WASHINGTON, DC – Today, ASPIRE PAC announced its endorsement of Congressman Andy Kim for the U.S. Senate in New Jersey. Congressman Kim is the first AANHPI representative from New Jersey and he would be the first AANHPI to represent New Jersey in the U.S. Senate, as well as the first AANHPI Senator to represent a state in the northeast. Chair Grace Meng released the following statement on the endorsement:
“Congressman Andy Kim has demonstrated that he is a principled and dedicated leader, not only for the AANHPI community but for all of his constituents. When Andy Kim personally helped clean the Capitol in the aftermath of January 6th, it spoke to the character he has and the type of person that he is. Not only is he a man of integrity, but he is also an effective legislator and has lowered healthcare costs for New Jersey families, delivered a new VA clinic for New Jersey veterans, and secured funding for New Jersey small businesses. ASPIRE is proud to endorse Andy Kim and we look forward to greater AANHPI representation in the U.S. Senate.”
Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders Rising & Empowering Political Action Committee (ASPIRE PAC) is the political arm of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Members of Congress. ASPIRE PAC is committed to supporting candidates of AAPI descent and incumbents who represent large communities of AAPI voters. According to the 2020 census, the AAPI community is the fastest-growing demographic in the country. In addition, in 2020 the AAPI community increased its voter turnout more than any other community of color. There are currently 21 AAPI Members of Congress, including two U.S. Senators, and two new Members of Congress – Shri Thanedar (MI-13) and Jill Tokuda (HI-02).