MEMBERS OF CONGRESS CALL ON DNC TO ENSURE ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER (AAPI) MODERATOR IN ONE OF ITS PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES

Group sends letter to DNC Chair Tom Perez  

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, ASPIRE PACthe political arm of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Members of Congress, sent a letter to Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom Perez calling for the DNC to ensure that at least one of the DNC-sponsored presidential debates features an AAPI moderator.

“Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are the fastest growing population in our country and the DNC has rightly recognized this fact by increasing the number of AAPIs in senior level positions, and expanding AAPI outreach efforts,” said Congresswoman Grace Meng, Chair of ASPIRE. “It is now time for the DNC to take their commitment even further by ensuring that Asian Americans are represented among moderators on the debate stage. I am hopeful that this can happen and look forward to Chairman Perez responding to our request. I am confident that host networks will not have trouble finding qualified and talented AAPIs to include in their moderator panels." 

In addition to serving as ASPIRE Chair, Meng is a DNC Vice Chair.  

ASPIRE PAC works to support AAPI federal candidates and candidates with large AAPI constituencies.  

ASPIRE PAC ENDORSES SRI KULKARNI FOR TEXAS’ 22nd CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

WASHINGTON, DC - ASPIRE PAC, the political arm of Asian American and Pacific Islander Members of Congress, voted to endorse and support Sri Kulkarni in his campaign for Texas’ 22nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

“Sri has served his country and community with dedication and distinction throughout his life, and ASPIRE is thrilled to endorse his campaign to represent Texas,” said Rep. Grace Meng, Chair of ASPIRE. “Sri knows what’s at stake in protecting American families, and he will fight to protect access to healthcare and safe schools for our children in Congress.”

 

ASPIRE PAC was established to work for fair representation in the U.S. Congress by supporting and increasing the number of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) policymakers and federal candidates with large AAPI constituencies. The PAC works to support the values and address the issues important to the AAPI community.

ASPIRE PAC ANNOUNCES ENDORSEMENT OF GINA ORTIZ JONES FOR TX-23 REPRESENTATIVE AND DR. HIRAL TIPIRNENI FOR AZ-06 REPRESENTATIVE

 

May 20, 2019

 

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, ASPIRE PAC, the political arm of Asian American and Pacific Islander Members (AAPI) of Congress, voted to endorse and support Gina Ortiz Jones (TX-23) and Dr. Hiral Tipirneni (AZ-06) in their campaigns for Congress.

 

“ASPIRE is proud to endorse Gina and Hiral in their races, and we look forward to supporting their campaigns to victory on Election Day,” said Congresswoman Grace Meng, Chair of ASPIRE PAC. “Gina is a proven military leader and tireless fighter for Texas. Hiral has strengthened her community as an emergency physician, researcher, and organizer. We need their voices and experience in Congress as we continue to fight to improve the lives of families across the country.”

 

ASPIRE PAC proudly welcomed two new AAPI Members of Congress in 2018, Congressman TJ Cox (CA-21) and Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03). The 116th Congress has a historic high of 20 AAPI Members of Congress.

 

ASPIRE PAC was established to work for fair representation in the U.S. Congress by supporting and increasing the number of AAPI policymakers and federal candidates with large AAPI constituencies. 

ASPIRE PAC MEMBERS SEND LETTER TO PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES EMPHASIZING IMPORTANCE OF AAPI VOICES IN 2020 ELECTION

WASHINGTON—Today, ASPIRE, the political arm of Asian American and Pacific Islander Members of Congress, sent a letter to declared candidates for the Democratic nomination for President encouraging them to prioritize AAPI communities in their outreach, hiring, and campaign materials. The letter was led by ASPIRE Chair Congresswoman Grace Meng (NY-06), Congressman Ami Bera (CA-07), Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), Congressman TJ Cox (CA-21), Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Congressman Ro Khanna (CA-17), Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03), Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08), Congressman Ted Lieu (CA-33), Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-06), Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy (FL-07), Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (CNMI), Congressman Michael San Nicholas (GU), Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), and Congressman Mark Takano (CA-41).

“Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are the fastest growing population in our country, and we are already an important constituency in key electoral states such as California, Nevada, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia. It’s crucial that candidates seeking the Democratic nomination pay attention to Asian American and Pacific Islander voters across the country,” said Congresswoman Grace Meng, Chair of ASPIRE.

 “We encourage you to keep Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in mind as your campaign makes hiring decisions and prioritizes outreach to different voting blocs as you campaign for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. History has shown us that we are stronger when all voices are represented at the decision-making table,” wrote the Members. 

ASPIRE PAC was established to work for fair representation in the U.S. Congress by supporting and increasing the number of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) policymakers and federal candidates with large AAPI constituencies. The PAC works to support the values and address the issues important to the AAPI community.

ASPIRE PAC STATEMENT ON THE 116th CONGRESS

WASHINGTON—ASPIRE PAC, the political arm of Asian American and Pacific Islander Members of Congress, issued the following statement on the 116th Congress.

“I’m proud to celebrate the swearing-in of three new AAPI Members of Congress. Asian American and Pacific Islanders are the fastest growing community in our nation, and we have more representation at the federal level than ever before. Today, we have a historic high of 20 Asian American and Pacific Islander Members of Congress," said Chair Rep. Grace Meng

ASPIRE PAC congratulates Rep. Andy Kim (NJ-03), the first Democratic Korean American in Congress, Rep. TJ Cox (CA-21), the first Filipino to represent California in Congress, and Rep. Michael San Nicolas (Guam), the youngest person to represent Guam in Congress. 

ASPIRE PAC was established to work for fair representation in the U.S. Congress by supporting and increasing the number of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) policymakers and federal candidates with large AAPI constituencies. The PAC works to support the values and address the issues important to the AAPI community.

ASPIRE PAC STATEMENT ON 2018 ELECTIONS

WASHINGTON—ASPIRE PAC, the political arm of Asian American and Pacific Islander Members of Congress, issued the following statement on the 2018 Elections:

“ASPIRE PAC is proud to have endorsed several of the Members-elect who helped Democrats take back the House, and I applaud the hard work and dedication of the candidates who ran for office this cycle.  The American people elected a Democratic majority that will fight for healthcare, education, and opportunity for all Americans,” said Chair Rep. Grace Meng


"I’m proud to congratulate Andy Kim (NJ-03) on his historic victory as the first Democratic Korean American Representative-Elect. We also welcome Michael San Nicolas (Guam),” Rep. Meng added.  With these victories, we will have a record number of 19 Asian American and Pacific Islander Members of Congress. 

ASPIRE PAC celebrates the unprecedented diversity of the 116th Congress and welcomes endorsed candidates Gil Cisneros (CA-39), Antonio Delgado (NY-19), Deb Haaland (NM-01), Steven Horsford (NV-04), Katie Porter (CA-45), Xochitl Torres-Small (NM-02) and Lauren Underwood (IL-14). We also congratulate Senator-elect Jacky Rosen on her victory in Nevada. 

ASPIRE PAC was established to work for fair representation in the U.S. Congress by supporting and increasing the number of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) policymakers and federal candidates with large AAPI constituencies. The PAC works to support the values and address the issues important to the AAPI community.

ASPIRE PAC ENDORSES GIL CISNEROS FOR CALIFORNIA'S 39TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

WASHINGTON, DC - ASPIRE PAC is proud to endorse and support Gil Cisneros to represent Orange County in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Gil will be a champion for the AAPI community and all communities in California's 39th District. Gil has devoted his life to public service, and he will continue to fight for local jobs and education. ASPIRE PAC looks forward to working with his campaign to flip this district from red to blue on Election Day.

ASPIRE PAC is committed to empowering candidates who support and promote the issues of the AAPI community. ASPIRE proudly welcomed six new Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Members of Congress in 2016. Tammy Duckworth (IL) and Kamala Harris (CA) were elected to the Senate. In the House of Representatives, Stephanie Murphy (FL-07), first Vietnamese American woman; Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), first Indian American woman; Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08); and Ro Khanna (CA-17) all won their elections.

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ASPIRE PAC ENDORSES TJ COX FOR CALIFORNIA'S 21ST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

WASHINGTON, DC - ASPIRE PAC voted today to endorse and support TJ Cox for California’s 21st Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“ASPIRE is proud to endorse TJ Cox to represent the California’s Central Valley in Congress,” said Rep. Grace Meng, Chair of ASPIRE PAC. “TJ has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of his community members, from creating jobs and educational pathways to providing healthcare and affordable housing. His proven commitment to public service will make him an excellent Member of Congress."

“We are proud to support TJ Cox. TJ joins several other strong Asian American and Pacific Islander candidates, and ASPIRE looks forward to supporting his campaign to victory on Election Day,” said Rep. Judy Chu, immediate past chair of ASPIRE PAC.

ASPIRE PAC proudly welcomed six new Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Members of Congress in 2016. Tammy Duckworth (IL) and Kamala Harris (CA) were elected to the Senate. In the House of Representatives, Stephanie Murphy (FL-07), first Vietnamese American woman; Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), first Indian American woman; Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08); and Ro Khanna (CA-17) all won their elections.

ASPIRE PAC ENDORSES AFTAB PUREVAL FOR OHIO'S 1ST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

WASHINGTON, DC - ASPIRE PAC voted to endorse and support Aftab Pureval for Ohio’s 1st Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“ASPIRE is proud to endorse Aftab’s campaign. Aftab is a proven champion for his community” said Rep. Grace Meng, Chair of ASPIRE PAC. “As the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts, Aftab brought transparency and public accessibility to his office and saved taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. His track record will serve Ohio’s 1st Congressional District well in Congress.” 

“Aftab joins several other strong Asian American and Pacific Islander candidates ASPIRE is supporting heading into the midterm election, and we look forward to supporting his campaign to victory,” said Rep. Judy Chu, immediate past chair of ASPIRE PAC.

ASPIRE PAC proudly welcomed six new Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Members of Congress in 2016. Tammy Duckworth (IL) and Kamala Harris (CA) were elected to the Senate. In the House of Representatives, Stephanie Murphy (FL-07), first Vietnamese American woman; Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), first Indian American woman; Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08); and Ro Khanna (CA-17) all won their elections.

ASPIRE PAC ENDORSES DAN KOH FOR MASSACHUSETTS' 3RD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

WASHINGTON, DC - “ASPIRE is excited to support Dan’s campaign,” said Congresswoman Meng.  “Dan would be the first-ever Korean American Democrat in Congress, and the first Asian American Congressman from Massachusetts. Throughout his career, Dan  has been a dedicated advocate for AAPI communities. He knows that our diversity makes us stronger.”
 
“I am so grateful to have ASPIRE PAC’s support,” stated Koh. “My family immigrated to the United States from Korea and Lebanon, and was able to live the American Dream. I am incredibly proud of my heritage, and I will continue to promote and support Asian Americans and other people of color in leadership positions.”

ASPIRE PAC was proud to welcome six new Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Members of Congress in the 2016 election. Tammy Duckworth (IL) and Kamala Harris (CA) were elected to the Senate. In the House of Representatives, Stephanie Murphy (FL-07), first Vietnamese American woman; Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), first Indian American woman; Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08); and Ro Khanna (CA-17) all won their elections.