Here’s everyone who has officially announced they are running for president in 2020

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  • The 2020 presidential election is more than a year away, but many hopefuls are already announcing their candidacies.
  • While many potential Democratic candidates have yet to announce their intentions, 12 contenders have already jumped into the field, including six US Senators, two mayors, and two members of the House.
  • Here’s a list of the major party 2020 presidential candidates.

Soon after assuming the office of the presidency in January 2017, President Donald Trump filed preliminary paperwork that laid the groundwork for re-election in 2020.

With the official primaries almost a full year away, 12 Democratic contenders have already lined up to challenge Trump, with many more expected to join what could be the largest primary field in history.

So far, six US Senators, two current and former members of the House of Representatives, two mayors, one businessman, and one Hollywood spiritual guru have entered the race.

Other Democratic heavyweights who could jump into the race include former Vice President Joe Biden, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke.

Trump could also face opposition within his own party. Former Massachusetts Governor and Libertarian vice presidential nominee Bill Weld is actively considering challenging Trump in the Republican primary.

Here are all the major party candidates running for president in 2020:


Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders

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Bernie Sanders, then a Democratic presidential candidate, speaks at a rally at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst in 2016.
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Sanders will be competing for the Democratic nomination for the second time, he announced on February 19.

The 77 year-old Vermont senator, who is officially an independent but caucuses with Democrats in Congress, and former Burlington mayor has been a progressive stalwart for decades and built up a strong base of support for his platform in 2016 despite falling short to Hillary Clinton in the primary.

“Our campaign is about more than beating Donald Trump,” he said in his announcement video. “It’s about transforming our country and creating a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial, and environmental justice.”

This time around, Sanders will face much stiffer competition in a Democratic field that could hold over 20 candidates – many of whom are running on platforms that emphasize his signature issues of reducing income inequality and the power of big corporations in America.


Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar

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US Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) announces her candidacy for president in a heavy snow fall on February 10, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. – Klobuchar joined the ever-growing field of contenders hoping to unseat President Donald Trump in the 2020 White House race.
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On February 10, the three-term US Senator from Minnesota became the 12th Democratic candidate and 6th woman to jump into the 2020 field.

In true Minnesota fashion, Klobuchar announced her candidacy at an outdoor event during a blizzard, giving her speech without a hat, gloves, or a teleprompter.

Klobuchar is counting on her reputation as a measured, pragmatic moderate with a “Minnesota nice” demeanor to dominate among Midwestern voters – and pose a stark contrast to President Donald Trump.

Her campaign rollout may be hampered, however, by recent reports published in BuzzFeed News and the Huffington Post detailing alleged mistreatment and humiliation of her staff. According to one report, three people turned down the job of running her campaign over those allegations.


New Jersey Senator Cory Booker

Booker, the 11th Democrat to jump into the race, officially announced his candidacy for President on February 1.

Booker has served in the US Senate since 2013, and is known for his liberal voting record and emphasis on social and criminal justice issues. He played a key role in passing a large bipartisan criminal justice bill, the First Step Act, in December.

Before being elected to the Senate, booker served two terms as Mayor of Newark, New Jersey where he still resides. He holds a degree from Stanford University, where he played on the football team, and a law degree from Yale University.


Motivational speaker, author, and friend of Oprah Winfrey Marianne Williamson

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Marianne Williamson during her 2014 congressional campaign
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Marianne Williamson, a motivational speaker, New York Times best-selling author, and one-time congressional candidate with a substantial following announced her candidacy for president on Monday night.

Williamson, the 10th Democratic candidate to jump into the race, began speaking and writing self-help books rooted in New Age spirituality in Los Angeles in the 1980s. She’s also been heavily involved in AIDS awareness and advocacy efforts.

A 1992 appearance on Oprah Winfrey’s show helped launch her into Hollywood’s elite class as the preferred spiritual guide for many in the entertainment world.

Her first foray in politics was an independent run for Congress in California’s 33rd congressional district in 2014. She ended up losing to current Rep. Ted Lieu, but is now launching a bid for the highest office in the land.


South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg

Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination on January 23, 2019 via a video and email sent to his supporters.

The mayor just turned 37, making him the youngest entrant (so far) in the battle for the Democratic nomination. Buttigieg is also the only openly gay candidate to date in the running.

Along with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, Buttigieg is one of two military combat veterans running for the Democratic nod, having served with the US Naval Reserve in Afghanistan in 2013.

In the video, Buttigieg, who is making the jump from city to national politics, said he belongs to “a generation that is stepping forward right now.”

“We’re the generation that lived through school shootings, that served in the wars after 9/11, and we’re the generation that stands to be the first to make less than our parents unless we do something different,” he said in his announcement video.


California Senator Kamala Harris

Harris made her announcement on Martin Luther King Day, or January 21, via Twitter and her campaign website.

The Democratic senator for California is currently serving her first term in the Senate, similar to former President Barack Obama, who was initially criticized for his inexperience after he announced his 2008 presidential campaign as a first-term senator.

Prior to her role in the Senate, Harris was California’s attorney general and served as the district attorney of San Francisco.


New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

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Gillibrand announced her candidacy on Jan. 15.
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New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced the formation of an exploratory committee for President on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert on January 15.

Gillibrand began her political career as a moderate, blue-dog Democrat representing a conservative district in upstate New York.

She has made a name for herself as a strong progressive voice in the US Senate, in which she has served since 2009. Gillibrand has advocated for stronger policies around addressing sexual assault in the military, lowering healthcare costs, and decreasing economic and gender inequality.

(Disclosure: one of the authors of this article, Grace Panetta, worked for Sen. Gillibrand in 2017.)


Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro

Castro declared his candidacy on January 12 in a widely publicized announcement event in San Antonio, Texas, his hometown and where he served as mayor for five years.

Castro’s official announcement came weeks after his brother had revealed the news during an interview with Stephen Colbert in December.

Under Castro’s tenure, HUD expanded lead safety protections in federally assisted housing, worked to reconstruct communities affected by natural disasters under a $1 billion National Disaster Resilience Competition, and fulfilled the Fair Housing Act.


Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard

Gabbard announced her candidacy on January 11 in an interview with CNN’s Van Jones set to air on Saturday night.

The Hawaii representative has been in Congress since 2012, and has been at times a rising star for progressives but also sometimes challenging to the rest of her party. Her positions on foreign policy, in particular, have at times put her at odds with many on the left over the past year or two.


Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren

On a video posted to her website on December 31, 2018, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren announced that she was launching an exploratory committee for a presidential run in 2020. In the video, Warren – who has long been expected to run – described her vision of defending the middle class, which she said was “under attack.”

Warren quickly began recruiting top staff in key primary states including New Hampshire and Iowa, and has campaigned in those states, South Carolina, and Puerto Rico.


West Virginia State Senator Richard Ojeda

Richard Ojeda, a member of the West Virginia Senate, announced he was running for the presidency on November 11, 2018. He ran for Congress in West Virginia’s third congressional district in 2018, losing to Republican Carol Miller.

However, on January 25, 2019, Ojeda dropped out of the presidential race after resigning from the State Senate.


Entrepreneur Andrew Yang

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American entrepreneur Andrew Yang announced his presidential candidacy on November 6, 2017.
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Andrew Yang, an American entrepreneur and founder of Venture for America, announced his presidential candidacy on November 6, 2017.

Yang’s campaign prominently features giving all Americans a basic $1,000 monthly income.


Former Maryland Representative John Delaney

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Former Maryland Representative John Delaney declared his presidential bid on July 2017.
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Former Maryland Representative John Delaney was the first major Democrat to declare a presidential bid.

Delaney, who was a US representative from 2013 to 2019, announced his decision to run on July 28, 2017.

In a Washington Post op-ed announcing his candidacy, Delaney said “The current administration is making us less prosperous and less secure. I’m running because I have an original approach to governing and an economic policy that can put us on a different course.”


President Donald Trump

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President Donald Trump is running again.
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President Donald Trump is seeking reelection in 2020. He announced his intentions to do so just days into his first term, on January 20, 2017.