Candidate Profiles

If just 17 House seats flip back, we lose the House majority.

With this reality in mind, Force Multiplier encourages you to support a slate of 10 FM alumni: House freshman we helped win in 2018 who are likely to face tough re-election races in 2020.

Every one of these 10 flipped a GOP-held district, including many that had been in Republican hands for years. Several of our candidate won by less than 2%, putting their seats at risk of being flipped back in 2020. And every single one of them is on a list 55 seats being targeted by the RNC.

Early fundraising not only gives them the resources to wage a fair fight from the outset. It can also create a barrier that discourages GOP challengers from jumping in.

 

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Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (Florida 26th)

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell now represents Florida’s 26th District, south of Miami. She is a new member of the Judiciary and Housing and Infrastucture Committees. She is also a member of the Congressional Hispanic, Gun Violence, Progressive and Womens’ caucuses among others. She defeated her opponent in 2018 by 1.8%

Debbie immigrated to the United States from Ecuador, as a young girl with her single mother. Mucarsel-Powell worked to help her family make ends meet and pay her way through college. She has dedicated more than twenty years to her work as an executive in non-profit organizations, improving access to healthcare, protecting the environment, and increasing educational opportunities in South Florida. Mucarsel-Powell earned her undergraduate degree from Pitzer College and holds a master’s degree in international political economics from Claremont College. She and her husband have three children.

2018 endorsements included DCCC Red to Blue, Emily’s List, Planned Parenthood, and End Citizens United.


Abby Finkenauer (Iowa 1st)

Abby Finkenauer now represents eastern Iowa's 1st District, which was formerly represented by a Tea Party Republican. At 29-years-old, Finkenauer is one of the youngest women ever elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. She now sits on the Small Business and Transportation and Infrastucture Committees.

Finkenauer, a first-generation college graduate and second-term Iowa State Representative, advocates for working families, women, and the people of Iowa. This is a historically Democratic district that President Obama won in both 2008 and 2012, representing a top takeover opportunity for Democrats. Finkenauer graduated from Drake University. She and her family have lived in Iowa for generations.

Endorsements include DCCC Red to Blue, Emily’s List, Planned Parenthood, End Citizens United, and the League of Conservation Voters.


Cindy Axne (Iowa 3rd)

Cindy Axne now represents Iowa 03, which is in southwestern Iowa and includes the state's capital of Des Moines. She is serving on the Agriculture and Financial Services Committees. Cindy was elected in a very close race, with a margin of 2.1%

She is a fifth-generation Iowan, a small business owner, a parent and a community activist. Axne performed extremely well in a very competitive Democratic primary, indicating very strong support. This district is about evenly split between Democratic and Republican registered voters, so turn-out is critical. From 2005 to 2014, Axne worked for the State of Iowa, helping over twenty different state agencies deliver government services more effectively and efficiently for taxpayers. Since then, she has focused on growing the digital design firm she runs with her husband John. Axne graduated from the University of Iowa and earned a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Axne and her husband have two children.

2018 Endorsements included DCCC Red to Blue, Emily’s List, Planned Parenthood, End Citizens United, and the Human Rights Campaign.


Jared Golden (Maine 2nd)

Jared Golden is the newly elected representative of Maine’s 2nd Congressional District and serves on the House Armed Services and Small Business Committees. He won one of the most closely contested races in the country by 1%.

Golden, who was born and raised in Maine, left college to join the Marines after the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks, and was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. After returning home, he was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress, which has led to his commitment to veterans' issues--particularly health care. He overcame his diagnosis to graduate from college with tuition assistance through the G.I. Bill. He was elected to the Maine House of Representatives in 2014 and became Assistant Majority Leader. He has led the way on bills on jobs, health care, seniors, and the opioid crisis. Golden graduated from Bates College and is married.

2018 endorsements included DCCC Red to Blue, Planned Parenthood, End Citizens United, and VoteVets.


Elissa Slotkin (Michigan 8th)

Elissa is now the representative for Michigan’s historically Republican 8th District, which includes the state capital of Lansing. She serves on the Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees.

Slotkin, who was born and raised on a Michigan farm, is a life-long public servant, who has been proud to work for both Republican and Democratic leaders who put the good of country over politics. Slotkin was recruited into the CIA directly out of graduate school, where she was trained as a Middle East analyst and served three tours in Iraq. Slotkin served in the White House under both President Bush and President Obama as a senior leader in the Pentagon, where she negotiated some of the defense department's most sensitive national security matters. Slotkin earned her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and completed her graduate degree at Columbia University. Slotkin is married and has two adult stepchildren. 

2018 endorsements included DCCC Red to Blue, Emily’s List, Planned Parenthood, End Citizens United, Giffords, and VoteVets.


Angie Craig (Minnesota 2nd)

Angie Craig represents Minnesota's 2nd District, which includes the southern suburbs of the Twin Cities. She serves on the House Committees on Agriculture and Transportation & Infrastructure.

Craig grew up in a mobile home, working hard to pay for her college education, and then worked her way to becoming a Fortune 500 company executive. She has helped create jobs, empowered women and veterans to advance in their careers, created workplace policies to promote diversity and inclusion, and fought for marriage equality and for the ability of LGBTQ couples to adopt children. Craig attended the University of Memphis. She and her wife have four sons.

2018 endorsements included DCCC Red to Blue, Emily’s List, Planned Parenthood, End Citizens United, and Giffords.


Tom Malinowski (New Jersey 7th)

Tom Malinowski is the new representative for New Jersey's 7th District, a district that is close to New York City, and includes towns such as Westfield and Cranford. He serves on the House Foreign Affairs and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees.

Malinowski was born in Poland and immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 6, as his family sought refuge during the Cold War. He grew up in New Jersey, going to public school, playing baseball and hockey, and hoping someday to give back to the country that gave freedom to his family. He served on President Clinton’s National Security Council, worked for Human Rights Watch, and served as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor in the Obama administration. Malinowski earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Philosophy from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Malinowski is divorced and has one child.

2018 endorsements included DCCC Red to Blue, Planned Parenthood, End Citizens United, and the League of Conservation Voters.


Anthony Brindisi (New York 22nd)

Anthony Brindisi represents upstate New York's 22nd District which includes Utica and Binghampton and serves on the House Veterans Affairs and Agriculture Committees. His 2018 race was one of the last to be called and his 1.8% margin of victory one of the closest in the nation.

Born and raised in Utica, he was elected to the New York State Assembly in 2011. He is known for principled bipartisanship and became a voice for seniors, veterans, nurses, teachers, children and public school funding. The Wall Street Journal named him one of five "young guns" in the State Assembly. Brindisi helped renovate and improve most of Utica’s school buildings. He helped initiate a lawsuit against New York State for fair funding for local public schools. He authored the "21st Century Initiative" to create a diploma pathway for high school students. Brindisi has helped in developing state surpluses, middle-class tax cuts, investment in infrastructure, and keeping defense installations open in New York. He attended Mohawk Valley Community College, Siena College, and Albany Law School. Brindisi and his wife have two children.

2018 endorsements included DCCC Red to Blue, Planned Parenthood, End Citizens United, and Giffords.


Colin Allred (Texas 32nd)

Colin Allred is the newly elected representative for the Texas 32nd District in northeastern Dallas . He serves on the Foreign Affairs, Veteran’s Affairs and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees.

Allred was born and raised by a single mom in North Dallas, earning a full-ride football scholarship to college, and then playing for the Tennessee Titans in the NFL, before studying law. As Special Assistant in the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of General Counsel, Allred helped then-Secretary Julián Castro ensure that the most vulnerable Americans can live in dignity. Allred is a voting rights litigator and counsel to a range of clients, including national and state political candidates and advocacy organizations. Allred earned his undergraduate degree from Baylor University and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Allred is married and recently became a father.

2018 endorsements included DCCC Red to Blue, Planned Parenthood, End Citizens United, the Congressional Black Caucus PAC, and Giffords.


Abigail Spanberger (Virginia 7th)

Abigail Spanberger was born and raised in Virginia's 7th District, which includes areas surrounding the state capital of Richmond. She serves on the House Foreign Affairs and Agriculture Committees and is a member of the Bi-Partisan Womens’, New Democrats and Problem Solvers Caucuses.

She first worked for the U.S. Postal Service Inspection Service, investigating money-laundering and narcotics. Spanberger later joined the CIA as an Operations Officer, where she worked until 2014. She traveled and lived abroad collecting intelligence, managing assets, and overseeing high-profile programs in service to the United States. Spanberger graduated from the University of Virginia and earned her Master of Business Administration in Germany. She and her husband live with their children in Glen Allen. 

2018 endorsements included DCCC Red to Blue, Emily’s List, Planned Parenthood, End Citizens United, Giffords, and the League of Conservation Voters.