This year’s 120 Champions and Defenders of children include 40 senators and 80 representatives who have stepped forward to make children a top priority in the Senate and House. Many others in Congress have taken important votes that would either improve the lives of children or protect children from harm or might prioritize children on a specific issue. In contrast, what makes this group of 120 policymakers unique is that they have moved to address problems facing America’s children across a whole range of issues.

Champions consistently pursue policies and legislation that make children a priority. Defenders often consider children’s interests in their votes and bills. Furthermore, as Congress debates and sets the nation’s federal priorities on policy and budget matters, these lawmakers are willing to ask—and demand a positive answer to—the simple but critically important question: “Is it good for the children?”

CHAMPIONS FOR CHILDREN IN THE SENATE

CHAMPIONS FOR CHILDREN IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

We would also like to recognize our 2018 Defenders of Children.
These members of Congress have supported efforts to advance policies to improve the well being of kids.

THE SENATE

  • Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO)

  • Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD)

  • Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE)

  • Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)

  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)

  • Maggie Hassan (D-NH)

  • Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)

  • Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA)

  • Sen. Angus King (I-ME)

  • Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT)

  • Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR)

  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)

  • Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT)

  • Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI)

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

  • Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI)

  • Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM)

  • Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)

  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)

  • Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)

THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

  • Rep. Nanette Barragan (D-CA)

  • Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR)

  • Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN)

  • Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL)

  • Rep. Stephen Cohen (D-TN)

  • Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT)

  • Rep. Luis Correa (D-CA)

  • Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL)

  • Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA)

  • Rep. Susan DelBene (D-WA)

  • Rep. Deborah Dingell (D-MI)

  • Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX)

  • Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY)

  • Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY)

  • Rep. Dwight Evans (D-PA)

  • Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ)

  • Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA)

  • Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX)

  • Rep. John Katko (R-NY)

  • Rep. Joseph Kennedy (D-MA)

  • Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI)

  • Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI)

  • Rep. John Lewis (D-GA)

  • Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL)

  • Rep. David Loebsack (D-IA)

  • Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY)

  • Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA)

  • Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX)

  • Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ)

  • Rep. David Reichert (R-WA)

  • Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA)

  • Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)

  • Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY)

  • Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA)

  • Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH)

  • Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA)

  • Rep. Michael Turner (R-OH)

  • Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI)

  • Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
    (D-FL)

  • Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY)