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We recruit, develop, and help elect leaders who have committed their lives to serving our country, either through the military or national service organizations like AmeriCorps or the Peace Corps. Our support includes strategic advising and training in all aspects of a candidate’s campaign, such as fundraising, communications, organizing, hiring, and team building.

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The military, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other service institutions train individuals to lead teams, bring people together, and do big things. When we decide to support a candidate, we're making a statement about their quality as a leader and the type of campaign they're running.

Rep. Peter Meijer

U.S. Army

U.S. Representative, Michigan’s Third District

Rep. Mikie Sherrill

U.S. Navy

U.S. Representative, New Jersey's Eleventh District

Rep. Fiona McFarland

U.S. Navy

Florida State House District 72

David Crowley


Milwaukee, WI County Executive

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New Power Endorsement: Kadja Manuel

“Whether in the US Army or on the front lines of his community, Kadja has dedicated his life to serving and empowering others. Trenton deserves a city councilor like Kadja who’s seen first hand the barriers keeping working families and marginalized groups from thriving. That’s why we’re proud to support this bold and dynamic leader, and can’t wait to see the impact he has when he gets to City Hall.”

Read More → Endorsement: Lauren Bresnahan for State Representative

“As a lifelong Minnesotan, Lauren Bresnahan has seen firsthand many of the barriers keeping working families from thriving in her home state. She’s made it her life’s work to empower her community by unlocking their economic potential, and she’s been a champion for investing in our future. We’re proud to endorse this brilliant, forward thinking servant leader and can’t wait to see her impact in Saint Paul.”

Read More → The New Politics Podcast Episode 28: Rachel Bailit

In this episode, we explore the work of helping candidates find their voice and connect powerfully with others, and we discuss how the art and skill of acting relates to the challenges of running for office.

Read More → Emily Cherniack Featured on the New Abnormal Podcast

In this episode of The New Abnormal, hosts Molly Jong-Fast and Andy Levy call out Republicans for avoiding the gun conversation at all costs, including Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for his insane mental health hypocrisy. Plus! New York mag correspondent Gabriel Debenedetti tackles the Biden elephant in room: What happens if Joe Biden can’t run for reelection? There are a few people that may be backups for the party, he says. And last up, New Politics Founder and Executive Director Emily Cherniack and Pennsylvania Rep. Chrissy Houlahan shares what she thinks are the root causes of the gun violence epidemic—and that the entire Republican party “needs to be cured and cleansed.”

Read More → Endorsement: Tom Smith for Maryland House of Delegates

“Our country needs leaders like Tom Smith in elected office because he knows that public service isn’t about power, it’s about making people’s lives better. Throughout his life, Tom has demonstrated an unwavering instinct to serve – and whether in uniform or out, he’s consistently sought to find solutions, bring folks together, and get things done. With roots firmly planted in the district where he’s raising his children, we know there’s no one better suited to represent his neighbors in Annapolis. Tom has proven time and again he has both the courage and resiliency to lead from the front, and we’re proud to endorse this battle-tested servant leader.”

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What would it take to normalize candidates of color running for office?

“A new initiative called New Power x New Politics wants to lower barriers and support a new generation of officeholders who look just like millions of Americans who are disenfranchised or disengaged from voting.”

How to reunite America: Commit as leaders to serving the civic good

“As the mayhem unfolded at the Capitol, servant leaders from both sides of the aisle gave us a glimpse of what that narrative could be. Folks like Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo., Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., and freshman Rep. Peter Meijer, R-Mich., whose instincts were to look beyond their own sense of safety or self-interest…These are the individuals forging this new narrative. Women and men who once served their communities and country in the military or through national service organizations, entering the political arena and demonstrating that our American identity flourishes from a commitment to putting people and principles first.

It’s because of these individuals and bipartisan organizations like New Politics, which empowers leaders to continue serving in public office, that we’re hopeful for the future of our country.”

“The “Second Service Coalition” is the brainchild of New Politics, an organization dedicated to recruiting candidates with military and national security backgrounds...The group’s class of candidates this time around is part of the broader push to grow the community of former military veterans and intelligence officers serving in Congress — making them an increasingly robust force in electoral politics.”

America desperately needs a new crop of leaders. Here's where to find them

“The idea that drives New Politics is to prepare candidates, both Republican and Democratic who have already spent time serving in the military or national service such as AmeriCorps, to serve the country by running for office, by advising and training them on everything from leadership development to political strategy and the personal challenges of campaigns. Voters are hungry for candidates who have already shown their commitment to the common good and who are eager to advocate for their needs and priorities, and this sort of preparation is invaluable to fulfilling that wish.”

These Female Veterans Reached Congress. Now They Want to Recruit Others.

“The group has teamed up with New Politics, a bipartisan organization that recruits candidates from the military and intelligence communities, and other national service programs like the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps.”

New Politics Founder Emily Cherniack Helped Four First-Time Candidates Flip Seats In 2018

“New Politics is dedicated to recruiting people from the service community—often veterans but also participants in organizations like Teach for America or Americorps—into politics, then giving them the tools they need to succeed and plugging them into a sympathetic fundraising network.”

Inside the veteran candidate network fighting to remake the Democratic Party

Emily Cherniack, the founder of New Politics [is], according to [Ken] Harbaugh, the ’godmother of the operation...she’s really been a key player in bringing us all together.

POLITICO 50: Emily Cherniack

“New Politics, which targets not only military veterans but alumni of civilian service programs like AmeriCorps, helped to elect a dozen other candidates nationwide in 2016…[She] also launched an academy that now operates in 23 cities, offering lessons that include how to get duty-focused public servants to feel comfortable talking about themselves.”