LGBT Equality Council

The DCCC LGBT Equality Council is dedicated to recruiting more LGBT candidates, supporting candidates who stand up for equality, and engaging the LGBT community in the fight.

Democrats in the House are committed to fighting for equality for all Americans, and we are proud that our caucus truly reflects America today. In 2012 we elected the most diverse caucus in our country’s history—we are the first to be made up of a majority women, minority and LGBT Members. We welcomed four new LGBT members this year, including the first openly gay minority Member of Congress and the first openly bisexual Member of Congress.

Our Members fight every day for equality, but there is so much work left do to ensure that all Americans can truly exercise their civil rights. That is why we are building a network around the country dedicated to electing LGBT individuals and LGBT allies to Congress, and ensuring that our community stands up and makes our voices heard in November 2014.

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Co-Chairs

David Cicilline

Rep. David Cicilline

Rhode Island's 1st District

Currently serving his second term in the United States House, Congressman David N. Cicilline represents the men and women of Rhode Island's First District. As a strong advocate for advanced manufacturing and clean energy production, he has worked to create new opportunities for middle class families to succeed in good-paying 21st century jobs.

Jared Polis

Rep. Jared Polis

Colorado's 2nd District

Jared is the first openly gay man elected to Congress as a candidate, and is also Congress’s first openly gay dad. In addition to co-chairing the Equality Council, Jared serves as the DCCC’s National Chair of Candidate Services, and last year successfully chaired the DCCC’s Red-to-Blue program, overseeing a net gain of 8 seats for Democrats.

Mark Pocan

Rep. Mark Pocan

Wisconsin's 2nd District

Mark is a small business owner and union member elected in 2012 to represent the people of south central Wisconsin. He and his husband Phil Frank were married in 2006, and Mark has successfully worked to have the House grant Phil a Congressional spouse ID -- the first same-sex spouse to be granted the badge.

Mark Takano

Rep. Mark Takano

California's 41st District

Mark was elected in 2012 to serve California’s Inland Empire, and as a Japanese-American is the first non-white LGBT Member of Congress. Prior to his election, Mark taught high school in Rialto Unified School District for 23 years.