Freshman Dem endorses Harris’s 2020 bid

Freshman Rep. Katie HillKatherine (Katie) Lauren HillLawmakers beat reporters in annual spelling bee competition Young insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight Polling director: Young voters swayed by health care, economy, gun control MORE (D-Calif.) on Tuesday endorsed Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisO'Rourke hits back at Buttigieg over criticism of his gun buyback proposal Warren leads Democratic field by 3 points in new national poll Analysis: Warren and Booker most cyber-aware 2020 candidates MORE’s 2020 presidential bid, becoming the third member of Congress to endorse the California Democrat’s campaign. 

“I am so thrilled to throw my support completely behind Sen. Harris,” Hill said in an appearance on MSNBC.

“She has been just an exceptional leader in the state of California, and I think she is exactly the kind of candidate that we need to show the right kind of vision that we should have for this country.”

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Hill entered Congress this month after defeating two-term Rep. Steve KnightStephen (Steve) Thomas KnightRepublican fighter pilot to challenge freshman Dem in key California race Freshman Dem endorses Harris’s 2020 bid GOP trading fancy offices, nice views for life in minority MORE (R-Calif.) in November’s midterms.

Her endorsement comes just one day after fellow California Rep. Ted LieuTed W. LieuLieu accuses Trump of asking Ukraine to 'manufacture dirt' on Biden Lieu weighs in on impeachment inquiry Lieu calls for change to House rules, saying administration 'brought a machete to a knife fight' MORE (D), an outspoken progressive and Trump opponent, announced his support for his home-state senator.

“Known Kamala for many years & worked together on various issues,” Lieu tweeted Monday. “She embraces the future, not the past, and is the person we need to move America forward.”

Harris was also endorsed by Rep. Nanette Barragán (D-Calif.).

"She is the tough, determined progressive we need right now to not only defeat Trump but mobilize a movement of people behind a big-hearted vision of change," Barragán tweeted.

Harris on Sunday officially launched her bid for the White House, kicking off her campaign in front of thousands of supporters in Oakland, Calif.

The California Democrat is seeking to capitalize on high early fundraising numbers and enthusiasm from the base before the Democratic primary field, which already includes a handful of other high-profile candidates, gets even more crowded.

It was reported last week that the Harris campaign raised more than $1.5 million in online donations in the 24 hours following her announced candidacy. 

With the increased attention, recent polling has shown Harris moving up in the primary race among possible contenders which include former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSupport drops for Medicare for All but increases for public option Bolton told ex-Trump aide to call White House lawyers about Ukraine pressure campaign: report Federal prosecutors in New York examining Giuliani business dealings with Ukraine: report MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSupport drops for Medicare for All but increases for public option Hillicon Valley: Warren takes on Facebook over political ads | Zuckerberg defends meetings with conservatives | Civil liberties groups sound alarm over online extremism bill On The Money: Trump touts China trade deal | Wall Street, Washington see signs for caution | Trump threatens sanctions on Turkey | Sanders proposes sharp hike to corporate taxes MORE (I-Vt.) and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas). 

Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSupport drops for Medicare for All but increases for public option Hillicon Valley: Warren takes on Facebook over political ads | Zuckerberg defends meetings with conservatives | Civil liberties groups sound alarm over online extremism bill Feehery: Trump may be down, but he's not out yet MORE (D-Mass.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Gillibrand2020 Presidential Candidates Krystal Ball: Yang campaign a 'triumph of substance over the theatre' Three 2020 candidates have missed about half of Senate votes MORE (D-N.Y.), former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardSaagar Enjeti: Tuesday's Democratic debate already 'rigged' against Gabbard, Sanders Former 2020 candidate Mike Gravel: 'No question' Sanders is physically fit to be president So many issues, too many candidates and so little time to debate MORE (D-Hawaii) and others have already either formally declared their candidacy or suggested they intend to run in 2020.