PRESS RELEASE: G-PAC Illinois and Giffords PAC Jointly Endorse 71 Candidates for the November 3, 2020 Election

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 G-PAC Illinois and Giffords PAC Jointly Endorse 71 Candidates for the November 3, 2020 Election

Amid historic rates of gun violence, we must elect legislators willing to pass policies to keep our children, families, and communities safe from gun violence. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Today, Gun Violence Prevention PAC Illinois (G-PAC) the leading Illinois nonpartisan political action committee dedicated to ending gun violence and GIFFORDS PAC, the national organization dedicated to saving lives from gun violence founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, announced their joint endorsement of 57 State Representative Candidates and 14 State Senate Candidates for the Illinois General Assembly. 

Each of these gun safety candidates has demonstrated a strong commitment to gun violence prevention policies that stop the flow of illegal guns and make Illinois communities safer. The general election on November 3, 2020 will be one of the most historic elections of our lifetimes as we will have the opportunity to elect candidates committed to ending the epidemic that is the leading killer of Illinois children and adolescent Black males: gun violence. 

“G-PAC Illinois is proud to endorse its most diverse selection of candidates ever for the November 3, 2020 General Election – all of whom are committed to ending our state’s gun violence epidemic. When elected, these candidates will work to defeat the corrupt NRA agenda that puts profits before lives while we continue to lose our children to preventable and senseless gun violence. We look forward to having elected officials that prioritize policies that save lives and block the flow of illegal guns into our communities,“ Kathleen Sances, President and CEO of Gun Violence Prevention PAC. 

New to their political program for 2020, the organizations are focusing on races that will add to or protect a gun safety majority in Springfield. The priority races are:

Rep. Diane Pappas, Rep. Mary Edley Allen, Rep. Joyce Mason, Suzanne Ness, Maura Hirschauer, Martha Paschke, Henry Benton, Janet Yang-Rohr.

Statement from Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, co-founder of Giffords: “Illinois made great progress in saving lives because of the determination of gun safety champions from across the state. Now is not the time to turn back. With a strong majority dedicated to addressing this crisis, Illinois will remain an example to other states in the fight to end gun violence. I am proud to stand with G-PAC and endorse today’s candidates for the Illinois State legislature. They have what it takes to stand up to the corporate gun lobby and be fierce advocates for safer communities.”

For a comprehensive list of all endorsed candidates please visit If elected, these gun safety candidates will lead on requiring background checks on all gun sales, strengthening state licensing requirements, restricting large-capacity ammunition magazines, investing in community-based violence prevention programs, and educating the public about the ‘red flag’ firearm restraining order law (FRO).

Statement from Survivor and G-PAC Board Member Pam Bosley: “As a survivor of gun violence we must elect candidates who will fight to end the senseless gun violence that claims the lives of too many Chicago children, including my son, Terrell whose life was ended by daily senseless gun violence on the grounds of a church. If we want change, we must elect candidates that will pass the policies to reduce gun violence which is the leading cause of death for black youth in America.”



The Illinois Gun Violence Prevention PAC (G-PAC) is a non-partisan political action committee that was founded to counter the political influence of the gun industry and their lobby in Springfield, Illinois. G-PAC raises the resources necessary to protect and elect public officials who step up to fight the gun violence epidemic and work against those who don’t support keeping our communities safe.


Giffords is a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives from gun violence. Founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Navy combat veteran and retired NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly, Giffords inspires the courage of people from all walks of life to make America safer.

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The Gun Violence Prevention Political Action Committee (G-PAC) was founded by gun violence survivors
to counter the political influence of the gun industry and their lobby in Springfield.