Adam Polaski

Victory Fund Endorses 3 Gay Congressional Candidates

Filed By Adam Polaski | September 14, 2011 2:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, Mark Pocan, Mark Takano, Marko Liias, Tammy Baldwin, Victory Fund, Wisconsin

PocanLiias.jpgYesterday the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, the organization that works to increase the number of openly LGBT elected officials at all levels of government, announced endorsements for three openly gay congressional candidates.

All three candidates are running for the U.S. House of Representatives.

Gay Politics reports that the three candidates are:

Marko Liias, a state representative who is seeking to represent Washington's 1st Congressional District. He would replace Rep. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, who is running for governor;

Mark Pocan, a Democrat who is running to replace Rep. Tammy Baldwin in Congress. Pocan has served in the Wisconsin State Assembly for more than 12 years;

Mark Takano, who is running to represent California's 41st Congressional District in the U.S. House. Takano, a Democrat, is a longtime elected member of the Riverside Community College District's Board of Trustees.

Four members of the current U.S. House of Representatives - Barney Frank of Massachusetts, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Jared Polis of Colorado, and David Cicilline Rhode Island - are openly gay. Baldwin recently announced that she is running for a position in the U.S. Senate.

This article has been modified since its original publication - it originally reported that three members of the current House are openly gay, leaving out Cicilline.

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Any word on whether or not they'll actually support the gay guy running for President? It's a slap in his face for them to keep leaving him out in the cold. He has just as much chance as some of the other folks they back.


There are four openly gay current members of Congress currently. In addition to the three you mentioned, David Cicilline (D-RI 1) of Providence is openly gay. He was elected in 2010 and is the former mayor of Providence.

Thanks for the correction, DB! My apologies.