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Women Who Have Announced Candidacy for President and Senate 2024
Almost three months into the year, at least six women have announced their plans to run for the presidency and the Senate in the 2024 election cycle. As we wait to see more women announce their campaign plans for 2024, below is a list of those who are already in the field.
On Valentine’s Day, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley announced her 2024 Presidential campaign. Haley is the first opponent of former President Donald Trump for the 2024 Republican nomination. In the video announcing her campaign, Haley said “It’s time for a new generation of leadership.” Haley was the first Asian American woman governor and now is the first woman and first Asian American person to enter the 2024 Presidential Race. If she wins the primary, she would be the Republican Party’s first woman and first South Asian Presidential nominee.
Earlier this month, Marianne Williamson announced her 2024 Presidential campaign. She is a former spiritual advisor for Oprah Winfrey as well as a New York Times bestselling author. Williamson is the first Democratic challenger to President Biden. She previously ran for President in 2020 but ended her campaign before the primary election that year. In her campaign kickoff speech, Williamson said, “Some people in this city don’t have the spine or the moral courage to fix it … Ladies and gentlemen, let me in there.”
Representative Barbara Lee of California announced her campaign for U.S. Senate representing California in late February. Representative Lee is one of three Democratic contenders (with Katie Porter and Adam Schiff) to fill the seat of retiring Senator Dianne Feinstein. In her campaign video, Lee highlighted her extensive record, including her lone vote against the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force and some personal aspects of her life including her choice to have an abortion when she was a teenager. If elected, as of right now Lee would be the sole Black female Senator serving in Congress, the second Black woman to serve as a U.S. Senator representing California, and the third Black woman U.S. Senator in history.
In January, Representative Katie Porter of California launched her campaign for the U.S. Senate. At the time of Porter’s announcement, incumbent Senator Diane Feinstein has not yet announced her retirement although it was anticipated. In a tweet announcing her candidacy, Representative Porter said, “California needs a warrior in the Senate — to stand up to special interests, fight the dangerous imbalance in our economy, and hold so-called leaders like Mitch McConnell accountable for rigging our democracy.” Representative Porter is in a highly competitive race, which has the potential for two Democrats to face off in the 2024 general election.
Representative Elissa Slotkin of Michigan is running for the U.S. Senate—she launched her campaign at the end of February. Representative Slotkin is running for the seat being vacated by retiring Senator Debbie Stabenow. In her campaign video announcement, Slotkin said, “We need a new generation of leaders that thinks differently, works harder and never forgets that we are public servants.” Slotkin was one of the first candidates to enter since the race after the news of Stabenow’s retirement. A senior Democrat in Michigan told Politico that Slotkin is emerging as the “consensus candidate.”
In early February, Republican member of the State Board of Education, Nikki Snyder, announced her run for the Michigan U.S. Senate seat that will vacate in 2024. Snyder is the first Republican to enter the race to replace retiring Senator Debbie Stabenow. In her statement announcing her campaign, Snyder said, “I have worked hard listening and leading since first running to serve in 2016. Nobody will outwork me. I want us all rowing in the same direction.” Snyder previously challenged Senate opponent Elissa Slotkin for her U.S. House Seat, but didn’t receive enough petition signatures to make the primary ballot.