Illinois Pipe Trades Association Endorses Nikki Budzinski in IL13

Springfield, IL – Today, the Illinois Pipe Trades Association announced their support of Nikki Budzinski in her campaign for Illinois’ 13th Congressional District. The IL Pipe Trades represent 19 local unions and over 1500 union contractors in Illinois. They represent plumbers, pipefitters, sprinkler fitters, welders, HVAC workers, and other service workers and are a part of the national United Association (UA).

The Illinois Pipe Trade’s endorsement is the latest in a broad coalition of support that Budzinski is building, including U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth, the Illinois AFL-CIO, EMILY’s List, State Treasurer Mike Frerichs, Rep. “Chuy” García, Rep. Sean Casten, Rep. Cheri Bustos, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Rep. Mike Quigley, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, Rep. Bill Foster, Madison County Democrats, St. Clair County Democrats, Sangamon County Democrats, State Senator Christopher Belt, Assistant Majority Leader Jay Hoffman, House Democratic Caucus Chair LaToya Greenwood, State Representative Katie Stuart, UFCW Local 881, Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT),  United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC), SEIU State Council, United Steelworkers (USW), IBEW Locals 51, 146, 193, 309, 601 and 649, Communications Workers of America (CWA), Sheet Metal Air Rail and Transportation Workers’ Union, Heat and Frost Insulators, Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois (AFFI), Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC) Local 8, Leage of Conservation Voters, J Street, Elect Democratic Women, Pastor T. Ray McJunkins, County Chairs Bill Houlihan (Sangamon), and Pam Monetti (Macoupin).

“I’m thrilled to have the support of Illinois Pipe Trades and their members,” said Nikki Budzinski. “In Congress, I’ll fight for strong labor standards like prevailing wage, oppose so-called right to work laws, and always stand with working families in Central and Southern Illinois. I look forward to working with the Illinois Pipe Trades in Congress.”

Rick Terven, Jr., Legislative & Political Director for the Illinois Pipe Trades Association, made the following statement: “The union plumbers, pipefitters, and sprinkler fitters of the Illinois Pipe Trades Association are proud to announce their endorsement of Nikki Budzinski for Illinois’ 13th Congressional District. Nikki’s long career of advocating for workers and their families give her the experience needed to be the best candidate for working families in the 13th district.”


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.