Iowa Starting Line will be compiling all of the endorsements in the 2020 Iowa Caucus for the Democratic presidential candidates on this page.

We are also now breaking up endorsements between organizations/publicly elected officials and those who are not. For anyone who has worked in the Iowa Caucus before, you know well that oftentimes a local activist who’s never held an official title can turn out ten times the number of supporters for a candidate than a state senator who has endorsed can.

However, with many campaigns putting out very long lists of activist endorsers, we thought we’d just do a break between elected officials and others, as we do not care to personally judge whether to include or not include each announced endorser. We leave those impressions up to you.

You can also view our list of Iowa staffers for every candidate and our list of candidate visits at our Caucus Calendar

*Last updated 8/18/19


Joe Biden

State Representative Bruce Hunter
State Senator Jim Lykam
State Representative Dennis Cohoon
Polk County Treasurer Mary Maloney
Scott County Auditor Roxanna Mortiz
Waterloo Councilmember Tom Powers
Iowa Fire Fighters Union

Mike Gronstal, former Iowa Senate majority leader
Neil Smith, former congressman
Jackie Norris, President of Goodwill of Central Iowa

Betty Brim-Hunter, former IFL political director
Ken Runde, former Dubuque County Sheriff
Teri Hawks Goodman, Dubuque activist
Bill Gluba, former Davenport mayor
Jerry Messer, former QC Federation of Labor president
Jim Hancock, former Scott County supervisor
Highland Nichols, former Clinton County Democrats chair
Frantz Whitfield, Mount Carmel Baptist Church pastor, Waterloo
Sarah Orwig, IAFF member and Iowa Professional Fire Fighters Executive Board Trustee
Megan Rucker, Educator from Davenport
Patrick Riley, Attorney and Community Activist from Cedar Rapids
Kyle Cirkyl, U.S. Army Veteran and Engineer from Cedar Rapids
Miyoko Hikiji, Veteran and Advocate from Urbandale

Ellen Goodmann Miller, Community and Resource Development Specialist from Dubuque
Jesse McCunniff, Iowa National Guard Veteran and Community Activist from Waterloo

Steve Bullock

Attorney General Tom Miller
Crawford County Supervisor Dave Muhlbauer
Bruce Bearinger, state representative
Mark Campbell, Chair of the Webster County Board of Supervisors

Jan Bauer, DNC member and former Story County Democrats chair
Bill Gannon, former legislator and candidate for governor, farmer
Kathleen Gannon, Democratic activist, farmer
Suzette Jensen, former school board member, East Des Moines Democrats co-chair
Jonna Jensen, Jackson County Democratic activist, faith leader
Ray Blase, founding member of West Des Moines Democrats and Ankeny Democrats

Laura Engle, Jasper County activist
Dan Ryner, Madison County crop and livestock farmer

Cory Booker

State Representative Amy Nielsen
State Representative Jennifer Konfrst
State Representative Mark Smith
State Representative Kenan Judge
State Representative Monica Kurth
State Representative Heather Matson
Iowa City Councilmember Mazahir Salih
Iowa City Councilmember Bruce Teague
Cedar Rapids Councilmember Dale Todd
Ames City Councilmember Amber Corrieri

Jerry Crawford, Des Moines attorney
Marcia Nichols, former AFSCME Council 61 political director
Melinda Jones, IDP SCC Member
Julie Stewart, former Dallas County Democrats chair
Kathi Judge, Dallas County activist
Nancy Bobo, Polk County activist
John Klaus, former Story County Democratic Central Committee Vice Chair
Carolyn Klaus, former Story County Democratic Central Committee Precinct Representative
Carol Kramer, Jasper County activist
Fritz Kramer, Jasper County activist
Cathy Jury, Polk County activist
Scott Foens, Linn County Activist and Central Committee Member
Linda Foens, Linn County Activist
Rachael Ferraro, Head of Dubuque Transgender
Kim El-Baroudi, Polk County Activist
Mike Weinard, Johnson County activist, AFSCME member
Chris Weinard, Johnson County activist, AFSCME member
Ellie Miglin, Roosevelt High School Democrats Chair
Nick Pryor, Co-Founder of Students Against School Shootings Iowa
Ian Russell, Scott County Activist and Central Committee Member
Yena Balekyani, Polk County immigration activist
Reverend Charles Lane, Black Hawk County
Lee Jolliffe, Drake University professor
Tanya Keith, Polk County activist
Ian Rappolt, Teacher and Woodbury County Activist
Tatum Clayburn, member of Simpson College Democrats
Marti Mefferd, Lucas County activist
Melissa Hale, Polk County activist
Makenna Yates, Warren County activist
Lael Neal, Polk County activist
Shaimaa Aly, Polk County activist
Carol Clark, Johnson County activist
Lori A. Young, Polk County activist
Dava James, Story County activist
Judy Anderson, Polk County activist
Kay Marcel, Polk County gun violence prevention activist
Toni Backstrom, Activist, Polk County 
Harold Davis, Labor Activist, Polk County
Ana Garcia, Entrepreneur and Latinx Community Leader, Black Hawk County
John Judge, former Polk County Democrats Treasurer, Polk County
Diane Kolmer, Activist, Polk County
Cody Leistikow, Labor Activist, Black Hawk County
Tim Moothart, Chair of the Dubuque Coalition for Nonviolence, Dubuque County
Judy Ryan, Activist, Linn County
Roslin Thompson, Knoxville Public Library Director, Marion County

Pete Buttigieg

Jean Lloyd-Jones, former legislator
Linda Langston, Former Linn County Supervisor
Larry Baker, former City Councilman, Iowa City, Iowa
Tyler Baird, City Councilman, Lone Tree, Iowa
Amy Johnson, Former Linn County Supervisor
Sara Prineas, Public Relations Chair, Johnson County Democrats
Libby Slappey, former staffer for Senator Dick Clark (D-IA) and President Jimmy Carter
Charles Crawley, President of the Inter-Religious Council of Linn County
Theo Prineas, co-founder of Students Against School Shootings Iowa
Tim Boyle, former Cedar Rapids radio personality
Clara Oleson, founding member of the Iowa Women’s Political Caucus

Julian Castro

Rob Barron, Des Moines School Board member and Founder Latino Political Network
Jose Ibarra, Storm Lake Councilman
Jonathon Muñoz, LULAC Council 308 President, LULAC Iowa State Parliamentarian and Iowa City Human Rights Commissioner
Maria Mellado, Mount Pleasant LULAC Council President

Mary Campos, Longtime Activist and Community Leader
Steve Villatoro, Community Leader and Vice Chair of Latino Caucus
Joe Henry, Longtime Leader and Activist Latino in Latino Community
Bonnie Brown, Community Leader and SCC Member
Sally (Araceli) Goode, Community Leader and Activist
Lindsey Ellickson, Cedar Rapids community leader and IDP state central committee member
Dave Barajas, Marshalltown community leader
Andrew Bribriesco, Legal advisor for LULAC Iowa and workers’ rights attorney in Iowa City
Don “Bart” Bartholomew, Former Fremont County Supervisor
Dawn Martinez Oropeza, Community leader and arts activist in Des Moines
Adalberto “Beto” Castrejon, Former president of the University of Northern Iowa Hispanic Latino Student Union

John Delaney

Paula Meyer, Northern Iowa activist (campaign co-chair)
Connie Klug, Adel businesswoman (campaign co-chair)
Donna Crum, Mills County Democrats chair
Nancy Camardo, Wayne County Democrats chair
Twyla Peacock, Van Buren County Democrats c
Chuck Offenburger, Iowa writer
Susan Wulf Osvald – Retired teacher and farmer, Audubon County
Mike and Shari Minnehan – Farmers and Activists, Greene County
Bill Monroe – Retired Pharmacist, Greene County
George Rodriguez – Shelby County Affirmative Action Chair, Shelby County
Janis Lustgraaf – Pottawattamie County Democrats Rural Caucus Group Member
Kent Redding – First-time Caucusgoer, Pottawattamie County
Lori Bliss – Pottawattamie County Democrats Activist
Stan Watkins – Retired Coe College Professor, Linn County
Rita Purdin – Iowa County Democrats Treasurer
Brandi Parsons – Adult Education and Literacy Advocate, Linn County

Kamala Harris

Asian & Latino Coalition
State Representative Phyllis Thede
Meghann Foster, Coralville City Councilwoman
Des Moines School Board Member Kyrstin Delagardelle
Sioux City Councilmember Alex Watters

Dick Dearden, former chairman of the Polk County Democrats, former state senator
Deidre DeJear, former Secretary of State candidate (campaign chair)
Sue Dvorsky, Former IDP Chair
Bob Dvorsky, Former state senator
Prakash Kopparapu, chair of Asian & Latino Coalition

Mitch Henry, communications director of Asian & Latino Coalition
Jean Hessburg, IDP Women’s Caucus Chair
Vergarie Sanford, Minister Mount Zion Refuge Center Church
Thomas Fisher, Des Moines Assistant City Attorney
Victor Dutchuk, West Des Moines Democrats chair
Vanessa Phelan, Northwest Des Moines Democrats chair

Sherry Washington, Fort Dodge NAACP President
Jazmin Newton-Butt, LULAC Deputy State Director
James Mosely, Sioux City Pastor
Larry Peterson, former chair of the Crawford County Democrats
Jenni Norum, Des Moines Moms Demand Action Leader
Hope Johnson, Des Moines Moms Demand Action leader


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Amy Klobuchar

State Representative Marti Anderson
State Representative Ruth Ann Gaines
State Representative Molly Donahue
Shirley McAdon, Adel City Council Member

Andy McGuire, former IDP chair and gubernatorial candidate (campaign chair)
Bill Witt, former legislator
Jamie Woods, chair of IDP Black Caucus
Melissa Fath, community activist and University of Iowa cancer researcher
Ruth and Scott Thompson, Des Moines activists
Jackie Wellman, West Des Moines activist
Swati Dandekar, Former state senator, former U.S. ambassador
Pam Johnson, former National Iowa Corngrowers Association president
Dave and Mary Jensen, retired commodity crop farming family, Iowa Falls
Dan and Allison Sorenson, Cattleman, commodity crops farmers, Dickens

Beto O’Rourke

State Representative Brian Meyer
State Representative Chris Hall (political director)
Dubuque County Recorder John Murphy
Polk County Soil And Water District Commissioner Lou McDonald
Linn County Supervisor Brent Oelson

Nate Willems, former state representative
Tavis Hall, Waterloo Community Leader
Andy Auge, Educator, Loras College
Dr. Richard Salas, Polk County Activist
Beatrice Silva-Salas, Polk County Activist
David Goodson, Waterloo Community Leader
Jerry Hageman, Vice Chair, Black Hawk County Democratic Party
Joan Bolin-Betts, former Iowa Deputy State Treasurer
Joe Gorton, President, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence – Iowa Chapter; Former President, United Faculty – UNI
Patrick Chambers, Attorney, Webster County
Megan McEvoy, Vice President, University of Iowa College Democrats
Megan Mineart, Secretary, Law and Politics Society at Mount Mercy University
Margaret Peterson, Vice President, Law and Politics Society at Mount Mercy University
Michael James, Woodbury County Youth Activist
David Drissell, Educator, Iowa Central Community College
Reenie Montgomery, 2018 Candidate for Iowa House District 96
Sarah Murphy Mannheimer, Des Moines Community Leader
David Lopez, Educator, DMACC
Lydia Pesek, President, Iowa Climate Strike
Randy Larson, Former Iowa City Councilman and business leader
Grace Van Cleave, Polk County Activist
Teresa Schneider, Moms Demand Action – Iowa City
Renee Penalver, President, American Association of University Women – Cedar Rapids

Bernie Sanders

State Representative Jeff Kurtz
Lone Tree Mayor Jonathan Green
Dubuque City Councilmember Kate Larson
Waterloo City Councilmember Patrick Morrissey
Poweshiek County Supervisor Jason Roudabush
Fairfield School Board Member Kelly Scott
UAW Local 230, Ottumwa

Beverly Hannon, former state senator
Abshir Omar, Polk County activist (campaign Political Coordinator)
Chris Morse, Polk County Democrats Membership Committee Chair
Nick Salazar, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) State Director
Emma Schmit, Iowa Democratic Party Central Committee Member

Maria Bribriesco, Former deputy state director of LULAC Iowa
Jazmin Devora, Community activist and DACA recipient
Denise Diaz, Small business owner
Manny Galvez, Owner, El Trueque
Claudio Hidalgo, Activist and professor
Vanessa Marcano-Kelly, Business owner and community activist
Patrick Bourgeacq Pinzon, Academic director and community leader
Antonia Rivera, Activist, writer and DACA recipient
Maria Romero, Community activist
Reverend Alejandro Alfaro Santiz, Pastor, Trinity Las Americas Methodist Church

Elizabeth Warren

State Representative Liz Bennett
Johnson County Supervisor Rod Sullivan

Berkley Bedell, former Iowa congressman
Denise O’Brien, rural activist, former secretary of agriculture candidate
Majda Olson, Cedar Rapids activist
Amber Gustafson, gun safety activist, former state senate candidate
Josh Hughes, School board member, Drake Law Dems president

Former Candidates

Eric Swalwell

Vicki Brown, Black Hawk County Democrats chair (campaign chair)

Kirsten Gillibrand

Kirsten Anderson, Women’s Rights activist
Kyla Paterson, Iowa Democratic Party Stonewall Caucus chair
Claire Carstens, Youth Polk County Democrats

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