Campaigns & Elections
New endorsements in Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race
Update for May 16, 2022
Pennsylvania’s 2022 U.S. Senate race is one of the most competitive elections in the country and could help determine control of the Senate following this year’s midterm elections. With less than two weeks to go before the May 17 primary, a number of notable Pennsylvanians and organizations have already made endorsements for U.S. Senate.
Endorsements can help signal to voters what a candidate’s positions on the issues are, while also underscoring the type of support each candidate has. We’ve put together a list of the most current endorsements in Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race compiled from a combination of press releases, social media posts and candidate websites.
Note: New endorsements are denoted in bold.
John Fetterman, lieutenant governor
Labor: United Steelworkers District 10, UFCW Local 1776, Pennsylvania Postal Workers Union, AFSCME District Council 47
Organizations: NORML PAC, United Rural Democrats, Democratic Lieutenant Governors Association, The Philadelphia Tribune
Public figures: Scranton Mayor Paige Gebhardt Cognetti, Rankin Mayor Joelisa McDonald, Braddock Mayor Delia Lennon-Winstead, Braddock Council members Rob Parker and Dee Scales, Adams County Commissioner Marty Qually, Chalfont Council member Mitchell Meyerson, Clearfield County Commissioner Dave Glass, Clarion Area School District Board Directors Braxton White and Sara Robertson, East Brady Borough Council member Barbara Mortimer, Pennsylvania Democratic State Committeeperson Stephanie White, Upper Darby Mayor Barbarann Keffer, former Warren City Council member Doug Hearn, and former Centennial School Board Director Jon Panofsky.
Malcolm Kenyatta, state representative
Labor: The SEIU Pennsylvania State Council, American Federation of Teachers, Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, AFT Pennsylvania, AFSCME Local 1199C, AFSCME District Council 33, Temple Association of University Professors, Teamsters Local 623, and Teamsters BMWED.
Organizations: Collective PAC, One Pennsylvania, Working Families Party, Democracy for America, Victory Fund, Brand New Congress, the Chester City Democratic Party, Chester County Young Democrats, Philadelphia 1st Ward Democrats, Philadelphia 2nd Ward Democrats, Philadelphia 8th Ward Democrats, Philadelphia 18th Ward Democrats, the 22nd Ward Open Caucus, Neighborhood Networks, Liberty City LGBTQ+ Democratic Club
Public figures: U.S. Reps. Al Green and Sharice Davids, state Sens. Amanda Cappelletti and Art Haywood, state Reps. Matthew Bradford, Donna Bullock, Morgan Cephas, Gina Curry, Mary Jo Daley, Jeanne McNeil, Stephen Kinsey, Joe Hohenstein, Danilo Burgos, Maureen Madden, Jess Benham, Danielle Friel Otten, Nancy Guenst, Brian Kirkland, Chris Rabb, Melissa Shusterman and Perry Warren; Philadelphia City Council members Isaiah Thomas, Katherine Gilmore Richardson, Jamie Gauthier, Kendra Brooks and Mark Squilla; Aliquippa Mayor Dwan Walker, Aliquippa City Council member Jennifer Milliner, Allegheny County Council member Olivia Bennett, Carlisle Mayor Sean Shultz, Carlisle Deputy Mayor Brenda Landis, Carlisle Borough Council member Safronia Perry, Centre County Controller Jason Moser, Chester Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland, Chester City Council members Portia West, Elizabeth Williams and Will Morgan; Chester County Prothonotary Debbie Bookman, Chester County Sheriff Fredda Maddox, West Chester Mayor Lilian DeBaptiste, Downingtown Mayor Phil Dague, Downingtown Council President Alex Rokaff, Caln Township Commissioner Jane Kennedy, Caln Township Commissioner Josh Young, Coatesville City Council member Khadijah (Jackie) Al-Amin, Coatesville City Council member Carmen Green, Coatesville Area School Board Director Brandon Rhone, Coatesville Area School Board Director Mary Harris, South Coatesville Borough Council member Renee Carey, Coatesville City Council member C. Arvella Hunt, Valley Township Supervisor Patrice Proctor, Valley Township Supervisor Carmen Boyd, Parkesburg Borough Council member Rhett Lipscomb, Former state Sen. Andy Dinniman, Kennett Area Democratic Committee person Brett Dolente, Downingtown Borough, Democratic Committee person Blair Thornburgh, Chester County Democratic Committee person Jarrell Brazzle, Coatesville City Council member Charrise Allen, Western Chester County Democrats Zone Leader Maria McCabe, former Downingtown Mayor Linda Baugher, Westtown Thornbury Birmingham Democratic Committee person Dana Wainstein, Westtown Thornbury Birmingham Democratic Committee person Bob Leipold, Kennett Square Democratic Committee person Jerry Franklin Poe, Central Chester County Democrats Assistant Zone Leader Erin Ward, East Brandywine Democratic Committee person Shelley Francies, East Brandywine Democratic Committee person Jessica Huhn-Kenzik, Upper Uwchlan Township Democratic Committee person Jill Bielawski, Chester County Marching Forward Leader Susan Miner, Uwchlan Township Democratic Committee person Rebecca Britton, Uwchlan Township Supervisor Laura Obenski, West Goshen Township Supervisor Ashley Gagne, West Chester Area School District School Board Director Laura Ann Detre, Delaware County Council member Dr. Monica Taylor, Ferguson Township Supervisor Tierra D. Williams, Lansdowne Mayor Magdalina Byrne, Lansdowne Borough Council President Benjamin Hover, Lehigh County Commissioner Zachary Cole-Borghi, Mount Pocono Council member Claudette Williams, State College Borough Council members Gopal Balachandran, Deanna Behring and Rich Biever; State College Area School District School Board Directors Peter Buck and Carline Crevecoeur, former state Rep. Tony Payton Jr., former Braddock Mayor Chardaé Jones, former Bridgeport Mayor Mark Barbee, former Mount Pocono Mayor Michael Penn, former Carlisle Mayor Tim Scott, former Centre County Democratic Jury Commissioner Laura Shadle, former state House candidate Kolbe Cole, former state Senate candidate Shanna Danielson, activist Gloria Steinem, comedian Wanda Sykes, comedian Cristela Alonzo, actor and producer Lee Daniels, former Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Eric Orts, gun reform advocate and organizer Cindy White
Conor Lamb, member of Congress
Labor: The Allegheny-Fayette Central Labor Council, Communications Workers of America (CWA) District 2-13, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local #5, Laborers District Council of Western Pennsylvania, Laborers District Council of Eastern Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Building Trades Council, Pittsburgh Fire Fighters IAFF Local #1, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 57, IUPAT District 21, IUPAT District Council 57, International Union of Operating Engineers Local #66, Heat and Frost Insulators Local #2, Pittsburgh Plumbers Local #27, Pittsburgh Steamfitters Local #449, American Federation of Government Employees, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local Lodge 1044, Teamsters Local #205, Iron Workers Local #3, Sheet Metal Workers Local #12, Utility Workers of America Local 580, Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local #9, United Mine Workers Association, Boilermakers Local #154, and Cement Workers Local #526, the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers and PASNAP, Philadelphia Fire Fighters & Paramedics Union
Organizations: The Philadelphia Democratic Party, The Pennsylvania State Democratic Committee’s Latino Caucus, The Steel City Stonewall Democrats, National Organization for Women PAC, Pittsburgh 14th Ward Independent Democratic Club, The Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Public figures: U.S. Reps. Matt Cartwright and Mike Doyle, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, state Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, state Sens. Wayne Fontana, Jim Brewster, John Kane and Steve Santarsiero; state Reps. Amen Brown, Mike Carroll, Joe Ciresi, Eddie Day Pashinski, Daniel Deasy, Dan Frankel, Patrick Harkins, Kristine Howard, Bridget Kosierowski, Mark Longietti, Steve Malagari, Bob Merski, Jerry Mullery, Kyle Mullins, Pam Snyder, Dan Miller, Anita Kulik, Rob Matzie, Nick Pisciottano, Napoleon Nelson, Tina Davis, Joe Webster, Dan Williams and Mark Rozzi; Allegheny County Council members DeWitt Walton, Robert Palmosina and Tom Duerr; Armstrong County Commissioner Pat Fabian, Beaver County Commissioner Tony Amadio, Bedford County Commissioner Deb Baughman, Bethlehem Mayor Willie Reynolds, Bucks County Board of Commissioners Chair Bob Harvie, Bucks County Board of Commissioners Vice Chair Diane Marseglia, Butler County Commissioner Kevin Boozel, Cambria County Commissioner Thomas Chernisky, Chester County Commissioner Marian Moskowitz, Clinton County Commissioner Angela Harding, Columbia County Commissioner David Kovach, Cumberland County Commissioner Jean Foschi, Dauphin County Commissioner George Hartwick, Delaware County Council members Richard Womack, Elaine Shaefer and Kevin Madden; Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer, Fayette County Commissioner Vince Vicites, Greene County Commissioner Blair Zimmerman, Indiana County Commissioner Sherene Hess, Lackawanna County Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Lawrence County Commissioner Loretta Spielvogel, Lebanon County Commissioner JoEllen Litz, Lehigh County Executive Phil Armstrong, Mercer County Commissioner Timothy McGonigle, Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure, Northampton County Council member Lori Vargo Heffner, Northumberland County Commissioner Kymberley Best, Perry County Commissioner Brenda Watson, Somerset County Commissioner Pam Tokar-Ickes, Union County Commissioner Stacy Richards, Venango County Commissioner Chip Abramovic, Warren County Commissioner Jeff Eggleston, Washington County Commissioner Larry Maggi, Westmoreland County Commissioner Gina Cerilli Thrasher, Philadelphia City Council member Curtis Jones Jr., Pittsburgh City Council members Rev. Ricky Burgess, Anthony Coghill, Corey O’Connor, Theresa Kail Smith and Erika Strassburger; Pittsburgh School Board Director Sylvia Wilson, Allentown Mayor Matthew Tuerk, Chester County Register of Wills Michele Vaughn, Chester County Recorder of Deeds Chris Pielli, Chester County Treasurer Dr. Patricia Maisano, Montgomery County Sheriff Sean Kilkenny, Montgomery County Clerk of Courts and Abington Township Supervisor Lori Schreiber, Montgomery County Jury Commissioner Joanne Olszewski, Lower Merion Township Commissioners Gilda Kramer, David McComb, Michael McKeon, Daniel Bernheim and Todd Sinai, Penn Hills Mayor Pauline Calabrese, Carnegie Mayor Stacie Riley, Beaver County Register of Wills Tracey Antoline Patton, Uwchlan Township Auditor Vince Gillen, Haverford Township Commissioner Sheryl Forste-Grupp, Delaware County Mayor Robert McMahon, Haverford Township Commissioner Judy Trombetta, Erie City Councilman Chuck Nelson, Lackawanna County Clerk of Records Mauri Kelly, Washington County Democratic Party Chair Christina Proctor, West Chester Borough Council member Brian McGinnis, Folcroft Borough Council members Leigh Daley and Joseph Papaleo, Upper Darby Township Council member Andrew Hayman, New Castle City Council member Eric Ritter, Wilkes-Barre Mayor George Brown, Montgomery County Clerk of Courts Lori Schrieber, Rochester Mayor Keith Jackson, Delaware County Register of Wills Rachel Ezzell-Berry, Lackawanna County Register of Wills Frances Kovaleski, Lackawanna County Register of Deeds Evie Rafalko McNulty, New Castle City Council member David Ward, Pittston Mayor Michael Lombardo, former state Reps. Frank Dermody, Bill Kortz and Jake Wheatley; former Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy, former Lackawanna County Commissioner Mike Washo, former Lancaster County Commissioner Craig Lehman, former Pike County Commissioner Steve Guccini, former Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray, former Allentown Bethlehem Mayor Robert Donchez, former Latrobe Mayor Rosie Wolford
Kathy Barnette, conservative commentator
Organizations: BlakPAC, Pennsylvania State Police FOP Pioneer Lodge #37, The Republican National Hispanic Assembly, Butler PA Patriots, Stand For Health Freedom, Susan B. Anthony List’s Candidate Fund PAC, Club For Growth PAC
Public figures: U.S. Rep. Burgess Owens, U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, state Sens. Doug Mastriano and Cris Dush, former U.S. National Security Advisor Gen. Michael Flynn, actor John Ratzenberger, Guy Chemical Company President and Somerset County Republican Committee Chairman Guy Berkebile
Jeff Bartos, real estate developer
Organizations: Business Industry Political Action Committee
Public figures: Pennsylvania Treasurer Stacy Garrity, state Sens. Ryan Aument, Wayne Langerholc, Dan Laughlin, Scott Martin, Bob Mensch, Pat Stefano and Judy Ward; state Reps. Torren Ecker, Sue Helm, John Hershey, Barry Jozwiak, Dawn Keefer, Jack Rader, Kathy Rapp, Frank Ryan, Tommy Sankey and Jesse Topper; Berks County Commissioners Christian Leinbach and Michael Rivera, Clearfield County District Attorney Ryan Sayers, Lackawanna County Commissioner Chris Chermak, Lehigh County Commissioner Antonio Pineda, Perry County Commissioner Brian Allen, Berwick Borough Mayor Tim Burke, Fayette County Sheriff James Custer, Mercer County Sheriff Bruce Rosa; Bartos also has a team of 67 “county captains” supporting his campaign across the state
George Bochetto, Philadelphia attorney
Organizations: Fraternal Order of Police Philadelphia Lodge #5, the Italian Sons and Daughters of America, and PRIMO Magazine.
Public figures: Former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Sandra Schultz Newman
Dave McCormick, former hedge fund executive
Organizations: National Border Patrol Council, the Butler County Republican Committee, the Bucks County Republican Committee, Oil & Gas Workers Association
Public figures: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, U.S. Reps. Dan Meuser and Glenn Thompson, state Reps. Matt Dowling, Jonathan Fritz, Seth Grove, Doyle Heffley, Kurt Masser, Rob Mercuri, Dave Millard, Marci Mustello, Tina Pickett and Craig Williams; state Sens. Devlin Robinson and Tommy Tomlinson, Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin, Berks County Sheriff Eric Weaknecht, Bucks County Sheriff Fred Harran, Dauphin County Sheriff Nick Chimienti, Indiana County Sheriff Bob Fyock, Bloomsburg Chief of Police Ray Klinger, Jim Thorpe Mayor Mike Sofranko, Weatherly Mayor Paul Hadzick, former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, former U.S. Senate candidate and Army ranger Sean Parnell and Butler County Sheriff Mike Slupe, former U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, Ralph Reed, founder and chair of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, Dauphin County District Attorney Fran Chardo, former Pennsylvania Gov. Mark Schweiker, former Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley, former U.S. attorney David Freed, former Cumberland County District Attorney Skip Ebert, former Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Paul Mango, radio host Hugh Hewitt
Dr. Mehmet Oz, celebrity physician and cardiothoracic surgeon
Public figures: Former President Donald Trump, U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer, U.S. Reps. Guy Reschenthaler, Lloyd Smucker and Fred Keller, musician Ted Nugent, state Rep. Dan Moul, former U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson, Continental Resources Chairman Harold Hamm, radio host John Fredericks
Carla Sands, former U.S. ambassador to Denmark
Public figures: State Reps. Greg Rothman and David Maloney, Adams County Sheriff James Muller, Cumberland County Sheriff Jody Smith, CURE Action America Executive and conservative activist Marc Little, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, former ambassador to the Holy See Callista Gingrich, former ambassador to the Dominican Republic Robin Bernstein, former National Security Advisor Robert C. O'Brien, former Senator and Former ambassador to New Zealand Scott Brown, former ambassador to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg Randy Evans, former ambassador to France and Monaco Jamie McCourt, former ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein Ed McMullen, former ambassador to South Africa Lana Marks, former ambassador to the Netherlands Pete Hoekstra, former Counselor of the U.S. Department of State Ulrich Brechbuhl, former ambassador to Israel David Friedman, former ambassador to Finland Bob Pence, former ambassador to Croatia Robert Kohorst, former ambassador to Hungary David Cornstein, former ambassador to Portugal George Glass, former ambassador to Romania Adrian Zuckerman and former ambassador to Uruguay Frank Baxter, former state House Speaker Pro Tempore Matt Baker, Tioga County Commissioners Roger Bunn, Erick Coolidge and Mark Hamilton