Human rights campaign endorses re-election of nine pro-LGBTQ+ US senators for equality

WASHINGTON DC – Today, the Human Rights Campaign PAC (HRC PAC) announced its endorsement of the re-election of nine pro-LGBTQ+ U.S. senators for equality – Michael Bennet, Richard Blumenthal, Tammy Duckworth, Patty Murray, Alex Padilla, Brian Schatz , Charles Schumer, Chris Van Hollen and Ron Wyden.

In a tightly divided Senate, these lawmakers voted for the historic confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson to the United States Supreme Court and Pete Buttigieg as our nation’s first openly LGBTQ+ cabinet secretary. They helped pass the US bailout to support the economy during the pandemic and the Emmett Till Lynching Act, which makes lynching a federal crime, and they voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. They also support important laws that the nation still needs, such as the Equality Act, which will enshrine anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ people, the bipartisan Background Checks Act, American Dream and Promise, and the suffrage reforms to protect national democracy.

HRC PAC is committed to engaging our volunteers, members and supporters to mobilize the nearly 62 million Equality Voters in the United States in support of these and other pro-equality candidates throughout the ballot.

Human Rights Campaign Acting President Joni Madison released the following statement:

“Maintaining and expanding the pro-equality majority in the US Senate is of the utmost importance this November in order to defend the progress we have made and to demand more of it. The first step toward growing that majority is to return this group of leaders, all of whom have shown their commitment to supporting legislation that helps all people, regardless of political orientation, to the Senate. They have been defenders of our democracy and allies of marginalized communities. The Human Rights Campaign is proud to support their candidacies and looks forward to seeing the great work that is possible, with their leadership, in the years to come.

HRC’s commitment to mobilizing voters for equality

Equality Voters are a demographically and geographically diverse electoral bloc of Americans who are united by the advancement of LGBTQ+ equality. Equality Voters are younger, more racially diverse and more female than the general electorate, they recognize and trust the HRC brand, and they are more likely to identify with issue-specific organizations than to candidates or political parties.

Across the country, HRC PAC works every day to elect pro-equality leaders who support policies that will support the rights and lives of LGBTQ+ people. During the 2020 election cycle, HRC field staff recruited 5,800 individual volunteers across the country who completed 28,500 hours of voter contact in over 2,650 volunteer events. HRC engaged in strong digital and online GOTV efforts, including sending over 2.7 million person-to-person text messages, a massive increase from 2018 when around 500,000 text messages were sent. HRC sent over 2.5 million letters, had over 930,000 phone conversations with voters and engaged over 200,000 voters through the HRC Voter Dashboard at

Approved candidates

US Senator Michael Bennet (CO) for re-election

US Senator Richard Blumenthal (CT) for re-election

US Senator Tammy Duckworth (IL) for re-election

US Senator Patty Murray (WA) for re-election

US Senator Alex Padilla (CA) for re-election

US Senator Brian Schatz (HI) for re-election

US Senator Charles Schumer (NY) for re-election

US Senator Ron Wyden (OR) for re-election

US Senator Chris Van Hollen (MD) for re-election

Previously approved 2022 US Senate Candidates:

US Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (NV) for re-election

US Senator Maggie Hassan (NH) for re-election

US Senator Mark Kelly (AZ) for re-election

US Senator Raphael Warnock (GA) for re-election

Cheri Beasley (NC) for US Senate

Val Demings (FL) for US Senate

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