The Union Veterans Candidate Team

With 1.2 million veterans working as members of unions across America, the UVC has planned its largest labor support program to date. We will be mobilizing our activists and volunteers to knock doors and make phone calls for the Labor 18 program. We also will be holding roundtable meetings and town halls to educate fellow union members and candidates on the issues our community is facing.

There has never been a more vital time for our working class veterans, retired veterans, and our elderly veterans; all need a true voice in their state capitals and in the halls of Congress.

Our plan is simple, we will support pro-worker veterans running for office, along with non-veteran candidates that support veterans and uphold our values. We will be an example of political independence and not just a sounding board for one party or idea. We will fight for candidates that are willing to fight for us.

Union Veteran Candidates

Randy Bryce

Randy Bryce (Army), U.S. House WI-1

Randy Bryce is a U.S. Army veteran, cancer survivor, and union ironworker. He joined the race for Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District because he knows firsthand how working people have struggled, and he wants to ensure that the middle class is represented in D.C. again. Currently, over half of our Representatives in Congress are millionaires.

Jason Crow

Jason Crow (Army), U.S. House CO-6

Jason grew up in a working-class home with values that shaped his worldview – values like hard work, honesty, and fairness. The grandson of a bricklayer and son of small business owners, Jason worked minimum-wage jobs during high school and eventually enlisted in the National Guard and worked construction jobs to pay his way through college. Since leaving the Army in 2006, Jason has been an outspoken and results-oriented advocate for his fellow veterans in Colorado and across the country.


Jared Golden (Marines), U.S. House ME-2

Jared Golden shares our views and values, and he wants to help Mainers get good-paying jobs that provide healthcare benefits and a secure retirement. After returning from service as a Marine in Iraq and Afghanistan, Golden worked three jobs, nights and weekends, to make ends meet. A state legislator and a veteran, Golden knows we must put politics aside, country first, and work as a team to get things done. In Congress, he’ll fight to make sure insurance companies cannot deny coverage to those with pre-existing conditions, take on drug companies to lower drug prices, and always protect Social Security and Medicare.

Ken Harbaugh (Air Force), U.S. House OH-7

Ken Harbaugh is a veteran, as a Navy pilot, he knows how to fight for this county. Ken is not a politician—he’s a problem-solver, that is what led him to be a leading advocate for military veterans, most recently serving as President of Team Rubicon Global, an aid organization that has trained more than 45,000 military veterans to deploy to natural disasters in the U.S. and around the world.

Conor Lamb

Conor Lamb (Marines), U.S. House PA-18

Lamb's campaign focuses on the need for new leaders in Congress who work together and get things done for working families. His priorities include creating good jobs and investing in infrastructure, protecting Social Security and Medicare, making health care more affordable for all Americans, taking comprehensive action to fight the heroin crisis, and reforming our student loan system. A vocal supporter of organized labor, throughout the campaign Lamb highlighted his commitment to help strengthen unions, make it easier for workers to organize, raise the minimum wage and fight for better pay, benefits and conditions for all working people.

Amy McGrath (MARINE), U.S. House KY-6

When I was a young girl growing up in Kentucky, I dreamed of being a fighter pilot. Women couldn‘t do that then. Women couldn‘t do a lot of things. But society changed, laws changed, and I was privileged to attend the Naval Academy. Four long, tough years later I was commissioned as an officer in the United States Marine Corps, and my dream to serve as an F/A-18 fighter pilot came true. But the Academy and the Corps did more than teach me to fly, they instilled values, a desire to serve my country and a code of conduct I will never forget: honor, courage, and commitment. I have lived that code for more than 24 years.

Richard Ojeda

Richard Ojeda (Army), U.S. House WV-3

Richard Ojeda was born and raised in Logan County, W.V. to a family that has more than 200 years of United Mine Workers of America experience in the coalfields of southern West Virginia. From an early age, Ojeda learned what it meant to fight and stand up for your family by watching his uncles stand on UMWA picket lines. After graduating high school, Richard joined the U.S. Army where he went on to serve for 24 years before retiring as a Major. During his career, he deployed to four combat missions including Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Now, Ojeda currently serves as a state senator in the West Virginia legislature where he has been a continuous voice for working families and labor unions, including playing a vital role in the West Virginia teacher’s strike.

Gina Ortiz Jones

Gina Ortiz Jones (Air Force), U.S. House TX-23

Gina is running for Congress to bring her unmatched experience, unique perspective, and the core values instilled in her while growing up in San Antonio to work for us in Washington. Gina will fight every day to ensure all Americans are given the opportunities and promise of a better future that our country gave to her and her family. The new frontline is the House of Representatives and Texas’ 23rd Congressional District.

Lupe Valdez

Lupe Valdez (Army), Texas Governor

As a former US Army National Guard Captain, Lupe has seen too many veterans who have served our country heroically return home with a lack of access to healthcare, sustainable housing, and reintegration services. This is unacceptable, we can and must do more to treat our veterans with the dignity and respect they have earned. She will start her work with legislation that will provide healthcare to 76,000 veterans currently not covered due to the current administration’s refusal to accept Federal Medicare expansion funds. We must also further access to rapid quality treatment and a timely process for compensation related to injury – and access to affordable housing for our veterans.

Tim Walz

Tim Walz (Army), Minnesota Governor

Tim Walz is a teacher, a veteran, and a football coach from Mankato. As the Congressman from Southern Minnesota, he has a proven record of working across the aisle to get things done. Tim understands that ensuring veterans can find a job to provide for their families is critical. That is why as Governor, Tim Walz will partner with labor and other private organizations to ensure programs that connect veterans with good paying jobs, like Helmets to Hardhats, are getting the support they need to succeed.

Advocates for Union Veterans

Richard Cordray

Richard Cordray, Ohio Governor

While Richard Cordray is not a veteran, over his career he has gone above & beyond the call of duty for service members, veterans and their families.  At the CFPB, Richard and his team returned over 200 million dollars to service members and their families that had been cheated by unscrupulous predatory lenders. Now the protections that he helped put into place are under attack.

Brian Fitzpatrick

Brian Fitzpatrick, U.S. House PA-8

Brian served our country as an FBI Supervisory Special Agent fighting political corruption and supporting global counterterrorism efforts – including being embedded with U.S. Special Forces as part Operation Iraqi Freedom. Brian is a member of the Foreign Affairs, Homeland Security and Small Business committees. Brian is the founding member of the Congressional Citizen Legislature Caucus, a bipartisan group of lawmakers committed to fighting for term limits and Congressional reforms, and a member of the No Labels ‘Problem Solver Caucus.’

Tim Ryan, U.S. House OH-13

Tim Ryan is a relentless advocate for working families in Ohio's 13th District. He was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002 and was sworn in on January 3, 2003. Successfully reelected seven times, he is now serving in his eighth term. Congressman Ryan currently serves as a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee which controls the expenditure of money by the federal government. Ryan's primary focus remains on the economy and quality-of-life in Northeast Ohio. He works closely with local officials and community leaders to advance local projects that enhance the economic competitiveness and help attract high-quality, high-paying jobs.

Abigail Spanberger

Abigail Spanberger, U.S. House VA-7

Abigail Spanberger has always served her country and community. And now she is running for Congress. Abigail took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. That oath didn’t come with an expiration date. When she saw partisan politics threatening the country she has worked so hard to protect, she knew it was her time to stand up for the people in the 7th District.