Michael Bennet is an American politician serving as the senior U.S. Senator from Colorado. He has held the seat since 2009. He was appointed to the seat when Ken Salazar resigned to become Secretary of the Interior. Prior to his time in the Senate, Bennet worked as the managing director for the Anschutz Investment Company, served as the chief of staff to then-Mayor John Hickenlooper, and as the superintendent of Denver Public Schools.
Joe Biden served as the 47th vice president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. Biden also represented Delaware in the U.S. Senate from 1973 to 2009. Biden was a former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as well as the Senate Judiciary Committee. Biden currently serves as the Benjamin Franklin Professor of Presidential practice at the University of Pennsylvania.
Cory Booker has been the junior United States Senator from New Jersey since 2013. The first African-American U.S. Senator from New Jersey, he was previously the 36th Mayor of Newark from 2006 to 2013. Before that, Booker served on the Municipal Council of Newark for the Central Ward from 1998 to 2002 and worked as a tenant organizer.
Stephen Clark Bullock (born April 11, 1966) is an American politician and attorney who is the current Governor of Montana. He began his career working as legal counsel to the Secretary of State of Montana before becoming the Executive Assistant Attorney General and acting Chief Deputy Attorney General of Montana. Bullock then entered private practice as an attorney for Steptoe & Johnson. In 2008, Bullock was elected Attorney General of Montana. Bullock has served as Governor of Montana since 2012 and was reelected in 2016.
Pete Buttigieg has been the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, since 2012. Buttigieg is a graduate of Harvard University and Oxford University. He has previously worked at McKinsey and Company, a management strategy consulting firm and was a Navy intelligence officer, attaining the rank of lieutenant and deploying for the War in Afghanistan in 2014.
Julián Castro served as the youngest member of President Obama’s Cabinet, serving as the 16th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 2014 to 2017. Castro was the mayor of San Antonio, Texas from 2009 until his Cabinet appointment in 2014, and he had previously served as the youngest city councilman in San Antonio history from 2001 to 2005.
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Bill de Blasio is an American politician who is serving as the 109th Mayor of New York City. Prior to his first election to the position of Mayor, he served as New York City’s public advocate from 2010 to 2013. He graduated from New York University and Columbia University before a brief stint as a campaign manager for Charles Rangel and Hillary Clinton. He started his career as an elected official by serving on the New York City Council representing the 39th district in Brooklyn from 2002 to 2009. He was elected Mayor of New York City in the landslide 2013 election and retained his office in 2017, another landslide election.
John Delaney is a politician and businessman who previously served as the United States Representative for Maryland’s 6th congressional district from 2013 to 2019. Delaney co-founded Health Care Financial Partners, a company that offered loans to smaller health care service providers, and CapitalSource, a Maryland-based commercial lender.
Tulsi Gabbard is the U.S. Representative for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district since 2013. Gabbard served in a field medical unit of the Hawaii Army National Guard in a combat zone in Iraq from 2004 to 2005 and was deployed to Kuwait from 2008 to 2009. She previously served in the Hawaii House of Representatives from 2002 to 2004 and was a vice chair of the Democratic National Committee until February 2016, when she resigned to endorse Senator Bernie Sanders.
Mike Gravel was the United States Senator from Alaska from 1969 to 1981. Gravel served in the U.S. Army in West Germany, and later became a real estate developer before entering politics. He served in the Alaska House of Representatives from 1963 to 1966, and also became Speaker of the Alaska House.
Kamala Harris has been the junior United States Senator from California since 2017. Following a career in the San Francisco District Attorney’s office and the City Attorney of San Francisco’s office, she served as the 27th District Attorney of San Francisco from 2004 to 2011 and the 32nd Attorney General of California from 2011 to 2017.
Amy Klobuchar has been the United States Senator from Minnesota since 2007. Klobuchar was a partner at two Minneapolis law firms before being elected county attorney for Hennepin County, Minnesota’s most populous county, in 1998.
Wayne Messam has been the mayor of Miramar, Florida since 2015. He was elected to the Miramar City Commission in 2011 and also works as a general contractor and owner of a construction firm.
Beto O’Rourke represented Texas’ 16th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 2013 to 2019. O’Rourke previously served on the El Paso City Council, where he was chosen as mayor pro tem, and ran for the U.S. Senate in 2018.
Tim Ryan has been the U.S. Representative for Ohio’s 13th congressional district since 2003. Ryan previously worked as an aide to Congressman Jim Traficant and served in the Ohio Senate from 2001 to 2002 before winning election to succeed Traficant. He also ran to be party leader of the House Democrats in 2016.
Bernie Sanders has been the junior United States Senator from Vermont since 2007. The longest-serving Independent in congressional history, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1990.
Thomas Fahr Steyer is an American billionaire hedge fund manager, philanthropist, environmentalist, liberal activist, and fundraiser. Steyer is the founder and former co-senior managing partner of Farallon Capital and the co-founder of Onecalifornia Bank. In 2010, Steyer and his wife signed The Giving Pledge to donate half of their fortune to charity during their lifetime. In 2012, he sold his stake in and retired from Farallon Capital. Switching his focus to politics and the environment, he launched NextGen America, a non-profit organization that supports progressive positions on climate change, immigration, health care, and education.
Joe Sestak is an American politician and retired U.S. Navy officer. A member of the Democratic Party, he represented Pennsylvania’s 7th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 2007 to 2011 and was the Democratic nominee for the United States Senate in 2010.. A three-star vice admiral, he was the highest-ranking military official ever elected to the United States Congress at the time of his election.
Elizabeth Warren has been the senior United States Senator from Massachusetts since 2013. Warren was formerly a prominent scholar specializing in bankruptcy law, most recently teaching at Harvard Law School and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She also served as Assistant to the President under President Obama to advise on the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
Marianne Williamson is an American author, lecturer and activist. She has written 13 books, including four New York Times bestsellers and founded Project Angel Food, a volunteer food delivery program serving people with AIDS and other diseases. She also co-founded The Peace Alliance, an organization supporting peace-building projects.
Andrew Yang is an American entrepreneur and philanthropist who founded Venture for America. He also served as CEO of Manhattan Prep, a test prep company, and previously worked in startups after a brief career as a corporate attorney.
Kirsten Gillibrand has been the junior United States Senator from New York since her appointment to fill the seat vacated by Hillary Clinton in 2009. Gillibrand was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2006, after previously serving as an attorney for the government and in private practice. Gillibrand also worked on Hillary Clinton’s 2000 U.S. Senate campaign.
John Hickenlooper is a politician and businessman who served as the 42nd Governor of Colorado from 2011 to 2019. After his career as a geologist, Hickenlooper entered a career in business and co-founded the Wynkoop Brewing Company in Denver. Hickenlooper was also elected the 43rd mayor of Denver in 2003, serving two terms until 2011.
Jay Inslee has been the governor of Washington since 2013. He previously served in the United States House of Representatives from 1993 to 1995 as well as from 1999 until 2012. After graduation from college, Inslee became a criminal prosecutor and served in the Washington House of Representatives from 1989 to 1993.
Seth Moulton has been the U.S. Representative for Massachusetts’s 6th congressional district since 2015. A former Marine Corps officer, Moulton served four tours in Iraq before receiving two master’s degrees in business and public policy at Harvard.
Eric Swalwell has been the U.S. Representative from California’s 15th congressional district since 2013. Before being elected to the U.S. House, he served as a local appointee on Dublin, California commissions and served one term on the Dublin City Council. He previously worked as an Alameda County deputy district attorney.
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Donald Trump is the 45th and current president of the United States. He was appointed president of his family’s real estate business in 1971, which he later renamed The Trump Organization. He also owned the Miss Universe and Miss USA beauty pageants from 1996 to 2015, and he produced and hosted The Apprentice, a reality television show, from 2003 to 2015.
Bill Weld served as the 68th Governor of Massachusetts from 1991 to 1997 and the Libertarian Party’s nominee for Vice President of the United States in the 2016 election. Weld previously served as the U.S. Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division and the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts.
William Joseph Walsh is an American conservative talk radio host and politician. He served one term in the U.S. House of Representatives for Illinois’ 8th congressional district. Before being elected to Congress, Walsh worked as a social worker, teacher and in finance before launching a career in Republican politics by working for conservative think tanks.