The list of major heroes of public affairs in 2019 would include the following in no special order:
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of California
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff of California
Former House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings of Maryland
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler of New York
Former President Jimmy Carter of Georgia
Former President Barack Obama of Illinois
Former Vice President Joe Biden of Maryland
South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg
Representative Ted Deutch of Florida
Representative Eric Swalwell of California
In the midst of recent white supremacist massacres in El Paso and Dayton, there should be growing concern about the House Committee chairs who are African American and Jewish becoming potential targets of hate mongers.
Elijah Cummings of the House Oversight and Reform Committee and Maxine Waters of the House Financial Services Committee are African Americans, and Jerry Nadler of the House Judiciary Committee and Adam Schiff of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence are Jewish, and all four are particularly in the center of controversy, and therefore, targets for hate, with a lot of verbal attacks by Donald Trump against them.
The investigation of the abuse of power of Donald Trump must go on, but extra security for these Chairs is essential!
The Democrats have two women Governors, and six other women running for Governor in the 2018 midterm elections.
Gina Raimondo in Rhode Island and Kate Brown in Oregon are running for reelection, and both would be favored to keep their Governorships in strongly Democratic states.
The six candidates have a more difficult road to travel, as they will have male challengers and opponents, and some of them in states won by Donald Trump.
Gwen Graham, daughter of former Florida Senator Bob Graham, will have challengers and opponents in the Sunshine State, which is strongly Republican in state elections.
Stacey Abrams is African American, and running in Georgia, also heavily Republican in recent decades.
Gretchen Whitmer is running in Michigan, a state that Donald Trump won by a small margin in 2016.
Cary Kennedy in Colorado, Michelle Lujan Grisham in New Mexico, and African American wife of Congressman Elijah Cummings, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings in Maryland, have the advantage of running in Democratic states, but will have to fight off male opponents in the primaries.
None of the six women are guaranteed even nomination at this point, as primaries will decide that.
A true giant of the US Senate, willing to fight for her liberal beliefs over 40 years, Democratic Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, has announced her retirement in 2016, joining another outstanding woman Senator, Barbara Boxer of California, in choosing to retire.
Mikulski will have served five terms, 30 years in the Senate, the all time record, and also served ten years in the House, making her 40 years an all time record for women in Congress. She surpassed the 35 years of Congresswoman Edith Nourse Rogers, Republican of Massachusetts, who served from 1925 to 1960 in the House of Representatives.
Along the way, Mikulski has “raised hell”, and always been there for her constituents, the average people of her state of Maryland, fighting the good fight as a leading progressive on all issues. She began her career as a community organizer, the same activity that Barack Obama was engaged in, and often ridiculed, which is horrible, as community organizers work with the poor. Why should anyone deplore such people, who truly commit themselves to those less fortunate? And yet, we live in a nation in 2015 where this is seen as a negative, rather than the positive impact that it has on those not privileged in our society!
The likelihood is that former Governor Martin O’Malley, who wants to be President, but has almost no chance to seek it now with Hillary Clinton far ahead in all polls and O’Malley hardly registering at all in the polls, will seek to go to the Senate. However, Congressman Chris Van Hollen, Congressman Elijah Cummings, and Congresswoman Donna Edwards are likely to compete for the seat as well, with the latter two being African Americans.