Civil rights

Our nation is at a moment of reckoning. George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, Breonna Taylor, and dozens of other Black American men, women, and children have lost their lives in acts of brutality. They were murdered, often by the very folks sworn to serve and protect all of us. It’s clear that institutions that are supposed to provide justice for every American have failed. We must do more than repair them — we must remake them more just than ever before.

Protecting the civil rights of every American is one of Chris’ top priorities, and he has been a leading voice on the Senate Judiciary Committee to ensure that every American is free from discrimination and able to exercise their constitutionally guaranteed rights. Chris is leading efforts to protect the right to vote for all Americans and to ensure that exercising your right to vote is safe. Chris is an original co-sponsor of the Justice in Policing Act which would finally designate lynching a federal hate crime and make it easier for the federal government to prosecute police misconduct.

Chris also works hard to protect our federal courts. He earned a reputation as a tough, detailed questioner when pressing President Trump’s judicial nominees about their positions on key issues like race discrimination, reproductive rights, and LGBTQ equality. He was crucial in blocking some of President Trump’s least qualified and most dangerous nominees from lifetime appointments to the federal bench.

Chris has led efforts to:

  • Pass the Equality Act and ensure that LGBTQ Americans are free from discrimination.
  • Guarantee the voting rights of every American through the Voting Rights Restoration Act and the FAST Voting Act.
  • Fight discriminatory policies from the Trump Administration against people based on their gender, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

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