Vote now: 2016 Congressional Endorsements


For years, Food Policy Action has been holding members of Congress accountable for their votes on food and farming issues by educating the public about sound food policy and publishing our yearly National Food Policy Scorecard to provide information to the public about key votes and issues to encourage them to lobby their elected officials.

Now, for the first time, we will be endorsing candidates in many of the most competitive Congressional races in the country. We are looking for candidates who are committed to better food policy and to reforming our food system.

We want to hear from you which candidates you believe we should endorse. Your feedback will help us with our final endorsements that we will be announcing soon.

U.S. House


Rep. Rod Blum vs. Monica Vernon - Iowa's 1st District
Monica Vernon supports a strong food system safety net and promotes a sustainable, transparent and more balanced farm system, including helping farmers diversify what they grow. Incumbent Rod Blum has voted repeatedly to minimize conservation and sustainable farming practices and to keep Iowans in the dark about what is in their food and where it comes from.



Rep. Scott Garrett vs. Josh Gottheimer - New Jersey’s 5th District
Josh Gottheimer supports a strong federal safety net for seniors and food insecure families with children. He also supports fair wages and working conditions for food and farm workers. Incumbent Scott Garrett has voted repeatedly to cut hunger reduction and nutrition programs, voted to make our food supply less safe, and opposed measures that would reduce the misuse of antibiotics.



Rep. Bob Dold v. Brad Schneider - Illinois’s 10th District
Brad Schneider has voted to protect clean water initiatives, voted to preserve hunger reduction and nutrition programs, supported measures increase sustainable farming. Incumbent Bob Dold has voted multiple times to allow corporations to keep families in the dark about what is in the food we eat and where our food comes from.



Rep. Lee Zeldin vs. Anna Throne-Holst - New York’s 1st District
Anna Throne-Holst supports sustainable food and fish production, farmland conservation and has led initiatives to clean drinking water. Incumbent Lee Zeldin has voted to undermine efforts that protect our waterways, adding unnecessary delays to scheduled improvements that would reduce pollution, and he opposed measures to preserve fisheries and conserve land.



Rep. David Valadao vs. Emilio Huerta - California’s 21st District
Emilio Huerta supports farmworkers, water conservation, and sustainable farming. Incumbent David Valadao has voted to keep families in the dark about what is in their food and where it comes from, and he has led initiatives to roll back nutrition standards.



Rep. Jeff Denham vs. Michael Eggman - California’s 10th District
Michael Eggman supports increasing sustainable farming practices and making the farm system more balanced to support small farmers. Incumbent Jeff Denham has voted repeatedly to cut hunger reduction and nutrition programs and supported measures allowing corporations to keep families in the dark about what is in the food we eat and where our food comes from.


U.S. Senate


Senator Richard Burr vs. Deborah Ross - North Carolina
Deborah Ross supports a strong safety net for seniors, families and veterans, sustainable farming practices, land conservation, and protecting fisheries and clean water. Incumbent Richard Burr has voted to reduce transparency in the food system, reduce oversight of clean water and fisheries, and neglect the needs of sustainable farmers.



Senator Pat Toomey vs. Katie McGinty - Pennsylvania
Katie McGinty supports sustainable farming and environmental and conservation protections. Incumbent Patrick Toomey has voted for measures that undermined efforts to protect our waterways, adding unnecessary delays pollution reduction work, and he supported fast tracking trade measures that would erode U.S. health, environment, and food safety protections.



Senator Ron Johnson vs. former Senator Russ Feingold - Wisconsin
Russ Feingold supports a strong food system safety net, and he has voted to support hunger reduction, nutrition programs and sustainable farming practices. Incumbent Ron Johnson has voted against funding hunger reduction programs and supported measures that allow corporations to keep families in the dark about what is in the food we eat.



Senator Roy Blunt vs. Jason Kander - Missouri
Jason Kander supports federal hunger reduction and nutrition programs and increasing consumer transparency in our food system. Incumbent Senator Blunt voted for measures that would allow corporations to keep families in the dark about what is in the food we eat, supported defunding critical hunger reduction programs, and voted to undermine protections of waterways, adding unnecessary delays to scheduled improvements that would reduce pollution.



Senator Rob Portman vs. Ted Strickland - Ohio
Ted Strickland supports a strong food system safety net, hunger reduction and nutrition programs and land and water conservation and environmental protections. Incumbent Rob Portman has voted to defund hunger reduction programs, supported measures that limited food access and affordability, and he voted to undermine protections of waterways, adding unnecessary delays to scheduled improvements that would reduce pollution.



Senator Mark Kirk vs. Rep. Tammy Duckworth - Illinois
Tammy Duckworth has voted to support hunger reduction and nutrition programs, supported increasing consumer transparency about what is in their food and where it comes from, and voted for federal measures that would increase, sustainable farming and improve water conservation. Incumbent Mark Kirk has voted to defund hunger reduction programs, supported measures that undermined protections of waterways and added unnecessary delays to scheduled pollution reduction work and he voted to allow corporations to keep families in the dark about what is in the food we eat.