February 1, 2019 - United States Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey announced today that he will be a candidate for president in 2020. Booker's entry into the race had long been speculated to occur.
In 1998 at the age of 29 , Booker won his first political office when he was elected to the Newark , New Jersey City Council. During his term on the Newark City Council , Booker went on a 10 day hunger strike and set up a tent in front of a city housing project to protest open air drug dealing.
In 2002 , Booker challenged four term incumbent Newark Mayor Sharpe James for the mayoralty. The 2002 election was bruising contest and saw Booker loose the race earning 47% of the vote to 53% for James. Now out of elected office Booker would practice law and serve on university boards.
Newark Mayor James did not run again in 2006 , where upon Booker would cruise to election as the Mayor of Newark with 72% of the vote. Upon being sworn in as Mayor of Newark , New Jersey's largest city, Booker launched at 100 day plan to reform the city.
Upon the death of U.S Senator Frank Lautenberg in 2013 , a special election was called to fill the remainder of the late senator's term. Booker won the primary on August 13 , 2013 with 59% of the vote. On October 16 , 2013 Booker defeated his republican challenger Steve Lonegan by a margin of 54% to 44%. Booker was then sworn into the U.S. Senate on October 31, 2013.
Because there was only about 14 months left in the unexpired term of Senator Lautenberg, that required Booker running for re-election immediately in 2014. Booker would go on to victory in November defeating his republican rival Jeffrey Bell by a margin of 55.8% to 42.4%.
In announcing his presidential candidacy Booker said " I believe that we can build a country where no one is forgotten, no one is left behind; where parents can put food on the table; where there are good paying jobs with good benefits in every neighborhood; where our criminal justice system keeps us safe , instead of shuffling more children into cages and coffins; where we see the faces of our leaders on television and feel pride, not shame."
January 23, 2019 - On the national holiday celebrating the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., U.S. Senator Kamala Harris of California announced that she is running for president. Harris begins the race often polling in the top 5 of likey 2020 Democratic contenders.
Harris started her political career when in 2003 she was elected District Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco. She was re-elected in 2007 when she ran unopposed. In 2009 Harris released her book Smart on Crime: A Career Prosecutor's Plan to Make Us Safer.
In 2010 , Harris was elected Attorney General for the State of California. Harris was re-elected California Attorney General in 2014. During the presidency of Barack Obama , Harris was sometimes mentioned as a possible United States Supreme Court Justice or U.S Attorney General.
Harris won her next election when in November of 2016 she was elected to the United States Senate. Within 24 hours of her presidential announcement , her campaign raised over 1.5 million dollars.
January 16 ,2019 - It's been a busy week in presidential politics as three democrats Tulsi Gabbard , Julian Castro and Kristen Gillibrand have all announced that they will seek the presidency.
U.S. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii has had a long history serving the The Aloha State. She began her political career at the age of 21 when she was elected to the Hawaii House of Representatives. She is a veteran of the Iraq War where she served with the Hawaii Army National Guard. After returning from Iraq in 2009, she resumed her political career by running for a seat on the Honolulu City Council. She won a run off election in November of 2010 and assumed office in January of 2011.
In 2012 Gabbard was elected to the United States House of Representatives. In addition to her work in Congress , Gabbard has also served as Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee. In October of 2015 Gabbard was promoted to the rank of Major in the Hawaii Army National Guard. Gabbard made her presidential announcement on January 11, 2019.
Julian Castro is a former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development having served in the Obama Administration from 2014 to 2017. Castro began in political career when he was elected to the San Antonio City Council in 2001. In 2009 Castro was elected Mayor of San Antonio. Castro's presidential campaign slogan is "One Nation. One Destiny." Castro made his presidential announcement at a rally in his hometown of San Antonio on January 12, 2009.
United States Senator Kristen Gillibrand of New York began her political career when she was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2006.Upon the selection of Senator Hillary Clinton to become Secretary of State in the Obama Administration , Gillibrand was appointed to the seat in January of 2009. In 2010 , Gillibrand won election for the remainder of Clinton's term which stretched to 2012. Gillibrand won re-election in 2012 and in 2018. Gillibrand has often been mentioned as a possible presidential candidate and announced on January 15, 2019 the beginning of her White House bid.
January 1, 2019 - It's time to start making the Elizabeth Warren 2020 campaign buttons , as yesterday she announced that she has formed a presidential exploratory committee. Warren first elected to the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts in 2012 is expected to face a crowded field for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
Standing outside her Cambridge , Massachusetts home , Warren said that "I'm in this fight all the way." Warren added "I'm in the fight for all our families. I want to see a America that works not just for some people , but an America that works for all of us."
Prior to entering politics , Warren had a distinguished carrier as a law professor known for her expertise in commercial and bankruptcy law.
In her 2012 election to the U.S Senate , Warren earned 53.7% of the vote to 46.2% for incumbent Senator Scott Brown. In 2016 , Warren earned 60.3% of the vote to 36.2% for Geoff Diehl.
December 13, 2018 - Last night in New York City , former President Barack Obama and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy received the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award. The RFK award is given in recognition to those who work toward a more just and peaceful world.
Upon accepting the award Obama said "its easy to succumb to cynicism but Bobby Kennedy's life reminds us to reject such cynicism and that progress is fueled by hope."
Murphy , who served as Obama's Ambassador to Germany from 2009 to 2013 , stated that "I thank you for keeping the spirit of RFK alive so that it may educate and inspire future generations , just as he inspired my generation to learn form one another, to seek common ground , and to serve our communities."