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. While the Republican primary has turned into a right wing circus likely to produce another extreme candidate like Todd Akin, Michelle Nunn brings to this race the experience of a CEO, a career devoted to service, and deep working relationships with the Bush family and many Republicans in Georgia going back generations.
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. Hawaii is one of the most Democratic states in the country.
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.
Senator Tom Harkin announced he will retire from the Senate at the end of his term in 2014 after a career fighting for Iowa families and farmers. Iowa has a strong record of electing great Democrats and the DSCC is confident that we will elect Congressman Bruce Braley to Senator Harkin's seat next November. Congressman Braley has repeatedly proven himself to be a fighter for middle-class families will continue Senator Harkin’s legacy of always putting Iowa first.
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes recently announced she will challenge Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. In Grimes’ 2011 campaign to become Secretary of State, she won 60% of the vote statewide. Thousands of Kentuckians attended Grimes’ official campaign kickoff, in July and enthusiasm for defeating McConnell is off the charts. Three recent public polls have shown Grimes leading McConnell.
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.
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 on July 16th 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. Democrats and the DSCC are confident we will elect Congressman Gary Peters to continue Senator Levin’s legacy as a champion for Michigan’s working families and standing up to special interests. Congressman Peters, a veteran of the Navy reserves, who volunteered to serve his country after 9/11, has fought to help small businesses and Michigan's middle class.
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.
After nearly 35 years of service to the people of Montana, Senator Max Baucus announced he will retire at the end of his term in 2014. President Obama then announced he will nominate Senator Max Baucus as ambassador to China. Following Baucus’ confirmation, Governor Steve Bullock will nominate a new Senator to fill the vacancy who can then run for a full term with an election next November.
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.
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 defeated Senator Elizabeth Dole with 53% of the vote in 2008. Since then, Senator Hagan has been a fierce advocate for North Carolina families, our military and veterans, sound fiscal policy and quality education. Hailing from a proud military family, Senator Hagan fought to make sure that America’s service members and veterans never fall victim to the partisanship in Washington.
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. Oregon has become increasingly Democratic and supported President Obama by double digits in both 2008 and again in 2012.
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 recently announced his decision to 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 next year and will devote all of the resources necessary to elect a new Democratic senator in South Dakota. Recent polls have shown that Democrats are in a strong position to hold the seat. This is another state where a likely divisive Republican primary could force the eventual nominee to the far right.
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.