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Equality California Endorses 33 Pro-Equality Members of Congress for Re-Election
February 28, 2022 at 11:00 am

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February 28, 2022

CONTACT: Jorge Reyes Salinas, Equality California
PHONE: (323) 848-9801/MOBILE: (213) 355-3057/EMAIL: press@eqca.org

LOS ANGELES — Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, announced endorsements for 33 incumbent members of Congress running for re-election in 2022 on Monday. The organization had previously announced early incumbent endorsements for U.S. Senator Alex Padilla and U.S. Representatives John Garamendi, Josh Harder, Katie Porter and Mike Levin in 2021 — after the four House incumbents were added to the NRCC’s target list.

Equality California extends pro forma endorsements to incumbent members of Congress in California running for reelection who have earned a 100% pro-equality rating on the organization’s legislative scorecards in both of the last two years and who meet Equality California’s code of ethics, standards of conduct and other applicable endorsement criteria. (See below for additional details.)

The organization released the following statement from Executive Director Tony Hoang on Monday announcing the endorsements:

“LGBTQ+ Californians are lucky to be represented in Washington by so many incredible pro-equality champions. Together with California’s congressional delegation, Equality California is working to pass the Equality Act, protect abortion access and reproductive freedom, advance racial justice, enact commonsense gun safety laws, reform our broken immigration system and create a world that is healthy, just and fully equal for all LGBTQ+ people. We are proud to support these fantastic leaders in their campaigns for reelection this year.”

Equality California announced new 2022 endorsements for the following members of Congress:

  • Congressional District 2: Jared Huffman

  • Congressional District 5: Mike Thompson

  • Congressional District 6: Ami Bera
  • Congressional District 7: Doris Matsui

  • Congressional District 10: Mark DeSaulnier

  • Congressional District 11: Nancy Pelosi

  • Congressional District 12: Barbara Lee
  • Congressional District 14: Eric Swalwell

  • Congressional District 16: Anna Eshoo

  • Congressional District 17: Ro Khanna
  • Congressional District 18: Zoe Lofgren

  • Congressional District 19: Jimmy Panetta

  • Congressional District 21: Jim Costa
  • Congressional District 24: Salud Carbajal

  • Congressional District 25: Raul Ruiz

  • Congressional District 26: Julia Brownley
  • Congressional District 28: Judy Chu

  • Congressional District 29: Tony Cárdenas

  • Congressional District 30: Adam Schiff
  • Congressional District 31: Grace Napolitano

  • Congressional District 32: Brad Sherman
  • Congressional District 33: Pete Aguilar

  • Congressional District 34: Jimmy Gomez

  • Congressional District 35: Norma Torres

  • Congressional District 36: Ted Lieu

  • Congressional District 38: Linda Sánchez
  • Congressional District 39: Mark Takano

  • Congressional District 43: Maxine Waters

  • Congressional District 44: Nanette Barragán
  • Congressional District 46: Lou Correa

  • Congressional District 50: Scott Peters

  • Congressional District 51: Sara Jacobs
  • Congressional District 52: Juan Vargas

Candidates shown in bold are openly LGBTQ+.

Additional Details:

Candidates who took office in 2021 are evaluated based on last year’s score only. Equality California’s Endorsement Process and Guidelines are available online at eqca.org/elections.

For a full list of Equality California’s 2022 endorsements to date, visit eqca.org/elections.


Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization. We bring the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve. www.eqca.org

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