Booker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerK Street support to test Buttigieg We should welcome workers' 'powerful victory' in the Stop & Shop strike Harris adds another to her list of endorsements in South Carolina MORE (D-N.J.) is leading the 2020 Democratic field in endorsements from his fellow congressional lawmakers.

Booker has already locked up the public support of 12 lawmakers, including every member of his home state’s Democratic delegation.

Fellow New Jersey Sen. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezWe can accelerate a cure for Alzheimer's The Hill's 12:30 Report: Manafort sentenced to total of 7.5 years in prison Acting Defense chief calls Graham an 'ally' after tense exchange MORE (D) was an early backer, calling Booker a “great friend” who would “make an even greater president” in his endorsement. The two have served together since 2013.

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Other contenders are also pulling in early support from their home states. But Booker's tally is more than double the five congressional endorsements secured so far by Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisDemocrats' CNN town halls exposed an extreme agenda The Hill's Morning Report - Will Joe Biden's unifying strategy work? K Street support to test Buttigieg MORE (D-Calif.), who is in second.

While the 2020 primary contest is still in its early stages, the coveted endorsements can give candidates a boost, helping them bolster their credibility and build momentum in what is expected to be a crowded primary field.

Many lawmakers could face a tough choice.

Lawmakers from Texas will see pressure to support either former Rep. Beto O'RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O'RourkeOvernight Defense: 2020 Dems rebuke Trump on Iran deal | Trump appeals ruling on male-only draft | Kudlow claims Iran sanctions won't hike oil prices Castro wants to follow Obama's lead on balancing presidency with fatherhood Poll: Buttigieg tops Harris, O'Rourke as momentum builds MORE (D), who jumped into the race last week, or former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro.

O'Rourke is tied for third in The Hill’s tally along with Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenDemocrats' CNN town halls exposed an extreme agenda Minorities, older adults push Biden to top of 2020 poll The difference between good and bad tax reform MORE (D-Mass.), with four endorsements each.

Both candidates have a prominent national profile, but Warren's backers all come from her home state of Massachusetts, while O'Rourke has the support of two New York lawmakers and one from Florida.

Among Castro's three endorsements is one from his twin brother, Rep. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroDems charge ahead on immigration MJ Hegar announces Texas Senate bid Dems attack Barr's credibility after report of White House briefings on Mueller findings MORE (D-Texas).

Sens. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharDemocrats' CNN town halls exposed an extreme agenda Spicer: 'Near impossible' for 2020 Democrats to refuse Fox News debate James Comey, wife donated ,400 to Klobuchar's presidential campaign MORE (D-Minn.) and Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersDemocrats' CNN town halls exposed an extreme agenda Buttigieg says he doubts Sanders can win general election Meghan McCain: Bernie Sanders supporting prisoners being able to vote 'bats**t insane' MORE (I-Vt.) also have three endorsements. Sanders has the support of both his Vermont colleagues, Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyDurbin calls Mueller report findings on Trump team 'troubling' 20 Dems demand no more money for ICE agents, Trump wall The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump, Dems prep for Mueller report's release MORE (D) and Rep. Peter WelchPeter Francis WelchBooker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements Divisions emerge over House drug price bills Trump CFO Weisselberg emerges as key person of interest for Dems MORE (D), and a non-home state lawmaker, California Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaKhanna breaks with Sanders on voting rights for Boston Marathon bomber: 'I wouldn't go that far' Buttigieg responds to criticism after comparing Sanders, Trump supporters Environmentalists see victory with Green New Deal blitz MORE (D).

Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegDemocrats' CNN town halls exposed an extreme agenda Buttigieg says he doubts Sanders can win general election Minorities, older adults push Biden to top of 2020 poll MORE, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., who is rising in the polls, netted his first endorsement from Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.).

Some candidates have struggled to net early endorsements. Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandThe Hill's Morning Report - Will Joe Biden's unifying strategy work? K Street support to test Buttigieg Kamala Harris backs putting third gender option on federal ID MORE (D-N.Y.) has one from her state's sizable Democratic delegation — Rep. Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn Bosher MaloneySenate bill seeks to bring freedom back to banking Dems challenge bank CEOs on post-crisis reforms Carole King lobbies lawmakers in support of bill to protect the Rockies MORE.

Check back here as The Hill updates its list of congressional endorsements ahead of the 2020 election. And please send updates to editor@thehill.com.

 

Last updated on April 24 at 4:45 p.m.

 

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.)  (12)

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.)

Rep. Josh GottheimerJoshua (Josh) GottheimerBlockchain could spark renaissance economy Omar controversies shadow Dems at AIPAC Booker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements MORE (D-N.J.)

Rep. Andy Kim (D-N.J.)

Rep. Tom MalinowskiThomas (Tom) MalinowskiPompeo tells Dem rep. not to make Otto Warmbier a 'political football' Booker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements New Jersey Dems tell Pentagon not to use military funds for border wall MORE (D-N.J.)  

Rep. Donald NorcrossDonald W. NorcrossBooker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements New Jersey Dems tell Pentagon not to use military funds for border wall Rep. Beyer: What I learned In Central America MORE (D-N.J.)

Rep. Frank Pallone Jr.Frank Joseph PalloneAnti-smoking advocates question industry motives for backing higher purchasing age Overnight Health Care: DOJ charges doctors over illegal opioid prescriptions | Cummings accuses GOP of obstructing drug pricing probe | Sanders courts Republican voters with 'Medicare for All' | Dems probe funding of anti-abortion group House Democrats probe Trump administration's funding of anti-abortion group MORE (D-N.J.) 

Rep. Bill PascrellWilliam (Bill) James PascrellOn The Money: Conservatives rally behind Moore for Fed | White House interviewing other candidates | Trump, Dems spar on Tax Day | Budget watchdogs bemoan 'debt denialism' Dems, Trump harden 2020 battle lines on Tax Day Trump lawyer disputes Dem rationale for requesting tax returns MORE (D-N.J.) 

Rep. Donald Payne Jr.Donald Milford Payne Jr.Booker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements New Jersey Dems tell Pentagon not to use military funds for border wall Inside the Trump-Congress Christmas meltdown MORE (D-N.J.)  

Rep. Mikie SherrillRebecca (Mikie) Michelle SherrillBooker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements The 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority New Jersey Dems tell Pentagon not to use military funds for border wall MORE (D-N.J.)  

Rep. Albio SiresAlbio B. SiresBooker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements New Jersey Dems tell Pentagon not to use military funds for border wall Democrats seek to take on Trump at State of the Union MORE (D-N.J.)  

Rep. Jefferson Van Drew (D-N.J.)

Rep. Bonnie Watson ColemanBonnie Watson ColemanBooker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements New Jersey Dems tell Pentagon not to use military funds for border wall Nielsen testifies: Five things you need to know MORE (D-N.J.)  

 

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) (5)

Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-Calif.)

Rep. Julia BrownleyJulia Andrews BrownleyBooker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements Overnight Energy: Ocasio-Cortez rolls out Green New Deal measure | Pelosi taps members for climate panel | AOC left out | Court reviews order for EPA to ban pesticide Ocasio-Cortez: ‘I truly do not’ believe Pelosi snubbed me on climate change panel MORE (D-Calif.)

Rep. Katie HillKatherine (Katie) Lauren HillFreshman House Dems surge past GOP in money race Dems offer bill directing IRS to create free online tax filing service Liberals surprised by tax vote vow to kill 'Free File' provision MORE (D-Calif.)

Rep. Barbara LeeBarbara Jean LeeProgressives threaten to derail major Dem spending proposal Speaker in waiting? Rapid rise of Hakeem Jeffries fuels talk Congress should look into its own taxes and travel, not just Trump's MORE (D-Calif.)

Rep. Ted LieuTed W. LieuDems push back on White House suggesting they're 'not smart enough' for Trump's tax returns Civil rights attorney confronts Candace Owens on Fox News Lieu fires back at GOP lawmaker who claims he was 'owned' by Candace Owens: 'She said what she said' MORE (D-Calif.)

 

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) (4)

Rep. Veronica EscobarVeronica EscobarHispanic Caucus asks for meeting with top immigration official Border Dems introduce resolution condemning Trump's closure threats From avocados to beer: 5 areas taking a hit if Trump closes southern border MORE (D-Texas)

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.)

Rep. Stephanie MurphyStephanie MurphyLeft-center divide forces Dems to scrap budget vote Hillicon Valley — Presented by CTIA and America's wireless industry — Lawmaker sees political payback in fight over 'deepfakes' measure | Tech giants to testify at hearing on 'censorship' claims | Google pulls the plug on AI council Lawmaker alleges political payback in failed 'deepfakes' measure MORE (D-Fla.)

Rep. Kathleen RiceKathleen Maura RiceBooker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements New York Rep. Maloney endorses Gillibrand for president Hispanic Dems ask for multi-agency meeting on family separations MORE (D-N.Y.)

 

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) (4)

Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyThe Hill's Morning Report - Will Joe Biden's unifying strategy work? DHS plan for face scanning at airports sparks alarm Amazon hiring alcohol lobbyist MORE (D-Mass.)

Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyOvernight Defense: Transgender troops rally as ban nears | Trump may call more troops to border | National Guard expects 3M training shortfall from border deployment | Pentagon to find housing for 5,000 migrant children Transgender troops rally as Pentagon prepares to implement ban The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition — Trump rallies for second term on 'promises kept' MORE III (D-Mass.)

Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.)

Rep. Lori TrahanLori A. TrahanMaking the case for ranked-choice voting Dems counter portrait of discord Pelosi, Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez place transgender pride flags outside Capitol Hill offices MORE (D-Mass.)

 

Julián Castro (3)

Rep. Colin Allred (D-Texas)

Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas)

Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-Texas)

 

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) (3)

Sen. Tina SmithTina Flint SmithGOP Senate campaign arm hits battleground-state Dems over 'Medicare for All,' Green New Deal Hillicon Valley: Washington preps for Mueller report | Barr to hold Thursday presser | Lawmakers dive into AI ethics | FCC chair moves to block China Mobile | Dem bill targets 'digital divide' | Microsoft denies request for facial recognition tech Dems introduce bill to tackle 'digital divide' MORE (D-Minn.)

Rep. Angie Craig (D-Minn.)

Rep. Dean PhillipsDean Phillips18-year-old female suspect dead after Columbine-related manhunt Denver schools closed amid 'massive manhunt' for woman 'infatuated' with Columbine Dems counter portrait of discord MORE (D-Minn.)

 

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) (3)

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)

Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.)

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.)

 

Former Rep. John DelaneyJohn Kevin Delaney2020 Dems rebuke Trump on Iran, say they'd put US back in nuclear deal Where 2020 Democratic candidates stand on impeachment Several 2020 Dems say they're ready to face Fox News town hall MORE (D-Md.) (2)

Rep. David TroneDavid John TroneBooker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements Dem bill would let essential workers collect unemployment during shutdown New Jersey governor calls for redistricting reform MORE (D-Md.)

Rep. Juan VargasJuan C. VargasFrom avocados to beer: 5 areas taking a hit if Trump closes southern border Booker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements Criticism of Israeli policy is not anti-Semitism MORE (D-Calif.)

 

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) (1)

Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.)

 

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) (1)

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.)

 

Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeWashington House passes bill to make daylight saving time permanent 2020 Dems rebuke Trump on Iran, say they'd put US back in nuclear deal Washington poised to become first state allowing 'human composting' MORE (D) (1)

Rep. Rick LarsenRichard (Rick) Ray LarsenPelosi, Dems struggle to find unity in Mueller response Booker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements Senate panel to hold hearing on airline safety after Boeing crashes MORE (D-Wash.)

 

Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellJulián Castro: Trump should be impeached for trying to obstruct justice 'in very concrete ways' Swalwell on impeachment: 'We're on that road' after Mueller report The Hill's Morning Report - Dem candidates sell policy as smart politics MORE (D-Calif.) (1)

Rep. Ruben GallegoRuben GallegoGallego tapped as national campaign chairman for Swalwell presidential bid Hispanic Caucus asks for meeting with top immigration official Mark Kelly raises eye-popping million in Arizona Senate race MORE (D-Ariz.)