Indiana Chamber of Commerce Endorses McDermott for Congress

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce has endorsed Tom McDermott for Congress. “This was a huge honor and is a big deal to have the state wide chamber endorse me," said the mayor. The endorsement indicates that “the decision was made after an in-depth review and consideration of the candidates, interviews of the candidates, public policy issues, voting records, and other research. Your support of free enterprise issues and leadership for your community, our state and nation is deeply appreciated.” While mayor, Tom McDermott has brought over $900 Million dollars in economic development to Hammond and hundreds of new jobs. “I’m proud to stand on my economic development record—no other candidate in this race has ever closed a deal that brings jobs or keeps businesses in their city because that’s what mayors do—it’s what I’ve done—and I know as Congressman I will continue to help the Region be an economic engine and provide even more opportunity for our residents.”

Thank you to Representative Seth Moulton and Serve America for your endorsement. I’m honored to be endorsed by this national organization whose mission is to put people above politics and to elect members to Congress who have dedicated their lives to service. From the moment I enlisted in the United States Navy at age 18, through my work at the Legal Aid Clinic at Notre Dame, to the last 16 years as Hammond’s mayor, I understand the importance of serving others. When I’m elected Congressman, I promise to continue my service and to fight for all of Northwest Indiana.


Serve America PAC is proud to endorse six new candidates in U.S. House and Senate races, including three races in battleground states.

Serve America’s new House endorsees are:

  • Brynne Kennedy (CA-04)
  • Tom McDermott (IN-01)
  • Stephanie Schmid (NJ-04)
  • Sri Kulkarni (TX-22)

We are also endorsing two more candidates running for the Senate:

  • Mark Kelly (Arizona)
  • Cal Cunningham (North Carolina)

These candidates come from military and diplomatic service backgrounds or have careers that have been defined in some way by a commitment to service. Serve America endorses candidates we believe have a good chance of winning critical districts to help Democrats hold on to our House majority and flip the Senate. Serve America provides fundraising, communications, strategy, and on-the-ground support to its endorsees.

"I’m proudly endorsing Tom McDermott for Congress because he’s been serving his community and his country his entire life. Tom spent six years in the Navy as a nuclear submariner, 16 years as the mayor of his hometown, and recently co-chaired the DNC Veterans and Military Families Council. He’s a principled and practical leader, and it’s time for him to bring his enthusiasm for service to Washington." said Rep. Seth Moulton.

The new candidates join a class of 11 impressive challengers (eight in House races and three in Senate races), in addition to the 21 incumbent House members already endorsed by Serve America.

Serve America PAC, founded by Rep. Seth Moulton, supports military veterans, other service-driven candidates, and next-generation leaders running for federal, state, and local offices. In 2018, Serve America supported 21 successful House candidates, 18 of whom flipped seats from red to blue.

To learn more about Serve America’s work and view our full candidate slate, visit