U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield), who just held a big fundraiser around the Detroit debates this week, on Thursday became the second Michigan member of Congress to endorse in the presidential race.
Lawrence, the 2nd vice chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, endorsed U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who was one of the candidates at her fundraiser. Lawrence is the ninth member of the Congressional Black Caucus to endorse Harris.
“I watched the debate last night and I have a criteria,” said Lawrence. “I’m looking for someone who has a command of the issues, someone who has the tenacity and the strength and courage to fight Donald Trump, and I’m also looking for someone who has compassion for this country. And I feel strongly about endorsing Senator Harris. And I feel that Senator Harris has that tenacity, the courage, and the compassion to be able to win this race.”
The U.S. senator said she’s “excited” to have Lawrence’s support.
“As a career public servant, including as an elected local official, she has long been on the front lines fighting for working families and their needs,” Harris said. “Brenda knows first-hand the issues that keep people up at night. I’m grateful that she stands with me and my 3AM Agenda to tackle those challenges with bold solutions that will have a direct impact on the lives of working families and communities across the country.
Harris also earned on Monday the nod from the Michigan Democratic Party Black Caucus. Harris is one of two African Americans running, along with U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.).
Earlier this week, U.S. Rep. Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.), announced he was backing U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) for president).