Marie Newman


Progressives See Bittersweet Night in Illinois With Ouster of Marie Newman

In a hotly contested 2020 primary, progressive Marie Newman, the Justice Democrats candidate for Illinois’s 3rd Congressional District, ousted eight-term Rep. Dan Lipinski, one of the last anti-abortion Democrats in Congress. Many House Democrats countered party norms by backing Newman, choosing to stand up for reproductive rights rather than exhibit loyalty to the incumbent. “I think that an anti-choice position is a relic of our past and it is firmly in the Republican ideology, and I do not think that is what our party should be standing for,” said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at the time.

Pelosi Statement on Congresswoman Marie Newman

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on the result of Illinois’s Sixth Congressional District primary election:. “Congresswoman Marie Newman is a proud progressive in the Congress, who has brought energetic leadership to our Caucus. On behalf of House Democrats, we thank her for her patriotic public service and will sincerely miss her voice in the House.

Sean Casten defeats Marie Newman and will face-off with extremist Keith Pekau

Sean Casten defeats Marie Newman and will face-off with extremist Keith Pekau. Rep. Sean Casten Declares Victory in the June 28, 2022 Democratic Primary election over first term Congresswoman Marie Newman. Casten will face-off with rightwing extremist Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau in the November 8 General Election. By Ray...

Rep. Sean Casten defeats Marie Newman in Dem. District 6 race

Democratic Rep. Sean Casten is projected to defeat Marie Newman for the state’s 6th Congressional District, a blue-leaning seat. Casten flipped a suburban seat in 2018 that Republicans held for decades. “To the voters—since 2018, you have given me a tremendous amount of trust to represent your values in Congress. For this, I am forever […]

‘It Was Not a Shameful Act’: Rep. Marie Newman on Coming to Terms With Her Abortion

Rep. Marie Newman didn’t expect to share her abortion story with the world. In fact, the Illinois congresswoman—who had an abortion as a 19-year-old college student and went on to defeat one of the last anti-abortion House Democrats in 2020—kept it a secret for decades as she wrestled with feelings of guilt and shame. But when she saw the news that the Supreme Court was set to overturn Roe v. Wade, according to a leaked draft opinion, she decided it was time. “What kept ringing in my head around the leaked decision was, oh my God, I was so lucky,” she told As a teenager, Newman had local, quality reproductive health care, an impossibility for millions of people across America. If Roe falls, about half the states are likely to ban abortion, further restricting access. “My particular story isn’t important,” she said. “But it is important for people to understand the gravity of this situation.” Below, in her own words, she explains what's at stake.