Budzinski Endorsement Roundup: Illinois Police Benevolent and Protective Association  

Illinois PBPA Director: “Budzinski will be a strong voice for law enforcement and the communities they protect” 

Springfield, IL – Today, Nikki Budzinski, candidate for Congress in Illinois’ 13th Congressional District, highlighted her endorsement from the Illinois Police Benevolent and Protective Association. The Police Benevolent & Protective Association of Illinois is the largest downstate police association consisting of full-time and retired sworn police officers in 189 local units.

Sean Smoot, PBPA Chief Legal Counsel and Director, made the following statement: “Nikki Budzinski has earned the support of the PBPA of Illinois because she will be an advocate for the safety and training of law enforcement officers in Washington. Her support of officers in the line of duty and off duty, along with their families, is essential to public safety. She will be a strong voice for law enforcement and the communities they protect.”

Budzinski made the following statement: “Every day, first responders put their lives on the line to keep our families safe. As a Member of Congress, I’ll work with law enforcement to ensure that every officer has the tools, resources and training they need to protect themselves and our communities. I’m proud to have the endorsement and trust of the Police Benevolent & Protective Association and I look forward to working with them to make Central and Southern Illinois a safer place for all of us.”


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.