A Guide to Democratic Women Running for Federal Office in 2020

Pay attention to these Senate and House races.

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While the presidential race is certainly the most talked about during the 2020 election cycle, what's equally important are the races in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. As we've seen following the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who we elect up and down the ballot—in this case, specifically the U.S. Senate (opens in new tab)—matters. Time and time again, we are reminded that the only way to ensure we live in a democracy that works for all of us is to elect leaders that are truly interested in representing the people, and working towards a progressive future.

With the help of organizations like EMILY's List (opens in new tab)The Collective (opens in new tab)Vote Run Lead (opens in new tab)LGBTQ Victory Fund (opens in new tab)Everytown for Gun Safety (opens in new tab)New American Leaders (opens in new tab), and Emerge (opens in new tab), Marie Claire created a guide to the Democratic women running for federal office—including those who are running on progressive agendas, which includes enacting bold climate change proposals and reforming our criminal justice system—this November. Consider it your cheat sheet to helping flip the Senate blue, electing more women to office, and ensuring the Democrat-led U.S. House of Representatives stays intact. (Remember: There are still key races (opens in new tab) to pay attention to that don't include women, like Senator Lindsey Graham vs. Democrat Jaime Harrison (opens in new tab) and Senator Cory Gardner vs. Democrat John Hickenlooper (opens in new tab).)

By no means is this a comprehensive list, and we will continue to update this piece with candidates through November 3. In the meantime, get to know some of the Democratic women on the ballot in your state, below.

U.S. Senate

Election Date: November 3, 2020

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Theresa Greenfield, Iowa

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Barbara Bollier, Kansas

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Amy McGrath, Kentucky

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Sara Gideon, Maine

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Sara Gideon is running a competitive race against Senator Susan Collins (R-ME). Collins voted to nominate Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court in 2018.

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Tina Smith, Minnesota*

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Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire*

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Abby Broyles, Oklahoma

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Marquita Bradshaw, Tennessee

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MJ Hegar, Texas

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Paula Jean Swearengin, West Virginia

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Merav Ben-David, Wyoming

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U.S. House of Representatives

Alyse Galvin (AK-AL)

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Phyllis Harvey-Hall (AL-02)

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Adia McClellan Winfrey (AL-03)

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Joyce Elliott (AR-02)

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Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-02)*

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Hiral Tipirneni (AZ-06)

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Audrey Denney (CA-01)

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Brynne Kennedy (CA-04)

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Chris Bubser (CA-08)

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Kim Mangone (CA-23)

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Christy Smith (CA-25)

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Katie Porter (CA-45)*

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Georgette Gómez (CA-53)

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Sara Jacobs (CA-53)

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Diane Mitsch Bush (CO-03)

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Jillian Freeland (CO-05)

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Jahana Hayes (CT-05)*

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Margaret Good (FL-16)

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Pam Keith (FL-18)

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Pam Keith, a veteran, is running to defeat Republican incumbent Brian Mast in a historically red district.

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Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26)*

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Donna Shalala (FL-27)*

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Nikema Williams (GA-05)

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Lucy McBath (GA-06)*

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Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA-07)

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Tabitha Johnson-Green (GA-10)

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Liz Johnson (GA-12)

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Abby Finkenauer (IA-01)*

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Rita Hart (IA-02)

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Cindy Axne (IA-03)*

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Marie Newman (IL-03)

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Betsy Dirksen Londrigan (IL-13)

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Lauren Underwood (IL-14)*

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Pat Hackett (IN-02)

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Christina Hale (IN-05)

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Michelle De La Isla (KS-02)

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Sharice Davids (KS-03)*

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Lori Trahan (MA-03)*

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Ihssane Leckey (MA-04)

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Ayanna Pressley (MA-07)*

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Rep. Ayanna Pressley is expected to win reelection in November. Pressley was part of the record number of women elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2018 midterm elections.

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Hillary Scholten (MI-03)

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Elissa Slotkin (MI-08)*

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Haley Stevens (MI-11)*

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Rashida Tlaib (MI-13)

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Angie Craig (MN-02)*

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Ilhan Omar (MN-05)*

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Quinn Nystrom (MN-08)

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Cori Bush (MO-01)

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Cori Bush, pictured here leading a Black Lives Matter protest, defeated 10-term incumbent Lacy Clay in the 2020 primaries. If elected, Bush will become the first Black woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives from Missouri.

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Jill Schupp (MO-02)

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Kathleen Williams (MT-AL)

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Deborah Ross (NC-02)

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Kathy Manning (NC-06)

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Pat Timmons-Goodson (NC-08)

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Cynthia Wallace (NC-09)

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Kara Eastman (NE-02)

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Amy Kennedy (NJ-02)

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Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11)*

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Deb Haaland (NM-01)*

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Xochitl Torres Small (NM-02)*

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Teresa Leger Fernandez (NM-03)

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Patricia Ackerman (NV-02)

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Susie Lee (NV-03)*

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Nancy Goroff (NY-01)

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Jackie Gordon (NY-02)

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14)

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (left) is also running for reelection and belongs to the group of record-breaking representatives who won in the 2018 midterm elections.

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Tedra Cobb (NY-21)

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Tracy Mitrano (NY-23)

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Dana Balter (NY-24)

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Kate Schroder (OH-01)

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Vanessa Enoch (OH-08)

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Desiree Tims (OH-10)

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Hillary O’Connor Mueri (OH-14)

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Danyell Lanier (OK-02)

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Kendra Horn (OK-05)*

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Christina Finello (PA-01)

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Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-05)*

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Chrissy Houlahan (PA-06)*

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Susan Wild (PA-07)*

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Kristy Gnibus (PA-16)

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Adair Boroughs (SC-02)

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Kim Nelson (SC-04)

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Melissa Watson (SC-07)

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Sima Ladjevardian (TX-02)

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Lulu Seikaly (TX-03)

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Lizzie Pannill Fletcher (TX-07)*

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Adrienne Bell (TX-14)

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Veronica Escobar (TX-16)*

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Wendy Davis (TX-21)

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Gina Ortiz Jones (TX-23)

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Candace Valenzuela (TX-24)

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If elected, Candace Valenzuela will become the first Black Latina in Congress.

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Julie Oliver (TX-25)

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Jessica Cisneros (TX-28)

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Sylvia Garcia (TX-29)*

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Elaine Luria (VA-02)*

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Abigail Spanberger (VA-07)*

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Jennifer Wexton (VA-10)*

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Carolyn Long (WA-03)

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Kim Schrier (WA-08)*

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Marilyn Strickland (WA-10)

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Beth Doglio (WA-10)

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Rachel Epstein is an editor at Marie Claire, where she writes and edits culture, politics, and lifestyle stories ranging from op-eds to profiles to ambitious packages. She also manages the site’s virtual book club, #ReadWithMC. Offline, she’s likely watching a Heat game, finding a new coffee shop, or analyzing your cousin's birth chart—in no particular order.