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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.