in Illinois and across the country. A close ally of President Obama, Senator Durbin is helping lead efforts to pass the DREAM Act, save students from debt, protect the Great Lakes, invest in infrastructure and build bipartisan consensus to solve the nation’s fiscal challenges.
Congressman Bruce Braley, a fighter for middle class families and someone who will always put Iowa first, is running to replace retiring Senator Tom Harkin. During his time in the House, Braley has faced many difficult races in his swing district. Braley’s opponent, state Sen. Joni Ernst, is the Sarah Palin of Iowa who would bring more gridlock and dysfunction to Washington.
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is running one of the most successful, disciplined campaigns in the country while enthusiasm for defeating McConnell is off the charts. Grimes recently traveled across Kentucky on a 50-county, 10-day jobs tour, meeting thousands of Kentuckians.
Senator Mary Landrieu has spent her career serving Louisiana as a centrist, pragmatic leader in Washington who will do whatever is in the best interests of the people of her state. Senator Landrieu has championed coastal recovery efforts and worked hard on behalf of the state’s small businesses. Since her first election in 1996, Senator Landrieu has successfully been reelected to serve the people of Louisiana by increasing margins.
Republican Senator Susan Collins faces reelection in a state that has turned increasingly Democratic in recent years. President Obama carried Maine overwhelmingly in 2008 and again in 2012. Shenna Bellows, the former head of the Maine ACLU, has spent her career fighting for the people of Maine. Bellows is an energetic leader who has fought for women’s rights, civil rights, individual freedoms, environmental protections, and an economy that works for everyone. The daughter of a carpenter, Bellows has centered her campaign around middle class values, work ethic, and political courage.
Senator Ed Markey was sworn into the Senate last July following his decisive victory in the June special election. Democrats took nothing for granted in this special election and were committed from the beginning on the local and national level to holding this seat. In the House, Markey spent his career fighting for middle class families and working people and as a national leader on environmental issues.
After a long career as a distinguished leader for Michigan and on behalf of our men and women in uniform, Senator Carl Levin announced he will retire from the Senate at the end of his term in 2014. Rep. Gary Peters has the right background as a businessman, veteran, and proven independent voice for Michigan middle class families and small businesses to carry on Senator Carl Levin’s legacy in the U.S. Senate. Peters knows what it takes to win tough races and is a strong campaigner.
Senator Al Franken has spent his first term working in a bipartisan way to improve the lives of Minnesota families. He quickly built a reputation in Washington as a hardworking, effective legislator who is willing to work with anyone to deliver for his state. He has been a champion for veterans, health care reform, and Minnesota’s small businesses and middle class. Republicans will try to challenge Senator Franken, but polls show him well-positioned for reelection.
Mississippi is the latest pick-up opportunity for Democrats in a deep-red state. Former Congressman Travis Childers recently announced he would run for the U.S. Senate. Childers has a record of winning over conservative voters. In fact, the seat he held in Mississippi was actually more conservative than the state as a whole. Childers’ candidacy is already drawing comparisons to Joe Donnelly’s 2012 victory over Richard Mourdock in Indiana.
Following Senator Max Baucus’ confirmation as Ambassador to China, Montana Governor Steve Bullock appointed Lt. Gov. John Walsh to serve the remainder of Baucus’ term in the Senate. Walsh, a fourth generation Montanan, born in Butte and the first in his family to graduate college, was sworn into the Senate in February 2014 and is running for a full term. Prior to running for Lt. Governor with Governor Steve Bullock last year, Walsh spent 33 years serving in the Montana National Guard, where he led more than 700 Montana men and women into combat in Iraq and received the Bronze Star.
Senator Jeanne Shaheen has a strong record of fighting for New Hampshire’s middle class and small businesses throughout her career, as the first woman to serve both as Governor and now as US Senator. Her bipartisan work on energy initiatives and her commitment to fiscal responsibility will make her a particularly strong candidate in a state like New Hampshire, which has trended Democratic in recent cycles. In fact, New Hampshire not only supported President Obama by six points in 2012, but voters there also elected two new Democrats to the state’s Congressional delegation.
Senator Cory Booker decisively defeated his Republican opponent in the October special election for the late Senator Frank Lautenberg’s seat. As the Mayor of Newark, Booker has shown dedication and commitment to bringing people together and will do the same for all New Jerseyans in the U.S. Senate. In the Senate, Booker will have an incredible opportunity not only to serve his constituents and the country, but also to help Democrats across the country defeat the Ted Cruz loyalists who are running for the U.S. Senate.
Senator Tom Udall has spent his career fighting for New Mexico’s middle class and his record as a distinguished, principled leader will make it tough for Republicans to mount a challenge against him. Senator Udall won in 2008 with more than 60 percent of the vote, and New Mexico has become more reliably Democratic in recent years, electing a new Democratic Senator, Martin Heinrich, and overwhelmingly voting for President Obama in 2012.
Senator Kay Hagan has been a fierce advocate for North Carolina families, our military and veterans, sound fiscal policy and quality education. While Senator Hagan is fighting for North Carolina families, the North Carolina State Legislature, led by House Speaker Thom Tillis, has become deeply unpopular for pursuing an extreme legislative agenda that eliminates unemployment insurance, slashes funding for our schools, attacks voting rights, and reduces women’s access to health care.
The first in his family to go to college, Senator Jeff Merkley has spent his entire career fighting for Oregon’s working families. Since defeating an incumbent Republican senator in 2008, Senator Merkley has become a leader in efforts to protect consumers, increase access to health care, and ensure Oregon’s economy is growing and creating good-paying jobs. Senator Merkley has also helped lead the effort to reform the filibuster and stop Republican obstructionism.
Senator Jack Reed is a strong voice for Rhode Island’s middle class families. A senior member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, Senator Reed helped author the Wall Street Reform bill, protecting consumers and helping families struggling from the housing crisis. In 2008, Senator Reed was reelected by 46 points and President Obama carried the state in 2012 by almost 30 points.
Senator Tim Johnson will retire from the Senate at the end of his term in 2014. Senator Johnson has been a strong advocate for South Dakotans and America’s farm families. Democrats and the DSCC are committed to holding Senator Johnson’s seat. Two third party candidates have the potential to pull support from former Gov. Mike Rounds and shake up the race.
After winning his seat by 31 points in 2008, Senator Mark Warner has delivered on his promise to work toward bipartisan solutions in the US Senate. Senator Warner has been a leader in the effort to build bipartisan consensus to reduce the federal debt and has also been a fighter for small businesses, veterans, and military men and women. Senator Warner is one of the most popular leaders in all of Virginia, where voters elected former Democratic Governor Tim Kaine to the Senate in 2012 and once again voted for President Obama.
After more than a generation of service to West Virginia, Senator Jay Rockefeller announced he will retire from the Senate at the end of his term. West Virginia has a long history of electing strong, independent-minded Democrats and the DSCC is confident Secretary of State Natalie Tennant will hold Senator Rockefeller’s seat next November.