Champions for Children

The First Focus Campaign for Children places a priority on supporting legislators who stand by our nation’s children. Our Champions and Defenders of Children awards recognize the top 100 Members of Congress working to make children and families a national priority in federal policy and budget decisions.

Read the press release here, and view our ad in Roll Call recognizing and thanking the 2014 Champions and Defenders of children here.

In selecting our list of Champions and Defenders, the First Focus Campaign for Children took note of leaders who introduced, co-sponsored, and voted for legislation that would best meet the needs of children. In addition, the organization considered Members who demonstrated extraordinary initiative by spearheading activities such as sponsoring hearings or garnering the support of their colleagues to improve the health and well-being of children.

2014 Champions for Children

Champions for Children made extraordinary efforts to protect and improve the future of America’s next generation.

Senate

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK)
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA)
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)
Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL)
Sen. Al Franken (D-MN)
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA)
Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI)
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)
Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH)
Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI)
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV)
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR)

House

Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA)
Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL)
Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA)
Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI)
Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL)
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)
Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX)
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN)
Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH)
Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY)
Rep. Gene Green (D-TX)
Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ)
Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY)
Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX)
Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA)
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)
Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI)
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)
Rep. John Lewis (D-GA)
Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA)
Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA)
Rep. George Miller (D-CA)
Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI)
Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX)
Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI)
Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO)
Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY)
Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA)
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA)
Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA)
Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL)

2014 Defenders of Children

Defenders of Children supported efforts to advance policies to improve the well-being of America’s children.

Senate

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS)
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA)
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT)
Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY)
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)

House

Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA)
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)
Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR)
Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI)
Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA)
Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-CA)
Del. Donna Christensen (D-VI)
Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY)
Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC)
Rep. John Conyers (D-MI)
Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA)
Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA)
Rep. Ted Deutsch (D-FL)
Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD)
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)
Rep. Peter King (R-NY)
Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI)
Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ)
Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM)
Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN)
Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA)
Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ)
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)
Rep. José Serrano (D-NY)
Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH)
Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY)
Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH)
Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-OH)
Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY)
Rep. David Valadao (R-CA)
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)
Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA)
Rep. Don Young (R-AK)

Champions for Children launched in 2010. For information about past recipients of Champions for Children and Defenders of Children awards, visit the 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010 Champions for Children pages.