August 3, 2020


After stumping in nearly 20 states during 2018 midterms, Kennedy receives support from freshman women who turned the House Blue


Washington, D.C. – Citing his dedication to showing up and supporting new candidates and young leaders in swing districts across the country during the 2018 midterms, a diverse group of female House freshmen endorsed Joe Kennedy III in his race for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts. 

Kennedy traveled to nearly 20 states last election cycle alone to help the Democratic Party win back the House of Representatives and build a firewall against Donald Trump. One of the most sought after surrogates to turn states from red to blue, he joined House colleagues and Democratic challengers in key battlegrounds like Arizona, Maine, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. 

“When I was running for Congress, Joe showed up for me in Illinois because he knew what I was up against as a young leader trying to tackle an entrenched, long-term incumbent — and to turn a red seat blue,” said Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14). “He came out and spent the day visiting seniors with me. And then after I got elected, he came back to Illinois to visit my district again, this time to meet with young people to talk about mental health care. Joe is fully committed to building and supporting the next generation of Democratic leaders — in every corner of the country. He knows the political status quo hasn’t served our generation, and he will work his heart out for change. We need more people like him in the U.S. Senate.”

“Joe is a champion for anyone overlooked, undervalued, or cast aside by our system,” said Congresswoman Sharice Davids (KS-3). “He has stood with me in the fight for the rights and dignity of indigenous people, passing legislation to protect tribal land in Massachusetts and fighting by our side for health care, education, and economic security. He is the kind of new leader we need in the U.S. Senate to move us away from the politics of the past and towards a future where every American family has a shot.”

“When I ran for Congress in 2018, Joe was in my corner from day one,” said Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small (NM-2).  Since then, he has continued to be a friend and source of support. He knows how to bring people together and build coalitions across demographics, ideology, and experience. I have no doubt he’ll serve Massachusetts well in the U.S. Senate.”

“I decided to challenge a sitting Republican congressman when I saw him cheer on the White House lawn after Republicans voted to rip health care away from American families,” said Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin (MI-08). “It was a tough run, but Joe stepped up to help. He came out to Michigan to help me rally students and then join me for a talk on mental health. Rally to rally, county to county, state to state, he takes our causes to the voters. And Joe doesn’t just check the box when it comes to supporting policy. He shows up on the ground, in the community, to fight for the change we need. He is committed to bringing a new generation of leaders that thinks different, works harder, and never forgets that they are public servants.”

“In 2016, I lost to a Republican incumbent by just 7,000 votes, but decided to give it everything I had again in 2018,” said Congresswoman Angie Craig (MN-02). “That’s when Joe showed up in Minnesota and took the time to speak to my voters, rally my supporters and give me advice in the thick of a really tough campaign. Thanks to his work, our freshman class in Congress is full of new, young, and diverse voices that are determined to make Washington work better for American families. Joe gave his heart and soul to turning the House Blue in 2018, and I’m grateful for that. As a result, we’ve been able to pass major legislation to fortify voting rights, expand civil rights and ensure equal pay for all.”