Who is running for president? Potential 2020 presidential candidates have been lining up to take on Donald Trump and the GOP, creating one of the most crowded fields in memory. It’s a group packed with traditional politicians, firebrand Trump foes and celebrities who have never held elected office
.We’ve categorized the possible Democratic presidential candidates into six groups: The Senators list carries Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders. The House Members include Tulsi Gabbard, Joe Kennedy and Beto O’Rourke. The Governors list is anchored by Andrew Cuomo, Deval Patrick. The Obama Alums include Joe Biden, Eric Holder and others as potential 2020 presidential candidates. Finally, The Outsiders like Michael Avenatti and Oprah could reshape the road to 2020.
Resume: U.S. Senator (New Jersey); Mayor of Newark
What he’s known for: He kicked off the opposition to Brett Kavanaugh with his “I am Spartacus” moment that drew the ire of Republican colleagues.
Resume: U.S. Senator (New York); U.S. Representative
What she’s known for: Her determined approach to assault and misconduct led her to say Bill Clinton should have resigned during the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Then she led the call among Senate Democrats for Al Franken to resign. Both stances triggered ire among some party donors and activists.
Resume: U.S Senator (Minnesota); Hennepin County Attorney
What she’s known for: She’s the cautious centrist in a caucus full of characters.
Resume: U.S. Senator (California); Attorney General of California; San Francisco District Attorney
What she’s known for: She’s used her perch on top committees to grill Trump administration officials and Kavanaugh.
Resume: U.S. Senator (Vermont); 2016 Democratic presidential candidate; U.S. Representative; Mayor of Burlington
What he’s known for: He’s defied all predictions by going from an unknown senator to a progressive icon. His signature issues have become the lingua francaof liberals on this list.
Resume: U.S. Senator (Massachusetts); Chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel for the Troubled Asset Relief Program; Harvard Law school professor
What she’s known for: She was an academic who helped write the book on how to rein in Wall Street, only to have her dream job (running the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) blocked by Republicans. As senator she’s animated the Democratic base with a populist economic message.
The House Members
Resume: U.S. Representative (Massachusetts); Assistant District Attorney, Middlesex County and Cape and Island
What he’s known for: He provided the 2018 Democratic English-language response to the State of the Union. References to his famous family are never far away.
Resume: U.S. Representative (Texas); El Paso City Councilor
What he’s known for: A backbench, moderate congressman who transformed into a liberal hero in his failed quest to unseat Ted Cruz.
Resume: Governor (New York); Attorney General; Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
What he’s known for: He’s Andrew Cuomo. He doesn’t show up to his own victory party, because when you’re a three-term governor and son of a political institution you don’t need to.
Resume: Governor (Colorado); Mayor of Denver; Brewer
What he’s known for: He’s a centrist, business-oriented governor who led the way on gun control.
Resume: Governor (Virginia); Democratic National Committee chairman. He also served as co-chairman of Bill Clinton’s 1996 reelection campaign and chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 run.
What he’s known for: He’s the ultimate Clinton insider who transitioned to being a job-growth governor.
Resume: Returned to Bloomberg and expanded his focus on philanthropy; Mayor of New York City; CEO and founder of Bloomberg L.P.
What he’s known for: He’s a fiscally conservative, socially liberal mayor who has seesawed between parties. His ability to write large checks is far more consistent.
Resume: Mayor of Los Angeles; President of the Los Angeles City Council; Navy Reserve, Lieutenant; Los Angeles City Councilor
What he’s known for: He’s focused on liberal priorities in a major city on the left coast.
The Obama Alums
Resume: Vice President of the United States; U.S. Senator (Delaware); New Castle County Council member. He also ran for president in 2008 and 1988.
What he’s known for: Everyone knows Joe Biden.
Resume: U.S. Attorney General; U.S. Deputy Attorney General; U.S. Attorney for Washington, D.C.; Associate Judge of the Superior Court of D.C.
What he’s known for: He changed the course of the Justice Department after the Bush years with a focus on civil rights and policing. His policies and his friendship with Obama led him to become a Republican boogeyman.
Resume: U.S. Secretary of State; U.S. Senator (Massachusetts); 2004 Democratic presidential nominee; Lieutenant Governor; Assistant District Attorney; U.S. Navy, Lieutenant (Ret.)
What he’s known for: He survived the 2004 election and later found a new life as Obama’s chief diplomat.
Resume: Attorney; Entrepreneur
What he’s known for: As Stormy Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti began with a case that looked like a tabloid tale and ended up bringing down the president’s longtime personal attorney and introducing the possibility of campaign finance violations. Since then, he’s tussled with the administration over separating migrant families at the border and injected himself, controversially, into the Kavanaugh confirmation process.
Resume: Reality TV star; NBA owner; Businessman and investor
What he’s known for: He knows how to play Trump — with an NBA team.
Resume: CEO of Starbucks
What he’s known for: He’ll talk to the nation over a cup of coffee.