NewDem Action Fund Endorses Nikki Budzinski in IL13

Springfield, IL – Today, NewDem Action Fund announced their endorsement of Nikki Budzinski in Illinois’ 13th Congressional District.  Founded in 1997, the New Democrat Coalition is made up of 97 Democrats in the House of Representatives. The NewDems advocate for new ideas and new approaches to move America forward with a focus on working family issues like lowering health care costs, growing our economy, and modernizing infrastructure. 

NewDem Action Fund’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. Brad Schneider, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, Rep. Bill Foster, Madison County, St. Clair County, and 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), National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), The 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, League of Conservation Voters, J Street, Elect Democratic Women, Pastor T. Ray McJunkins, County Chairs Bill Houlihan (Sangamon), and Pam Monetti (Macoupin).

Nikki Budzinski made the following statement: “I want to go to Congress to be a champion for working families and fight for policy that will make a difference in people’s lives today. I am so excited to have the support of the NewDems and would be thrilled to be a New Dem in Congress because they are laser-focused on finding bipartisan solutions to problems that working people are facing across the country right now. From inflation and rising prices, to the cost of prescription drugs, to the need to bring manufacturing back to America, the NewDems are on the frontline of those fights and I would be honored to join them.”

“NewDem Action Fund is proud to endorse Nikki Budzinski because we know that she will be a constructive colleague in our Coalition’s work to address important issues such as lowering the cost of prescription drugs, tackling inflation, and ensuring economic opportunity for every American,” said NewDem Action Fund Chair Rep. Brad Schneider.


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.

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