Meet America's New Generation of Leaders


In the Marines, I served with great Americans from all over the country. We came together with different backgrounds and different beliefs, but we put aside those differences to do what’s best for America.

That ethic of service is lacking in our nation’s capital and in state capitals across the country.

The status quo isn't working. We're not going to fix the problems facing Americans today without a fresh perspective and a new approach. The American people need more service-driven leaders who put people over politics—who have the courage to do what is right, not just what is politically expedient. And the Democratic Party needs a new generation of leadership—one focused on the future. I proudly endorse these candidates, and I hope you'll join me in supporting their campaigns.

-Seth Moulton
Congressman, Sixth District, Massachusetts

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Leaders running in 2018 elections


Gil Cisneros | 39th District, California

Gil Cisneros is a former U.S. Naval Officer and president and co-founder of The Gilbert & Jacki Cisneros Foundation, an organization committed to improving the level of Hispanic education in the country. Gilbert’s dedication to philanthropy began when he purchased a winning California Mega Millions lottery ticket in 2010. Gil’s commitment to education led him to be appointed to Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative’s Advisory Board and President Obama’s Advisory Committee on the Arts.


Jared Golden | 2nd District, Maine

Jared Golden is the Democratic Assistant Majority Leader, or Whip, in the Maine House of Representatives. Born in Maine, Jared enlisted in the Marine Corps infantry after the 9/11 attacks and served combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He returned home in 2006 and attended Bates College. Jared is in his second term in the state legislature representing the blue-collar city of Lewiston. He lives there today with his wife, Isobel.


Chrissy Houlahan | 6th District, Pennsylvania

Chrissy Houlahan has been a resident of Pennsylvania’s 6th District for over 20 years. She is the mother of Molly and Carly, and lives with her husband, Bart, in Devon. A manufacturing engineer with degrees from Stanford University and MIT, Chrissy began her career as an officer in the Air Force. After serving her country, Chrissy joined AND 1 Basketball in Paoli, PA, and helped build the startup to over $250 million in sales. She later joined Teach for America. Most recently, she served as President and COO/CFO for a Philadelphia-based nonprofit focused on improving early childhood literacy in inner city schools country-wide.


Gina Ortiz Jones | 23rd District, Texas

Gina Ortiz Jones is an Iraq War veteran, and she served as a U.S. Air Force intelligence officer under "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell". Gina advised on intelligence operations in Latin America and Africa, and would later advise on economic and national security issues in the Executive Office of the President. Having served in countries where the middle class was hollowed out, Gina is running for Congress, because she knows a strong middle class is key to our national security.


Brendan Kelly | 12th District, Illinois

Brendan came to Southern Illinois over thirty years ago when his parents were stationed as DoD employees at Scott Air Force Base.  After graduating from Notre Dame with a ROTC scholarship, Brendan was commissioned in the United States Navy. After his service, Brendan attended law school, and in 2010 he was elected State’s Attorney in the largest county in IL-12. As the top prosecutor, Brendan has spent his career standing up for victims, protecting public safety and treating people fairly.


Conor Lamb | 18th District, Pennsylvania

Conor Lamb grew up in Mt. Lebanon, the suburb of Pittsburgh where he now resides. After graduating from Central Catholic High School in 2002, he attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he later earned his law degree. Lamb served as a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps completing active duty service in 2013. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney from 2014-2017, Lamb helped establish the Justice Department’s Pittsburgh office as a national leader in the fight against the opioid epidemic, working to build partnerships between law enforcement and community members while also leading prosecutions against drug dealers, violent criminals and gun traffickers.


Max Rose | 11th District, New York

Max Rose is a Staten Islander and the first post-9/11 combat veteran to run for office in NYC history. He was awarded a Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for his service in Afghanistan. Most recently, Max was the Chief of Staff at Brightpoint Health, a nonprofit healthcare provider in NYC. Prior to Brightpoint, Max was a Special Assistant to former Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson. Max is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the London School of Economics. He remains an Infantry Captain in the NY National Guard.


Elissa Slotkin | 8th District, Michigan

Elissa Slotkin is a life-long public servant. Elissa was recruited into CIA directly out of graduate school, where she was trained as a Middle East analyst and served three tours in Iraq. Elissa served in the White House under both President Bush and President Obama and as a senior leader in the Pentagon, where she negotiated some of the department’s most sensitive national security matters. Elissa met her husband Dave on her third tour in Iraq, a career Army officer and Apache helicopter pilot.


Josh Butner | 50th District, California

Josh served for 23 years in the United States Navy SEAL Teams where he saw multiple combat deployments, most recently in Iraq and Afghanistan. Josh first came to San Diego County in 1988 for training to become a Navy Seal and currently lives on a small ranch in Jamul where he raised his children, one of whom currently serves in the military. Josh was inspired to continue serving his community as a public official when a local news station reported that there were not enough people running for his local school board. He successfully won election to the Jamul Dulzura School Board.


Jason Crow | 6th District, Colorado

During college Jason decided to join the ROTC and serve in the active duty Army, eventually finishing at the top of his class as the Distinguished Military Graduate. After the horrific 9/11 attacks, he served in the Army’s storied 82nd Airborne Division. Shortly after returning from Iraq he joined the U.S. Army’s elite 75th Ranger Regiment, serving two additional tours – this time in Afghanistan, as part of the Joint Special Operations Task Force, where Jason served along the Pakistan border and achieved the rank of Captain. Since leaving the Army in 2006, Jason has been an outspoken and results-oriented advocate for his fellow veterans in Colorado and across the country.


Dan Feehan | 1st District, Minnesota

Dan signed up for Army ROTC after witnessing the September 11th attacks firsthand as a college student in Washington, D.C. From 2005 through 2009, he completed two combat tours of duty as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After leaving active duty, he spent two years teaching math to high needs students in Gary, Indiana, before serving in the Obama Administration, becoming an Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon. In that role, he worked to ensure our millions of service members are ready to fight, and that our veterans have the tools needed to lead quality lives when their service is over. In Congress, Dan will focus on bringing new economic growth opportunities to southern Minnesota, expanding quality, affordable healthcare for all, and defending our national security at a time of global challenges.


Ken Harbaugh | 7th District, Ohio

A former Navy pilot, Ken comes from a family of veterans and has continued to straddle the military / civilian divide throughout his career, with a particular focus on re-integration of veterans. As president and Chief Operating Officer of Team Rubicon Global, Ken helped to recruit and deploy tens of thousands of military veterans into international disaster relief zones.


Roger Dean Huffstetler | 5th District, Virginia

After the attacks on 9/11, Roger Dean (RD) answered the call to serve. In 2003, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and served in Iraq and Afghanistan. During his time in the military, RD taught math and leadership classes to his fellow Marines.


Joseph Kopser | 21st District, Texas

Joseph Kopser spent 20 years serving the country, including two trips to Iraq before he entered the private sector where he built and sold a high tech company focused on transportation. His new company focuses on clean energy and innovation.  


Dan McCready | 9th District, North Carolina

Dan first felt called to serve our country in the years after 9/11, which happened while he was a college freshman. Dan didn't come from a military family, but he joined the Marines after graduation and led 65 Marines during combat operations in the 2007 Iraq surge. After returning home, he established a company that has helped build dozens of solar farms in North Carolina. He now feels called to serve again.


Amy McGrath | 6th District, Kentucky

Amy McGrath is a recently retired Marine Corps Lt. Colonel with 20 years of service. Amy was the first female Marine to fly in an F/A-18 in combat. Amy served three combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, including 89 combat missions. She was an instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy prior to her June 2017 retirement.


Aaron Scheinberg | 2nd District, West Virginia

Aaron is a West Point graduate, Iraq War veteran, and earned a dual degree at the Harvard Kennedy School and Columbia Business School. After work in management consulting, Aaron helped build and lead The Mission Continues, a national nonprofit focused on reintegrating veterans through civic leadership and community development. In Congress, Aaron will focus on the future economy of West Virginia. He will inspire young people to stay and grow new businesses that create jobs, protect our health care, fight the opiod epidemic, help build our infrastructure and broadband, and provide more resources to public schools. Aaron, his wife Natasha, and their daughter Emilia live in Hedgesville, West Virginia.


Pat Ryan | 19th District, New York

Pat is a Democrat running to represent New York's 19th Congressional District, where he was born and raised. As a West Point-trained Army officer and technology entrepreneur, his career has been driven by service to our nation throughout his life. Pat’s commitment to finding creative solutions sparked technological advancements in the fight against terrorism and fueled job creation.


Mikie Sherrill | 11th District, New Jersey

Naval Academy graduate, Navy Pilot and former federal prosecutor – Mikie Sherrill is running for Congress to fight back against Donald Trump and to fight for our future. After graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 1994, Mikie Sherrill spent almost 10 years on active duty in the United States Navy. As a Sea King Helicopter pilot, Mikie flew missions throughout Europe and the Middle East. After leaving the Navy in 2003, Mikie attended law school, earning a degree from Georgetown University. She worked in private practice and eventually joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey.


Leaders who ran in 2017 elections