Joe Biden studies the audience at Netroots Nation during his Thursday afternoon keynote. (Photo: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

Demo­c­ra­t­ic State Sen­ate hope­ful Man­ka Dhin­gra has picked up the endorse­ment of Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Biden, her cam­paign announced this afternoon.

“I am proud to endorse Man­ka Dhin­gra to rep­re­sent the East­side in the Wash­ing­ton State Sen­ate,” said Biden in a state­ment. “Man­ka is an expe­ri­enced pros­e­cu­tor who has ded­i­cat­ed her life to strength­en­ing her com­mu­ni­ty. I espe­cial­ly appre­ci­ate her efforts to reduce domes­tic vio­lence and sex­u­al assault, pro­tect vic­tims of crime, and advo­cate for improved men­tal health pro­grams. If elect­ed, she’ll break the grid­lock on issues like gun respon­si­bil­i­ty, wom­en’s rights, and edu­ca­tion fund­ing. She will help solve real prob­lems for Wash­ing­ton’s mid­dle class families.”

Biden served with dis­tinc­tion and hon­or as Vice Pres­i­dent of the Unit­ed States from Jan­u­ary 2009 until Jan­u­ary 2017. Pre­vi­ous­ly, he rep­re­sent­ed Delaware for decades in the Unit­ed States Sen­ate. Biden received the enthu­si­as­tic sup­port of vot­ers across the East­side in 2008 and 2012 when he and Pres­i­dent Barack Oba­ma were the Demo­c­ra­t­ic nom­i­nees for the high­est offices in the land.

“I deeply appre­ci­ate Vice Pres­i­dent Biden’s endorse­ment,” said Dhin­gra. “Like him, I’m com­mit­ted to ensur­ing that every child has an equal oppor­tu­ni­ty to suc­ceed, that every­one is respect­ed and val­ued before the law whether they are a woman, LGBTQ+ or an immi­grant, and that every mid­dle class fam­i­ly can afford to live and grow with­out fear of los­ing their health care or their home. Vice Pres­i­dent Biden’s tire­less com­mit­ment to crim­i­nal jus­tice reform and oppos­ing domes­tic vio­lence is inspir­ing and I’ve worked hard on these same issues here in our community.”

Biden was the prin­ci­pal drafter of the land­mark Vio­lence Against Women Act, signed into law by Pres­i­dent Clin­ton in 1994 and reau­tho­rized in 2000, 2005, and 2013.

Biden’s endorse­ment will undoubt­ed­ly help Dhin­gra make her clos­ing pitch to vot­ers. The deputy King Coun­ty pros­e­cu­tor best­ed her Repub­li­can oppo­nent Jiny­oung Lee Englund in the Top Two elec­tion by more than ten points.

In last year’s heat­ed con­test for Sen­ate in the 41st Dis­trict, Demo­c­ra­t­ic stan­dard bear­er Lisa Well­man’s cam­paign received a sim­i­lar boost from Pres­i­dent Barack Oba­ma, who also endorsed Mike Pel­lic­ciot­ti and Kris­tine Reeves in the 30th LD.

Well­man went on to unseat incum­bent Repub­li­can Sen­a­tor Steve Lit­zow, while Pel­lic­ciot­ti defeat­ed Lin­da Kochmar and Reeves defeat­ed Teri Hickel.

About the author

Andrew Villeneuve is the founder and executive director of the Northwest Progressive Institute, as well as the founder of NPI's sibling, the Northwest Progressive Foundation. He has worked to advance progressive causes for over two decades as a strategist, speaker, author, and organizer. Andrew is also a cybersecurity expert, a veteran facilitator, a delegate to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, and a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

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