2020 Endorsements

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 11/05/19


Michael Bennet

J. Patrick White, former Johnson County Attorney and Iowa City Council Member
Joan Bolin Betts, former Deputy State Treasurer and Assistant Attorney General
Henry Marquard,  Senior Advisor to Governor Vilsack and former Iowa Environmental Protection Commission Chair 
Kesho Scott, Internationally Renowned Diversity Trainer and Associate Professor at Grinnell College
Brett Christian Haddy, Union Leader
Robert Bibens, Nonprofit Leader and Children’s Advocacy Activist
Brandi Helms, End Alzheimer’s Activist and Caregiver Advocate
Ed Brown, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Clinton Commission Activist
Carol Ann Bartles, retired USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service scientist
Kimberly Shadur, Greater Des Moines Area arts advocate, retired Certified Palliative Care and Hospice Nurse
Craig Shadur, President, Des Moines Metro Opera, Transplant Physician
Gary Guthrie, Farmer, “The Carrot King”

Joe Biden

State Representative Bruce Hunter
State Senator Jim Lykam
State Representative Dennis Cohoon
State Representative Tim Kacena
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
Bill Gerhard, President of Iowa State Building and Construction Trades Council

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
State Representative Bruce Bearinger
Crawford County Supervisor Dave Muhlbauer
Mark Campbell, Chair of the Webster County Board of Supervisors
Woodbury County Supervisor Marty Pottebaum
Clinton County Auditor Eric Van Lancker

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
Staci Appel, former state senator
Don Ruby, former Warren County Democratic Party chair
Roger Foelske, former Iowa Career & Technical Education Director
John Hartung, former President of Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
Lona Lewis, former President of Missouri National Education Association, former Executive Director of South Dakota Education Association
Daniel Voss, former Benton Community School Board President

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
Courtney Ball, Media Producer, Founder and Former Co-Executive Director of Matthew 25
Carrie Barr, Marshall County Activist
Christine Brunner-Luse, Global Health Specialist
Paul Dayton, Dallas County Activist
Will Flanegin, University of Northern Iowa Student Government
Miki Helton, UAW Member and Activist
Jason Helton, UAW Member and Activist
Mike Ladehoff, Consumer protection attorney and Community Services Chairman of his local UAW chapter
Davi Lowman, Former Communications Chair, Boone County Democrats
Sara Nottestad, Affirmative Action Chair, Winnebago County Democrats
Jason Nottestad, Winnebago County Activist
Lu Ann Pedrick, Polk County Activist
Mary Roskilly, Jasper County Activist
Sharon Rubis, Polk County Activist
Kale Smith, LGBTQ Rights Activist
Jason Snell, Strategic Relations and Co-Director at Sunrise Movement Cedar Rapids
Rebecca Truszkowski, Gun Violence Prevention Activist
Sally Wilson, Marshall County Activist

Pete Buttigieg

Polk County Supervisor Matt McCoy
City Councilmember Tyler Baird, Lone Tree, Iowa
Story County Attorney Jessica Reynolds

Marilyn Staples, former President of the League of Women Voters of Des Moines
Sheila Burton, longtime Democratic caucus activist
Catherine Dietz-Kilen, attorney and Board Member of Planned Parenthood affiliate in Iowa and The Interfaith Alliance of Iowa
Laura Sands, former Liaison for Health, Education and Workforce for US Senator Tom Harkin
Mary Riche, social worker and member of the Iowa Chapter of National Social Workers Ethics Committee
George Appleby, retired attorneyTerri Hale, board of directors for One Iowa
Hale, former Fort Dodge City Council Member
Regenia Bailey, former Mayor of Iowa City
Laura Hubka, Chair of Howard County Democrats
Ryan Arndorfer, Mayor of Britt
Rich Eychaner, former commissioner on the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, co-founder of Iowa Safe Schools and the Iowa Pride Network
Jean Lloyd-Jones, former legislator
Linda Langston, Former Linn County Supervisor
Larry Baker, former City Councilman, Iowa City, Iowa
Amy Johnson, Former Linn County Supervisor
Sara Prineas, Public Relations Chair, Johnson County Democrats
Libby Slappey, former staffer for Senator Dick Clark 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
Emilia Marroquin, Storm Lake School Board member

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
Christina Blackcloud, Meskwaki Nation, vice chair of the Iowa Democratic Party’s Native American caucus
Steve Villatoro, Community Leader and Vice Chair of Latino Caucus

Joe Henry, Longtime Leader and Activist 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 Caucus-goer, 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
State Representative Ross Wilburn
Coralville City Councilmember Meghann Foster
Des Moines School Board Member Kyrstin Delagardelle
Sioux City Councilmember Alex Watters
Cedar County Democrats Chair Larry Hodgden
Johnson County Supervisor Pat Heiden

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

Amy Klobuchar

State Representative Marti Anderson
State Representative Ruth Ann Gaines
State Representative Molly Donahue
Adel City Council Member Shirley McAdon
State Senator Liz Mathis
State Representative Andy McKean
Hamilton County Supervisor Doug Bailey
Ely City Council Member Kay Hale
Former U.S. Attorney Roxanne Conlin

Andy McGuire, former IDP chair and gubernatorial candidate (campaign chair)
Bill Witt, former legislator
Mary Anne Kuhr, former Pottawattamie County Vice Chair
Matthea Little Smith, social justice community activist, NAMI mental health trainer, and NAACP member
Ashley Foster, Polk City – Independent activist
Gloria Starns, Ames – Educator
Arnold Daniels, Cedar Rapids – Iowa Democratic Black Caucus member, NAACP member
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
Fran Parr, climate advocate
Linda Nelson, former legislator, former state ISEA president
Roger Stewart, former legislator
John Wittneben, former legislator
Kay Halloran, former Cedar Rapids mayor, former legislator
David Johnson, former Republican-turned-independent legislator
Pat Deluhery, former legislator
Brett Copeland, Chair of the Dickinson County Democrats
Jeff Shudak, Iowa State Political Advisor for Plumbers Local 16
Karim Jawda, Iraqi immigrant community leader, Des Moines
Mary Benton, former County Attorney of Guthrie County
Jake Oeth, Former staffer for U.S. Senator Tom Harkin and Rep. Bruce Braley
Tim Benton, Former Assistant Guthrie County Attorney
Connie McKean, Legislative assistant and campaign manager of State Rep. Andy McKean
Tyler Mills, Lee County Democrats Executive Committee member
Karl Nolin, Clay County, Iowa Democratic activist
Carol Nolin, Clay County, Iowa Democratic activist
Bev Clark, Jasper County, Democratic activist, retired social worker
Jenny Pryke, Jasper County Democratic activist
Carrie Tedore, Dubuque County Democratic activist
Greg Davis, Polk County Democratic activist, retired pastor
Shanda Carstens, 2018 Polk County Volunteer of the Year and Guthrie County activist
Abdi Salan Hassan, Community activist
Fatuma Hirsi, Community activist
Dhoal Larijin, Community activist

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
Boone County Soil and Water Commissioner April Burch
Des Moines School Board Member Dionna Langford
UAW Local 230, Ottumwa
Linn County Supervisor Stacey Walker

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
Nick Schutt, Farmer and Agriculture Justice Activist
Laura Tumec-Hickey, Rural Activist
Ethan Vorhes, Farmer and Community Activist
Jan Wann, Community Activist and Factory Farm Fighter
Sue Baethke, IT Contractor and Warren County Community Activist
James Bird, Climate Change and Health Care Activist
Pat Coffman, Nursing Home Program Coordinator
Alexis Huscko, Health Care Activist
Deb Marlin, Small Business Owner and Health Care Activist

Tom Steyer

Roger Thomas, former state represetnative

Elizabeth Warren

State Treasurer Mike Fitzgerald
State Senator Joe Bolkcom
State Senator Eric Giddens
State Senator Claire Celsi
State Representative Liz Bennett
State Representative Lindsay James
State Representative Mary Mascher
State Representative Tracey Ehlert
State Representative Mary Wolfe
Johnson County Supervisor Rod Sullivan
University Heights City Councilmember Silvia Quezada
Solon City Councilmember Lauren Whitehead
Boone City Councilmember Elijah Stines
Independence City Councilmember Mike O’Loughlin
Tiffin City Councilmember Michael Ryan
State Senator Zach Wahls

Berkley Bedell, former Iowa congressman
Sally Pederson, former Iowa lieutenant governor, Des Moines
Elaine Baxter, former Iowa secretary of state, Burlington
Denise O’Brien, rural activist, former secretary of agriculture candidate
Sandy Dockendorff, former Des Moines County Democrats chair, SCC member
Majda Olson, Cedar Rapids activist
Amber Gustafson, gun safety activist, former state senate candidate
Josh Hughes, School board member, Drake Law Dems president
Mark Kuhn, former Iowa state representative, Charles City

Kurt Swaim, former Iowa state representative, Bloomfield
Jose Zacarias, former city councilman and school board member, West Liberty
Matt Tapscott, U.S. Marine Corps (ret.), Decorah
Dave Helman, former Henry County Democrats chair, Salem
Laura Twing, former Cedar County Democrats chair, Tipton
Julie Maddox, retired teacher and community activist, Dubuque
Vic Moss, community activist, Ames
Cindy Pollard, community activist, Newton
Gayla Snook, community activist, Newton
Mary Kate Hayek, community advocate, Iowa City
Zack Mannheimer, community placemaker, Iowa City
Veronica Tessler, small business owner, Iowa City
Peter Leo, Carroll County Democratic Party chairman, Manning
Adam Kerkvliet, Lyon County Democratic Party chairman, Larchwood
Mike Kern, Southeast Dallas County Democrats chairman, Waukee
Phyllis Weeks, former Marion County Democratic Party chairwoman, Knoxville
Gini and Jim Jordan, former Cass County Democratic Party chairs, Atlantic
Mike Tramontina, former deputy state treasurer, Des Moines
Andy Roberts, labor leader, Des Moines
Zeb Beilke-McCallum, community activist, Urbandale
Amy Johnson, community activist, North Liberty
Sharon McDonald, community activist, Iowa City
Mei-Ling Shaw, community activist, Iowa City
Amanda Rex-Johnson, community activist, Des Moines
Mary and Arvid Oliver, community activist, Ankeny
Ron Rosmann, organic farmer, Harlan
Sarah Carlson, farm policy leader, Pleasant Hill
Kamyar Enshayan, farm policy leader, Cedar Falls

Andrew Yang

Al Womble, former 3rd District Democrats chair


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

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
Floyd County Treasurer Frank Rottinghaus
Mayor of Oelwein Peggy Sherrets

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
Mark Rocha, Political Director CWA 7102  

Doug Thompson, former USDA official and Hancock County Farmer
Don Dew, President of Sioux City Pride and Co-Founder of Siouxland Pride Alliance
Jose Maldonado, Founder, Lambda Softball Association of Eastern Iowa 
Tommy Hexter, Founder, Grinnell College Farm House
Bobbie Fox, Sierra Club member and Environmental Activist, Cedar Falls
Reverend H. Milton Cole-Duvall, St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, West Des Moines
Isabel Conn, a Mexican-American immigrant rights activist, Des Moines


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