Andy Kim Announces Endorsement from President Barack Obama
MARLTON, NJ — Today, Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) announced the endorsement of President Barack Obama. Congressman Kim served President Obama as the Director for Iraq on the National Security Council among other positions in national security.
“I’m proud to endorse this diverse and hopeful collection of thoughtful, empathetic, and highly qualified Democrats,” said President Obama. “Together, these candidates will help us redeem our country’s promise by sticking up for working class people, restoring fairness and opportunity to our system, and fighting for the good of all Americans — not just those at the top. They make me optimistic not just about our party’s chances in November, but about our country’s future long after that. So if you’re in one of their districts or states, make sure you vote for them this fall. And if you can, vote early — by mail or in person.”
“I’m honored to have President Obama on our team as we mount our historic bid for reelection,“ said Congressman Andy Kim. “Serving under President Obama at the White House National Security Council, I saw firsthand what it takes to lead our nation in times of crisis. In Congress, I’ve done everything I can to continue to lead by putting facts before politics, working for people instead of corporate special interests, and delivering real results for our community.”
In addition to President Barack Obama, Andy has been endorsed by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL–CIO), the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), New Jersey State Building & Construction Trades Council, Transport Workers Union of America NJ State Conference, New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), United Steelworkers, Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters, SEIU New Jersey State Council, New Jersey Laborers Union (LiUNA), International Association of Sheet Metal, Air & Rail Transportation Workers (SMART), the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers (Boilermakers), the Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey (PFANJ), ATU New Jersey State Council, Ironworkers Local 399, UA Local 322, Plumbers, Pipefitters and HVAC Service Technicians, Teamsters Joint Council 53 and Local 676, the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers of New Jersey, the Communication Workers of America Local 1036 and Local 1032, The International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE), the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), the New Jersey State Association of Letter Carriers, and the American Federation of Teachers New Jersey (AFTNJ). Andy also has the support of the American Postal Workers Union, the National Treasury Employees Union, the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, and the Air Line Pilots Association, among others.
Without taking support from corporate PACs, the campaign raised more than $1 million in the second fundraising quarter of 2020. The campaign has raised more than $4.3 million in the 2020 cycle, and currently has more than $3.5 million cash on hand. The campaign has put itself in a strong position to win what is widely expected to be one of the most competitive races in the country this fall. Of individual donations to Kim’s campaign, 90 percent were $100 or less, demonstrating continued grassroots support that helped him win in 2018.
Congressman Kim has been listed as part of the DCCC’s Frontline program and has been endorsed by government reform groups like End Citizens United PAC and the Patriotic Millionaires; national security and veterans groups like VoteVets, Serve American PAC, Foreign Policy for America, and Council for a Livable World; progressive groups like the League of Conservation Voters and Planned Parenthood Action Fund; and advocacy organizations like Brady PAC, Emgage Action and Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA), among other organizations.
Congressman Kim grew up in Marlton, NJ and lives in the district with his wife, Kammy, and two young children. He previously served as the Director for Iraq and the Counter-ISIS fight at the White House National Security Council and as a strategic adviser to top generals in Afghanistan.