The United Auto Workers has endorsed Democratic congressional candidate Jackie Gordon, giving her a key labor nod as she seeks to flip a Republican House seat.

Gordon was endorsed by the union's 9A New York Area Cap Council, which represents about 37,000 active and retired UAW members and families in the state, including 1,500 people in the 2nd congressional district on Long Island.

“It is clear that Jackie is far and away the most qualified candidate to represent the interests of working families in our great state,” said Region 9A Director Beverley Brakeman. “Not only is Jackie a combat veteran and public servant, but she is also a union member and has spent her career in education mentoring high school students in the trades. Jackie brings exactly the kind of fresh perspective that we need in Washington."

Gordon is running for the seat being vacated by Republican Rep. Peter King, who is retiring at the end of the year.

“I am honored to receive this early endorsement from the UAW, and I look forward to working with my brothers and sisters in the labor movement to win this seat," Gordon said. "I am committed to being a voice for workers and middle class families in Congress."​