Freshman Dem endorses Harris’s 2020 bid

Freshman Rep. Katie HillKatherine (Katie) Lauren HillTensions with Iran reach new stage over uranium threat Tensions with Iran reach new stage over uranium threat Ocasio-Cortez shares verse by the 'Congressional Destiny's Child' in promotion of new birth control legislation MORE (D-Calif.) on Tuesday endorsed Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBiden, Sanders to be center stage at first debate Biden, Sanders to be center stage at first debate Poll: Six Dems lead Trump in Florida match-ups 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. LieuDemocrats ask OSC to review whether Kushner violated Hatch Act Democrats ask OSC to review whether Kushner violated Hatch Act Overnight Defense: Trump doubles down on claim Iran attacked tankers | Iran calls accusations 'alarming' | Top nuke official quietly left Pentagon | Pelosi vows Congress will block Saudi arms sale 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 BidenFive takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Five takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Sanders tears into Trump in response to campaign kickoff rally MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFive takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Five takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Sanders tears into Trump in response to campaign kickoff rally MORE (I-Vt.) and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas). 

Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSanders tears into Trump in response to campaign kickoff rally Sanders tears into Trump in response to campaign kickoff rally Warren introduces universal child care legislation MORE (D-Mass.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandOvernight Health Care: Democrats attack after Trump revives talk of ObamaCare replacement | Cruz, Ocasio-Cortez efforts on birth control face major obstacles | CVS investing M to fight teen e-cig use Overnight Health Care: Democrats attack after Trump revives talk of ObamaCare replacement | Cruz, Ocasio-Cortez efforts on birth control face major obstacles | CVS investing M to fight teen e-cig use Trump's 2020 campaign strategy is to be above the law MORE (D-N.Y.), former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardJuan Williams: Trump's incredible shrinking GOP Juan Williams: Trump's incredible shrinking GOP Overnight Defense: Trump doubles down on claim Iran attacked tankers | Iran calls accusations 'alarming' | Top nuke official quietly left Pentagon | Pelosi vows Congress will block Saudi arms sale MORE (D-Hawaii) and others have already either formally declared their candidacy or suggested they intend to run in 2020.