Meet the Candidates - Pick a Progressive Patriot: Senate Challengers
We are excited to present our first 'Pick a Progressive Patriot' of
the new year. The candidates listed below are facing tough races
in 2008 and need our support. Click here to vote for your favorite!
Ronnie Musgrove - Mississippi
From Ronnie Musgrove's Campaign Website
Ronnie Musgrove has dedicated his life to serving the people of
Mississippi. For over two decades, he's taken a leading role in the
State to improve education, expand economic development, and ensure that
government lives within its means. Now, he's running for the U.S.
Senate to change the way Washington works and restore honesty and
integrity to our government.
During Ronnie Musgrove's tenure as Governor of Mississippi, he helped
create over 52,000 new jobs, brought more than $14 billion in new
investments to the state, invested in creating rural jobs, and brought
Nissan to Mississippi, which was the largest economic development
project in state history.
Musgrove has served in many leadership positions throughout his
career of public service. During his time as a state senator,
Musgrove chaired the Education Committee. In 1998 he was recognized
nationally as a leader among his peers, serving as chair of the National
Conference of Lieutenant Governors. He served as chair of the Southern
Regional Education Board, as the chair-elect for the Southern States
Energy Board, on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
and the Executive Committee for the Democratic Governors' Association,
where he served as vice chair of policy.
Learn more at http://musgroveforsenate.net/
Rick Noriega - Texas
|From Rick Noriega's Campaign Website
Rick has served the United States throughout his career. After
graduating from the University of Houston on an ROTC scholarship, Rick
served in the U.S. Army. As a national guardsman, he was deployed
for 14 months in Afghanistan before returning to his native Houston to
coordinate Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.
In addition to his military background, Rick has an extensive
background working in state government. Rick was elected 4 times
to the Texas House, where among other accomplishments he championed
legislation that provided in-state college tuition to certain immigrant
children – legislation which is now being copied at the federal level in
the form of the DREAM Act.
During the summer of 2007, Rick was drafted by activists, both online
and offline, to run for U.S. Senate. Rick feels our nation is headed in
the wrong direction, and is ready to stand up for those who have been
marginalized by the Bush administration. Rick is proud of how much he
has accomplished by living up to high standards, and intends to dedicate
himself toward restoring integrity in the U.S. Senate.
Learn more at http://www.ricknoriega.com/
Andrew Rice - Oklahoma
From Andrew Rice's Campaign Website
Andrew invested himself in politics after losing his brother in the
9/11 attacks and watching the Bush administration lead a war in Iraq
rather than focusing on reigning in the sources of terrorism in Middle
East and bringing the perpetrators of 9/11 to justice. Shortly
after 9/11, Andrew fell upon his bachelor's degree in religious studies
and his master's in theological studies and worked at the Texas Faith
Network, where he organized Texas religious leaders to advocate for
moderate and progressive public policy ideas. Andrew also
organized education programs about religious intolerance all over Texas.
Andrew returned to Oklahoma in 2003 to establish the Progressive
Alliance Foundation, which advocates fairness and equity in public
policies. In 2005, Rice launched a bid for State Senate District
46, a diverse inner-city district that includes small business owners,
ethnic neighborhoods and Oklahoma City University. He defeated two
Democratic opponents in the primary and won the general election with
70 percent of the vote after personally walking the entire district and
meeting or contacting every voter.
In the Oklahoma state senate, Andrew has proven himself a bipartisan
leader and a strong advocate for children and families. During the
2007 senate session, Andrew co-sponsored the 'All Kids Act,' which gave
health insurance to 38,000 kids in Oklahoma.
With the same energy and dedication that won him 70% of the vote in
three-way primary to win his seat in the state legislature, Andrew is
confident he can take Senator Inhofe's seat for the democrats in 2008.
Learn more at http://andrewforoklahoma.com/
Jeanne Shaheen - New Hampshire
From Jeanne Shaheen's Campaign Website
Jeanne has been involved in New Hampshire – as a parent, and a high
school teacher, in local government as chair of Madbury’s zoning board,
and a State Senator before being elected Governor.
As Governor, she lead New Hampshire towards smart energy solutions,
an accomplishment she hopes to reproduce in the Senate to stop global
warming. Jeanne led the effort to prepare our children to compete
and lead in the world economy by raising standards for teachers and
making public kindergarten available to more than 16,000 additional
children. She also expanded health insurance to nearly 20,000
children who had none.
Jeanne believes we need a firm date to begin withdrawing our troops
and a plan for a phased withdrawal that protects the safety of our men
and women in uniform. As a former high school teacher, she
believes we need to reform No Child Left Behind, make critical
investments in early learning, and make college affordable for all
Learn more at http://www.jeanneshaheen.org/
Mark Udall - Colorado
From Mark Udall's Campaign Website
Mark began his career in public service in the Colorado State House
in 1997. Since 1998, he has represented Colorado's Second
Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Throughout his career, Mark's operating style has been to avoid burning
bridges with people, including those with whom he has philosophical
This bipartisan attitude allowed him to pass legislation turning the
Rocky Flats, the former nuclear weapons facility, into a wildlife
refuge. As an avid outdoorsman, Mark has fought in Congress to
protect our natural resources and reducing our dependent on foreign oil
and curbing the effects of climate change have been among his top
priorities since he was first elected.
Mark is proud of his vote against the rush to war with Iraq in 2002
and his vote against the PATRIOT Act. He has fought tirelessly to
redeploy our troops out of Iraq and will continue to do so as Colorado's
Learn more at http://www.markudall.com
Tom Udall - New Mexico
From Tom Udall's Campaign Website
Following in a proud family tradition of public service, Tom has
served his country and the State of New Mexico as a U.S. Attorney, as
Chief Counsel to the Department of Health and Environment, as Attorney
General for 8 years, and as a Congressman currently in his fifth termm
winning an amazing 75% of the vote in his 2006 election.
During his tenure in Congress, Tom Udall has earned a reputation as a
courageous and principled legislator who is not afraid to stand up for
what is right. At the same time, he is known for reaching across
party lines to find common ground, for being an effective and thoughtful
advocate for his constituents and for exercising the kind of bold
leadership we need in these troubled times. Nothing more clearly
demonstrates Tom's dedication to his district than the dozens of town
hall meetings he has hosted around the state to hear from his
constituents and to learn how he can better serve them. His town
hall visits, he says, remind him of where he came from, why he is in
Washington and who sent him there.In the Senate, Tom
is dedicated to improving access to healthcare, protecting our
constitutional freedoms, conserving our natural treasures, and ending
the misguided war in Iraq.
Learn more at http://www.udallforusall.com
Mark Warner - Virginia
From Mark Warner's Campaign Website
Before entering public service, Mark was a high tech business
leader who co-founded the Nextel. As Governor of Virginia
from 2002-2006, he inherited budget shortfalls that ultimately grew to
$6 billion and ended with a surplus that allowed the largest single
investment in K-12 education in Virginia history, a reinvestment in one
of the nation's premier public college and university systems, and a
record investment in the cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay.
In 2005, TIME Magazine named him one of 'America's Five Best
Governors,' and his bipartisan, results-oriented approach led to
Virginia being designated the country’s best-managed state and the best
state for business.
Learn more at http://www.markwarner2008.com/