LivPAC Supported Candidates List

Among many others this cycle, I have identified 19 candidates in highly competitive races across the country, each of whom would be an important partner that will help lead the charge. With the vast coalition of folks who believe in rebuilding and renewing America in thoughtful and sustaining ways, we have generated resources to be able to make ‘modest’ contributions to all 19, along with a packet of critical information to help them understand and refine their approach with these issues.

I am asking your help today in this fight. I hope to add $2,000 to each of their program contributions and earnestly request that you help me with this effort with a contribution today. Whether it is $20 or the $5,000 that is legally permitted—every dime will make a difference for the candidates and the cause we share.

 Ami Bera (CA-07)

For over 15 years, Dr. Bera has served the Sacramento region as a physician and educator. Ami was born and raised in California at a time of great opportunity. He grew up in a vibrant neighborhood, benefiting from traditional values of discipline, hard work, a solid educational foundation, and an underlying belief in the American dream.

Most recently, Dr. Bera served as Associate Dean for Admissions at the UC Davis School of Medicine and was the former Chief Medical Officer for the County of Sacramento.

Jose Hernandez (CA-10)

Jose Hernandez is an American engineer of Mexican descent and a former NASA astronaut. Hernandez was born in French Camp, California, but calls Stockton his hometown. At age 41, Hernandez was accepted to NASA’s Space Program and, in 2009, he became the first Latino Astronaut to travel to space when he was assigned to the crew of Space Shuttle Mission STS-128, which visited the International Space Station. He also served as chief of the Materials and Processes Branch of the Johnson Space Center and previously developed equipment for full-field digital mammography at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Hernandez left NASA in 2011.

Mark Takano (CA-41)

In 1990, Mark was elected to the Riverside Community College District's Board of Trustees, finishing first among eleven candidates competing for two seats. Mark was elected Board President in 1991 and helped the Board and the District gain stability and direction amid serious fiscal challenges. He has won re-election to the Board in 1995, 1999, 2004 and 2008.

Mark’s long history of public service in Riverside County includes roles on the Community Advisory Board of the Children's Spine Foundation and the Board of the Chancellor's Asian Pacific Islander Community Advisory Center at the University of California Riverside. He has served as chairman of the Riverside Mayor's Task Force on the Digital Divide, Chairman of the Asian Pacific Islander Caucus of the California Democratic Party, a charter member of the Association of Latino Community College Trustees, a member of the Association of California Asian American Trustees and a member of Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education. He is a recipient of the Martin Luther King Visionaries Award.

 Sal Pace (CO-03)

Sal currently serves as the Democratic Minority Leader in the Colorado State House of Representatives. Since being elected in 2008, Sal has worked in a bi-partisan fashion to fight for good paying jobs, stimulate the economy and bring accountability and transparency to government. In 2011, Sal introduced a bill that would limit excessive government spending by state-chartered entities after Colorado’s workers compensation provider spent over $300,000 on a golf outing for board members and their spouses. Sal was also able to limit government red tape and help create jobs in Colorado by reforming the state health department's permitting process, which allows companies to move forward with their projects and hire new employees.

 Val Demings (FL-08)

In 2007, Demings was appointed to serve as Chief of the Orlando Police Department – the first woman to ever hold that position. Upon taking office, she launched an all-out war against crime. Her tenure was marked by a dramatic forty percent reduction in violent crime, including robberies, shootings and murders. Under her bold and aggressive leadership, thousands of guns were removed from Orlando’s streets and communities became safer.

After twenty-seven years at the Orlando Police Department, including three and a half years as the department’s top cop, Demings decided to retire from the force and continue her commitment to public service by running for Congress. Demings will work to end the petty, partisan quarrelling in Washington and make the American dream a reality for the hard-working families of the Orlando area.

 Keith Fitzgerald (FL-13)

As a legislative leader in Florida’s State House, Keith Fitzgerald proved himself to be a leader with the integrity to stand up to special interests and fight for the people of Florida. As a husband and father working to make ends meet, Keith understands first-hand the issues that matter to everyday Floridians and has fought to make life better for the state’s citizens and families.
During his time in office, Keith fought for issues such as alternative energy, smart growth, affordable housing, election reform and environmental conservation. Keith served on the Policy Council, Finance and Tax Council, Health and Family Services Policy Council, Military and Local Affairs Policy Committee and the Select Policy Council on Strategic and Economic Planning. Keith was also appointed Policy Chair for the House Democratic Caucus, giving him a central role in shaping the caucus’s policy agenda.

 Christie Vilsack (IA-04)

Christie Vilsack is a native Iowan committed to a life of public service. She is a career educator who has always been willing to step up to the plate to build strong communities as a teacher, activist and Iowa's leading volunteer as First Lady. Vilsack is a passionate and tireless advocate – fighting to make Iowa an even better place to live, work, and raise a family.

Christie has been actively involved in strengthening communities in Iowa and nationally by advocating for family literacy, public and school libraries, and computer literacy. Through a partnership with the National Center for Family Literacy and the Verizon Foundation, Christie helped create the Tech Savvy Awards to identify programs across the country that bring parents and children together to learn to use technology effectively and safely and to help parents advocate for 21st Century skills in schools. Most recently, Christie served as the Executive Director of the Iowa Initiative, a privately funded research program focused on women’s health.

 Brendan Mullen (IN-02)

After serving his country, Brendan helped start and run a small business that grew under his leadership from one employee to over 110. Brendan would later open his own Strategic Planning, Strategic Communication and Information Technology consulting firm that is currently employing Hoosiers and supporting Indiana Guard and Reserve soldiers returning home after their deployments.

As a West Point graduate and U.S. Army veteran, Brendan embodies the leadership that will keep our country secure and our families safe. As a successful small business owner and entrepreneur, Brendan has the business experience to create new jobs, revitalize Indiana’s economy and help secure the needs of our working class, seniors and youth. As a husband and proud new father, Brendan has the same Hoosier values as the families of Indiana’s 2nd District.

 Pam Gulleson (ND-AL)

A longtime interest in public service led Pam to run for the North Dakota House of Representatives, where she served for 16 years. While there, she was elected Assistant Floor Leader by her caucus and served on the Appropriations Committee.

In the State Legislature, Pam earned respect from both sides of the aisle as a fair-minded legislator who got things done. She worked to support middle class and working families. Pam promoted economic development and infrastructure investment, promoted renewable energy and clean tech initiatives, ensured expanded education and research and development funding, and insisted that government be held accountable.

Pam received the Excellence in Programming Award from the North Dakota State Department of Health for her work on preventative health initiatives in rural communities and the Legislator of the Year Award from the North Dakota Vocational Education Association for her work to expand vocational and technical training programs across the State of North Dakota.

 Ann McLane Kuster (NH-02)

As a longtime community activist, author, attorney, and advocate, Annie Kuster has focused her career on increasing access to affordable health care and higher education for families. She has been actively involved in a number of significant health and education policy issues, including the creation of the Medication Bridge Program to distribute free medication to low-income families and the UNIQUE College Savings Program to help families save for their children’s college education.

Annie served on the statewide steering committees of the presidential campaigns of both Barack Obama in 2007-2008 and John Kerry in 2003-2004. She also served as Co-Chair with Peggo Hodes of New Hampshire Women for Obama. She was a 2008 Obama delegate at the Democratic National Convention in Denver and a member of the 2004 Convention Delegation in Boston.

 John Oceguera (NV-03)

John Oceguera was born in Reno, NV and raised in Fallon, a small agriculture and military town east of Reno. Raised by a single mother, his family didn’t have much, but it was a home filled with love and his mother taught him how to persevere. A commitment to service that led John to become a firefighter, led him to become a strong, independent voice for our area after being elected to the Nevada Assembly in 2000. John quickly rose through the ranks of Assembly leadership, ultimately being elected unanimously as the Speaker of the Nevada Assembly. John has taken on the tough fights – creating jobs, improving education, and ensuring that our next generation has an even better chance to make it in Nevada.

John is running for Congress because it’s time we had someone who will stand up to Washington and fight for what’s right. He took on the special interests in Carson City and will be just as tough on Washington. At a time when many in Congress are trying to take away seniors’ hard-earned Medicare benefits, while giving special tax breaks to oil companies, John Oceguera will fight for Nevadans.

 Dan Maffei (NY-25)

A champion of civil rights, Dan sponsored bills to prevent pay discrimination against women and unfair treatment of members of the LGBT community. He supported the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and legislation ending the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

Before serving in Congress, Dan served as a Senior Communications and Policy Aide on the Democratic staff of the House Ways & Means Committee and as the top communications staffer for both the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Senator Bill Bradley. Immediately preceding being elected to Congress, Maffei worked as Senior Vice President of Pinnacle Capital Management, a Syracuse-area investment firm. In the early 1990s, Maffei reported on-air and produced news programs at Channel 9 (now WSYR-TV) in Syracuse and Channel 7 (WWNY-TV) in Watertown, New York

 Charlie Wilson (OH-06)

Charlie Wilson is a proven advocate for the people of Eastern Ohio. In 2007, he secured more than $6 million in federal funding for the 6th Congressional District to help create jobs and improve the local economic environment. This money funded important projects including airport improvements, small business incubators, and funding for police departments. Charlie is a firm believer in the need to wisely invest tax dollars in our future and to invest in those projects that will spur economic development and public safety throughout the district.

Before being elected to Congress, Charlie enjoyed a distinguished record of public service. In 1996, Charlie was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives, where he served until 2004, when he was elected to the Ohio Senate. After two constructive years in the Ohio Senate, Charlie won the congressional seat vacated by Ohio Governor Ted Strickland.

 Kathy Boockvar (PA-08)

Kathy has over 17 years of experience as a attorney, working on a wide variety of issues including employment, unemployment compensation, discrimination, disability, voting rights, Right to Know, public records, and administrative agency issues.

Kathy has worked on labor relations and has been a union member and a co-union representative, with UAW Local 2320 (NOLSW). She is also committed to the community, serving on the Board of Directors of A Woman's Place, an organization that provides service, support, education, outreach, and advocacy to victims of domestic violence, their children, and the community.

 Nick Lampson (TX-14)

Nick consistently voted for deficit reducing alternatives to our federal budget. In recognition of his fiscal responsibility, Lampson accepted an invitation to become a Blue Dog in 2007. In 2004, when Republican leaders in the House were trying to raise our national debt limit to more than $8 trillion, Nick Lampson stood up to this gang of wasteful spenders. Nick voted against increasing our debt because borrowing from our children and grandchildren is not sound budget policy. He has continued to fight to turn the tide against wasteful spending.

Nick has worked to make sure homeland security starts at home. In the aftermath of September 11th, he organized meetings between local, state, and federal officials in Texas to encourage better communication in the event of an emergency. He supports efforts to increase security at this region's ports, chemical plants, and oil refineries. He wants to see more guards and better surveillance technology along our borders. Unlike some in Congress, he views this issue as more than just a stump speech. Nick knows we cannot waste money on "bridges to nowhere" in Alaska while simultaneously under-funding homeland security.

 Denny Heck (WA-10)

Born in Vancouver in 1952, Denny was raised in the Lake Shore area of Clark County, where he graduated from Columbia River High School before attending and graduating from The Evergreen State College in Olympia in 1973.

Denny was an original investor in Real Networks, the digital entertainment company that pioneered streaming media on the Internet. He co-founded Intrepid Learning Solutions, a worker-training and learning business services company with offices in several states and serves on the company’s board of directors.

In 1976, at the age of 24, he was elected to the first of five terms in the State House of Representatives. While serving in the House, Denny was chosen by his colleagues as Majority Leader, the second-ranking position in the House. He also co-chaired the Education Committee and wrote the state’s historic Basic Education Act. Denny served as Chief of Staff for Governor Booth Gardner during his second term (1989-93).

 Jamie Wall (WI-08)

Raised on his family’s dairy farm in the rural crossroads of Askeaton in Brown County, Jamie grew up hunting and fishing with family and neighbors. He was valedictorian at Wrightstown High School and was the first in his family to go to college. He graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was the first UW student in a generation to win a Rhodes Scholarship. A Green Bay businessman, Wall helped establish the northeast Wisconsin economic development organization now called the New North, and he brings real-world experience helping Wisconsin businesses solve problems and create jobs.

Wall is uniquely positioned to represent this territory. While he makes his home in Green Bay, he has deep roots in the farming communities of southern Brown County. His dairy farm upbringing resonates with voters here and his political base in Green Bay distinguishes him from the incumbent who neither resides in the district currently or even lived in a politically important area in the past. Jamie’s unique background as both a deeply rooted product of northeast Wisconsin and a successful businessman running to represent an area desperate for jobs gives him a significant biographical edge going into this election.

 Paul Hirschbiel (VA-02)

Paul and his wife Susan have become leaders in the effort to improve educational opportunities in Virginia and are involved in numerous charitable and civic activities focused primarily around the needs of children. Currently Paul is a member of the Board of Directors of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, the Horizons National Student Enrichment Program, the Eastern Virginia Medical School Foundation, ChildFund International, and is a member of Mayor Sessom's Envision Virginia Beach 2040 Committee. In addition, Paul has an active role with Horizons Hampton Roads, an educational and developmental enrichment program for children from low income families, which he co-founded in 1999.

Paul retired from Cornerstone Equity in 1998 to dedicate his life to helping Virginia businesses and non-profits expand and grow, as well as improving education and workforce development in the Commonwealth. Along with Senator Mark Warner, Paul co-founded Envest Ventures in 1999, the first early-stage venture capital firm in Hampton Roads focused on helping grow small to mid-size businesses. Over the last 12 years, Envest Ventures has had numerous success stories in Hampton Roads and across the Commonwealth, generating thousands of jobs.

 Elizabeth Warren (MA-Senate)

Elizabeth learned first-hand about the economic pressures facing middle class families. Elizabeth has been a law professor at Harvard for nearly 20 years and has written nine books, including two national best-sellers, and more than a hundred articles. National Law Journal named her one of the Most Influential Lawyers of the Decade, and she has been honored by the Massachusetts Women’s Bar Association with the Lelia J. Robinson Award.

In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, Elizabeth served as Chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). Her independent and tireless efforts to protect taxpayers, to hold Wall Street accountable, and to ensure tough oversight of both the Bush and Obama Administrations won praise from both sides of the aisle. The Boston Globe named Elizabeth Bostonian of the Year in 2009 for her oversight efforts.

She is widely credited for the original thinking, political courage, and relentless persistence that led to the creation of a new consumer financial protection agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She led the establishment of the agency, building the structure and organization to hold accountable even trillion-dollar financial institutions and to protect consumers from financial tricks and traps often hidden in mortgages, credit cards and other financial products.