The list of PowerPAC+ leaders is growing. Here are the social justice champions we have helped elect.
Stacey Abrams - Georgia State Assembly
Stacey Abrams is the Georgia House Minority Leader - the first woman to lead either part of the General Assembly, and the first African American to lead the Georgia House of Representatives. She was first elected in 2007 to represent District 84. As the House Minority Leader, Stacey has been working to strengthen the Georgia House Democratic Caucus. Stacey’s goal: to stop the GOP supermajority. You can read more about Stacey HERE.
Pete Aguilar - U.S. Congress, California-31
Born and raised in San Bernardino, Pete Aguilar was elected to represent the 31st California district in the U.S. Congress on November 4, 2014. Pete Aguilar knows the struggles of working class families. His father was a union worker and his first job was working with his grandfather bussing tables. With determination and hard-work, Pete was able to get a college education at the University of Redlands. As the Mayor of Redlands and a small business owner his goal was to help every Inland Empire resident achieve the American Dream. Pete will fight for jobs, education, and economic justice. You can read more about Pete HERE.
Hector Balderas - Attorney General, New Mexico
On November 4, 2014, Hector was elected Attorney General of New Mexico. Hector caught our attention in 2006 when he was honored with being the youngest Latino statewide elected official when he won State Auditor of New Mexico. As New Mexico’s State Auditor, Hector created an aggressive agenda designed to protect taxpayer funds and hold government agencies accountable. Growing up in Wagon Mound, New Mexico, Hector is a true and fierce fighter for justice. His record on accountability and investing in education makes Hector one of our Social Justice Champions. You can read more about Hector HERE.
Cory Booker - U.S. Senate, New Jersey
Senator Cory Booker was recently elected to a full-term in the U.S. Senate on November 4, 2014. He is one of the leading voices in the country for addressing poverty. His inspirational leadership and vision helped transform the city of Newark into a story of hope and change. With his strong national following, Cory continues to make positive changes as New Jersey’s Senator. In his first year, Cory co-sponsored and voted for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. He has also co-sponsored the Respect for Marriage Act. You can read more about Cory HERE.
Wendy Davis - Texas State Senate
Texas State Senator Wendy Davis proudly served on the Fort Worth City Council for nine years. During that period, she was the chair of the City’s Economic Development Committee where she helped to bring thousands of new jobs to Tarrant County. In 2008, Wendy Davis defeated Republican Kim Brimer in a race widely considered one of the biggest upsets in Texas politics. As a state senator, Wendy staged a filibuster and forced a special session in an attempt to stop cuts to Texas public schools. Wendy most recently ran as the Democratic candidate for Governor of Texas.
Jim Frazier - California State Assembly
Assemblyman Jim Frazier was a City Councilmember and Former Mayor of Oakley in Contra Costa County in a race that was critical to the prospects of Democrats achieving a 2/3's majority in the Assembly. His mission is to put people first before politics, and Jim has built deep loyalty from the full rainbow of local leaders. In 2004, Jim and his wife created nonprofit organization that provides packaged meals to 90,000 families in Northern California. His accomplishments include creating jobs, improving highway infrastructure and opening a medical clinic in Oakley. You can read more about Jim HERE.
Pete Gallego - U.S. Congress, Texas-23
Congressman Pete Gallego was first elected in 1990 at just 28 years of age. He has served as Chair of the Texas House Democratic Caucus and the Chairman of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus. During his career in Austin, Pete led the 43 members of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus and chaired numerous legislative committees. Pete crafted and helped pass legislation investing billions of dollars in public schools.
Michelle Lujan Grisham - U.S. Congress, New Mexico-1
Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham is a twelfth generation New Mexican, born in Los Alamos and raised in Santa Fe and most recently re-elected for a second Congressional term. She previously worked for the Lawyer Referral for the Elderly Program of the State Bar of New Mexico. During this time, she fought to protect senior citizens. Her work led her to an appointment by Governor Bruce King to the New Mexico State Agency of Aging. In 2010, Michelle was elected to Bernalillo County Commissioner. You can learn more about Michelle HERE.
Kamala Harris - Attorney General, California
Kamala Harris is the first woman, first African American and First Asian American to serve as Attorney General for California. Elected in 2010, Kamala won her re-election campaign on November 4, 2014. Kamala began her career as a prosecutor in child sexual assault cases in Alameda County before being appointed to lead the Career Criminal Unit in San Francisco. In 2003, she defeated a two-term incumbent to become District Attorney of San Francisco, and was overwhelmingly re-elected to the post in 2007. PowerPac.org and PowerPAC+ have supported Kamala since 2010, when she launched her successful campaign for Attorney General of California. As Attorney General, Kamala has championed progressive change in California, from actively defending marriage equality to holding major corporations accountable for environmental pollution and financial irresponsibility. On January 13, 2015, Kamala announced her candidacy for the U.S. Senate. You can learn more about Kamala HERE.
Mazie Hirono - U.S. Senate, Hawaii
Senator Hirono is first Asian American woman elected to the US Senate. In 1980, Mazie Hirono was elected to the Hawaii House of Representatives, where she spent 14 years of service. She was elected Lieutenant Governor in 1994, becoming the first immigrant, Asian woman to hold statewide office in the United States. She served Hawaii as Lieutenant Governor until 2006, when she was elected to the US House of Representatives. You can learn more about Mazie HERE.
Mary Gonzalez - Texas State Legislature
Assemblymember Mary Gonzalez broke barriers as Texas' first openly pansexual Latina when she was elected to represent El Paso, Texas. Prior to being elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012, Mary worked for Texas State Representatives Paul Moreno and Richard Raymond. She also served as Assistant Director in the Office of Research and Demonstration at the National Hispanic Institute, as Program Coordinator in the Multicultural Engagement Center at The University of Texas at Austin and was the Assistant Dean for Student Multicultural Affairs at Southwestern University. Most recently, Mary was a visiting instructor at Southwestern University. She is currently President of her own consulting company, Izel Consulting and finishing her PhD in Education. You can learn more about Mary HERE.
Mary Ann Perez - Texas State Legislature
Assemblymember Perez is State Representative for House District 144. She serves on the Economic and Small Business Development Committee, the International Trade and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, and the Rules and Resolutions Committee. In 2009, Perez was elected Chair of the Houston Community College Board of Trustees. She worked diligently to move HCC and the community forward ensure programs reflected the needs of today's workforce. In addition, Mary Ann worked with area schools and community groups to develop programs geared toward improving the retention rate within the education system. You can read more about Mary Ann HERE.
Mark Takano - U.S. Congress, California-41
Born and raised in Riverside, Congressman Mark Takano serves the newly redrawn California Congressional District 41. The district is located in Riverside County, one of the fastest growing counties in California. A teacher for the Rialto Unified School District, and an advisor to the Rialto High School Gay Straight Student Alliance, Mark was elected to the Riverside Community College District’s Board of Trustees. You can read more about Mark HERE.
Michael Tubbs - Stockton City Council, California
In 2012, Michael Tubbs was elected as the youngest city councilmember in Stockton, California's history, earning more than 60% of the citywide vote. His goal is to re-invent Stockton and create opportunities for the community. He was coordinator of the Community Involvement Program at University of the Pacific. He is also the founder of The Phoenix Schools and the Summer Success and Leadership Academy at the University of the Pacific, which has worked with over 300 students to gain college acceptance. Michael is currently a fellow and lecturer at the design school at Stanford University. You can read more about Michael HERE.
Marc Veasey - U.S. Congress, Texas-33
Marc Veasey is a young, progressive, hard-working, coalition-minded, African American Congressman who was recently elected to his second term on November 4, 2014. In Congress, Marc advocates on behalf of his constituents. In just his first year, he has helped to secure $500,000 in housing grants for the Fort Worth Housing Authority, voted to maintain SNAP funding, and protected seniors’ hard earned Social Security and Medicare benefits from Republican cuts. Marc’s primary concern is creating economic development and opportunity for his constituents. You can read more about Marc HERE.
Norman Yee - San Francisco Supervisor, California
Supervisor Norman Yee was elected in 2012, after serving two terms on the San Francisco Unified School Board. Norman is a third-generation native San Franciscan and has lived in Westwood Park for over 25 years. Norman has spearheaded the creation of numerous civic organizations and initiatives that serve the immigrant Chinese community, including the San Francisco Early Head Start Program, the Asian Parent Education Network, the San Francisco Child Care Providers Association, and the Chinatown Beacon Center. You can read more about Norman HERE.