Who’s on Team Biss?

By Team Biss

Team Biss is made up of thousands of people across Illinois, including several elected officials and organizational leaders, and we’re thrilled to have them on our team. Whether as individuals or groups, our supporters are dedicated to fighting for progressive values. Our grassroots movement is growing every day, and Democrats across Illinois are taking note.

 

Our Revolution: “Our Revolution is proud to endorse Daniel Biss for governor of Illinois. Daniel will be accountable to middle-class and working families, and to people who have been ignored and pushed aside for generations. He’s committed to co-governing and will put our shared progressive vision first in everything he does. That’s why we’re joining with Daniel in this race, and why we’re working all across the country to build a powerful, grassroots movement.”

 

Our Revolution – Illinois:
“Daniel has been a longtime champion of increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour. He has been a longtime supporter of Medicare-for-All. He has been a leader in the fight for education funding. And Daniel understands the need to get the state’s financial house in order by changing the tax system so that those who can most afford it will pay their fair share.”

 

MoveOn:
“Daniel’s people-powered campaign is building momentum from Chicago to Champaign to East St. Louis. He’s running on a bold vision for a massive change to Illinois politics and economy. One that puts middle-class values and families first, not the billionaires and big corporations.”

 
 

Sierra Club – Illinois: “Daniel Biss knows that clean energy is the right choice for our future, and that clean air and water are a basic right of all Illinoisans. We know Daniel Biss will put people over polluters as our Governor because that is exactly what he has done in the General Assembly. That’s why Sierra Club is mobilizing our members and supporters in this race, to elect a bold champion for our future.”

 

National Nurses United: “Nurses are proud to endorse Daniel Biss because he shares nurses’ values of caring, compassion and community. Daniel Biss shares our vision for an Illinois where every resident receives quality healthcare through a single payer/Medicare for All healthcare system. He rejects the notion that cuts to social services are necessary or inevitable and is committed to raising the progressive revenue that we need to fully fund and expand the services that our communities need.”

 

Individuals

Robin Kelly (U.S. Representative): “We need a principled leader who will stand up for what’s right, who will fight for the forgotten and middle class — and has the receipts to prove it. Daniel will be a strong, principled voice in Springfield for our values. I trust Daniel to be the governor for all of us, not just some of us. If you’re like me, you want a leader who will put people over politics. There’s no one I trust more than Daniel to lead this fight and win.”

 

Sheila Simon (Former Lieutenant Governor): “Daniel gets things done—that’s why I’m endorsing him for governor. Daniel hasn’t been stopped by political logjams or by criticism from some members of his own party. Daniel finds new ways to solve old problems and encourages all of us to fight for what we believe in. From introducing a constitutional amendment to create a progressive income tax to fighting for a more just school funding system, Daniel is a leader.”

 

Omar Aquino (State Senator): “What impresses me the most about Daniel is his dedication to amplifying voices that are typically ignored. When we’re working together, whether to raise the minimum wage, create a student loan bill of rights, or protect undocumented communities, Daniel’s integrity and persistence inspire our colleagues to stand with us. I’m always proud to have Daniel by my side in the legislature, and I’m excited to continue working with him as governor.”

 

Bill Cunningham (State Senator): “ Daniel Biss is the candidate I trust to solve the problems Illinois is facing… It’s why I’ve fought alongside Daniel in the Senate to create a Student Loan Bill of Rights, reform our broken property tax system, and end cycles of wage discrimination, and it’s why I’m endorsing him for governor today.”

 

 

Don Harmon (State Senator): “As we’ve worked together in the Senate, I’ve always admired Daniel’s commitment to organizing. He’s not introducing bills for the headline, or to wrap up a quick accomplishment for the next election cycle—he’s in this for the long haul and understands how to mobilize the support necessary to win meaningful reforms for working families.”

 

David Koehler (State Senator): “Daniel and I have worked together for years in the Senate on issues ranging from healthcare reform to consumer protections, and I know that he’s someone we can trust to stand on our side. Given Daniel’s success at passing bold legislation amidst the obstructionism that has characterized Rauner’s time in office, I am confident that Daniel will bring to Springfield the changes we so desperately need.”

 

Pat McGuire (State Senator): “Daniel Biss applies his smarts, heart, and work ethic to solving a greater range of state problems than anyone I know. Time and again, I’ve seen Daniel devise bold solutions, refine them through compromise, and win bipartisan support for measures that strengthen Illinois families and communities.”

 

 

John Mulroe (State Senator): “Whether he’s creating a first-of-its-kind retirement savings program or protecting consumers from misuse of personal data, Daniel is known for examining every facet of the issue at hand, engaging key advocacy groups, and organizing our colleagues to bring about long-term change. It’s been a pleasure to collaborate in the legislature, and I look forward to supporting Daniel on the campaign trail and when he’s governor.”

 

Laura Murphy (State Senator): “Daniel is the candidate I trust to bring transparency and accountability to Springfield. For years, I’ve admired Daniel’s collaborative and solution-oriented approach to working with advocacy groups and passing legislation like the Student Loan Bill of Rights. And my trust in Daniel has only grown stronger as I’ve seen him empowering voters, sharing a progressive vision, and harnessing the power of our communities on the campaign trail.”

 

Steve Stadelman (State Senator): “Daniel has the experience and the vision to transform our state government. To not only pass a budget that balances on paper, but one that provides long-term stability. Our families, like the middle class and working families around the state, deserve to know that our government is working for them—not just to maintain the status quo, but to do the hard work of creating opportunity.”

 

 

Carol Ammons (State Representative): “With his decade-long record of grassroots organizing and legislative accomplishments to make our state a better place for middle-class families like his own, Daniel is the progressive leader I trust to lead that change. I look forward to rallying our communities and our state around a hopeful 2018 election cycle.”

 

 

Kelly Cassidy (State Representative): “Daniel is the only candidate in this race who has a record of enacting real, progressive change, including for the LGBTQ community. When we passed the ban on conversion therapy, when we passed marriage equality — he was there every step of the way, working with me and others in the community, doing the actual hard work of making laws that protect us.”

 

Will Davis (State Representative): “We can elect a progressive legislator with real budget solutions, a community organizer dedicated to amplifying all of our voices, and a middle-class father we can trust to stand on our side. I’m proud to announce my endorsement today and to organize my community to join in as well.”

 

 

Robyn Gabel (State Representative): “I have had a front-row seat as Senator Biss has worked extremely hard on behalf of families across Illinois to stop the Trump-Rauner agenda. I have watched as Daniel has listened, learned, and fought for the reforms we need: access to reproductive healthcare for all women, paid family leave and equal pay regardless of gender, more safety in our workplaces and better schools in our neighborhoods. I am excited to vote for Daniel Biss in the Democratic primary for governor.”

 

Will Guzzardi (State Representative): “I’m proud to endorse Daniel Biss for Governor of Illinois. He believes that working Illinoisans deserve a fair shot at a decent life, and that the only thing standing in the way is powerful politicians who protect their special-interest friends at our expense. He’s made that clear in his work in Springfield — from education funding reform to raising the minimum wage, from closing tax loopholes to getting big money out of politics.”

 

Theresa Mah (State Representative): “Daniel has always been inclusive and cognizant of structural inequalities in our state. He established an Asian American Advisory council, of which I was a member, and took meaningful steps to address the needs of the Asian American community. I believe he is the best person to serve as our next governor and lead the charge towards greater diversity, inclusion, and fairness for working families of Illinois. He shares the progressive values that I hold dear.”

 

Ann Williams (State Representative): “During our time in the legislature, Daniel has been a leader and engaged partner in so many critical fights: protecting our environment, advocating for equality for the LGBTQ community, and securing the economic and reproductive rights of women. I’ve also seen Daniel’s dedication as we’ve tackled the many consumer protection issues that pose serious challenges in our rapidly changing 21st century economy.”

 

Lawrence Lessig (Activist and law professor): “Daniel is the only candidate we can trust to take on this broken system once in office. Backed by a statewide coalition of voters and experienced in organizing the legislature around his progressive vision, Daniel has the background necessary to implement long-term reforms to change the way campaigns are funded. I am honored to stand with a reformer, and I would urge every American committed to achieving democracy in America again to stand with him too.”

 

Debra Shore (Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner): “I am a constituent and long-time friend of State Senator Daniel Biss. Daniel has been a champion for women in health care and so many other ways. I think what we need in the next governor of Illinois is someone with experience, with integrity, and someone who is super smart and who can solve problems. And Daniel Biss is all that and more.”

 

Donna Miller (VP of Illinois Democratic Women): “Daniel has been a leader in women’s reproductive rights, women’s equality and making sure that women have a seat at the table. As governor, Daniel will bring those same values with him. This will be important not only for my family, and his family, but all the families across the state of Illinois.”

 

 

Adlai Stevenson III (Former U.S. Senator): “Daniel is the only Democratic candidate for governor with legislative experience, having served with distinction in both the House and Senate,” said Adlai Stevenson. “He knows state government—its structure, its processes, and how to pass the policies he believes in. He’s a reformer and a unifier with unparalleled intelligence and integrity. He’s not a billionaire—but the people of Illinois want elections, not auctions. After years of following Daniel’s career, I know he’s the leader we need to get Illinois back on track, and that’s why I’m proud to endorse him today.”

 

Dick Simpson (Former Alderman, Professor at UIC): “Daniel is a proven progressive and a leader who doesn’t shy away from the tough fights. Whether he’s introducing a small donor matching program to get big money out of politics or a bill to require presidential candidates to release their tax returns to appear on the Illinois ballot, Daniel pursues innovative solutions that will transform our democracy at its core. With an impressive record of taking on the political machine and organizing around long-term reforms, Daniel is the candidate I trust to build a state that works for middle-class families like his.”

 

John Arena (Chicago Alderman): “Daniel is the only candidate we trust to build a powerful, progressive movement in our state. Creating an Illinois that supports middle-class and working families is going to require a governor who can harness the power of our communities—and Daniel gets that.”

 

 

Sue Sadlowski Garza (Chicago Alderwoman): “I look at Daniel Biss, and I believe he’s the right candidate to become our next governor, because he stands for the same values as me. He stands for the same values as people across the state of Illinois. He has kids in a public school.  He’s not a billionaire who’s lining his pockets with back-door deals; he’s somebody that stands up for the working class. He’s shown that over and over again, in the position that he has now.”

 

Roberto Maldonado (Chicago Alderman): “Daniel Biss is the candidate I trust to fight for my community. Working families, immigrants, and people of color in my ward face profound threats from the Trump administration, and Rauner has failed to bring the opportunity and security we need. This election is an opportunity to elect a progressive who is grounded in the needs of our families and who has the experience and drive necessary to build a state that works for all of us.”

 

Scott Waguespack (Chicago Alderman): “While any Democratic candidate can espouse progressive policies on the campaign trail, Daniel is the only one with a proven track record of getting things done in Springfield. From fighting for progressive revenue options to supporting efforts for an elected, representative school board in Chicago, Daniel has been on the front lines every step of the way.”

 

Les Leopold (Labor Rights Activist):
“Daniel Biss, a former math professor and current state senator, who is not wealthy, is the only candidate running for governor with an ability to make the hard choices needed to balance the state budget and bring fiscal sanity to Illinois. As a long-standing proponent of progressive revenue sources, Daniel has fought for a progressive income tax to make the wealthy pay their fair share.”

 

Groups

BlackRoots Resistance: “As an organization committed to and fighting for the liberation of Black people, we believe Daniel and his running mate Litesa Wallace are the best candidates to help bring economic equity and justice to our communities. Biss and Wallace want to fully fund public education in the state so that Black children on the Southside of Chicago have the same quality education as White children in Highland Park.”

 

Champaign County Young Democrats: “Daniel represents our values as young progressives, supporting important issues like a progressive income tax in Illinois, strong labor unions, legalization of recreational marijuana, a $15 minimum wage, and free community college tuition. These issues are common sense in a progressive state like Illinois, and it’s a shame that true progress has been intentionally stifled by Governor Rauner’s absolutist refusal to pass any reforms unless they cripple the ability of Illinois workers to organize.”

 

Illini Democrats: “Senator Biss has consistently shown up and stood up for people across Illinois, fighting for the values that we hold core to our organization. We are confident and excited in his ability to defeat Governor Rauner this Fall and create the just, equitable, thriving, and sustainable future of Illinois that we believe in.”

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Indo-American Democratic Organization: “Daniel has earned our trust by reforming our immigration system, making social services accessible despite language barriers, ensuring cultural sensitivity in healthcare and social services, and calling for fair election maps that properly represent communities like ours.”

 

 

Democratic Party of Evanston: “Evanston Democrats voted to endorse someone we’ve seen up close and personal as our Representative and Senator and who we know will make a great, progressive Governor,” said Evanston Township Democratic Committeeman Eamon Kelly. “Our grassroots members are fired up and ready to put in the work to nominate him on March 20.”

 

 

National Association of Social Workers – Illinois : “We’re with Daniel because we’ve seen him take on our broken system as he’s led the fight for a progressive income tax and because he has a track record of passing meaningful reforms, such as banning the unscientific and incredibly damaging “conversion therapy” for minors and allowing social workers to be reimbursed by Medicaid.”

 

New Trier Township Democrats:
“Illinois’ next governor will face major challenges, from fixing the school funding formula to raising much-needed revenue, so we need a leader we can trust to fight for our families. While we had opportunities to meet the other candidates, Daniel is a clear choice. We’ve seen his integrity, intelligence, and perseverance in action for years, and we’re confident he’s the right candidate for Illinois.”

 

Northside Democracy for America: “Daniel Biss has been a champion for progressive issues for more than a decade, first as a community organizer, then as a lawmaker. Daniel is the only candidate in this race with a record of passing laws that solve the problems facing our state. NDFA has a commitment to electing socially progressive, fiscally responsible, ethically committed Democrats, and we took this endorsement seriously, hearing from five major Democratic candidates for governor. Our members proudly voted to endorse Daniel Biss for governor.”

 

People’s Action: “People’s Action is proud to join our member organization Reclaim Chicago in endorsing Sen. Daniel Biss (D) for governor of Illinois. As a middle-class candidate and father of two children in public schools, Biss has championed progressive issues his entire career and is the only candidate for governor who has real government experience, passing nearly 90 bills during his time in the state legislature.”

 

Planned Parenthood of Illinois Action: “The PPIA board is proud to announce that after careful deliberation of which candidate would best champion Planned Parenthood’s core values, we have decided that three gubernatorial candidates deserve the PPIA seal of approval. We are proud to endorse Senator Daniel Biss, Chris Kennedy, and J.B. Pritzker for governor of Illinois.”

 

Reclaim Chicago: “Daniel is not a billionaire. He worries about balancing the cost of living with saving for his children’s college education, and he understands that the necessities of life are out of reach for far too many families. Daniel knows first hand what a difference it would make in our lives to fully fund public education, to make public universities tuition-free, and to have a Medicare for All system that would free us from the financial crisis that almost always accompanies a health crisis. Daniel is already leading the fight to close corporate tax loopholes and make the very rich pay their fair share so that Illinois can afford to make these investments.”

 

45th Ward Independent Democrats: “As a middle-class father and grassroots organizer who has taken on the wealthy and well-connected on the campaign trail and in the legislature, Daniel understands that organizing alongside groups like the 45th Ward Independent Democrats is the only way to win progressive reforms and build a truly representative government. We’re proud to endorse Daniel Biss, excited to vote for him in March and November, and prepared to work together to grow our movement in this election cycle and in years to come.”

 

And more including: Former State Representatives Elaine Nekritz, Normal City Council Member Chemberly Cummings, Network 49, Democratic Party of the 49th Ward, and Evanston 5th Ward Alderman Robin Rue Simmons.