Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE)

Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE) is the political action arm of the NASW. As a political action committee, PACE endorses and financially contributes to candidates from any party who support NASW's policy agenda. 

PACE builds political power for social workers through field organizers mobilizing NASW members to vote, through contributions to candidates who agree with NASW policy positions, and political training for members.

The National PACE Board of Trustees endorses and contributes to federal candidates running for U.S. House and Senate seats. Chapter PACE Committees decide on local and state races.

Get Involved

Social workers, if we vote, can have a major influence on election results and, therefore, legislation, government, and policy. Chapter PACE committees must go beyond endorsements and mobilize members to volunteer and vote for endorsed candidates.


Elections make a difference. Elected officials create and pass policies that effect our clients and our profession. This happens on all levels, including Congress, at state legislatures and in county and city councils.

Social Workers in Congress

NASW is proud that the social work perspective continues to be represented in the halls of Congress.

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Field Organizers Help NASW-PACE Get Congressional Candidates Elected

A strong majority of the candidates the NASW Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE) committee endorsed were elected to the 118th Congress in the 2022 midterm elections, with help from field organizers in five battleground states.

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Stay Informed, Take Action

See current legislation and key bills in Congress, and find out how legislators voted on bills of interest to social workers.

Visit the NASW Action Center

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Contribute to PACE

NASW members, your support gives us the funds needed to make a difference in campaigns and elections.

Help us make a difference today!

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Advocacy Tips for Social Workers

As a volunteer you can make phone calls, attend campaign events, or work in a campaign office. You can make your voice be heard.

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Increasing Voter Participation

Voter participation is a social work issue! Learn how you can help get out the vote in your community.

Get voter participation resources