ASPIRE PAC Endorses First Wave of Asian American and Pacific Islander Congressional Candidates

WASHINGTON—ASPIRE PAC (formerly CAPAC Leadership PAC) voted to endorse and support four outstanding congressional candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives. 

“We are pleased to endorse Gina Ortiz Jones, Andy Kim, Dave Min, and Dr. Mai Khanh Tran for the 2018 mid-term elections,” said Rep. Grace Meng, chair of ASPIRE PAC. “These candidates best embody the values of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community and we will work to ensure they have  successful campaigns.”

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.

"With each election cycle, Asian American and Pacific Islander candidates are winning races more often than ever before,” said Rep. Judy Chu, immediate past chair of ASPIRE PAC. “Gina Ortiz Jones, Andy Kim, Dave Min, and Dr. Mai Khanh Tran are the first wave of candidates we are supporting heading into the mid-term election and we look forward to supporting more candidates to victory.”

AAPIs have become the margin of victory in swing states. There are now a record number of 18 AAPIs elected to the 115th Congress. AAPIs represent six percent of the total U.S. population and are the fastest growing population in the United States. ASPIRE PAC will continue to support candidates who back the AAPI community and to inspire more AAPIs to become involved in the election process.