Who am I?

In one word: fighter.

Im a public servant, who has seen many in Wisconsin's middle class struggle. I see the disconnect between families daily lives and what the politicians in Madison and Washington, DC are talking about. As I have been my whole career, I will be not be afraid to stand up to powerful interests. That's what I did in opposing the repeal of Glass-Steagall in my first term in the US House. Im not afraid to take unpopular opinions, as was the case when I opposed going to war in Iraq from the first day. I stood up to the Justice Department by opposing a sweetheart deal for the five biggest mortgage banks that victimized homeowners and brought about much of our housing market woes. Today, I'm taking on the unfair trade practices of foreign governments that are illegally subsidizing industries such as solar energy and paper, and costing jobs in my state.

I want to go to the Senate to be a fighter for the people of my state and for Americans middle class.

Why am I running?

From a very young age, I recognized the ability for one person to make a difference in the world. It was then that I first knew I wanted to dedicate my life to improving my community and the lives of those around me.

Now, that was middle school and a lot has changed since then! I was first elected to Congress in 1998, when much of the establishment and pundits doubted my campaign and the ability for a dedicated group of grassroots activists to come together. We out-organized our competition and broke barriers along the way.

Im running for US Senate today because I believe theres more work to be done. The people Ive represented in the House know they can count on me to fight for them not for Wall Street, not for the big banks or Wall Street. Thats what Ive always done, and I think the US Senate could use a little more of that fighting attitude.

My Goals

1. Promote Policies to Grow Wisconsins Manufacturing

2. Protect our Progressive Health Care Reform achievements and the promise of Medicare

My DFA Values

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My Campaign is People Powered!

Were a people-powered campaign at every level. So far, our campaign is off to a very solid start with over 100,000 grassroots activists joining our campaign with their online support. And with last quarters report we crossed over 40,000 individual contributors!

But I think the best measure of our grassroots is going on right now: were collecting signatures for my nomination to appear on the ballot and weve pledge to collect 10,000 five times the required amount!

Voice support


  • Sean Irish, MA
  • Janet Slaght, WI
  • Adrian Shanker, PA
  • Sheila Sampton fossie, WI
  • Sarah Shadnia, IL
  • Melissa Sargent, WI
  • Claude Williams, ME
  • R Johnson, CA
  • Kaili Lambe, VT
  • Jeff Carr, NM
...and 18 more.

About the Endorsement Process

The driving force behind all DFA endorsements is our members. We recognize that all politics is local and that what is considered progressive in Los Angeles may be very different from what's considered progressive in Louisville. For this reason, DFA does not have a litmus test of specific progressive positions for which a candidate must stand. Our endorsement is heavily weighted based on these questions:

• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

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