Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)
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Progressive champion Chris Van Hollen is running to replace current Senator Barbara Mikulski, who is retiring. He is currently the U.S. Representative for Maryland’s 8th congressional district, and before that he served as a member of both the Maryland House of Representatives and the Maryland State Senate.
- On the Issues: Van Hollen is a climate champion, and currently serves as the co-chair of the bicameral Task Force on Climate Change with Senator Whitehouse. He has fought for increased disclosure of campaign spending, and has introduced bills that would expand small donor donations. Van Hollen has also been a leader on budget issues related to economic opportunity, especially around increasing government spending on progressive priorities. He is strongly pro-choice and is a very outspoken advocate for LGBT rights.
- Election update (9/27): Van Hollen won a competitive Democratic primary in April for this safely blue seat. Polls in August and September have him comfortably winning by 30 points.