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Sunrise Political Endorsements

A collage of headshots of Sunrise Movement 2020 General Election Endorsements

We want candidates who take major leaps forward in one or more of our policy priority areas (see below). This looks different in different parts of America. Examples could include:

  • A politician in Louisiana who opposes public bailouts of the oil industry.
  • A politician in Virginia who opposes a pipeline being developed by the state’s most powerful corporation, Dominion.
  • A politician in Minnesota who supports a rapid transition to 100% renewable energy in their state.
  • A politician who only has moderately strong stances on climate issues, but who is going up against one of the worst-of-the-worst fossil fuel puppets.

Whether or not a candidate is willing to take money from the oil, gas and coal industry is a fairly clear litmus test of whose interests that politician is likely to represent.

Whether or not a candidate is willing to take money from the oil, gas and coal industry is a fairly clear litmus test of whose interests that politician is likely to represent.

  • In primary elections, we only endorse candidates who take the “No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge to “reject contributions from the oil, gas, and coal industry and instead prioritize the health of our families, climate, and democracy over fossil fuel industry profits.”
  • In general elections, we may support (but not endorse) a candidate who has not signed the pledge or has taken money from the fossil fuel industry because we recognize that an imperfect candidate could, in some cases, still represent a significant leap forward (see above) by defeating a powerful opponent with a long history of putting the interests of oil and gas executives first. No matter what, we will make this a major demand for general elections and push candidates on this issue.

Our only permanent allegiance is to protecting our communities, our shared home, and our future. We have to make it clear to politicians that our power and support are earned, and not a given. Just because we have supported a candidate in the past doesn’t mean that we will continue to support them in the future if there emerges (or the movement puts forth) a viable candidate that is better aligned with and more committed to our values and policy priorities.

An endorsement is the public declaration of approval or support for a candidate for elected office. Sunrise supports all candidates that it endorses. At a minimum, this looks like announcing our support, displaying it on our website, and providing in-kind digital communications encouraging the public and our supporters to vote for the candidate. We may also support candidates on the ground with people power through electoral programs like Sunrise Semester, organize and direct our base to support candidates remotely with texting and calling tools, raise money directly for candidates (when legally permissible), and/or embed Sunrisers directly with candidates’ campaigns to provide high capacity support (when legally permissible). In some cases, Sunrise will also offer our support to candidates we do not endorse. This will happen when a candidate does not meet our standards for endorsement (e.g. the candidate hasn’t signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge), but the candidate’s opponent winning would be a completely unacceptable setback to our movement’s goals, and we make a strategic decision to campaign against the candidate’s opponent.

At a national movement-wide level, decisions around support and endorsement are guided by local leadership. Hubs are also welcome to make their own decisions and take their own actions around support and endorsement guided by the movement’s principles. For more information, see the “Sunrise National Endorsement process.”

Our Past Endorsements

Ayanna Pressley for MA-07

Ayanna is a bold fighter for working families and racial justice representing Massachusetts’ 7th District. She was raised by a […]

A photo of Mondaire Jones with text: Sunrise Movement proudly endorses Mondaire Jones for NY-17

Mondaire Jones for NY-17

Mondaire Jones is a lawyer, nonprofit leader, activist, and champion of children and working families running for New York’s 17th […]

A photo of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with text: Sunrise Movement proudly endorses Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for NY-14.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for NY-14

Alexandria needs little introduction. Days after winning her election in 2018 to become the Representative for New York’s 14th Congressional […]

A photo of Qasim Rashid with text: Sunrise Movement proudly endorses Qasim Rashid for VA-01

Qasim Rashid for VA-01

Qasim is running for Congress in Virginia’s 1st District to transform his years of advocacy work into law. He’s been […]

A photo of Mike Levin with text: Sunrise Movement proudly endorses Mike Levin for CA-49

Mike Levin for CA-49

Mike flipped his Southern California district in 2018 by running a progressive, grassroots campaign and has been a staunch advocate […]

A photo of Marquita Bradshaw with text: Sunrise Movement proudly endorses Marquita Bradshaw for TN Senate.

Marquita Bradshaw for Tennessee Senate

Marquita has been leading the fight for environmental justice in her hometown of Memphis for decades. A single mother and […]

A photo of Jon Hoadley with text: Sunrise Movement proudly endorses Jon Hoadley for MI-06.

John Hoadley for MI-06

John is running to flip Michigan’s 6th Congressional District, a district that voted for Barack Obama and Donald Trump. As […]

A photo of Paula Jean Swearengin with text: Sunrise Movement proudly endorses Paula Jean Swearengin for WV Senate

Paula Jean Swearengin for West Virginia Senate

Paula Jean is a proud coal miner’s daughter and granddaughter, and she knows that the best resource in the Appalachian […]

A photo of Cathy Kunkel with text: Sunrise Movement proudly endorses Cathy Kunkel for WV-02.

Cathy Kunkel for WV-02

Cathy is an organizer, public advocate, and energy policy expert running to build a West Virginia that works for all. […]

A photo of Beth Doglio with text: Sunrise Movement proudly endorses Beth Doglio for WA-10.

Beth Doglio for WA-10

Beth is a community organizer, climate leader, and a mom of two who has served in the Washington State Legislature […]

A photo of Julie Oliver with text: Sunrise Movement proudly endorses Julie Oliver for TX-25.

Julie Oliver for TX-25

Julie has a “pull yourself up by the bootstraps” story–high school dropout and a single mother at 17 who ultimately […]

A photo of Jamaal Bowman with text: Sunrise Movement proudly endorses Jamaal Bowman for NY-16

Jamaal Bowman for NY-16

Jamaal Bowman is running against Eliot Engel, who has been in Congress for thirty years. During that time, Engel has […]

A photo of Mike Siegel with text: Sunrise Movement proudly endorses Mike Siegel for TX-10

Mike Siegel for TX-10

Mike is a former public school teacher, union organizer, and civil rights attorney who’s been fighting for everyday people for […]

A photo of Rashida Tlaib with text: Sunrise Movement proudly endorses Rashida Tlaib for MI-13

Rashida Tlaib for MI-13

Rashida Tlaib is the seminal congresswoman who has continued to capture the attention of the nation throughout her first term […]

A photo of Ilhan Omar with text: Sunrise Movement proudly endorses Ilhan Omar for MN-05

Ilhan Omar for MN-05

Ilhan Omar has spent all of her first term in Congress as one of the most outspoken supporters of the […]

A photo of Ed Markey with text saying: Sunrise Movement proudly endorses Ed Markey for MA Senate

Ed Markey for Massachusetts Senate

Ed has been a national leader in fighting for a livable future and advancing the rights of workers, women, immigrants, […]

A photo of Cori Bush with text: Sunrise Movement proudly endorses Cori Bush for MO-01

Cori Bush for MO-01

Cori Bush is a mom, nurse, pastor, and activist fighting to bring her community the representation it deserves in Congress. […]

A photo of Marie Newman with text: Sunrise Movement proudly endorses Marie Newman for IL-03

Marie Newman for IL-03

Marie is once again primarying Rep. Dan Lipinski in a race she lost by just two points in 2018. Lipinski […]

A photo of Audrey Denney with text: Sunrise Movement proudly endorses Audrey Denney for CA-01

Audrey Denney for CA-01

Audrey is an educator, farmer, and human rights activist running on a bold, progressive platform in California’s 1st Congressional District, […]

A photo of Charles Booker with text: Sunrise Movement proudly endorses Charles Booker for Kentucky Senate

Charles Booker For Kentucky Senate

Charles is the fighter Kentucky needs to take on Mitch McConnell in November. Charles has been out on the streets […]

A photo of Andrew Romanoff with text: Sunrise Movement proudly endorses Andrew Romanoff for Colorado Senate

Andrew Romanoff For Colorado Senate

Andrew Romanoff is the fighter Colorado needs to take on Cory Gardner in November. While Andrew is joining the Movement […]

A photo of Jessica Cisneros with text: Sunrise Movement proudly endorses Jessica Cisneros for TX-28

Jessica Cisneros for TX-28

Jessica Cisneros is a 26-year-old immigration lawyer from Laredo, Texas, and she’s running to unseat Representative Henry Cuellar (TX-28), who’s […]

A photo of Alex Morse with text: Sunrise Movement proudly endorses Alex Morse for MA-01

Alex Morse for MA-01

Alex Morse is running for Congress to take on this corrupt political establishment and put our communities before corporate profits. […]

A photo of Bernie Sanders with text: Sunrise Movement proudly endorses Bernie Sanders for President

Bernie Sanders for President

We are proud to announce that Sunrise Movement has voted resoundingly to endorse Senator Bernie Sanders for President of the […]

A photo of Morgan Harper with text: Sunrise Movement proudly endorses Morgan Harper for OH-03

Morgan Harper for OH-03

Morgan Harper, a 36-year-old consumer protection advocate is a millennial who came of age amidst the rise of the climate […]

A photo of Robert Emmons Jr with text: Sunrise Movement proudly endorses Robert Emmons Jr for IL-01

Robert Emmons Jr. for IL-01

Robert Emmons Jr., a 27-year-old community organizer, is challenging Democratic incumbent Bobby Rush who firmly opposes the Green New Deal. […]

A photo of Arati Kreibich with text: Sunrise Movement proudly endorses Arati Kreibich for NJ-05

Arati Kreibich for NJ-05

Dr. Kreibich is a neuroscientist and city councilor looking to unseat conservative incumbent, Josh Gottheimer. As a Council Member, she […]

A photo of Heidi Sloan with text: Sunrise Movement proudly endorses Heidi Sloan for TX-25

Heidi Sloan for TX-25

An organizer in the Sunrise Austin Hub, Heidi Sloan is running for TX-25 on a slate of progressive issues like […]