Blue Dogs Welcome Reps. Ed Case, Joe Cunningham, and Kendra Horn

Jan 29, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, the Democratic Blue Dog Coalition welcomed freshman Representatives Ed Case (HI-01), Joe Cunningham (SC-01), and Kendra Horn (OK-05) to its ranks. In total, the Blue Dog Coalition has 27 members, including 10 members of its freshman class. Rep. Case was a member of the Blue Dog Coalition from 2003 to 2007 while he served as a U.S. Representative for Hawaii’s second congressional district.


“We’re proud to welcome Reps. Case, Cunningham, and Horn to the Blue Dog Coalition,” said Rep. Lou Correa (CA-46), Blue Dog Co-Chair for Communications. “These Members have come to Congress with the purpose to serve their districts first and work across the aisle to get things done for their constituents. Their records and their policy priorities make these members a natural fit for the Coalition. They care deeply about getting our nation’s fiscal house in order, strengthening our national defense, and creating a path to prosperity for the middle class. We look forward to their contributions to the Coalition as we look to improve the lives of all Americans.”


“In the twelve years since I last served in Congress, the Blue Dog Coalition has become even more relevant to finding a better way forward for our country, one that is realistic, pragmatic and inclusive,” said Rep. Case. “I look forward to working again with my fellow Blue Dogs toward workable mainstream solutions to the challenges of our generation with a focus on fiscal sustainability and national security.”


“In a time where Congress is defined by gridlock and hyper-partisanship on both sides, there has never been more of a need for a pragmatic middle,” said Rep. Cunningham. “I made the commitment to be an independent voice for the Lowcountry and an advocate for fiscal responsibility. I am thrilled to join a coalition dedicated to breaking down partisan barriers and congressional dysfunction to deliver real, pragmatic results that move America forward.”   


“The Blue Dog Coalition brings together like-minded Members of Congress seeking commonsense solutions to provide for the financial stability and national security of our nation,” said Rep. Horn. “We share the same goal of putting practical solutions before politics, and I look forward to working with my Blue Dog colleagues on issues like a comprehensive border security strategy and the prevention of future government shutdowns.”


The Blue Dog Coalition’s leadership for the 116th Congress:


  • Rep. Stephanie Murphy (FL-07), Co-Chair for Administration
  • Rep. Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01), Co-Chair for Policy
  • Rep. Lou Correa (CA-46), Co-Chair for Communications
  • Rep. Anthony Brindisi (NY-22), Co-Chair for Whip
  • Rep. Kurt Schrader (OR-05), Co-Chair


The Blue Dog Coalition’s freshman class for the 116th Congress includes:


  • Rep. Anthony Brindisi (NY-22)
  • Rep. Ed Case (HI-01)
  • Rep. Joe Cunningham (SC-01)
  • Rep. Kendra Horn (OK-05)
  • Rep. Ben McAdams (UT-04)
  • Rep. Max Rose (NY-11)
  • Rep. Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11)
  • Rep. Abigail Spanberger (VA-07)
  • Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (NM-02)
  • Rep. Jeff Van Drew (NJ-02)




27 members of the Blue Dog Coalition.

48 percent have previous experience in a state legislature.

44 percent represent districts that went to President Trump in 2016.

30 percent are people of color.

22 percent are holding an elected position for the first time during the 116th Congress.

19 percent have previous national security experience.

19 percent have been a small business owner.

19 percent are military veterans.

19 percent are women.

11 percent have experience in law enforcement.




10 Blue Dog freshman members.

9 represent districts that went to President Trump in 2016.

6 are holding an elected position for the first time during the 116th Congress. 

4 are women.

3 have national security experience.

2 have been mayor of a city or township.

2 have experience in science, engineering, or medicine.