Animals only win when humane candidates and issues do. Below is our initial list of candidates we have chosen to endorse for federal and state races based on their records or positions on animal welfare issues. We do not judge candidates on their party affiliation or any other issue. In addition we have included the ballot initiatives on which HSLF has taken a position.

2018 Endorsements

J.D. Scholten
U.S. House, Iowa
J.D. Scholten
  • Pledged to support the Parity in Animal Cruelty Enforcement (PACE) Act (H.R. 4202).
  • Pledged to support the Puppy Protection (H.R. 4693).
  • Pledged to support the Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act (H.R. 1406).
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Dr. Kim Schrier
U.S. House, Washington
Dr. Kim Schrier
  • Pledged to support the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act (H.R. 1494).
  • Pledged to support the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (H.R. 113).
  • Pledged to support the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act (H.R. 909).
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Won
Steven Horsford
U.S. House, Nevada
Steven Horsford
  • Cosponsored several pro-animal welfare pieces of legislation as a Representative during the 113th Congress.
  • As a state senator, he helped pass legislation against animal fighting.
  • Outspoken supporter of wildlife and habitat conservation efforts.
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Won
Susie Lee
U.S. House, Nevada
Susie Lee
  • Pledged to support the Puppy Protection Act (H.R. 4693).
  • Pledged to support the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act (H.R. 1494).
  • Pledged to support the Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act (H.R. 1406).
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Won
Brian Fitzpatrick
U.S. House, Pennsylvania
Brian Fitzpatrick
  • Received a score of 100 on HSLF’s 2017 Humane Scorecard.
  • Lead sponsor of the Puppy Protection Act (H.R. 4693) to update federal standards of care for dog breeders.
  • Lead sponsor of the Welfare of our Friends Act (H.R. 4691) to prevent problem breeders from receiving new licenses from the USDA.
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Colin Allred
U.S. House, Texas
Colin Allred
  • Pledged to support the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act (H.R. 1494).
  • Pledged to support the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (H.R. 113).
  • Pledged to support the Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2017 (H.R. 1406).
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Peter Roskam
U.S. House, Illinois
Peter Roskam
  • Lead sponsor of the Parity in Animal Cruelty Enforcement Act (H.R. 4202).
  • Cosponsored the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act (H.R. 1847).
  • Cosponsored the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act (H.R. 1494).
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Won
Mike Levin
U.S. House, California
Mike Levin
  • Taken a hard stance against new oil and gas drilling on public lands and in waters, which have disastrous consequences for the habitats of w
  • Spoken out against the USDA removal of public access to thousands of animal welfare reports.
  • Pledged to support several important federal animal welfare issues.
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Won
Susan Wild
U.S. House, Pennsylvania
Susan Wild
  • Pledged to support the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act (H.R. 1494).
  • Pledged to support the Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2017 (H.R. 1406).
  • Pledged to support the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act (H.R. 909).
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Won
Conor Lamb
U.S. House, Pennsylvania
Conor Lamb
  • Cosponsored the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act (H.R. 1494).
  • Cosponsored the Humane Cosmetics Act (H.R. 2790).
  • Voted for H.Amdmt. 630 to the Farm Bill to clarify that federal prohibitions against animal fighting activity apply to U.S. territories.
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Harley Rouda
U.S. House, California
Harley Rouda
  • Pledged to support the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act (H.R. 1494).
  • Pledged to support the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (H.R. 113).
  • Pledged to support the Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2017 (H.R. 1406).
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Martin Heinrich
U.S. Senate, New Mexico
Martin Heinrich
  • Lead the charge against H.J. Res. 69 to revoke a USFWS rule prohibiting cruel hunting methods on National Wildlife Refuge lands in Alaska.
  • Voted for Senate Amendment 3074 to the Farm Bill to correct abuses in the USDA checkoff program
  • Cosponsored the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act (S.322)
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Guy Reschenthaler
U.S. House, Pennsylvania
Guy Reschenthaler
  • As a state senator in Pennsylvania he supported Libre’s Law, which increased penalties for animal abuse.
  • Introduced Senate Bill 1154, which would protect consumers and animals by ending the sale of commercially bred puppies at pet stores.
  • Has pledged to support the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act (H.R. 1494).
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Won
Lance Gooden
U.S. House, Texas
Lance Gooden
  • Co-authored a bill in the TX House of Representatives that would make it a crime to leave a dog tied outside without shelter and water.
  • Supported House Bill 1451, a bill to protect consumers and animals from the worst abuses in large-scale commercial dog breeding operations.
  • Pledged to support the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act (H.R. 1494).
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Veronica Escobar
U.S. House, Texas
Veronica Escobar
  • As El Paso County Commissioner, Escobar worked to fund a low-cost spay/neuter program in unincorporated areas of the county.
  • Secured funding for Pets Advancing Wellness and Success in El Paso.
  • Pledged to support the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act (H.R. 1494).
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Joe Neguse
U.S. House, Colorado
Joe Neguse
  • As head of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, Neguse influenced a wide variety of legislation relating to animal welfare.
  • As head of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies managed a dedicated team of regulators promoting appropriate veterinary care.
  • Pledged to support the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act (H.R. 1494).
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Brendan Kelly
U.S. House, Illinois
Brendan Kelly
  • As a prosecutor in St. Clair Co, he helped implement an animal protection protocol to investigate and prosecute animal abuse and neglect.
  • Worked to improve animal care and control in the county and to help move shelters away from euthanizing adoptable and treatable animals.
  • Pledged to support the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act (H.R. 1494).
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Vern Buchanan
U.S. House, Florida
Vern Buchanan
  • Co-chair of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus (CAPC), a bipartisan organization that champions animal welfare issues.
  • Received a perfect score of 100+ on HSLF’s 2017 Humane Scorecard.
  • Cosponsored the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act (H.R. 1847).
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Earl Blumenauer
U.S. House, Oregon
Earl Blumenauer
  • Co-chair of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus (CAPC), a bipartisan organization that champions animal welfare issues.
  • Received a perfect score of 100+ on HSLF’s 2017 Humane Scorecard.
  • Cosponsored the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act (H.R. 1847).
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Phil Bredesen
U.S. Senate, Tennessee
Phil Bredesen
  • As governor, he signed H.B. 386 into law, mandating basic humane care standards for dogs kept by commercial breeders.
  • As mayor of Nashville, he issued an executive order establishing the Mayor’s Advisory Board on Animal Control.
  • His opponent Rep. Blackburn has repeatedly supported legislation that enables cruelty to animals like blocking efforts to end “soring."
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