Ro Khanna, Nina Turner, and Carmen Yulín Cruz to Co-Chair Bernie Sanders 2020
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has brought onboard a diverse coalition of Co-Chairs to lead his 2020 presidential bid including Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA), former Ohio state Senator and CNN commentator Nina Turner, and San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz. Khanna is currently First Vice Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and an Assistant Whip for the Democratic Caucus in Congress. Khanna served in President Barack Obama’s administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Department of Commerce. The University of Chicago graduate received his law degree from Yale University. Turner is the President of the political nonprofit, Our Revolution, a progressive organization that came out of Sanders’ 2016 run. The Ohio native, who is a double graduate of Cleveland State University, served as an Ohio state Senator from 2008 to 2014. Cruz was a frequent sparring partner of Donald Trump in the aftermath of the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. Before becoming Mayor of San Juan, Cruz served in the Puerto Rico House of Representatives for four years. Before her career in public service, Cruz worked as a Manager and Human Resources Director for companies such as Colgate-Palmolive, Banco Popular, Cellular One, Scotiabank, and the Treasury Department. The Boston University graduate also has a Master's from Carnegie Mellon University. “To win this election and build a movement to defeat Donald Trump, we must bring together a team prepared to fight for economic, social, racial and environmental justice ― and that’s exactly what Nina, Ro, Carmen and Ben have been doing their entire lives,” Sanders said. The four co-chairs give Sanders’ bid diverse leadership -- something his 2016 was criticized for extensively; just one is a white man: Ben Cohen, one of the co-founders of Ben & Jerry’s. More here.