Yesterday the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, the organization that works to increase the number of openly LGBT elected officials at all levels of government, announced endorsements for three openly gay congressional candidates.
All three candidates are running for the U.S. House of Representatives.
Gay Politics reports that the three candidates are:
Marko Liias, a state representative who is seeking to represent Washington's 1st Congressional District. He would replace Rep. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, who is running for governor;
Mark Pocan, a Democrat who is running to replace Rep. Tammy Baldwin in Congress. Pocan has served in the Wisconsin State Assembly for more than 12 years;
Mark Takano, who is running to represent California's 41st Congressional District in the U.S. House. Takano, a Democrat, is a longtime elected member of the Riverside Community College District's Board of Trustees.
Four members of the current U.S. House of Representatives - Barney Frank of Massachusetts, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Jared Polis of Colorado, and David Cicilline Rhode Island - are openly gay. Baldwin recently announced that she is running for a position in the U.S. Senate.
This article has been modified since its original publication - it originally reported that three members of the current House are openly gay, leaving out Cicilline.