Former congressman Brad Schneider has announced plans to run in the 10th congressional district next year.
"I remain dedicated to building an economy that works for every American and every community," said Schneider in a press release announcing his 2016 run. "I remain committed to ensuring our security at home, while also ensuring we lead the world in improving security around the globe. I am steadfast in the belief that we can be a nation where every child has an opportunity for a quality education; every family has access to quality, affordable health care; and anyone willing to work hard has the opportunity achieve a dignified retirement."
Schneider lost his seat to U.S. Rep. Bob Dold (R-IL,10) last November. In 2012, Schneider defeated Dold, unseating the then-freshman incumbent.
"Brad Schneider is a tireless advocate for the middle class and a fighter for Democratic values," said Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, who anounced her senatorial bid earlier this week. "He is a staunch supporter of a woman's right to choose, protecting the environment, and promoting equality. I look forward to seeing him on the campaign trail."
Here's a full statement from Schneider announcing his candidacy:
I am proud and honored to announce my candidacy for Congress in the 10th Congressional District of Illinois. I am running because I am committed to bringing people together throughout our communities and across the aisle to make sure our children inherit a stronger and more secure future.
As I travel throughout the district, meeting with people in communities from Wheeling to Waukegan, Grayslake to Glencoe, Round Lake to Highland Park, I hear the same message: Washington is broken and holding us back--holding back our economy, holding back on tough decisions, and holding back on doing what it takes to help people get ahead.
It is these conversations that inspire me and led me to run for Congress in the first place. The work we started two years ago is unfinished, and the challenges we face are too important to give up the fight to put our nation on a better path. Our country is stronger when our middle class is growing and families feel confident about what tomorrow will bring. Equal opportunity for everyone is the basis of the American Dream and that dream is the key to our future prosperity--and worth fighting for. And the rising economic tide really must lift up all of us if we are going to achieve our true potential as a nation. That's why I'm running for Congress. I remain dedicated to building an economy that works for every American and every community. I remain committed to ensuring our security at home, while also ensuring we lead in the world to improve security around the globe. I am steadfast in the belief that we can be a nation where every child has an opportunity for a quality education; every family has access to quality, affordable health care; and anyone willing to work hard has the opportunity to earn a fair wage, provide for their family, and achieve a dignified retirement.
My term in Congress certainly saw periods filled with frustration, but there were also meaningful achievements that will have a lasting, positive impact for our communities and our future.
Among the most significant moments were the introduction of my first bill, The AMERICA Works Act, the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, the successful passage of a bipartisan budget for the first time in four years, and the unanimous passage of the Hezbollah International Financial Prevention Act. And last December, the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014 was signed into law--including a measure I introduced to enhance Israel's qualitative military edge.
These achievements are proof that with principled leadership, we can find common ground where both parties can work together to make progress. But a government where the will of a few blocks the progress for the many is not working, and I want to fix it.
I want to go back to Congress because we need to continue to fight to strengthen our economy, to protect our environment, to protect women's rights to make their own health decisions, to repair and strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship. My commitment to you is that I will do all I can to ensure that the next Congress reflects our priorities and our values.
I am grateful for the support of my family and friends, old and new, and I hope that you will join our campaign for a government that works for all of us.
Together, I know we can finish what we started.
Schneider also released the following partial list of endorsements:
- Former U.S. Senator Adlai Stevenson III
- Former Congressman Abner Mikva (IL-10)
- Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL-2)
- Congressman Mike Quigley (IL-5)
- Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (IL-8)
- Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-9)
- Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11)
- Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17)
- Congressman Steny Hoyer, House Democratic Whip
- Congressman Eliot Engel, Ranking Member, House Foreign Affairs Committee
- Congressman Ted Deutch, Ranking Member, Middle East and North Africa Committee
- Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle
- State Senator Daniel Biss (9th District)
- State Senator Dan Kotowski (28th District)
- State Senator Terry Link (30th District)
- State Senator John Mulroe (10th District)
- State Representative Marty Moylan, Former Mayor of Des Plaines
- Village President Dean Argiris, Village of Wheeling
- President Glenn Ryback, Village of Wadsworth
- Mayor Wayne Motley, City of Waukegan
- Mayor Steve Pannell, Park City
- Mayor Andrew Przybylo, Village of Niles
- Mayor Leon Rockingham, City of North Chicago
- Waukegan Township Supervisor Patricia Jones
- Former Wheeling Village President Sheila Schultz