Former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold announced today that he will seek to regain his seat in the 2016 elections, challenging Republican senator Ron Johnson. The National Jewish Democratic Council welcomed the longtime Jewish progressive back to politics, noting his long history of service to the people of Wisconsin and his commitment to the values of American Jewish voters.
“With Sen. Russ Feingold, the voters of Wisconsin know they have a strong progressive champion who will stand up for the rights of the neediest among us, rather than those who can write the biggest check. During his time in the Senate, he was one of the leaders who most embodied Democratic values and priorities. Furthermore, the issues polling shows are most important to Jewish voters, including economic fairness, health care and the social safety net, are the issues that Sen. Feingold has fought for his entire career in public service. Wisconsin will be at the forefront of national efforts to return the Senate to Democratic control in 2016, and we wish Sen. Feingold the best of luck as he joins the fight.”