Endorsements

 
 
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Sam Bagenstos is:

“The most qualified candidate to seek a seat on the court in recent memory.”

“A seasoned appellate lawyer with an impressive record in civil rights enforcement”

“Bagenstos' experience in civil rights enforcement suggests that he will be less reflexively dismissive of litigants seeking redress from bad actors in government and private industry.”

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Hear about Sam Bagenstos from some of the leaders and organizations
who have endorsed him for Michigan’s Supreme Court

 
  Congresswoman Debbie Dingell   “Michigan needs a strong, independent court to ensure all cases receive the fair, judicial review they deserve. Sam has spent his career fighting for the vulnerable and uplifting the voices of everyday people — not the wealthy and powerful. I'm confident his experience and knowledge will serve Michiganders well as a member of the Supreme Court.

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell

“Michigan needs a strong, independent court to ensure all cases receive the fair, judicial review they deserve. Sam has spent his career fighting for the vulnerable and uplifting the voices of everyday people — not the wealthy and powerful. I'm confident his experience and knowledge will serve Michiganders well as a member of the Supreme Court.

  Wayne County Executive Warren Evans   “Michigan Democrats are poised to win back the the state legislature and statewide executive branch offices, Sam’s national and local civil rights experience will allow us to enhance the Court as well. By electing Sam Bagenstos we can strengthen a Court that stands up for people.”

Wayne County Executive Warren Evans

“Michigan Democrats are poised to win back the the state legislature and statewide executive branch offices, Sam’s national and local civil rights experience will allow us to enhance the Court as well. By electing Sam Bagenstos we can strengthen a Court that stands up for people.”

  Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan   "I'm proud to endorse Sam Bagenstos for Michigan Supreme Court because he stands up for justice -- for everyone. He will be a great Supreme Court justice for all Michiganders.”

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan

"I'm proud to endorse Sam Bagenstos for Michigan Supreme Court because he stands up for justice -- for everyone. He will be a great Supreme Court justice for all Michiganders.”

  Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon   “I was impressed by Sam Bagenstos’s commitment to civil rights. The people of Michigan will be well served by having a justice of the Supreme Court with Sam’s experience and values.”

Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon

“I was impressed by Sam Bagenstos’s commitment to civil rights. The people of Michigan will be well served by having a justice of the Supreme Court with Sam’s experience and values.”

  Former Attorney General Eric Holder   “I’m proud to endorse Sam Bagenstos, a dedicated public servant with an impressive record of fighting for fairness and justice. During the Obama Administration, he was an instrumental leader in our efforts to protect the right to vote, expand the rights of people with disabilities, and put in place reforms that are rebuilding trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve. He will be an independent voice for the people of Michigan and an excellent justice of the Michigan Supreme Court.”

Former Attorney General Eric Holder

“I’m proud to endorse Sam Bagenstos, a dedicated public servant with an impressive record of fighting for fairness and justice. During the Obama Administration, he was an instrumental leader in our efforts to protect the right to vote, expand the rights of people with disabilities, and put in place reforms that are rebuilding trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve. He will be an independent voice for the people of Michigan and an excellent justice of the Michigan Supreme Court.”

  Former U.S. Attorney Barb McQuade   “Sam Bagenstos will be an excellent Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court because he is a superb lawyer who is committed to equal justice and the rule of law.”

Former U.S. Attorney Barb McQuade

“Sam Bagenstos will be an excellent Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court because he is a superb lawyer who is committed to equal justice and the rule of law.”

  Senator Elizabeth Warren   “When I first met Sam, he was a young lawyer already making a name for himself in his advocacy for the rights of people with disabilities. In the decades since, he has become one of the nation’s leading civil rights lawyers. Sam is hard-working and compassionate -- and fiercely committed to justice. In short, Sam Bagenstos is just the person we need to serve on our courts.”

Senator Elizabeth Warren

“When I first met Sam, he was a young lawyer already making a name for himself in his advocacy for the rights of people with disabilities. In the decades since, he has become one of the nation’s leading civil rights lawyers. Sam is hard-working and compassionate -- and fiercely committed to justice. In short, Sam Bagenstos is just the person we need to serve on our courts.”

  Former Texas State Senator Wendy Davis   “Sam has spent a career fighting for progressive values. His work helped to establish the principle that no woman should have to choose between a job and a healthy pregnancy. He is exactly the sort of person we need on our courts.”

Former Texas State Senator Wendy Davis

“Sam has spent a career fighting for progressive values. His work helped to establish the principle that no woman should have to choose between a job and a healthy pregnancy. He is exactly the sort of person we need on our courts.”

  Former Mich. Att’y Gen’l (1961-99) Frank Kelley   “Samuel Bagenstos is highly qualified and well thought of in the legal community, as being a person who will be for you and your family as opposed to special interests. And that’s really why you vote.”

Former Mich. Att’y Gen’l (1961-99) Frank Kelley

“Samuel Bagenstos is highly qualified and well thought of in the legal community, as being a person who will be for you and your family as opposed to special interests. And that’s really why you vote.”

  Senator Gary Peters   “Samuel Bagenstos has spent his entire career fighting for human rights. He has over 25 years of experience in a wide range of cases defending women's rights, disability rights, collective bargaining rights and LGBT rights. His values of fairness and morality are clear - Sam is for the people. Now more than ever, we need our state courts to protect the rights of the people, and Samuel Bagenstos is the candidate who will get that done."

Senator Gary Peters

“Samuel Bagenstos has spent his entire career fighting for human rights. He has over 25 years of experience in a wide range of cases defending women's rights, disability rights, collective bargaining rights and LGBT rights. His values of fairness and morality are clear - Sam is for the people. Now more than ever, we need our state courts to protect the rights of the people, and Samuel Bagenstos is the candidate who will get that done."

  Carol Siemon, Ingham County Prosecutor

Carol Siemon, Ingham County Prosecutor

  Democratic Party Nominating Convention, August 2018. Lisa Canada, political director, Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights :  “Sam Bagenstos will not be a Justice that comforts the comfortable and afflicts the afflicted. I know this because Sam is a person of integrity and honor and compassion. Just look at how Sam has spent his life in the legal profession. Sam became a lawyer because of his profound respect for the civil rights movement. He clerked for the great Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He worked in President Obama’s Justice Department. A Department that made ground breaking law in the civil rights arena while Sam was there. Sam has spent his professional life fighting for worker’s rights, union rights, LGBT rights and the rights of victims of the Flint water crisis.”

Democratic Party Nominating Convention, August 2018. Lisa Canada, political director, Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights:

“Sam Bagenstos will not be a Justice that comforts the comfortable and afflicts the afflicted. I know this because Sam is a person of integrity and honor and compassion. Just look at how Sam has spent his life in the legal profession. Sam became a lawyer because of his profound respect for the civil rights movement. He clerked for the great Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He worked in President Obama’s Justice Department. A Department that made ground breaking law in the civil rights arena while Sam was there. Sam has spent his professional life fighting for worker’s rights, union rights, LGBT rights and the rights of victims of the Flint water crisis.”

 

 
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Michigan Democratic Party

At the Michigan Democratic Party Convention on August 26, Samuel Bagenstos accepted the party's nomination for the position of Justice of the Supreme Court.  Watch his acceptance speech, given from the stage at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, here.

"I'm proud, honored, and humbled to accept the Democratic Party's nomination," Bagenstos said later.  "More than ever, we need strong and independent courts to stand up for our basic rights, and this year is our chance to make a fundamental change on the Michigan Supreme Court."


UAW

“After careful screening UAW members believe that Megan Cavanagh and Sam Bagenstos will judge with integrity and sensitivity to the working men and women of Michigan,” said Dennis Williams President of the UAW.

Bagenstos is a nationally respected litigator of civil rights cases.

A Harvard Law School graduate, Bagenstos clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, served as the number 2 official in the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights division under President Barack Obama and is a Professor at the University of Michigan Law School specializing in Constitutional and Civil Rights.

“Sam Bagenstos is one of the most respected legal minds in the areas of Civil Rights and Constitutional laws. Michigan has an opportunity to elect a Justice whose legal knowledge is nationally recognized and who will ground the Michigan Supreme Court in solid decision making for working families,” said Williams.


Michigan AFL-CIO

“Under the justices that have been appointed by Governor Snyder, Michigan’s Supreme Court has been tilted to favor wealthy special interests over regular working people, and that needs to change:  We need to elect Supreme Court candidates this year who will fight to build a justice system in Michigan that is open, fair, and treats everyone equally."

Sam Bagenstos is an "outstanding candidate with impeccable credentials."


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Michigan Association for Justice

"MAJ is proud to support two extremely well-qualified candidates who will bring balance back to the Michigan Supreme Court. For too long, the Court has been heavily tilted in favor of powerful special interests over the interests of regular people and their families. Sam and Megan get it. They have demonstrated throughout their careers a commitment to a fair and open justice system in Michigan that treats everyone equally."


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Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan

“Sam Bagenstos is a steadfast defender of women’s rights. He has fought for equal pay and access to women’s health services. He fought all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court for Peggy Young, a UPS delivery driver who was sent home on unpaid leave because she was pregnant. His victory in that case helped establish that no woman should have to choose between a job and a healthy pregnancy.”


 
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#VOTEPROCHOICE

Samuel Bagenstos has received the endorsement of #VOTEPROCHOICE, an organization that mobilizes voters who support access to essential health care services like birth control and safe, legal, and affordable abortion.  In 2017, #VOTEPROCHOICE endorsed 60 candidates, sent out over 3 million #VOTEPROCHOICE Voter Guides, and texted with over 200,000 voters to help turn out the prochoice vote in elections from school board to statewide judicial races. Sixty percent of their endorsed candidates were elected.


 
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Daily Kos

"Sam Bagenstos is a nationally respected civil rights lawyer who has won important victories for working people at all levels of the court system -- including the U.S. Supreme Court," said Daily Kos Political Editor and Senior Communications Advisor Carolyn Fiddler. "He will bring greater fairness and needed change to the Michigan Supreme Court."


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Equality Michigan Pride PAC

“It’s no secret that our rights are at risk. But for over 25 years, Sam has been there for the LGBT community. It’s going to be crucial to have his wisdom on the Michigan Supreme Court.”


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Michigan Education Association

“Sam Bagenstos has dedicated his career to the legal defense of civil rights and workers’ rights that our union holds dear.”



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Southpaw Michigan PAC

“Samuel Bagenstos fought for our rights in the Obama administration, and with Eric Holder. His service shows a deep commitment to winning victories for voting rights, women’s rights, and the victims of Flint’s Water Crisis.”


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American Arab & Muslim Political Action Committee


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Women Lawyers Assoc. of Michigan

Endorsed with an “Outstanding” rating.


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Fannie Lou Hamer PAC


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Assembly PAC, Michigan’s Progressive Arab American political action committee

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Michigan League of Conservation Voters


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American Federation of Teachers Michigan


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Lansing City Pulse

Endorses: “renowned civil rights attorney Sam Bagenstos”


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Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters

 
 

 
 
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Michigan AFSCME Council 25

 
 

 
 
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Michigan Teamsters Joint Council #43


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SEIU Michigan State Council


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International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Michigan


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Michigan State Employees Association

 

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Michigan State Utility Workers Council


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Michigan Nurses Association


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Michigan Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Union



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Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council


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UA Local 636, Steamfitter, Pipefitter, HVAC, R


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UA 174, West Michigan Plumbers, Fitters and Service Trades


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Laborers’ Local Union 1191


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United Steelworkers, District 2


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Iron Workers Local 25


Iron Workers Local 8


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Grand Rapids United Progressives


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Cannabis Caucus of the Michigan Democratic Party

 
 

 
 
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MI List -- MI Good Guys

“With Donald Trump’s appointees taking over the federal courts, we can expect those courts to roll back protections of basic civil and constitutional rights. The state courts will be called on to step in and fill the gap. Sam Bagenstos has spent a career fighting for our basic rights.”

 
 

 
 
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Fems for Dems

 
 

 
 
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Progressive Women's Alliance of Western Michigan PAC

 
 

 
 
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Oakland County Democratic Black Caucus

 
 

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The Black Slate (Detroit)


 
 

Wayne County Democratic Black Caucus

 
 

 
 

Black Women’s Political Caucus of Muskegon

 
 

 

Michigan Spanish Speaking Democrats (MSSD)