The moderate group’s goal is to show “that leaders from service backgrounds have a lot to offer our politics, and can be part of the solution of getting Congress and our political system working better,” according to David Heifetz, the chief communications officer at New Politics, a bipartisan organization that recruits candidates from the military and intelligence communities. The leaders say they plan to spend the next year and a half hosting fundraisers and policy briefings around the country, as well as highlighting other women service members who are active in state and local politics. “When I was successful in winning this seat, it was important to me to make this permanent,” Houlahan told me, referring to the steadily increasing number of women and women veterans in Congress. Last year, each of the five women touted her military experience as something that made her uniquely qualified to work in Congress, pledging to put “the mission above partisanship.”
Joining Houlahan for a news conference Wednesday are Reps. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii; Elaine Luria, D-Va.; Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J.; Don Bacon, R-Neb.; and Gil Cisneros, D-Calif.
Houlahan, Luria, Sherrill and Reps. Abagail Spanberger, D-Va., and Elissa Slotkin of Michigan were part of a record number of female veterans with military or intelligence experience who ran for Congress last year. They’re raising money together for potential candidates in 2020 with military experience through Service First Women’s Victory Fund and New Politics, a bipartisan organization.
Focus on vets: New Politics, a bipartisan organization that recruits candidates from the military and intelligence communities, is facilitating the effort. The lawmakers plan to fundraise together and split the money.
“Through fundraising, speaking events, and policy discussions, the Service First Women's Victory Fund will help amplify the voice of women service leaders in office, encourage more women service veterans to run for office, and build the next generation of political leadership,” New Politics said in a statement.
“These are the leaders who will transform and save our democracy,” said Emily Cherniack, the founder and executive director of the nonpartisan organization New Politics, which has partnered with the Democratic lawmakers to help raise money. Its mission is to recruit and support candidates who once served in the military and intelligence communities, as well as from national service programs like Americorps and the Peace Corps.
Once strangers who never imagined a life in politics, the freshman United States representatives were now side-by-side describing their ideas and motivations for helping one another win re-election, genuine friends who joked around and knew each other well enough to finish one another’s sentences.
They sat at a large table across from a handful of national media outlets, including Newsweek, as they unveiled their partnership in a seventh-floor conference room of New Politics’ office building in southeast Washington, with floor-to-ceiling windows that offered a bird’s eye–like view of the Washington Monument and the Capitol building.
The five women ran as part of broad group of Democrats specifically recruited for their service backgrounds and lack of political voting records. Luria and Sherrill served in the Navy, Houlahan in the Air Force, while Spanberger and Slotkin worked at the CIA…
Many of the women crossed paths on the campaign trail last year at fundraisers, and they shared support from groups like EMILY’s List or New Politics, a group that backs candidates with service backgrounds. New Politics is running and administering the joint fundraising committee but is not not taking any of the money that's raised.
U.S. Representatives Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA-06), Elaine Luria (D-VA-02), Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ-11), Elissa Slotkin (D-MI-08), and Abigail Spanberger (D-VA-07) today joined with New Politics to launch the Service First Women’s Victory Fund, a first-of-its-kind campaign to elevate the collective voice of women service leaders, from Congress to the campaign trail. Reps. Luria and Sherrill are both U.S. Navy Veterans and Naval Academy graduates, while Rep. Houlahan is a former U.S. Air Force Officer. Reps. Elissa Slotkin and Abigail Spanberger are former officials in the Central Intelligence Agency. The new joint effort builds on the powerful impact these service leaders had on last year’s midterm elections, changing the face of Congress and helping bring servant leadership back to politics.
A coalition of female freshman lawmakers aims to support female Democratic veterans running for office, according to The New York Times.
The group, called the Service First Women’s Victory Fund, aims to fundraise for new female Democratic candidates with backgrounds in national security and the military as well as develop a policy forums to highlight current officeholders….
The Fund will collaborate with the bipartisan organization New Politics, which recruits candidates with backgrounds in intelligence, the military and national service programs like Americorps and the Peace Corps. New Politics raised $7 million for candidates in 2018.
The other women forming the Service First Women’s Victory Fund include Representatives Elaine Luria, Democrat of Virginia, a Navy veteran, and Chrissy Houlahan, Democrat of Pennsylvania and a former Air Force officer.
The group has teamed up with New Politics, a bipartisan organization that recruits candidates from the military and intelligence communities, and other national service programs like the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps. In the 2018 election cycle, the group helped raise over $7 million for these types of candidates, including many of the House freshmen.
New Politics, the national bipartisan organization dedicated to electing outstanding service leaders to all levels of government, on Tuesday made their first congressional endorsements of the 2020 election cycle, throwing their support behind the reelection campaigns of a cohort of first-term service leaders who have quickly distinguished themselves as part of a new movement for servant leadership in Congress. The endorsements follow a 2018 election cycle in which service candidates ran, and won, in some of the toughest districts in the country and make up a significant portion of the freshman class.
New Politics has been instrumental in helping to elect veterans, including Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Massachusetts, a former Marine who is now among the crowded field running for the Democratic presidential nomination.
New Politics has also aided Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-New Jersey, a Navy veteran; Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wisconsin, a Marine veteran; and Rep. Max Rose, D-New York, an Army veteran.
“I thought, ‘If this kid can do it,’” she said, “I can do it, too.”
So Ciamacca, 60, followed her own advice to students — “be a participant in government instead of spectating” — and will this year retire from the teaching job she’s had for nearly two decades. The Democrat is running in the 2020 election to represent Delaware County’s 168th District in the Pennsylvania State House, a legislative seat that party leaders are watching closely and see as ripe for a flip.
New Politics is thrilled this month to welcome Jessica Lieberman to the team as a campaign advisor! In the role, Jessica will advise state and local candidates in all aspects of their campaigns, including field, fundraising, and paid media strategy.
This month, we welcome the spring and say goodbye to the first fundraising quarter. In that spirit, our March campaigns update offers an inside look at why fundraising quarterly deadlines matter, an ask to donate, and some other updates from our world. Thanks as always for reading!
Emily Cherniack, founder of New Politics, joins The Great Battlefield podcast to discuss how she is recruiting and helping servant leaders get elected to help transform and revitalize our democracy.
Emily Cherniack & Micah Scharff of New Politics join the pod to discuss why recruiting service members for a second tour of duty — representing their country, after spending years fighting for it — is more important now than ever.
2019 has been off to a busy start, and we’re excited to update you on a few February highlights as the new cycle begins in earnest. We kick off this month’s update with some news on familiar faces.
New Politics is thrilled today to welcome Micah Scharff as the Director of Strategy and Growth, overseeing the organization’s ambitious growth plans following an election cycle where service veterans were a national movement and ran some of the strongest races in the country on both sides of the aisle.
Micah joins New Politics after serving as Finance Director and Senior Advisor for Ken Harbaugh’s congressional campaign in Ohio’s 7th Congressional District, where she led a fundraising operation that raised the most money in the country for a Democrat in a Solid Republican District and outraised the incumbent Congressman, Bob Gibbs, nearly three-to-one ($3.1 million to Gibbs’ $1.1 million).
Micah was recruited to work on the Harbaugh campaign by New Politics and she quickly became one of the country’s top fundraisers, earning her a feature story on CBS News as part of a wave of millenial women staffers entering politics for the first time. A New Politics-endorsed candidate himself, Harbaugh is a Navy veteran and former President of Team Rubicon Global who ran on putting country over party and bringing a new generation of leadership to Washington.
“I couldn’t be more excited to join the New Politics team,” Micah said. “They were critical partners on the Harbaugh campaign, and are one of the only political organizations out there with a long term vision and a thoughtful strategy for how to repair our politics. New Politics is doing the critical work required to lower the barriers of entry to running for office for the best leaders in our country.”
Mounting evidence in North Carolina’s Ninth Congressional District shows election fraud may have been committed and people’s voices were stolen by people hired by the Mark Harris campaign. New Politics-supported candidate Dan McCready on Thursday afternoon announced he was withdrawing his concession to Mark Harris given evidence that Harris “bankrolled criminal activity” that affected the election. As the evidence is investigated and leaders from both parties call for emergency hearings and thorough investigations, Emily Cherniack, the founder and Executive Director of New Politics, the organization that recruits and advises service-based candidates, including Marine Corps veteran and Democratic candidate Dan McCready, released the following statement today.
Cherniack started New Politics back in 2013 as a bipartisan organization aimed at breaking down barriers that often keep people who have served in the military or programs like AmeriCorps and the Peace Corps from getting involved in politics. During this year's midterm elections, phrases such as "country over party" and "servant leadership" that had filled the New Politics office for years suddenly became a part of the national conversation as New Politics' candidates and others used them to explain why they felt compelled to seek elected office.
The organization experienced some major wins, too; Military vets Mikie Sherrill(New Jersey) and Chrissy Houlahan (Pennsylvania) are among the four non-incumbent congressional candidates endorsed by New Politics headed to Washington in January. Together, the two women will increase the number of female veterans' in Congress by 50 percent and double the number serving in the House.
Cherniack thinks this is just the beginning.
Those veterans “built some of the strongest campaigns in the country and played a pivotal role in Democrats taking back the House.” New Politics, a public-service-oriented recruitment group, has already said it intends to bring in more candidates, including more veterans, in 2020.