2022 Endorsed LGBTQ Candidates
Becca Balint VT-AL
Vermont Senate President Pro-Tempore - Becca Balint is running to serve Vermont’s At-Large Congressional District. She is currently Vermont’s state Senate President and previously served as the Senate Majority Leader. When elected, Balint will be the first woman elected to federal office from Vermont and the first openly LGBTQ Member of Congress elected from Vermont. Incumbent Rep. Peter Welch is retiring to run for Vermont’s open Senate seat.
Clay Aiken NC-04
Activist and former American Idol Contestant - Clay Aiken is running to serve North Carolina’s rapidly growing research triangle, seeking to succeed retiring Rep. David Price. When elected, Aiken will be one of the first openly LGBTQ federal representatives elected from the South — along with other Equality PAC-endorsed LGBTQ congressional candidates Jasmine Beach-Ferrara in North Carolina and Michele Rayner in Florida.
Daniel Hernandez AZ-06
State Representative Daniel Hernandez is running to succeed retiring Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick in this district based around Tucson and its suburbs. He previously served as a intern for former Rep. Gabby Giffords (who held this seat for five years) and is largely credited with saving her life in those initial critical moments after a shooter attempted to take her life. When elected, Daniel will be the first openly LGBTQ Mexican American ever elected to Congress. This district was redrawn to remain one of the most competitive districts in the country.
Heather Mizeur MD-01
Heather Mizeur is running against incumbent Republican Andy Harris, who was instrumental in helping Donald Trump in his failed attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 election. This district covers Maryland’s Eastern Shore. When elected, Heather will be the first openly LGBTQ Member of Congress from Maryland. Due to redistricting, Maryland’s 1st Congressional District shifted to be one of the most competitive in the country for the 2022 midterms.
Jasmine Beach-Ferrara NC-11
Jasmine Beach-Ferrara is running to serve Western North Carolina residents. When elected, Jasmine will be one of the first openly LGBTQ federal representatives elected from the South — along with other Equality PAC-endorsed LGBTQ congressional candidates Clay Aiken in North Carolina and Michele Rayner in Florida. Due to court ordered redistricting, final maps are still to be determined.
Michele Rayner FL-13
State Representative Michele Rayner is running to serve Florida’s 13th Congressional District. Michele is the first and only LGBTQ Black woman to serve in the Florida Legislature and, when elected, will be the first openly LGBTQ Black woman ever elected to Congress. She is running to succeed Democratic Rep. Charlie Crist, who is retiring to run for governor.
Rep. Angie Craig MN-02
Rep. Angie Craig made history in 2018 as the first openly LGBTQ Member ever elected to Congress from Minnesota and the first openly LGBTQ Mom ever elected to Congress. Last year, Angie also became the first openly LGBTQ Grandma in Congress too! She won a tight re-election race in 2020 and is certain to face an equally down to the wire fight in 2022.
Rep. Chris Pappas NH-01
Rep. Chris Pappas made history in 2018 as the first openly LGBTQ person ever elected to federal office from New Hampshire. He made history again in 2020 as the first incumbent to win reelection from this district in more than a decade. Chris is running for reelection in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District — which is based around his home in Manchester and is one of the most perennially competitive seats nationwide.
Rep. David Cicilline RI-01
Rep. David Cicilline is the most senior LGBTQ Member serving in the House today. He made history as the first openly LGBTQ Mayor of a capitol city (Providence) and he remains the only openly LGBTQ Mayor to ever serve in Congress. David also Chairs the Congressional LGBTQ Equality Caucus — which is the largest caucus in the entire House of Representatives.
Rep. Mark Pocan WI-02
Rep. Mark Pocan made history in 2012 as the first openly LGBTQ person to ever succeed an LGBTQ person in federal elected office when he replaced Tammy Baldwin in the House, as she herself was making LGBTQ history by being elected to the Senate. Mark is the only openly LGBTQ person — and the first-ever — to serve on the very powerful House Appropriations Committee.
Rep. Mark Takano CA-39
Rep. Mark Takano made history in 2012 as the first openly LGBTQ person of color elected to Congress. Today, Mark is also the only LGBTQ person in the House or Senate to Chair a committee, leading the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.
Rep. Mondaire Jones NY-17
Rep. Mondaire Jones made history in 2020 as the first openly LGBTQ Black Member ever elected to Congress. He is running for reelection in New York’s 17th Congressional District, which is centered around New York’s Westchester and Rockland counties.
Rep. Ritchie Torres NY-15
Rep. Ritchie Torres made history in 2020 as the first openly LGBTQ Black-Latino Member ever elected to Congress — and he is also the first openly LGBTQ Member of Congress elected from New York City. This fighter from the South Bronx is running for reelection in New York’s 15th Congressional District.
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney NY-18
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney made history in 2012 as the first openly LGBTQ Member of Congress from New York and the first openly LGBTQ parent elected to Congress. He made history again in 2020 when his Democratic House colleagues elected him to Chair the DCCC for the 2022 midterms.
Rep. Sharice Davids KS-03
Rep. Sharice Davids made history in 2018 as the first openly LGBTQ Member of Congress from Kansas (of all places) and also as one of two first-ever Native American women elected to federal office. Sharice is running for reelection in Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District — based in Kansas City. Republicans recently gerrymandered this district to be even more competitive than it was previously.
Robert Garcia CA-42
Mayor of Long Beach, California - Mayor Robert Garcia is running to serve California’s new 42nd Congressional District. When elected, Robert will be the first openly LGBTQ immigrant elected to Congress and the first openly LGBTQ Peruvian American elected to Congress. He will also join Rep. David Cicilline as only the second openly LGBTQ mayor to ever serve in Congress.
Robert Zimmerman NY-03
Local jobs creator and longtime LGBTQ community champion - Robert Zimmerman is running to represent New York's redrawn 3rd Congressional District, seeking to succeed retiring Rep. Tom Suozzi. When elected, Robert will be the first openly LGBTQ Member of Congress from Long Island and Queens.
Will Rollins CA-41
Former National Security Prosecutor - Will Rollins is running to serve California’s new 41st Congressional District, challenging incumbent Republican Ken Calvert, who has one of the strongest anti-LGBTQ voting records in the House. Calvert also voted against certifying Joe Biden as President after the 2020 election, setting up a stark contrast between himself and Will. California’s new 41st Congressional District was redrawn to be one of the state’s most competitive seats and is a top Red2Blue pick up opportunity in 2022.