Buttigieg gets first congressional endorsement

Democratic presidential candidate Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul Buttigieg2020 Democrats defend climate priorities in MSNBC forum MSNBC Climate Change Forum draws 1.3M viewers in 8 pm timeslot Iowa Steak Fry to draw record crowds for Democrats MORE secured his first congressional endorsement on Wednesday from Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.).

Beyer compared the South Bend, Ind., mayor to former President Obama while announcing his endorsement.

"By now, I have a strong gut reaction to candidates. I endorsed Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaKrystal Ball tears into 'Never Trump' Republicans Sanders campaign announces it contacted over 1 million Iowa voters Iowa Steak Fry to draw record crowds for Democrats MORE early, having been moved by both his intelligence and his political capability," Beyer said in a statement. "I am similarly inspired by Mayor Pete. With him, I feel the promise of a new generation, and I see a way out of the darkness."

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Beyer, a third-term lawmaker, represents a deep-blue Northern Virginia district just outside of Washington.

"Pete's leadership in managing his midwestern hometown tells us much about his values and his loyalty. Both his enthusiasm and his sensibility are infectious and essential to the job he seeks," Beyer said.

So far, the Democratic presidential contenders with the most congressional endorsements also serve on Capitol Hill.

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony Booker2020 Democrats defend climate priorities in MSNBC forum MSNBC Climate Change Forum draws 1.3M viewers in 8 pm timeslot Iowa Steak Fry to draw record crowds for Democrats MORE (D-N.J.) currently has the most endorsements from members of Congress, with 12 fellow members of the New Jersey delegation endorsing him, according to The Hill's tally.

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisTrump reignites court fight with Ninth Circuit pick MSNBC Climate Change Forum draws 1.3M viewers in 8 pm timeslot Iowa Steak Fry to draw record crowds for Democrats MORE (D-Calif.) has five endorsements from fellow Californians, while Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest Pelosi wants to change law to allow a sitting president to be indicted MORE (D-Mass.) has four from the Massachusetts delegation. Former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeNRA deems O'Rourke 'Salesman of the Month' after Arizona gun store sells out of AR-15s during 'Beto Special' MSNBC Climate Change Forum draws 1.3M viewers in 8 pm timeslot The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump pushes back over whistleblower controversy MORE (D-Texas) has four endorsements total from Texas, New York and Florida lawmakers.

Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest Krystal Ball tears into 'Never Trump' Republicans 2020 Democrats defend climate priorities in MSNBC forum MORE (I-Vt.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharMSNBC Climate Change Forum draws 1.3M viewers in 8 pm timeslot The two most important mental health reforms the Trump administration should consider Sanders searches for answers amid Warren steamroller MORE (D-Minn.) each have three congressional endorsements. And Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Gillibrand Gillibrand relaunches PAC to elect women Analysis: 2020 digital spending vastly outpaces TV ads Two years after Maria, Puerto Rico awaits disaster funds MORE (D-N.Y.) has only been endorsed by New York Democratic Rep. Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn Bosher Maloney2017 marked first year firearms killed more people than car accidents: study Report: Americans unprepared for retirement Senate approves fund to provide compensation for Sept. 11 victims MORE.