Washington, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer is traveling to Wisconsin and Illinois today through Monday to campaign for Democratic challengers and incumbents. All of the candidates Hoyer is traveling for this weekend are on the DCCC's "Red-to-Blue" program. This will be his twenty-fifth trip during the 2018 election cycle to support Democrats running for House seats.
Today, Hoyer is in Milwaukee, where he will join Rep. Gwen Moore (WI-04) for a campaign event. Moore is serving her seventh term, after having previously represented parts of Milwaukee in the Wisconsin House and Senate and serving in the Milwaukee city government. She is running for re-election this year.
Later today, Hoyer will attend a campaign event in support of candidate Dan Kohl (WI-06). A former Assistant General Manager of the Milwaukee Bucks, Kohl later worked as an attorney in the private sector while active in a number of nonprofit charities and civic organizations serving Wisconsinites. He is challenging incumbent Republican Glenn Grothman.
Hoyer will participate in a campaign event for candidate Randy Bryce (WI-01) on Friday evening. Bryce is an Army veteran, union iron-worker, and cancer survivor. He initially had challenged Speaker Paul Ryan and, after the Speaker's decision not to run for re-election, is now running for the open seat he is vacating.
On Saturday morning, Hoyer will travel to the Chicago area to campaign for candidate Sean Casten (IL-06). A biochemical engineer by training, Casten served as President and CEO of Turbostream Corporation, which manufactures custom-built heat and power plants that operate at double the fuel efficiency of the U.S. electrical grid. Later, he co-founded Recycled Energy Development, which seeks to reduce greenhouse emissions by recovering wasted energy profitably. Casten is running against incumbent Republican Rep. Pete Roskam.
Saturday afternoon will see Hoyer campaign for candidate Betsy Londrigan (IL-13). Londrigan decided to run against incumbent Republican Rodney Davis after watching him celebrate the vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act at the White House with President Trump. The mother of a son who suffered from a rare and life-threatening condition as a teenager, Londrigan has lived with the challenge of securing quality, affordable health coverage for a loved-one with a pre-existing condition. A native of Springfield, Illinois, she has spent the last seven years working for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation.
On Saturday evening, Hoyer will attend an event in support of incumbent Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08). An immigrant who came to the United States from India as an infant with his parents, Krishnamoorthi served in the offices of the Illinois Attorney General and Illinois Treasurer and worked in the private sector before his election to Congress in 2016. He is running for re-election this year.
On Sunday, Hoyer will be in the Chicago area to campaign for candidate Lauren Underwood (IL-14). Underwood is a registered nurse who served as a senior advisor at the Department of Health and Human Services under President Obama, helping to implement the Affordable Care Act. She is the first woman and first African-American to be the Democratic nominee for Congress in her district, where she is running to unseat incumbent Republican Rep. Randy Hultgren.
Hoyer will join Rep. Brad Schneider (IL-10) for a campaign event on Sunday evening in Deerfield, Illinois. First elected to Congress in 2012, Schneider earlier had a two-decade career in the private sector as a management consultant. He is running for re-election in 2018.
On Monday afternoon, Hoyer will join Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-03) for a campaign lunch with organized labor. Lipinski, who previously served on the staff of former House Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt and taught at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Tennessee, was first elected to Congress in 2004. He is running for re-election this year.
Hoyer has traveled to campaign for fifty-six candidates and thirty-seven incumbents so far this cycle, visiting seventy-eight districts in 21 states. He has raised or contributed $7 million to help Democrats win a House Majority for the 116th Congress.