Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) endorsed Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) for president on Monday, making him the first member of Congress to back her 2020 campaign.
Lieu announced his endorsement on Twitter:
“We’re proud to have his support,” said Harris press secretary Ian Sams.
With the field of Democratic candidates still emerging, very few politicians have made public endorsements in the 2020 race. Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) endorsed his twin brother, former San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro. Harris also has the backing of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.
Lieu’s endorsement came one day after Harris formally kicked off her presidential campaign with a rally in Oakland, her hometown. During the event, Harris vowed to fight “for the people” and criticized Trump for dividing the country.
“America, we are better than this,” she told the crowd of roughly 20,000 people. “People in power are trying to convince us that the villain in our American story is each other. But that is not our story. That is not who we are. That’s not our America.”
Several other presidential hopefuls, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), have also entered the race, while others, including former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), are still considering running.
This story has been updated with a quote from Ian Sams.