Council for a Livable World's PeacePAC
PeacePAC is the arm of Council for a Livable World that identifies the most competitive progressive candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives throughout the country, puts them through a rigorous selection process, rallies financial and political support for its endorsees, and keeps them informed on arms control and other national security issues once elected.
PeacePAC was founded in 1981 by Roman Catholic priest Father Robert F. Drinan, a tireless advocate for issues of peace and justice and the first of only two Roman Catholic priests who served as voting members of Congress. Father Drinan held the chairmanship of PeacePAC from 1981-2007. In 2006, Council for a Livable World and its sister organization and research center, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, established the Father Robert F. Drinan National Peace and Human Rights Award to honor individuals who exemplify the late Father Drinan's commitment to peace and human justice.
Father Drinan was succeeded by former U.S. Representative Patricia Schroeder, who chaired PeacePAC from 2007-2010. During the 2010 elections, PeacePAC was chaired by former Rep. David Bonior, who was a champion of peace and human rights in his tenure ion Congress from 1976-2002. The current Chairman of PeacePAC is former Rep. Tom Andrews, a leader of the opposition to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Since its founding, PeacePAC has endorsed and helped elect 202 candidates to the House of Representatives. Seventy-two current Members of Congress have been endorsed by PeacePAC. In the last three elections, PeacePAC raised more than $1.5 million for pro-arms control candidates.