Police Benevolent & Protective Association of Illinois Endorses Nikki Budzinski in IL13

“I believe we need to make our communities safer by investing in law enforcement and ensuring they have the resources they need to succeed.”

Springfield, IL – This morning, the Police Benevolent & Protective Association of Illinois announced their endorsement of Nikki Budzinski in Illinois’ 13th Congressional District. Founded in 1936, the PBPA is comprised of 189 different units and is the largest downstate police association made up of full-time and retired sworn police officers.

The endorsement comes as Nikki Budzinski enters the general election with over $1,00,000 cash on hand after a decisive win in Illinois’ Democratic primary last week.

Budzinski made the following statement: “I am honored to earn the endorsement of the Police Benevolent & Protective Association of Illinois and their members. I am committed to working with the law enforcement community.”

“I believe we need to make our communities safer by investing in law enforcement and ensuring they have the resources they need to succeed. The PBPA and their members know that I will stand with them and work with them to accomplish everyone’s shared vision of making our communities safer. I look forward to working with them in Congress.”

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.”

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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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