Budzinski Endorsement Roundup: Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois

AFFI President: “We know Nikki Budzinski will be there with us and fight for our members, and that’s why we are happy to be supporting her.”

Springfield, IL – Today, Nikki Budzinski, candidate for Congress in Illinois’ 13th Congressional District, highlighted her endorsement from the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois (AFFI). The AFFI organizes, supports, advocates, and promotes the interests of professional union firefighters and EMS providers in Illinois.

Chuck Sullivan, AFFI President said: “It is critical that the AFFI has leadership in Congress that understands our legislative priorities and listens to our interests. We know Nikki Budzinski will be there for us and advocate for our members. That is why we are happy to support her. “

Budzinski made the following statement: “Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, fire fighters are on-call to keep us safe. And when emergencies arise, they risk their lives to protect us. I was proud to advocate for firefighters and EMS workers at the International Association of Fire Fighters – and I’m proud to have the endorsement of Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois as I run to serve Central and Southern Illinois in Congress. I’ll always work to ensure our first responders have the resources they need to stay safe as they serve our communities.”


Nikki Budzinski is a labor activist, former Chief of Staff at the Office of Management and Budget in the Biden Administration and Senior Advisor to Governor JB Pritzker. Born in Peoria, Illinois, she’s the granddaughter of a union painter and public-school teachers.  Nikki has over ten years’ experience in the labor movement, working for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union and International Association of Fire Fighters.