Additional State Party Chairs and Vice Chairs and DNC Seniors Coordinating Council Endorse Keith Ellison for DNC Chair

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Via Press Release

Washington, DC – Keith Ellison has been endorsed by additional state Democratic Party Chairs and Vice Chairs for DNC Chair, and the DNC Seniors Coordinating Council, building on his support from Democrats across the country at all levels. 

New public state party chair and vice chair endorsements include:

  • Jim Larson (Montana State Party Chair)
  • Mark Hammons (Oklahoma State Party Chair)
  • Victoria Jackson-Stanley (Maryland State Party Vice Chair; Mayor of Cambridge, MD)
  • Larry Murakami (Alaska State Vice Chair)
  • Cordelia Lewis Burks (Indiana State Party Vice Chair)
  • Joe Lowe (South Dakota State Party Vice Chair)

"I am honored to have the support of hundreds of thousands of people across the country who want a unified Democratic Party. We must come together to fight Donald Trump and his cabinet of billionaires and lobbyists who are dead set on rolling back progress for working families, the environment, and our health." said Ellison. "It is going to take a nation-wide grassroots organizing effort with millions of people going neighbor-to-neighbor. But we will do it together, and we will win."

Keith Ellison has now been endorsed publicly by 15 state party chairs and vice chairs from across the country. 

Additionally, Keith has been endorsed by more than 100 Democratic leaders and organizations, including 38 state leaders, 7 Democratic Party leaders, 40 local leaders, 15 union and advocacy organizations, 13 labor and advocacy leaders, 9 US Senators, and 25 Members of the US House of Representatives. 

Petitions supporting Keith Ellison for DNC received more than 550,000 signers. 

Keith Ellison for DNC has raised $185,000 since the campaign began.

Recent Endorsements:

State Party Leadership
Martha Laning (Wisconsin State Party Chair)
Jane Kleeb (Nebraska State Party Chair)
Tim Vandeveer (Hawaii State Party Chair)
Jim Larson (Montana State Party Chair)
Mark Hammons (Oklahoma State Party Chair)
Ken Martin (Minnesota State Party Chair)
David Bowen (Wisconsin State Party Vice Chair; State Representative)
Victoria Jackson-Stanley (Maryland State Party Vice Chair; Mayor of Cambridge, MD)
Danny Homan (Iowa State Party 1st Vice Chair; President of ASFSCME Iowa Council 61)
Marge Hoffa (Minnesota State Party Vice Chair)
Rae Shawn Davis (Mississippi State Party Vice Chair)
Joe Lowe (South Dakota State Party Vice Chair)
Connie Johnson (Oklahoma State Party Vice Chair)
Cordelia Lewis Burks (Indiana State Party Vice Chair)
Larry Murakami (Alaska Vice Chair)

State Leaders
Mark Dayton (Governor, MN)
Tina Smith (Lt. Governor, MN)
Eric Schneiderman (Attorney General, NY)
Troy Jackson (State Senator, ME)
Bobby Champion (State Senator, MN)
Mark Miller (State Senator, WI)
Ian Conyers (State Senator, MI)
Maralyn Chase (State Senator, WA)
Bob Hasegawa (State Senator, WA)
Ana Quezada (State Senator, RI)
Adam Satchell (State Senator, RI)
Hanna Gallo (State Senator, RI)
Joshua Miller (State Senator, RI)
Jeanine Calkin (State Senator, RI)
Adam Ebbin (State Senator, VA)
Gustavo Rivera (State Senator, NY)
Connie Johnson (Former State Senator, OK)
Peggy Flanagan (State Representative, MN)
Carlos Guillermo Smith (State Representative, FL)
Carla Cunningham (State Representative, NC)
Aaron Regunberg (State Representative, RI)
Wenona Benally (State Representative, AZ)
Noel Frame (State Representative, WA)
Mary Sullivan (State Representative, VT)
Chris Blazejewski (State Representative, RI)
Moira Walsh (State Representative, RI)
Aaron Regunberg (State Representative, RI)
Marcia Ranglin-Vassell (State Representative, RI)
Ray Hull (State Representative, RI)
John J. Lombardi (State Representative, RI)
Scott Slater (State Representative, RI)
Joseph Almeida (State Representative, RI)
Arthur Handy (State Representative, RI)
David Bennett (State Representative, RI)
Evan Shanley (State Representative, RI)
Kathy Fogarty (State Representative, RI)
Shelby Maldonado (State Representative, RI)
Jean Philippe Barros (State Representative, RI)
Gregg Amore (State Representative, RI)
Jason Knight (State Representative, RI)
Susan Donovan (State Representative, RI) 

Local Leaders
Bill de Blasio (Mayor, New York City, NY)
Sly James (Mayor, Kansas City, MO; President of the National Conference of Democratic Mayors)
Darryl D. Moss (Mayor, Creedmoor, NC; Board Member of the National League of Cities)
Svante Myrick (Mayor, Ithaca, NY)
Chris V. Rey (Mayor, Spring Lake, NC)
Eric Montoya (Councilmember; Mayor Pro-Tem, Thorton, CO)
Alix Desulme (Vice Mayor, North Miami, FL)
Kandie D. Smith (Councilmember; Mayor Pro-Tem, Greenville, NC)
Van R. Johnson II (Alderman; Mayor Pro-Tem (former), Savannah, GA; Board Member of the Democratic Municipal Officials)
Melissa Mark-Viverito (Speaker, New York City Council, NY)
Lynette Giibson McElhaney (City Council President, Oakland, CA)
Dyanne C. Reese (City Council Clerk, Savannah, GA)
James Mitchell Jr. (Councilmember, Charlotte, NC; Board Member of the Democratic Municipal Officials)
Sharon Green Middleton (Councilmember, Baltimore, MD)
Aidee Nieves (Councilmember, Bridgeport, CT)
Yolanda Roman (Councilmember, Gulfport, FL)
Jared Evans (Councilmember, Indianapolis, IN)
Michael Bridges (Councilmember, Farmington Hills, MI)
LaWana Mayfield (Councilmember, Charlotte, NC)
Rose Glover (Councilmember, Greenville, NC)
Surluta B. Anthony (Councilmember, Monroe, NC)
Mustafa Al-M. Brent (Councilmember, East Orange, FL)
Jared Rice (Councilmember, New Rochelle, NY)
Derek S. Green (Councilmember, Philadelphia, PA)
Martavius D. Jones (Councilmember, Memphis, TN)
Blake Johnson (Councilor, Indianapolis, IN)
Levoyd Williams (Commissioner, Lauderdale Lakes, FL)
Beverly Williams (Commissioner, Lauderdale Lakes, FL)
Christopher McVoy (Commissioner, Lake Worth, FL)
Andrew Werthmann (Councilmember, Eau Claire, WI)
Megan Green (Alderwoman, Saint Louis, MO)
Ricardo Muñoz (Alderman, Chicago, IL)
Scott Waguespack (Alderman, Chicago, IL)
Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (Alderman, Chicago, IL)
John Arena (Alderman, Chicago, IL)
Roderick T. Sawyer (Alderman, Chicago, IL)
Susan Sadlowski Garza (Alderwoman, Chicago IL)
Pat Cotham (County Commissioner, Mecklenburg County, NC)
Linda Higgins (County Commissioner, Hennepin County, MN)

Unions and Advocacy Organizations
United Steelworkers
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
American Federation of Government Employees
Bend the Arc Jewish Action
Communications Workers of America
Democracy for America
350 Action
Center for Popular Democracy Action
Good Jobs Nation Political Action
Our Revolution
People's Action Network
Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC)
Progressive Democrats of America
Americans for Democratic Action 

Advocacy and Labor Leaders
Chris Shelton, President of Communications Workers of America
Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
Lee Saunders, President of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
Alex Lawson, Executive Director of Social Security Works
RoseAnn DeMoro, Executive Director of National Nurses United
Tim Paulson, Executive Director of the San Francisco Labor Council
Mark Dimondstein, President of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU)
Lawrence J. Hanley, International President of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU)
Leo Gerard, President of the United Steelworkers
Lonnie Stephenson, President of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
Alex Soros
Zephyr Teachout

Democratic Party Leadership
RT Rybak (DNC Vice Chair, MN)
Hilda Solis (Former U.S. Secretary of Labor; Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, CA; DNC Executive Committee Member)
Jim Zogby (DNC Executive Committee Member, DC)
Annette Taddeo (DNC Executive Committee Member, FL)
Mike Gronstal (DLCC Chair; Former State Senator, IA)
Paul Thissen (DLCC Secretary; Minnesota State Representative, District 61B)
Steve Regenstreif (DNC Seniors Council Chair)

United States Senators
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (NV)
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (NY)
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (VT)
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA)
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (WI)
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (MN)
U.S. Senator Al Franken (MN)
U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (CT)
U.S. Senator-elect Tammy Duckworth (IL)

United States Representatives
U.S. Representative Dan Kildee (MI-05)
U.S. Representative John Conyers (MI-13)
U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings (MD-07)
U.S. Representative Jamie Raskin (MD-08)
U.S. Representative Joe Crowley (NY-14)
U.S. Representative GK Butterfield (NC-01)
U.S. Representative Jared Huffman (CA-02)
U.S. Representative Mike Honda (CA-17)
U.S. Representative-elect Ro Khanna (CA-17)
U.S. Representative Alan Lowenthal (CA-43)
U.S. Representative Janice Hahn (CA-44)
U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02)
U.S. Representative Gwen Moore (WI-04)
U.S. Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12)
U.S. Representative Rick Nolan (MN-08)
U.S. Representative Raul Grijalva (AZ-03)
U.S. Representative Dave Loebsack (IA-02)
U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (TX-35)
U.S. Representative Al Green (TX-09)
U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18)
U.S. Representative André Carson (IN-07)
U.S. Representative Luis Gutierrez (IL-04)
U.S. Representative John Lewis (GA-05)
U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02)
Former U.S. Representative Mary Rose Oakar (OH-13)

Keith Ellison Background Information:

Keith Ellison was born and raised in Detroit, MI and moved to Minneapolis to attend law school in 1990. In 2006, he became the first Muslim elected to Congress and in 2010, became Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. He sits on the House Financial Services Committee and is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus. 

Minnesota's 5th Congressional District has one of the highest rates of voter turnouts in the nation. In 2015, Ellison unveiled the Voters First Campaign, which aimed to increase voter turnout through grassroots organizing, campaign coordination, and low-donor fundraising.