Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky endorsed Senator Elizabeth Warren on Saturday night at the Broadway Armory in Chicago’s Edgewater.
Schakowsky introduced Warren to a full crowd of enthusiastic supporters, hundreds of whom lined up outside of the Broadway Armory hours prior to the event, enduring the wet and cold for a chance to see a leading candidate who, if elected, would be the first female president in American history.
Citing Warren’s work as a consumer advocate and key supporter of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the North Side Congresswoman drew parallels to her own interest in product safety. Schakowsky noted that Warren pushed for Congressional approval of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, despite opposition from Wall Street, and helped to establish the bureau as an assistant to President Obama.
In addition, Schakowsky also cited Warren’s commitment to social, racial, and economic justice as reasons for the endorsement. In a nod to the crowd, she noted that she was an early supporter of then-Senator Barack Obama during his presidential campaign.
Warren is a second-term senator from Massachusetts. She is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination in a crowded field that includes other big-name Democrats, including former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders, who placed second in the nominating contest in 2016 and came close to winning Illinois.
Schakowsky’s endorsement gives Warren an ally in the Democratic House leadership. Schakowsky has served in Congress since 1999, representing the people of Illinois’ 9th Congressional district. She chairs the House Energy Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce and is Senior Chief Deputy Whip in the House.
The 9th district is a reliably Democratic district. It includes Chicago’s North Side lakefront and multiple suburbs, including Arlington Heights, Des Plaines, Evanston, Park Ridge, Rosemont, Skokie, Wilmette, and Winnetka.
The people of Chicago are fired up for big, structural change. And I promise: As president, I’ll fight for your families as hard as I fight for mine. Thank you, Chicago! pic.twitter.com/kgjmr3fomc— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) December 1, 2019