2022 Endorsements

Current Members of Congress

Endorsed Incumbents Running for Re-Election in 2022

These candidates endorsed by the PAC have demonstrated their solidarity with the atheist and humanist community by supporting measures to protect the separation of church and state, remove the lingering bias against nontheists, and uphold scientific integrity in education, research, and public policy. The endorsed incumbents are: Rep. Donald Beyer (VA-8), Rep. Sean Casten (IL-6), Rep. Steve Cohen (TN-9), Rep. Jared Huffman (CA-2), Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA-7), Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-4), Rep. Dan Kildee (MI-5), Rep. Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), Rep. Jerry Nadler (NY-10), Rep. Jerry McNerney (CA-9), Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC-AtL), Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-2), Rep. Jamie Raskin (MD-8), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (MI-13), and Rep. Susan Wild (PA-7).

David Alcorta

Running for: Texas House of Representatives (District 50)

David Alcorta is running for the Texas House of Representatives in District 50. Alcorta has been very politically active in Texas including working as a field organizer for the 2018 Beto O’Rourke senate campaign and serving as a legislative aide for a member of the Texas House of Representatives. He is currently an employee of the City of Austin and helps coordinate the city’s youth career programs. Alcorta says, “”I was raised by a single-mother who, at times, struggled financially. Regardless, she always found a way to provide for my sister and I. I know how difficult it can be for working families in this state to live paycheck to paycheck. My experiences planted a deep desire to create a more just economic and political system to improve the material conditions of the working class.” His policy priorities include increasing the minimum wage to at least $15 an hour, guaranteeing full-time employees the ability to take a minimum of two weeks paid leave, building public housing and increasing the rights of tenants, repealing Texas’ so called “right to work” laws to increase union representation, expanding Medicaid with the goal of establishing a universal healthcare system, and improving our public schools by greatly increasing state funding so there is less reliance on local property taxes. Alcorta is a humanist.

Antonio Daza

Running for: U.S. House of Representatives (Georgia-11)

Antonio Daza is running for Congress in Georgia’s 11th District; a lifelong advocate for freedom, justice and equality. Daza was a political activist in his home country of Venezuela against the Chavez regime. In 2003, Daza joined his family in the United States and was granted political asylum until he became a U.S. citizen. Here he pursued his dream of becoming a professional ballroom dancer and in 2008, Daza opened a successful dance studio where he shares his experiences, knowledge, and dance passion with others. Daza is an LGBTQ+ immigrant running for Congress because he believes in justice, protecting and defending human rights, and ensuring that every American has equal and equitable access to opportunities. He supports protection of women’s reproductive rights, a dignifying living wage for working Americans, tax system reform to reduce income inequality, banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, immigration reform, expansion of voting rights, reducing the influence of money in politics, making public higher education free and canceling student debt. Daza supports Medicare For All because “access to healthcare is a right, not a privilege”, the Green New Deal “to address the social and financial consequences of the climate crisis”, and the Build Back Better Agenda “to guarantee the future every American needs and deserves”. Daza is an atheist.

Delina DiSanto

Running for: U.S. House of Representatives (Arizona-4)

Delina DiSanto is running for Congress in the Arizona 4th Congressional District. DiSanto is seeking to oust incumbent Paul Gosar. She says, “He is a traitor and a white supremacist, and he does not belong in Congress.” DiSanto is a registered nurse, small business owner, and mom. She cares deeply about healthcare. She says, “Everyone has the right to affordable care – it is our moral obligation as a country to provide healthcare and I view it as a human right. I support the path to Medicare for all.” Her other policy priorities include: protecting Social Security, addressing climate change, immigration reform to secure the border while protecting Dreamers and creating an understandable and less intimidating path for citizenship, respecting our veterans by creating exception healthcare and other services at the VA, cutting taxes for small businesses and making investments in our infrastructure, increasing teacher pay and benefits to improve public education, and decriminalizing marijuana. DiSanto is a recovering Catholic.

Keith G. Henry

Running for: Texas House of Representatives (District 23)

Keith G. Henry is running for the Texas House of Representatives in District 23. Commissioner Henry has spent over a decade as a local civic official working on issues of urban planning, affordable housing, economic growth, environmental sustainability, youth programs and education. His career has focused on “fighting for justice and cultivating equitable opportunities for the most vulnerable among us.” He now wants to take his local government experience to the state house. His policy priorities include criminal justice reform, community revitalization, youth development, and ensuring a robust workforce. He is also committed to improving public education, making healthcare accessible and affordable, addressing climate change, and protecting reproductive rights. Commisisoner Henry is a Christian and ally of the atheist and humanist community.

Rebekah Jones

Running for: U.S. House of Representatives (Florida-1)

Rebekah Jones is running for Congress in Florida’s 1st District. In May 2020 Jones was fired for refusing to manipulate data in Florida’s plan to prematurely reopen during COVID-19. Her efforts to independently track COVID-19, both in the state of Florida and in schools nation-wide, earned her international acclaim. She was named one of Fortune’s 40 Under 40, one of Elemental’s 50 Experts to Trust, Whistleblower of the Year, Forbes’ first-ever Technology Person of the Year, and she even became a “Cosmogirl.” The Governor of Florida, in a losing battle against science, targeted Jones for her commitment to data, defamed her, and sent state police to raid her home at gunpoint without a warrant. Seeing the evil and corruption in politics, Jones is running for Congress to advocate for government transparency and accountability, promote the integrity of science and data-driven public policy, protect voting rights, address the climate crisis, and advance education opportunities “to ensure every child has access to a quality education from pre-K through graduate school.” Jones is an atheist.

Jessica Katzenmeyer

Running for: U.S. House of Representatives (Wisconsin-5)

Jessica Katzenmeyer is running for Congress in Wisconsin’s 5th District. With a strong background in union organizing, LGBTQ rights, and community activism, Katzenmeyer knows that “when people work together, it is possible to make the world a better place.” In 2019, she lost nearly everything, including her life, in a devastating house fire. If it was not for the Affordable Care Act, she would have owed over $80,000 in healthcare costs. This tragedy increased her motivation to be part of the solution to our ongoing healthcare crisis. In addition to making health and wellness care accessible and affordable to all Americans, her policy priorities include investing in clean energy technology, expanding broadband service, advancing sustainable agricultural practices, helping working families by building a sustainable and equitable economy, fighting for equal rights and protecting reproductive rights, investing in our communities by increasing funding for our public schools and affordable housing, and legalizing cannabis. Katzenmeyer is a proud humanist.

Haneefah Khaaliq

Running for: U.S. Senate (Indiana)

Haneefah Khaaliq is running for the U.S. Senate in Indiana. Khaaliq is the executive director and presiding officer for a civil rights agency and human relations commission, an adjunct professor at Indiana University, and provides legal and mental health services to indigent clients nationwide. She will use her civil rights and social justice experience to advocate for the protection of reproductive rights, criminal justice reform, addressing the climate crisis, enacting common sense gun violence prevention, preventing human trafficking, legalizing marijuana, and protecting voting rights.With a Muslim father and a Christian mother Khaaliq understand the need for religious freedom, acceptance, and the separation of church and state. She identifies as a Christian and is an ally of the atheist and humanist community.

Lucy Lauser

Running for: U.S. House of Representatives (Washington-3)

Lucy Lauser is running for Congress in Washington’s 3rd District. Lauser is a trans woman who was raised in rural Washington, the oldest child of a large homeschooling family. She is running for office because “the Republican platform is openly opposed to my survival.” She says, I’m here “to put a human face to the dehumanized transgender threat that some propagandists would have you fear.” She is running on a platform of liberty, equality, equity, and stability. Liberty – where all people have the right to freedom of religious practice, and freedom from religious law, including full bodily autonomy. Equality – in which all people have the right to equal representation and treatment under the law, regardless of their traits or self-expression. Equity – where all people have the right to be supported based on need, not left behind because they’re different. Stability – in which all people have the right to a stable, safe home, and a sustainable economy that works for them. Lauser is an agnostic humanist.

Steve Miller

Running for: U.S. House of Representatives (North Carolina-7)

Steve Miller is running for Congress in North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District. Miller earned a doctorate in physical chemistry and started his career with the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), where he advanced emission standards for the Clean Air Act. He established his own consulting company to advise government agencies and private companies in environmental technology. Later, he co-founded companies in the biometric and radio frequency identification industries. Since retiring to Wilmington, NC, Miller has become very involved with community groups to provide assistance to people with disabilities, food insecurity, and educational performance issues. His policy priorities include addressing the climate crisis, protecting reproductive rights, reforming the criminal justice system, providing a public option for healthcare, decriminalizing marijuana, and overhauling our infrastructure. He says, policies are important, but “the driving force in my campaign is the role the incumbent continues to play in denying the results of the Presidential election, which led directly to the seditious insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Our democracy is fragile and to preserve it we must remove this incumbent and other like-minded elected officials.” Miller is a secular humanist.

Dennis Sherrard

Running for: Texas House of Representatives (District 94)

Dennis Sherrard is running for the Texas House of Representatives in District 94. Having recently retired from full-time work in information technology, Sherrard says, “The experience I gained throughout my career, whether in contracts negotiation, problem-solving or operations management gives me the tools necessary to go to Austin and work for the people in Texas to solve problems. I’m not interested in just talking about problems. I’m interested in actually solving them.” He is running for this seat to change the dangerous priorities of the Republican Texas legislature. Sherrard’s policy priorities include increasing the minimum wage to $15 per hour, making healthcare accessible and affordable, rebuilding our critical infrastructure systems, repealing voter suppression and anti-abortion measures, improving public education, addressing climate change, and reforming the criminal justice system. Sherrard is not religious.

John “Jack” Slate

Running for: U.S. House of Representatives (Alabama-2)

John “Jack” Slate is running for Congress in Alabama’s 2nd District. Born and raised in Alabama, and an Auburn University graduate, Slate is working to build a progressive community-focused campaign to “give the people of Alabama a brighter future.” He is also a recent graduate of the University of Chicago, where he based his master’s thesis on the dangers posed to our democracy by the January 6th insurrection. His policy priorities include building a sustainable economy by employing technological innovations and embracing green energy, reforming the criminal justice system by investing in mental healthcare and expanding drug treatment programs, expanding medicare and medicaid to include vision and dental and investing in preventative care, tackling the affordable housing crisis with significant federal investments to increase the housing supply, addressing gun violence, and ending the federal prohibition on cannabis. Slate is spiritual but not religious.

Namrata “Nam” Subramanian

Running for: Texas House of Representatives (District 147)

Namrata “Nam” Subramanian is running for the Texas House of Representatives in District 147. Subramanian is an educator, leader, and advocate who “firmly believes in justice—from economic to healthcare to educational justice. Every person deserves human rights and to be treated equitably in our society.” As a high school math teacher, she is inspired by her students and she has gotten to know and understand the specific needs of Houston’s families. Her policy priorities include improving public education, increasing the minimum wage and access to affordable housing, reforming the criminal justice system and legalizing marijuana, making healthcare accessible and affordable with Medicare for All, and protecting the environment and grid reliability with green energy infrastructure. Subramanian identifies as agnostic.

David Torres

Running for: U.S. House of Representatives (Colorado-5)

David Torres (Santiago David Goenaga-Torres) is running for Congress in Colorado’s 5th District. In addition to being opposed to LGBTQ and reproductive rights, the Republican incumbent in this district, Doug Lamborn, voted against certifying the 2020 presidential election and participated in a lawsuit that promoted Trump’s big lie about election fraud. Conversely, David Torres will work to “make Colorado a national example of how a society can thrive beyond the idiocy of hate.” His policy priorities include criminal justice reform, common sense gun violence prevention, behavioral health programs for veterans, high-speed broadband infrastructure, wind and solar energy production and clean energy jobs, and an immigration policy that “serves as a beacon for those who are oppressed.” Torres is an agnostic-atheist and a humanist.

Stephanie Vigil

Running for: Colorado State House (District 16)

Stephanie Vigil is running for the Colorado State House in District 16. They ran a competitive campaign in 2020, on a platform to ensure a solid foundation in life for every Coloradan, focusing on renters’ rights, public investment in essentials like transit and education, and a just transition to renewable energy. Home to religious right institutions like Focus on the Family and New Life Church, Colorado Springs is going through a time of rapid growth and change, and experienced the biggest swing away from the former president between 2016 and 2020. With the recent redistricting, the district has become a toss-up, and Ms. Vigil is hard at work to reach enough voters for a win. Vigil is a secular humanist, an exvangelical, and an atheist.

Aurelia Wagner

Running for: Texas House of Representatives (District 147)

Aurelia Wagner is running for the Texas State House in District 147. Wagner is a teacher and served in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Her campaign is about fighting for a better Houston. Her policy goals include establishing a living wage and ensuring pay equity, providing tuition free public higher education, making housing affordable and preventing seniors and low income communities from being forced from their homes, reducing public school class sizes and fully funding public education, offering full-day pre-K and Kindergarten to all children, protecting a woman’s right to choose, removing taxes on feminine hygiene products, legalizing recreational marijuana use, and accepting the Medicaid expansion program. Wagner is an atheist.

Marsha Williams

Running for: U.S. House of Representatives (Illinois-16)

Marsha Williams is a progressive Democrat running for Congress in Illinois’ 16th district. Growing up working class, Marsha understands the economic challenges that many families face. She was a single mother during the recession and worked two jobs to make ends meet. Through her lived experience, Williams wants to ensure that families of the 16th district don’t have to face the financial hardships she experienced. She is a lifelong resident of her district and, through her work as a job trainer, has dedicated her career to helping low-income and working-class individuals and families in her community. Marsha is running to fight for the issues that will improve the lives of everyday working people — which includes Medicare for All, Tuition Free Colleges and Trade Schools, transforming our systems of public safety and social justice, and a Green New Deal to create millions of green jobs and fix our broken infrastructure. Marsha identifies as a non-denominational Christian.

Mikal D. Williams

Running for: U.S. House of Representatives (Texas-14)

Mikal D. Williams is running for Congress in Texas’ 14th District. The father of a special needs child, Williams had a long battle to secure the appropriate services for his son. This experience has led him to focus his legal practice to advocate for children and families just like his. Mikal is a cofounder and also serves as general counsel and teaches an on-line medical law and ethics course for a college that is working to “create a world where vulnerable communities have access to a world-class, quality education in the areas of allied health at an affordable price.” His policy priorities include creating middle-class jobs that will stimulate the economy and increase the quality of life for all residents, establishing an affordable universal healthcare system, addressing gun violence, updating our immigration system to ensure that the undocumented are treated humanely, reforming the criminal justice system to eradicate systemic racism, protecting reproductive health choices, and improving public education by increasing funding and teacher training so America will be a world leader in education again. Williams is an agnostic.