Our vision is an American government that reflects the diversity of its citizens. We’re on a mission to elect inclusive Arab-American Democrats to public office and to elect other Democrats committed to our inclusive agenda. We endorse candidates who strengthen the participation of Arab Americans within the political process and create pathways for the integration of Arab Americans into the Democratic Party.
Here are the 2020 Congressional candidates endorsed by AADAF:
Jamaal Bowman, NY-16
Jamaal Bowman is the Democratic nominee for New York's 16th congressional district. He is a Bronx middle school principal and has been a teacher and public school advocate for twenty years. He was born and raised in New York City and spent his early years in public housing and later in rent-controlled apartments. If elected to Congress Jamal will focus on strengthening public school education. Jamal supports Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, a progressive foreign policy with an emphasis on universal human rights, diplomacy as opposed to wars, a humane border policy, criminal justice reform, and combating Islamophobia, anti- Semitism, and xenophobia.
Debbie Dingell, MI-12
Debbie Dingell represents the 12th District of Michigan in the U.S. House of Representatives. This district is home to the largest Arab-American community in the country. Before being elected to Congress, Debbie was the Chair of the Wayne State University (WSU) Board of Governors. An active civic and community leader, she is a recognized national advocate for women and children. Debbie is a respected voice in Michigan. She co-hosted Detroit Public Television’s “Am I Right,” regularly served as a panelist on “Flashpoint,” a public affairs program on WDIV-TV4 Detroit, and was named one of the 100 most influential women in Michigan.
Marcy Kaptur, OH-9
Currently serving as the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 9th congressional district, Marcy Kaptur is the longest-serving woman in the House of Representatives. Marcy believes that The U.S. must be an honest broker for peace in the Middle East. She is a strong advocate of environmental responsibility, affordable healthcare, and campaign finance reform.
Debbie Mucarsel-Powell represents Florida’s 26th congressional district as the first Ecuadorian-American and first South American immigrant member of Congress. She immigrated to the United States from Ecuador as a young girl with her family.
After her father died in a senseless act of gun violence, Debbie became a strong advocate for gun safety legislation. She is a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. Besides being a champion of gun control she is focused on immigration reform, healthcare, the environment, and human rights everywhere. As a member of Congress, she fought the Trump administration's family separation policy, prioritizing equal pay, and keeping the planet clean for future generations.
Betty McCollum, MN-4
Betty McCollum is a Democrat representing the families of Minnesota’s Fourth District in the United States House of Representatives. In 2000, Congresswoman McCollum made history as only the second Minnesota woman elected to serve in Congress since statehood in 1858. McCollum represents the residents of Minnesota's capital city, St. Paul, as well as all of Ramsey County and most of Washington County.
Throughout her career in public service, Congresswoman McCollum has been a champion for human rights including those of the Palestinian people, excellence in education, protecting the environment, expanding health care access, fiscal responsibility, and robust international engagement that prioritizes diplomacy, development, along with a strong national defense.
Marie Newman, IL-3
Marie Newman is running as the Democratic nominee for Illinois’s Third Congressional District which is home to one of the largest Arab-American communities and the largest Palestinian-American community in the country. Marie’s platform aligns perfectly with that of AADAF supporting pro-justice values both within the US and abroad. Marie’s platform calls for health care for all; access to affordable education; economic justice; immigration reform; women’s rights, and civil and human rights.
Marie's campaign staff includes- a Palestinian American who is the campaign chair and oversees an interfaith, peace and unity coalition as well as an Arab advisory group to the campaign. Marie worked closely with members of the community to develop a plan on the Palestinian/Israeli issue that advocates for justice, equality and human rights for all. Marie Newman is a progressive, solution-centered candidate that understands the importance of working with all people and to become their respective voice in congress.
Mark Pocan, WI-2
Mark Pocan was elected in 2013 to serve as U.S. Representative for Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district. Mark is committed to fighting for policies that promote economic and social justice. He is Co-Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus and the Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC). He is a fighter for high-quality public education, clean energy, raising the minimum wage, and voting rights.
Qasim Rashid, VA-1
A Pakastani-born immigrant, Qasim Rashid is running for Congress to represent Virginia's first district. He is a proud American author that has spent much of his time serving his community and fighting to protect the rights of persecuted religious minorities. Qasim earned his law degree from the University of Richmond and testified before the US Commission on International Religious Freedom. Qasim works as a consultant helping many large organizations, businesses, non-profits. Qasim is committed to ensuring every child has a fair path to success through education, he will support The CARE Act to put an end to the opioid crisis, and he will fight in Congress to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.
Donna Shalala, FL-27
Donna Shalala represents Florida's 27th congressional district and has spent her entire life fighting to improve the lives of others. A lifelong Democrat, she has advocated tirelessly for women’s rights, civil rights, increased access to health care, better education and schools, and a clean, sustainable environment. She served as the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) during the Clinton administration and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bush. Donna’s extensive experience shows she is a born leader and fighter that has what it takes to get things done.
Rashida Tlaib, MI-13
Rashida Tlaib represents Michigan's 13th congressional district, the third poorest in the nation. She is a relentless human rights advocate, and as she would say, “a mother working for justice for all.” Her two young sons are the root of her unwavering passion to help change lives for the better. She is the oldest of 14 children, born and raised in Detroit, and the proud daughter of Palestinian immigrant parents. Rashida made history in 2008 by winning her race for State Representative and becoming the first Muslim woman to ever serve in the Michigan Legislature. She served three terms and rose to the Democratic Chair of the Michigan House Appropriations Committee. She is a champion of economic & environmental justice, civil rights, raising the minimum wage, and human rights.