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Democracy Defenders, Congressional Leaders Endorse Welch

Calling Welch “a leader in the fight to save our democracy and protect the right to vote”

Date: January 19th, 2022 
Contact: [email protected]

BURLINGTON, Vt. –  Rep. Adam Schiff (CA-28), Rep. Jamie Raskin (MD-8), Rep. Karen Bass (CA-37), Rep. Joaquin Castro (TX-20),  Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-7), Rep. David Cicilline (RI-01), Rep. Madeleine Dean (PA-04), and Rep. Stacey Plaskett (VI-AL) — all leaders in the fight to protect voting rights and our democracy — on Wednesday endorsed Rep. Peter Welch’s campaign for U.S. Senate. 

The group has been on the frontlines of the fight for the future of American democracy. Welch has made the fight for voting rights and the preservation of democracy a core pillar of his Senate campaign. 

Rep. Adam Schiff, Chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Lead Impeachment Manager during former President Trump’s first impeachment trial, and Member of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol

“Peter is one of our best and brightest in the House, someone of unquestioned integrity and who has been a leader in the fight to save our democracy and protect the right to vote. During his time on the House Intelligence Committee, throughout the impeachment hearings, and on the most pressing domestic and national security challenges we face, Peter has always been determined to uphold the values of our Constitution and do his best for working families. Peter is a superb choice to be Vermont’s next Senator, and he has my unequivocal support.”

Rep. Jamie Raskin, Lead Impeachment Manager during former President Trump’s second impeachment trial, Member of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol, and Member of the House Judiciary Committee

“I want to thank the people of Vermont for sending Peter Welch to the House and encourage you now to send him to the Senate. With Peter, you have a chance to make your new Senator an unstoppable progressive fighter who knows how to make Congress work for the American people. We are in the fight of our lives to defend constitutional democracy in 2022 and Peter Welch has been a staunch opponent of  insurrectionists, coup-plotters and every other authoritarian trying to tear down American institutions. We need him in the Senate and, unlike some others, he won’t let being in the Senate go to his head—and he will never betray us.” 

Rep. Karen Bass,  Member of the House Judiciary Committee, Lead Sponsor of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, former Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus

“I am endorsing Peter for Senate because he is one of the most effective leaders in the House, knows how to get things done for working families, and has been a great partner in the fight for racial justice and to save our democracy. He knows how to fight and knows how to win. That’s what we need in the Senate right now. 

I’m proud to endorse Peter Welch for Senate.”

Rep. Joaquin Castro,  Impeachment Manager during former President Trump’s second impeachment trial, Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

“Peter is smart, thoughtful, tough, and respected. It’s what makes him one of the most effective members of the House. As a member of the Intelligence Committee with Peter, I see firsthand his commitment to defending our democracy everyday. We need Peter in the Senate to continue to fight for Vermonters and all Americans. I am proud to endorse Peter for Senate!”  

Rep. Terri Sewell, Lead Sponsor of the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, Member of the House Ways and Means Committee, former Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

“Peter Welch has been a thoughtful and reliable member of the House of Representatives. I was honored to serve alongside Peter on the House Intelligence Committee where I witnessed firsthand his commitment to protecting our national security and defending our democracy every step of the way.

As a daughter of Selma, Alabama, and the lead sponsor of the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, I am proud to endorse Peter to be the next Senator from Vermont. We need fighters in the Senate who will protect our voting rights and I know that Peter Welch is up to that challenge.”

Rep. David Cicilline, Impeachment Manager during former President Trump’s second impeachment trial, Member of the House Judiciary Committee

“Peter is a thoughtful and respected Member of Congress. He works hard, serves with integrity and respect, and delivers every day for Vermont and the country. Peter understands that we are in a critical moment for our country and democracy and we need to remain resilient and committed to beat back the attacks on our democracy. He is someone I need as a partner in the Senate in our fight to save democracy and provide a government that works for all Americans. That’s why I am endorsing Peter Welch to be the next Senator from Vermont.”

Rep. Madeleine Dean, Impeachment Manager during former President Trump’s second impeachment trial, Vice Chair of the House Judiciary Committee

“I’m delighted to endorse my friend and esteemed colleague Congressman Peter Welch. 

Rep. Welch has thoughtfully served the people of Vermont for over 15 years in the House — during that tenure he has held important leadership roles and advocated for protecting our environment for future generations and lower prescription drugs for families. My time with Congressman Welch has shown me his dedication and passion to our families, seniors, and our planet. Personally, he is generous with colleagues like me — to be sure we are successful together, for the good of the many. 

I am confident he will continue this great work in the Senate, and look forward to supporting him in this election cycle.” 

Rep. Stacey Plaskett, Impeachment Manager during former President Trump’s second impeachment trial, Member of the Ways & Means Committee

“I am proud to endorse my colleague Peter Welch for Senate. I served with Peter on the Oversight Committee where he demonstrated a fierce commitment to strengthening our democracy and holding powerful executives and government officials accountable to the American people. Peter is an effective leader in the House and gets things done for working families, to protect the environment, to advance racial justice and to protect and preserve our democracy. I know Peter will continue to serve Vermonters well in the U.S. Senate.”

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