In an indication of the seriousness with which they are considering making presidential bids in 2020, Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) are planning trips to Iowa.
According to Politico reports, Gillibrand will head to the early voting state next weekend.
Gillibrand also just made a significant hire: she is bringing on board Meredith Kelly as her communications director, the top spokeswoman at the DCCC. As the New York Times notes, this is a good indication that she will run.
Brown will make the trip in coming weeks, and his chief of staff (and prospective campaign manager, should he choose to run) Sarah Benzing is setting up campaign machinery behind the scenes.
Brown himself is also reportedly connecting with important Democrats in the early voting states.
Neither Gillibrand nor Brown has yet formally announced their candidacies.