Endorsements

Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund

Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund

The Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund believes that protecting the environment is a bedrock American value that should rise above partisan politics. We seek to strengthen our core environmental laws, support lawmakers from all political parties that believe in a healthier environment, and to hold accountable any politician regardless of party who does not.

Congress

2nd Congressional District

  • Re-elect Congressional Representative Huffman to keep CA-02 on the right track.

    About the Position
    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. California has 53 congressional representatives. There is no term limit for this position.  

    About the District
    California’s 2nd Congressional District includes parts of Marin, Mendocino, Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity, and Sonoma Counties. Democrats have held this district since it was flipped from red to blue in 2012. In recent general elections, the district voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton in 2016, and for Gavin Newsom in 2018.

    About the Race
    In the primary, Democratic Incumbent Representative Jared Huffman led Republican challenger Dale Mensing by a margin of 49.7 percent. Representative Huffman’s campaign has accepted corporate PAC funds from Comcast Corporation & NBCUniversal PAC, and McDonald’s Corporation PAC. He has also received fossil fuel money from Edison International PAC. Dale Mensing’s campaign has not committed to refusing corporate PAC, fossil fuel, or police money, but it is primarily self-funded. Representative Huffman has run and won against Dale Mensing in every race for this seat since 2014.

    About the Candidate
    Rep. Jared Huffman, a former State Assemblymember, resides in San Rafael, CA. According to campaign materials, Rep. Huffman is running for re-election to continue to advocate for his district and advance initiatives that preserve the environment and address climate change.

    Rep. Huffman’s priorities for CA-02 for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins in October 2020, include protecting treasured North Coast lands and habitats from oil exploration, funding the EPA’s work in the San Francisco Bay, establishing the United States as a leader in the fight against COVID-19, and providing full funding for SNAP, WIC, and child nutrition programs. He currently sits on three committees: Natural Resources (ranks 5th), Transportation and Infrastructure (ranks 15th), and Climate Crisis (ranks 5th). This year, Rep. Huffman has voted 99 percent of the time with Nancy Pelosi and 96 percent of the time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. In contrast to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Huffman voted in favor of making appropriations to the Department of the Interior, and in favor of the National Law Enforcement Commemorative Coin Act. Rep. Huffman has sponsored 34 bills about conservation, public lands, and housing protections this year, the majority of which have been referred to committee or are in committee.

    Rep. Huffman is endorsed by some progressive groups in the district, including Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and California Teachers Association. According to our analysis, Rep. Huffman is the strongest choice for representative leadership in office.

     

    Jared Huffman

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Huffman to keep CA-02 on the right track.

    About the Position

    Last updated: 2020-10-20

6th Congressional District

  • Re-elect Congressional Representative Matsui to keep CA-06 on the right track.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. California has 53 congressional representatives. There is no term limit for this position.  

    About the District

    California’s 6th Congressional District includes portions of Sacramento and Yolo counties. Democrats have held this district since the special election of 1974, when Democrat John Burton flipped CA-06 from red to blue. Incumbent Rep. Matsui has held the office since 2005 with at least 70 percent of the vote each election. In 2016, 69.1 percent of CA-06 voters cast their ballot for Hillary Clinton and 24.4 percent voted for Donald Trump. In the 2018 gubernatorial election, 69.4 percent of CA-06 voters cast their ballot for Gavin Newsom and 30.6 percent opted for a Republican candidate.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democrat Incumbent Representative Doris Matsui led Republican challenger Chris Bish by an overwhelming margin of 55.9 percent. Rep. Matsui’s campaign has accepted over $200,000 from corporate PACs and $7,000 from fossil fuel. Both Matsui’s and Bish’s campaigns have not committed to rejecting fossil fuel, corporate PAC, and police money. Sixty-nine percent of Rep. Matsui’s total campaign contributions came from PACs; only .69 percent came from small individual contributions of less than $200. In contrast, 90 percent of Bish’s total campaign contributions came from candidate self-financing.

    About the Candidate

    Rep. Matsui is from Dinuba, CA. According to campaign materials, she is running for re-election to create jobs, improve economic security for working families, ensure access to affordable health care, support seniors, and improve the Sacramento region’s flood protection and transportation infrastructure.

    Rep. Matsui’s priorities for CA-06 this year have included flood infrastructure, gun-safety research, election security, increasing funding for the EPA and fighting climate change, and ensuring affordable health care for all. She currently sits on one committee, the Energy and Commerce Committee, and is co-chair of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition. This year, Rep. Matsui has voted 100 percent of the time with Nancy Pelosi and 96 percent of the time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Some of the significant legislation she and AOC have disagreed on is the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2020, the DHS Cyber Hunt and Incident Response Teams Act, and the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act, all of which AOC voted no and Rep. Matsui voted yes on. Rep. Matsui has sponsored 24 bills about health, science, energy, politics, and crime and law enforcement this year, none of which have successfully passed yet. On July 21, 2020, Rep. Matsui stood with the Progressive Caucus (with only 92 other representatives) and voted yes on H.R. 6395, the Pocan Amendment, which would have cut all Pentagon funds and accounts by 10 percent for the next fiscal year. Rep. Matsui has received $8,000 in campaign contributions from Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin, groups that receive billions of dollars in contracts from the Defense Department every year, but her voting record shows that she is not completely bought by the defense industry.

    Rep. Matsui is endorsed by many progressive groups in the district, such as California Democratic Party, California Teachers Association, National Organization for Women PAC, Planned Parenthood Federal PAC, and the Human Rights Campaign. She is also endorsed by the Peace Officers Research Association of California, the largest law-enforcement organization in California. This conflict of interest makes it impossible to put forth meaningful policy surrounding divesting from police and reallocating funds toward public safety through social services. However, the threat of Republican challenger and strong Trump supporter Bish’s potential policies greatly outweighs Rep. Matsui’s corporate PAC financing. According to our analysis, Rep. Matsui is the strongest choice for representative leadership in office.

    Doris Matsui

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Matsui to keep CA-06 on the right track.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals.

    Last updated: 2020-10-20

8th Congressional District

  • Elect Chris Bubser to push CA-08 in the right direction.

    About the Position
    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. California has 53 congressional representatives. There is no term limit for this position.  

    About the District
    California’s 8th congressional district includes parts of Inyo, Mono, and San Bernardino Counties. This district was represented by Nancy Pelosi until 2012, when redistricting allowed Republican Paul Cook to flip CA-08 from blue to red. Rep. Cook is retiring from Congress, leaving this seat open in the 2020 race. This district has favored Republican candidates in recent state and national elections, voting for Republican John Cox by a 19.6 percent margin in 2018, and for Donald Trump by a 15.1 percent margin in 2016.

    About the Race
    In the primary, Democrat Chris Bubser trailed Republican State Assemblymember Jay Obernolte by a margin of 6.2 percent. Bubser’s campaign is not funded by corporate PAC money or fossil fuel money, and she has the endorsement of End Citizens United. Obernolte’s campaign has not committed to refusing fossil fuel money, has received donations from the San Bernardino County Safety Employees’ Benefit Association PAC, and is backed by the Republican Majority Committee PAC, which is dedicated to winning a Republican Majority in the House of Representatives.

    About the Candidate
    Chris Bubser is from Pennsylvania and has lived in Mammoth Lakes for over 13 years. According to campaign materials, she is running to bring responsive representation to California’s 8th congressional district.

    Bubser is a biotech engineer and health-care advocate. When the Affordable Care Act was under attack in 2017, she used her professional knowledge and personal experience with care management to advocate for affordable health care. Bubser’s interest in science extends to the outdoors, and she has a strong desire to work to protect California’s natural resources. She is also cofounder of the community group HangOutDoGood (HODG), a grassroots coalition of volunteers working to elect progressive candidates, and she serves as a trustee at her temple.

    Chris Bubser is endorsed by a strong majority of progressive groups in the district, including Indivisible, Bend the Arc: Jewish Action PAC and Equality California. In contrast to Trump-endorsed Assemblymember Obernolte, who has focused his platform on defending freedom and being tough on crime, Bubser will bring to this seat a progressive perspective rooted in science and collective action. She will apply her focus to improving the lived experience of constituents in the areas of health-care access, natural-resource protections, and public-education improvements. According to our analysis, Chris Bubser is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

    Chris Bubser

    Elect Chris Bubser to push CA-08 in the right direction.

    About the Position

    Last updated: 2020-10-20

11th Congressional District

  • Re-elect Congressional Representative DeSaulnier to keep CA-11 on the right track.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. California has 53 congressional representatives. There is no term limit for this position.  

    About the District

    California's 11th Congressional District includes parts of Contra Costa County. Democrats have held this district since 2006. This district has voted in support of Democratic state and national candidates by substantial margins in recent years, supporting Hillary Clinton in 2016 and Gavin Newsom in 2018.  

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democrat incumbent Representative Mark DeSaulnier led Republican challenger Nisha Sharma by a margin of 49.8 percent. Rep. DeSaulnier’s campaign has accepted corporate PAC donations from FedEx Corporation and Amazon, and fossil fuel money from Edison International PAC and Chevron Corporation. Rep. DeSaulnier has also received donations from defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corporation Employees’ PAC. Sharma’s campaign has not committed to refusing corporate PAC, fossil fuel, or police money, and she has received donations from the Wisconsin-based Americans 4 Security PAC.

    About the Candidate

    Rep. DeSaulnier, a career lawmaker, has been a California resident for over 30 years, and currently resides in Concord, CA.  According to campaign materials, Rep. DeSaulnier is running for re-election to continue to promote progressive values and to work to create a more just and equitable country.

    Rep. DeSaulnier’s priorities for CA-11 this year have included improving education funding and access, and health and safety legislation. He currently sits on four committees: Rules (ranks 9th), Oversight and Reform (ranks 15th), Education and Labor (ranks 11th), and Transportation and Infrastructure (ranks 20th). This year, Rep. DeSaulnier has voted 98 percent of the time with Nancy Pelosi and 96 percent of the time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. In contrast to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, he voted in favor of the National Law Enforcement Commemorative Coin Act, and on providing appropriations to the Department of Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies. Rep. DeSaulnier has sponsored 41 bills about greener transportation, transit-oriented development, education funding, and labor protections this year. Of those bills, the majority are in committee or have been referred to committee.

    Rep. DeSaulnier is endorsed by a strong majority of progressive groups in the district. According to our analysis, Rep. DeSaulnier is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

     

    Mark DeSaulnier

    Re-elect Congressional Representative DeSaulnier to keep CA-11 on the right track.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals.

    Last updated: 2020-10-20

13th Congressional District

  • Democrat
  • Re-elect Congressional Representative Barbara Lee to keep CA-13 on the right track.

    About the Position
    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. California has 53 congressional representatives. There is no term limit for this position.  

    About the District
    California’s 13th Congressional District includes parts of Alameda Counties. Democrats typically hold this district. The most recent election results show CA-13 voted for Hillary Clinton for president in 2016 and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018.

    About the Race
    In the primary, Democrat Incumbent Representative Barbara Lee led Republican opponent Nikka Piterman by 85.4 percent. Lee has held this seat since 2013, and her campaign has pledged not to accept money from the fossil fuel industry. Piterman’s campaign has not committed to any such pledge and is running a campaign based on strengthening the national security apparatus and extraterrestrial defense concerns. Barbara Lee has raised $1,344,189, while Nikka Piterman has raised $5,635.

    About the Candidate
    Rep. Barbara Lee is a former member of the California State Assembly and State Senate and has served as a House representative for 22 years. She is originally from El Paso, TX. According to campaign materials, Rep. Lee is running for re-election to promote the arts and culture in California, strengthen civil rights protections, and invest in public education.

    Rep. Barbara Lee’s priorities for CA-13 this year include blocking the President from declaring war on Iran, continuing her expansion of HIV/AIDS treatment, and fighting domestic poverty with food-assistance programs. She currently sits on two committees: the House Committee on Appropriations, where she is vice chair of the House Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and the House Committee on Budget. This year, Rep. Lee has voted 96 percent of the time with Nancy Pelosi and 96 percent of the time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Rep. Lee has sponsored 54 bills this year, notably including the expansion of public health care, gun record accountability, increasing CEO tax rates, and tenants’ rights. On January 30, 2020, Rep. Lee’s bill to repeal the 2002 authorization of military force against Iraq was passed into law.

    Rep. Barbara Lee is endorsed by many progressive groups in the district. Her record in Congress is staunchly and successfully anti-war, pro–gun control, and anti–death penalty, and she has recently offered her support to Medicare for All. According to our analysis, Rep. Barbara Lee is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

     

    Barbara Lee

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Barbara Lee to keep CA-13 on the right track.

    About the Position

    Last updated: 2020-10-20

14th Congressional District

  • Re-elect Congressional Representative Jackie Speier to keep CA-14 on the right track.

    About the Position
    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. California has 53 congressional representatives. There is no term limit for this position.  

    About the District
    California’s 14th Congressional District includes parts of San Mateo and San Francisco Counties. Democrats have held this district since it was flipped from red to blue in 1992. In recent general elections, the district voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton in 2016, and for Gavin Newsom in 2018.

    About the Race
    In the primary, Democrat Incumbent Representative Jackie Speier led Republican challenger Ran Petel by a margin of 61.3 percent. Representative Speier has run and won against all challengers for this seat since 2008. Speier’s campaign has not committed to refusing corporate PAC, fossil fuel, or police money. Representative Speier’s campaign has accepted corporate PAC funds from groups that include Walmart Inc. PAC for Responsible Government, Facebook Inc. PAC, and Biopharma ThermoFisher Scientific PAC. Speier has also received money from Edison International PAC, one of the nation’s largest electric utilities and provider of industrial and commercial energy services. No FEC filings have been made about opponent Petel’s campaign’s funding.

    About the Candidate
    Rep. Speier was born and raised in San Francisco and has been a longtime public servant, having first been elected to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors in 1980. She won a special primary for the 14th Congressional District on April 8, 2008, and has run on platforms advocating for gender equity, gun violence prevention, and LGBTQ equality.

    Rep. Speier’s priorities for CA-14 this year have included the reporting of data on COVID-19 in federal, state, and local correctional facilities, authorizing the use of funds for comprehensive reproductive health-care services, and modifying and enhancing protections for federal government whistleblowers. She currently sits on two committees: the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Armed Services Committee. This year, Rep. Speier has voted 100 percent of the time with Nancy Pelosi and 95 percent of the time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. In contrast to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Speier voted in favor of the motion to suspend the rules and concur in the Senate amendment and in favor of the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement Implementation Act. Rep. Speier has sponsored 55 bills about civil rights and liberties, minority issues, environmental protection, and labor and employment rights, of which three have passed one chamber.
     
    Rep. Speier is endorsed by many progressive groups in the district. Despite her imperfect campaign-financing record and her moderate stances, she has a track record of working with statewide progressive groups. According to our analysis, Rep. Speier is the strongest choice for representative leadership in office.

     

    Jackie Speier

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Jackie Speier to keep CA-14 on the right track.

    About the Position

    Last updated: 2020-10-20

15th Congressional District

  • Re-elect Congressional Representative Eric Swalwell to keep CA-15 on the right track.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. California has 53 congressional representatives. There is no term limit for this position.  

    About the District

    California's 15th Congressional District includes parts of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Democrats typically hold this district. In recent years, Democrats have won this district in state and federal elections. Hillary Clinton and Gavin Newsom each took 69 percent of the vote in CA-15 in 2016 and 2018, respectively.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democrat incumbent Representative Eric Swalwell led Republican challenger Alison Hayden by a margin of 42 percent. Rep. Swalwell’s campaign is not funded by fossil fuel money, although he has received donations from Edison International, one of the nation’s largest providers of industrial and commercial energy services. He has also received donations from several major airlines, which use substantial amounts of fossil fuels. During his 2020 presidential campaign, Rep. Swalwell did commit to refusing corporate PAC money, although he has not made a similar commitment in this year’s House race. Rep. Swalwell has received donations from several corporate PACs, including P&G, McKesson, Google NetPAC, and Harris. Challenger Hayden has not committed to any pledges. Her fundraising has been insignificant, with no receipts formally submitted to the FEC.

    About the Candidate

    Rep. Swalwell, a former county prosecutor, is from Dublin, CA. According to campaign materials, Rep. Swalwell is running for re-election to continue to cut through partisan divisions to work toward building the middle class and improving gun safety around the country.

    Rep. Swalwell’s priorities for CA-15 this year have included increasing gun safety and banning semi-automatic assault weapons, and reforming the student loan system. He currently sits on two committees: Judiciary (ranks 11th), and Intelligence (ranks 7th). This year, Rep. Swalwell has voted 100 percent of the time with Nancy Pelosi and 94 percent of the time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. In contrast to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Swalwell voted in favor of making appropriations to the Department of Interior, on the passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act, and in support of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020. Rep. Swalwell has sponsored 19 bills about gun safety, education and student loan protections, and remote government operations this year. All are currently in committee or referred to committee.

    Rep. Swalwell is endorsed by many progressive groups in the district, including Human Rights Campaign, California League of Conservation Voters, and Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California. According to our analysis, Rep. Swalwell is the strongest choice for equitable leadership in office.

     

    Eric Swalwell

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Eric Swalwell to keep CA-15 on the right track.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals.

    Last updated: 2020-10-20

17th Congressional District

  • Democrat
  • Re-elect Congressional Representative Ro Khanna to keep CA-17 on the right track.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. California has 53 congressional representatives. There is no term limit for this position.  

    About the District

    California's 17th Congressional District includes parts of Alameda and Santa Clara Counties. Democrats typically hold this district. The most recent election results show 73.9 percent of AD-17 voted for Clinton for president in 2016, and 71.5 percent of the district voted for Newsom for governor in 2018.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democrat incumbent Representative Ro Khanna led Republican challenger Ron Cohen by a margin of 47.2 percent. Rep. Khanna has taken the pledge to refuse corporate PAC and fossil fuel money, but has yet to pledge to refuse police money. Cohen’s campaign has not committed to refusing corporate PAC, fossil fuel, or police money, and has not made any FEC filings.

    About the Candidate

    Rep. Ro Khanna was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and attended the University of Chicago and Yale Law School. Khanna served the Obama Administration in Washington, DC, from 2009–2011; afterward he accepted a position at a law firm and moved to Silicon Valley. He is the incumbent in the district, having served in this position since 2017. He is running for re-election on a platform supporting the Green New Deal, internet-privacy reforms, Medicare for All, immigration reform, and economic growth.

    In Congress, Khanna has been outspoken in support of legislation to fight climate change, including the Green New Deal. He has called for various online and cybersecurity reforms, including helping to draft an Internet Bill of Rights. He sponsored the VALOR Act, which became law in 2019 and makes it easier for employers to create apprenticeship programs for veterans. He is a member of the NO PAC Caucus, which has pledged to not take donations from any PACs.
    He currently serves on the House Armed Services Committee, House Budget Committee, and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. Prior to the election in 2016, Rep. Khanna was an attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, and taught at Stanford University, Santa Clara University, and San Francisco State University. From 2009–2011, he served as deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce, and in 2012, California Governor Jerry Brown appointed him to the California Workforce Investment Board.

    Rep. Khanna’s priorities for CA-17 this year have included banning PAC and lobbyist money, creating tech and manufacturing jobs, and providing debt-free college. This year, Rep. Khanna has voted 97 percent of the time with Nancy Pelosi and 97 percent of the time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Rep. Khanna has sponsored three bills: about requiring Trump to stop military aggression in and against Iran without congressional approval, protecting the USPS, and providing for more police accountability this year, all of which have successfully passed.

    Rep. Khanna is endorsed by many progressive groups in the district. According to our analysis, Rep. Khanna is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

     

    Ro Khanna

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Ro Khanna to keep CA-17 on the right track.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals.

    Last updated: 2020-10-20

18th Congressional District

  • Democrat
  • Re-elect Congressional Representative Anna Eshoo to keep CA-18 on the right track.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. California has 53 congressional representatives. There is no term limit for this position.  

    About the District

    California's 18th Congressional District includes parts of San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz Counties. Democrats have reliably held this district for over 30 years. The most recent election results show CD-18 voted for Hillary Clinton for president in 2016 and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018.

    About the Race

    In the March 3 primary election, Democrat incumbent Representative Anna Eshoo led Democratic challenger Rishi Kumar by a margin of 45.3 percent. Rep. Eshoo’s campaign is not funded by fossil fuel money. She has received corporate PAC donations from many companies, including Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Comcast, and PG&E. She has also received donations from defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corporation. Rep. Eshoo has also received donations from a variety of pharmaceutical companies and medical association PACs. Kumar’s campaign has committed to refuse fossil fuel money and corporate PAC money in his campaign, and is funded primarily by individual donors. Kumar has been critical of Rep. Eshoo’s willingness to accept corporate donations and her connection to lobbyists, and has made his commitment to clean money central in his campaign.

    About the Candidate

    Rep. Eshoo, a former member of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, is from Connecticut, and has lived in California since the 1960s. According to campaign materials, Rep. Eshoo is running for re-election to continue to advocate for her constituents on issues related to technological innovation and health-care access.

    Rep. Eshoo’s priorities for CA-18 this year have included pandemic preparedness, technology regulation and innovation, and domestic pharmaceutical policy. She currently sits on one committee: Energy and Commerce (ranks 3rd). This year, Rep. Eshoo has voted 100 percent of the time with Nancy Pelosi and 95 percent of the time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. In contrast to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Eshoo voted in favor of passing the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act, approving the National Defense Authorization Act, and for making additional appropriations to the Department of the Interior, environment, and related agencies.

    Rep. Eshoo has sponsored 44 bills about science and technology, health, taxation, and public works this year, of which three have arrived in the Senate, and all others are in committee or referred to committee.

    Rep. Eshoo is endorsed by many progressive groups in the district, including California League of Conservation Voters and NARAL. She is also endorsed by the Peace Officers Research Association of California. Kumar maintains a more progressive platform than Rep. Eshoo, and has been critical of her more moderate record. He has dedicated significant efforts to refuting her endorsements, but has not gained any progressive organizational endorsements of his own. According to our analysis, Rep. Eshoo is the strongest choice for equitable leadership in office. That said, we encourage more progressive candidates that will better reflect this community’s needs to run in future cycles.

    Anna Eshoo

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Anna Eshoo to keep CA-18 on the right track.

    About the Position

    Last updated: 2020-10-20

19th Congressional District

  • Democrat
  • Re-elect Congressional Representative Zoe Lofgren to keep CA-19 on the right track.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. California has 53 congressional representatives. There is no term limit for this position.  

    About the District

    California's 19th Congressional District includes parts of Santa Clara County. Republicans held this district until 2012, when Zoe Lofgren won and flipped CA-19 from red to blue. The most recent election results show 72.9 percent of AD-19 voted for Clinton for president in 2016, and 70.3 percent of the district voted for Newsom for governor in 2018.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democrat incumbent Representative Lofgren led Republican challenger Justin Aguilera by a margin of 50.4 percent. Rep. Lofgren’s campaign has pledged to refuse fossil fuel money, but it has received a donation from Robinson Oil. Her campaign has yet to pledge to refuse corporate PAC and police money. Her campaign donors include banks and corporations. Justin Aguilar’s campaign has not pledged to refuse corporate PAC, fossil fuel, and police money. Rep. Lofgren has raised much more than Aguilera, with $1,444,692.52 versus Aguilera’s $960.00.

    About the Candidate

    Rep. Lofgren was born and raised in the Bay Area, and attended Stanford and Santa Clara Law School. Lofgren is the incumbent, having served in the House of Representatives since 1995. According to campaign materials, she is running for re-election to protect dreamers, end gun violence, protect the free and open internet, and get dirty money out of politics.

    In Congress, she helped pass the DREAM Act of 2019 (and 2010), and the Farm Workforce Modernization Act in the House. She has opposed the Trump administration's immigration policies, and has called for an end to the detention centers, and for foreign aid to end the instability in Central America that leads to people fleeing their homes. As the representative for the heart of Silicon Valley, she has been active on internet and technology issues. She fought the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the NSA surveillance of Americans, and recently introduced the Online Privacy Act. Lofrgen has been a strong supporter of women’s rights, abortion protections, and LGBTQIA+ equity, and has led the implementation of the House of Representatives' mandatory anti-harassment and anti-discrimination trainings.
    Prior to her role as congresswoman, she was an immigration lawyer, taught at Santa Clara Law School, and served as staff assistant to Congressman Don Edwards.

    Rep. Lofgren’s priorities for CA-19 this year include protecting Dreamers, ending gun violence, and promoting clean elections. She currently sits on three committees and chairs the Committee on House Administration. This year, Rep. Lofgren has voted 99 percent of the time with Nancy Pelosi and 96 percent of the time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Rep. Lofgren has co-sponsored five bills, including the HEROES Act, as well as legislation to constrain Trump’s ability to allow military action against Iran, to protect the USPS, and to provide for more police accountability this year, all of which have successfully been sent to the Senate.

    Rep. Lofgren is endorsed by a strong majority of progressive groups in the district. According to our analysis, Rep. Lofgren is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

     

    Zoe Lofgren

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Zoe Lofgren to keep CA-19 on the right track.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals.

    Last updated: 2020-10-20

20th Congressional District

  • Re-elect Congressional Representative Jimmy Panetta to keep CA-20 on the right track.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. California has 53 congressional representatives. There is no term limit for this position.  

    About the District

    California's 20th Congressional District includes Monterey and San Benito Counties, as well as parts of Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Counties. Democrats typically hold this district. The most recent election results show 70.4 percent of AD-20 voted for Clinton for president in 2016, and 70.2 percent of the district voted for Newsom for governor in 2018.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democrat incumbent Representative Panetta led Republican challenger Jeff Gorman by a margin of 45.9 percent. Neither campaign has pledged to refuse corporate PAC, fossil fuel, or police money. Panetta’s campaign has raised $1,349,218.44 and is funded by insurance companies, corporations, and agribusiness. Jeff Gorman’s campaign has raised $47,557.40 and is funded by retirees as well as construction and finance interests.

    About the Candidate

    Rep. Panetta, a past intelligence officer with the United States Navy Reserve and district attorney for Monterey County, grew up on the central coast of California. According to campaign materials, Rep. Panetta is running for re-election to serve and give back to the community and country.

    Rep. Panetta’s priorities for CA-20 this year have included protecting the environment, pushing for affordable housing, and advocating for immigration reform. He currently sits on three committees, including the Committee on Ways and Means. This year, Rep. Panetta has voted 100 percent of the time with Nancy Pelosi and 93 percent of the time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Significant legislation that Rep. Panetta has disagreed with Rep. Ocasio-Cortez on is the Defense Bill and Paid Leave for Federal Workers, which Rep. Panetta voted for but Rep. Ocasio-Cortez voted against. Rep. Panetta has co-sponsored four bills this year, including on expanding childcare and requiring Trump to seek congressional approval before engaging in military operations against Iran, all of which have successfully passed.

    Rep. Panetta is endorsed by a strong majority of progressive groups in the district. According to our analysis, Rep. Panetta is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

     

    Jimmy Panetta

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Jimmy Panetta to keep CA-20 on the right track.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals.

    Last updated: 2020-10-20

22nd Congressional District

  • Elect Phil Arballo to push CA-22 in the right direction.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. California has 53 congressional representatives. There is no term limit for this position.

    About the District

    California's 22nd Congressional District includes parts of Tulare and Fresno counties. Republicans typically hold this rural district. Rep. incumbent Devin Nunes has held this office since 2003. In 2016, 52.1 percent of CD-22 voters chose Donald Trump for president. In 2018, 56.8 percent voted for the Republican gubernatorial candidate. In 2018, 56.8 percent voted for the Republican gubernatorial candidate, but Democrat Andrew Janz lost to Nunes by only 5.4% — a reversal of double digit margins of victory for Nunes in previous elections.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democrat challenger Phil Arballo trailed Republican Incumbent Representative Devin Nunes by a margin of 31.1 percent. Arballo’s campaign is not funded by fossil fuel or police money and pledged to refuse corporate PAC money.  Nunes’ campaign has not committed to any of the pledges and is funded by fossil fuel and corporate PACs. As of August 23, 2020, contributions toward Nunes totaling $227,857 have no disclosure whatsoever and there is incomplete disclosure for $54,123. For Arballo’s campaign, $4,100 in contributions have no disclosure and there is incomplete disclosure for $6,622.

    Rep. Nunes’ political misconduct spans far and wide, from fraudulent claims about being a farmer to appeal to his rural base to his participation in the Ukraine scandal. He currently sits on the House Committee on Ways and Means and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. This position is increasingly disturbing as more information comes to light regarding his involvement in the Ukraine scandal.

    Additionally, Nunes was investigated in 2018 by the Federal Elections Commission for prohibited entries and for receiving campaign contributions that were in excess of the limits. The year before, Nunes was investigated by the House Committee on Ethics for unauthorized disclosures of classified information.

    Nunes’ political history is a disgrace. He has continuously attacked civil rights, women’s rights, and LGBTQIA+ rights while in office. His most recent betrayal to Californians and to the country was voting No on H.R. 8015, Delivering for America Act, which would maintain prompt and reliable postal services during the COVID-19 health emergency.

    About the Candidate

    Phil Arballo grew up in Fresno and currently lives in Northwest Fresno with his family. According to campaign materials, he is running for election to level the playing field and create more pathways to opportunity.

    Arballo is a Latino Democratic businessman, serves as chair of Fresno’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, and is active with the Central California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He was a first-generation college student and worked several minimum-wage jobs to pay his way through Fresno State University.

    Arballo is endorsed by a strong majority of progressive groups, such as BOLD PAC, Equality California, Planned Parenthood, and CA League of Conservation Voters. The threat of Republican Nunes’ policies greatly outweighs Arballo’s limited experience in government. According to our analysis, Arballo is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

    Phil Arballo

    Elect Phil Arballo to push CA-22 in the right direction.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals.

    Last updated: 2020-10-20

27th Congressional District

  • Democrat
  • Re-elect Congressional Representative Judy Chu to keep CA-27 blue.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. California has 53 congressional representatives. There is no term limit for this position.  

    About the District

    California's 27th Congressional District includes part of Los Angeles County. This seat has been reliably Democratic since 2001, and has voted for Democratic presidential and gubernatorial candidates in every election since 1996, with the exception of a narrow win by Gov. Schwarzenegger in 2006. Hillary Clinton won this district with 66 percent of the vote in 2016, and Gavin Newsom won with 65 percent of the vote in 2018.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democrat incumbent Representative Judy Chu led Republican challenger Johnny Nalbandian by a margin of 57.5 percent. Rep. Chu’s campaign has not pledged to refuse corporate PAC, fossil fuel, or police money. She has received a total of nearly $800,000 in donations, including donations from Comcast Corporation, FedEx, Google NetPAC, and Lockheed Martin Corporation. Challenger Nalbandian has not taken any fundraising pledges, and has raised only $36,000. One third of his raised funds have been contributed from his own accounts.

    About the Candidate

    Rep. Judy Chu, a former member of the State Assembly, has lived in Monterey Park for over 30 years. According to campaign materials, Rep. Chu is running for re-election to continue fighting for her constituents through legislation related to social programs, education reform, and small-business support.

    Rep. Chu’s priorities for CA-27 this year have included working to reverse the Trump administration’s Muslim ban, establishing increased environmental protections for the San Gabriel Mountain region, and supporting coronavirus relief for small businesses, immigrants, and working families. Rep. Chu serves on two committees: Small Business (ranks 7th), and Ways and Means (ranks 14th). This year, Rep. Chu has voted 99 percent of the time with Nancy Pelosi and 96 percent of the time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. In contrast to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Chu voted in favor of the passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act Trade Agreement, and in support of appropriations made to the Department of the Interior, the environment, and other related committees. Rep. Chu has sponsored 46 bills about mental-health care access, immigration protections, and educational equity this year. She has also proposed legislation to support minority-owned businesses that were left out of the COVID-19 relief legislation. Of those 46 bills, two have been referred to the Senate, and the remaining are in committee or referred to committee.

    Rep.Chu is endorsed by some progressive groups in the district, including California League of Conservation Voters. She is also endorsed by several police organizations. However, the threat of Republican challenger Nalbandian’s potential policies greatly outweighs Rep. Chu’s relationship with police organizations. According to our analysis, Rep. Chu is the clear choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

     

    Judy Chu

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Judy Chu to keep CA-27 blue.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals.

    Last updated: 2020-11-01

28th Congressional District

  • Democrat
  • Re-elect Congressional Representative Adam Schiff to keep CA-28 on the right side of history.

    About the Position
    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. California has 53 congressional representatives. There is no term limit for this position.  

    About the District
    California’s 28th Congressional District includes part of Los Angeles County. Democrats have held this district since 2002, and have also voted for every Democratic presidential and gubernatorial candidate since 1998.

    About the Race
    In the primary, Democrat Incumbent Representative Adam Schiff led Republican challenger Eric Early by a margin of 47 percent. While Schiff’s campaign is funded by the fossil fuel industry and corporate PACs, his Republican opponent, Eric Early, has several problematic funders, including California Freedom and Prosperity Fund PAC, which regularly misleads the public about progressive leaders across the country. Schiff’s voting record, however, still shows that he has the progressive values and experience to meet this moment in history.

    About the Candidate
    Rep. Schiff currently lives in Burbank. According to campaign materials, Rep. Schiff is running for re-election to support American-made products, promote renewable energy, fund affordable education initiatives, support the Equality Act for the LGBTQ+ community, end Citizens United through a constitutional amendment, fix our immigration system, secure our nation and our democracy, and pass gun violence prevention legislation.

    Rep. Schiff’s priorities for CA-28 this year have included battling COVID-19 through relief legislation and safety regulation, getting funding for an early earthquake-warning system, rental assistance and affordable housing, space exploration, earth science research, and next steps for a “cap park” across Highway 101 in Hollywood, just to name a few. He currently sits on several committees but is now the top Democrat, or Ranking Member, on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, where he skillfully led the impeachment inquiry into the current President’s abuse of power. This year, Rep. Schiff has voted 100 percent of the time with Nancy Pelosi and 95 percent of the time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, mainly differing on the passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Rep. Schiff has sponsored 26 bills around COVID-19, corruption, and other national security items this year, some of which are now on the floor of the Senate. That said, he has cast unfavorable votes on issues pertaining to military spending and the use of military force.  

    Rep. Schiff is endorsed by many progressive groups in the district. As the only Democratic candidate running in a strong Democratic district, Representative Adam Schiff is the clear choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

     

    Adam Schiff

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Adam Schiff to keep CA-28 on the right side of history.

    About the Position

    Last updated: 2020-10-21

29th Congressional District

  • Incumbent Tony Cardenas promises to keep prioritizing CA-29’s established interests, particularly in health-care research and building the middle class.

    Rep. Cardenas, a former member of the State Legislature and the Los Angeles City Council, is from Pacoima, CA. According to campaign materials, Rep. Cardenas is running for re-election to use his consensus-driven approach to rebuild the middle class and inspire American innovation.

    Rep. Cardenas’ priorities for CA-29 this year have included civil rights improvements, juvenile-justice reform, and supporting health-care research. He currently sits on one committee: Energy and Commerce (ranks 20th). This year, Rep. Cardenas has voted 99 percent of the time with Nancy Pelosi and 95 percent of the time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. In contrast to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Cardenas agreed on the conference report for the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, and on making appropriations to the Department of Defense and Department of State. Rep. Cardenas has sponsored 33 bills about health and health research, criminal justice, and commemorating Latinx heritage this year. Of these bills, one has been received in the Senate, two are on the floor of the House, and all remaining are either in committee or referred to committee.

    Rep. Cardenas is endorsed by many progressive groups in the district. He is also endorsed by the Peace Officers Research Association of California. However, Rep. Cardenas’ connections and demonstrated record of consensus building in Congress make him a strong choice for representative leadership in office.

    Tony Cardenas

    Incumbent Tony Cardenas promises to keep prioritizing CA-29’s established interests, particularly in health-care research and building the middle class.

    Rep. Cardenas, a former member of the State Legislature and the Los Angeles City Council, is from Pacoima, CA.

    Last updated: 2020-10-21

30th Congressional District

  • Re-elect Congressional Representative Brad Sherman to keep CA-30 on the right track.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. California has 53 congressional representatives. There is no term limit for this position.  

    About the District

    California's 30th Congressional District includes parts of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Democrats typically hold this district, and the incumbent Rep. Sherman has held this seat since 2012. The most recent election results show 69.1 percent of AD-30 voted for Clinton for president in 2016, and 69.9 percent of the district voted for Newsom for governor in 2018.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democrat incumbent Representative Sherman led Republican challenger Mark Reed by a margin of 35.4 percent. Neither campaign has pledged to refuse corporate PAC, fossil fuel, or police money. Sherman’s campaign is funded by banks, fossil fuel money, and Pro-Israel America PAC. Reed’s campaign has not made any FEC filings.

    About the Candidate

    Representative Brad Sherman was born and raised in Southern California and lives in Sherman Oaks, a neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley. He is the incumbent and is currently serving his 12th term in Congress. According to campaign materials, he is running for re-election to continue providing strong progressive leadership in Congress for the labor movement, human rights, animal rights, and the environment.

    As a congressional representative, Rep. Sherman has provided leadership in areas that include fiscal policy and foreign relations, and was among the first legislators to call for impeachment against the president in 2017 on the grounds of obstruction of justice. Prior to his election to Congress, he served on the California State Board of Equalization from 1991 to 1996. It is, however, important to note that Rep. Sherman has been called out by former aides for enabling a generally toxic workplace atmosphere, although he has not been accused of any specific abusive acts in or outside the workplace. In addition, Rep. Sherman spoke in 2017 at an event hosted by MeK (Mojahedin-e Khalq), an Iranian group with ties to Rudy Giuliani and John Bolton, and which advocates for U.S. sanctions on and bombing of Iran. His support of the organization incited criticism among anti-war groups and his constituents, many of whom are Iranian-American.

    Rep. Sherman’s priorities for CA-30 this year have included fixing the economy, standing up to Wall Street, and protecting Social Security and Medicare. He currently sits on three committees and is a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Financial Services Committee. This year, Rep. Sherman has voted 100 percent of the time with Nancy Pelosi and 95 percent of the time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. While Rep. Ocasio-Cortez voted against the National Defense Authorization Act, Sherman voted for it. Rep. Sherman has co-sponsored three bills about protecting the USPS, increasing accountability of police misconduct, and limiting American engagement in hostilities in or against Iran this year, of which all have successfully passed.

    Rep. Sherman is endorsed by many progressive groups in the district. He is also endorsed by Democrats for Israel Los Angeles, which pressured the California Democratic Party to vote down an amendment to the party platform that would have called for the right of return for Palestinians and resulted in the elimination of references to a two-state solution. However, the threat of the potential policies of his Republican challenger, Reed, who is pro-life, denies climate change, and opposes same-sex marriage, outweighs Sherman’s issues described here. According to our analysis, Rep. Sherman is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

    Brad Sherman

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Brad Sherman to keep CA-30 on the right track.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals.

    Last updated: 2020-10-21

32nd Congressional District

  • Re-elect Congressional Representative Grace Napolitano to keep CA-32 on the right track.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. California has 53 congressional representatives. There is no term limit for this position.  

    About the District

    California's 32nd Congressional District includes parts of Los Angeles County. Democrats typically hold this district. The most recent election results show 66.6 percent of AD-32 voted for Clinton for president in 2016, and 65.2 percent of the district voted for Newsom for governor in 2018.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democrat incumbent Representative Grace Napolitano led Republican challenger Joshua Scott by a margin of 23.5 percent. Neither candidate has pledged to refuse corporate PAC, fossil fuel, or police money. Rep. Napolitano’s campaign is funded in large part by utilities, air transport, and construction services interest groups. Scott’s campaign is funded by transport and manufacturing interest groups.

    About the Candidate

    Representative Grace Napolitano is from Brownsville, TX, and currently resides in Los Angeles County. She is the incumbent, having served in Congress since 1999. According to campaign materials, she is running for re-election to stand up for labor rights, push for immigration reform, improve veteran services, and restore water infrastructure.

    In Congress, Napolitano has advanced legislation to secure funding to improve water management, mental-health services, and has led a task force to reduce gun violence. Prior to her election to Congress, she served on the Norwalk City Council, as mayor of Norwalk, and in the State Assembly.

    Rep. Napolitano’s priorities for CA-32 this year include continuing making progress to create new jobs, reaching compromise on immigration reform, attending to skyrocketing college costs, and managing the demand for mental-health awareness and services. She currently sits on two committees: the Committees on Natural Resources and Transportation and Infrastructure. This year, Rep. Napolitani has voted 100 percent of the time with Nancy Pelosi and 95 percent of the time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Rep. Napolitano has disagreed with Rep. Ocasio-Cortez on two bills, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act and on appropriations for several federal departments and agencies. Rep. Napolitano has co-sponsored six bills providing for childcare, transportation infrastructure, and police accountability, all of which have successfully passed the House but remain in the Senate.

    Rep. Napolitano is endorsed by many progressive groups in the district. She is also endorsed by the Peace Officers Research Association of California, a law-enforcement interest group. However, the threat of Republican challenger and strong Trump supporter Scott’s potential policies greatly outweighs Rep. Napolitano’s problematic financial backing and police endorsement. According to our analysis, Rep. Napolitano is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

     

    Grace Napolitano

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Grace Napolitano to keep CA-32 on the right track.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals.

    Last updated: 2020-10-21

33rd Congressional District

  • Democrat
  • Re-elect Congressional Representative Ted Lieu to keep CA-33 on the right track.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. California has 53 congressional representatives. There is no term limit for this position.  

    About the District

    California's 33rd Congressional District includes parts of Los Angeles County. Democrats typically hold this district. The most recent election results show 67.8 percent of AD-33 voted for Clinton for president in 2016, and 67.7 percent of the district voted for Newsom for governor in 2018.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democrat incumbent Representative Lieu led Republican challenger James P. Bradley by a margin of 43.1 percent. Neither campaign has pledged to refuse corporate PAC, fossil fuel, or police money. Lieu’s campaign is funded by a range of groups including law firms and real estate interests. Bradley’s campaign is mostly funded by small and large individual donations as well as self-financing.

    About the Candidate

    Rep. Ted Lieu is from Taiwan, immigrated to the United States at age three, and currently resides in Torrance, CA. He is the incumbent, having served in Congress since 2015. According to campaign materials, Rep. Lieu is running to keep his seat because he is the leader that best reflects the needs of the people in his district.

    In Congress, Rep. Lieu has been a voice and advocate for marginalized communities. He was an initial author of legislation to ban so-called “gay-conversion therapy” and has been a leader in the fight to end the unjust system of money bail. Prior to Rep. Lieu’s election to Congress, he served in the Torrance City Council, State Assembly, and State Senate.

    Rep. Lieu’s priorities for CA-33 this year include continuing to fight for civil rights and social justice. He currently sits on two committees: the House Judiciary Committee on the Foreign Affairs Committee. This year, Rep. Lieu has voted 98 percent of the time with Nancy Pelosi and 96 percent of the time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Reps. Lieu and Ocasio-Cortez disagreed on one bill--the National Law Enforcement Commemorative Coin Act. Rep. Lieu has co-sponsored four bills requiring Trump to cease the use of military action in or against Iran, expanding childcare, and providing for more police accountability this year, all of which have successfully passed the House but remain in the Senate.  

    Rep. Lieu is endorsed by a strong majority of progressive groups in the district. He is also endorsed by two police groups. However, the threat of Republican challenger and strong Trump supporter Bradley’s potential policies greatly outweighs concerns regarding Lieu’s police backing. According to our analysis, Rep. Lieu is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

    Ted Lieu

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Ted Lieu to keep CA-33 on the right track.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals.

    Last updated: 2020-10-21

37th Congressional District

  • Democrat
  • Re-elect Congressional Representative Karen Bass to keep CA-37 on the right track.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. California has 53 congressional representatives. There is no term limit for this position.  

    About the District

    California's 37th Congressional District includes parts of Los Angeles County. Democrats typically hold this district. The most recent election results show 85.7 percent of AD-37 voted for Clinton for president in 2016, and 86.3 percent of the district voted for Newsom for governor in 2018.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democrat incumbent Representative Karen Bass led Republican challenger Errol Webber by a margin of 88.4 percent. Neither campaign has pledged to refuse corporate PAC, fossil fuel, and police money. Rep. Bass’s campaign is funded by corporate PACs. Webber’s campaign is funded by retirees and other PACs. Incumbent Rep. Bass has raised much more than Webber, with $1,574,918.20 against Webber’s $28,383.54.

    About the Candidate

    Representative Karen Bass is from Los Angeles. She is the incumbent, having served in Congress since 2011. According to campaign materials, she is running for re-election to continue to play a leading role in protecting voting rights, health care, jobs, education, criminal-justice reform, and standing up to the Trump administration.

    In Congress, she has worked to protect peoples’ voting rights, access to health care, jobs, quality education, and to hold those in power accountable. She has also advanced progressive policies and instituted initiatives to help Congress better serve the people. Bass developed the Congressional Council, which provides her constituents with the ability to learn about issues in Congress and how they can become involved in the legislative process. Prior to her election to Congress, she served in the State Assembly as the speaker.

    Rep. Bass’s priorities for CA-37 this year have included criminal-justice reform, providing COVID-19 resources to underserved communities, and supporting human rights advocates in authoritarian states. She currently sits on two committees: the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Judiciary Committee. This year, Rep. Bass has voted 100 percent of the time with Nancy Pelosi and 96 percent of the time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Rep. Bass has co-sponsored two bills--to protect the USPS and to remove all statues of people who served the Confederacy from the US Capitol. Rep. Bass also sponsored one bill this year, increasing police accountability, which successfully passed the House but remains in the Senate.

    Rep. Bass is endorsed by a strong majority of progressive groups in the district. According to our analysis, Rep. Bass is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

    Karen Bass

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Karen Bass to keep CA-37 on the right track.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals.

    Last updated: 2020-10-21

38th Congressional District

  • Re-elect Congressional Representative Linda Sánchez to keep CA-38 on the right track.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. California has 53 congressional representatives. There is no term limit for this position.  

    About the District

    California's 38th Congressional District includes parts of Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Democrats have held this district since 2002. This district has strongly supported Democrat candidates in recent state and federal elections, providing Gavin Newsom with 65 percent of the vote in 2018, and Hillary Clinton with 67 percent of the vote in 2016.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democrat incumbent Representative Linda Sánchez led Democrat challenger Michael Tolar by a margin of 55.4 percent. Rep. Sánchez’s campaign has received corporate PAC donations from a variety of donors, including Microsoft, FedEx, Entergy, and Charles Schwab. She has also received donations from Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund, but has not yet taken the no police money or no fossil fuel money pledges. Tolar’s campaign has not committed to any pledges, and his fundraising has been insignificant, with no donation receipts yet formally filed with the FEC.

    About the Candidate

    Rep. Sánchez, a 17-year congressional incumbent, is from Orange, CA.  According to campaign materials, Rep. Sánchez is running for re-election to continue to improve the lives of working families in her district through her legislative efforts on issues like labor, economic growth, and taxes.

    Rep. Sánchez’s priorities for CA-38 this year have included animal welfare, improving school safety and social-emotional supports, and elder protections. She currently sits on the Ways and Means Committee. This year, Rep. Sánchez has voted 100 percent of the time with Nancy Pelosi and 96 percent of the time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. In contrast to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Sánchez voted in favor of the passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act, and in agreement with the National Defense Authorization Act for FY20. Rep. Sánchez has sponsored 32 bills about education and school supports, labor protections, and elder services. Nearly all of those bills are currently referred to committee.

    Rep. Sánchez is endorsed by many progressive groups in the district. She is the highest-ranking Latina in Congress, and she has used her influence to speak out about the importance of moving the party in a more progressive direction for the next generation. According to our analysis, Rep. Sánchez is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

     

    Linda Sánchez

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Linda Sánchez to keep CA-38 on the right track.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals.

    Last updated: 2020-10-21

40th Congressional District

  • Re-elect Congressional Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard to keep CA-40 on the right track.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. California has 53 congressional representatives. There is no term limit for this position.  

    About the District

    California's 40th Congressional District includes parts of Los Angeles County. Republicans held this district until 2012, when Lucille Roybal-Allard won and flipped CA-40 from red to blue. The most recent election results show 82.2 percent of AD-40 voted for Clinton for president in 2016, and 80.5 percent of the district voted for Newsom for governor in 2018.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democrat incumbent Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard led Republican challenger C. Antonio Delgado by a margin of 37.3 percent. Neither candidate has pledged to refuse corporate PAC, fossil fuel, or police money. Most of Roybal-Allard’s campaign donations come from organized labor, but there are also contributions from corporate PACs and fossil fuel money. Opponent Delgado has not made any FEC filings.

    About the Candidate

    Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard is from Los Angeles. She is the incumbent, having served in Congress since 1993. According to campaign materials, Rep. Royal-Allard is running for Congress to support small businesses, protect seniors, and improve access to health care and quality education.

    In Congress, she has been a voice for marginalized communities, and has worked to advance policies to benefit American families. Rep. Roybal-Allard was also an original co-author of the Dream Act and used her position as vice chair on the House Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee to secure funds for local health needs.  Prior to her election to Congress, she served in the State Assembly.

    Rep. Roybal-Allard’s priorities for CA-40 this year have included obtaining FEMA grants for the state in fighting COVID-19, strengthening maternity care, and protecting DACA. She currently sits on the Committee on Appropriations. This year, Rep. Roybal-Allard has voted 100 percent of the time with Nancy Pelosi and 95 percent of the time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Rep. Roybal-Allard has co-sponsored five bills, including those on expanding childcare and providing for more police accountability this year, all of which have successfully passed the House but remain in the Senate.

    Rep. Roybal-Allard is endorsed by a strong majority of progressive groups in the district. According to our analysis, Rep. Roybal-Allard is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

     

    Lucille Roybal-Allard

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard to keep CA-40 on the right track.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals.

    Last updated: 2020-10-21

41st Congressional District

  • Democrat
  • Re-elect Congressional Representative Mark Takano to keep CA-41 on the right track.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. California has 53 congressional representatives. There is no term limit for this position.  

    About the District

    California's 41st Congressional District includes parts of Riverside County. Republicans held this district until 2012, when Mark Takano won and flipped CA-41 from red to blue. The most recent election results show 61 percent of AD-41 voted for Clinton for president in 2016, and 59.4 percent of the district voted for Newsom for governor in 2018.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democrat incumbent Representative Takano led Republican challenger Aja Smith by a margin of 17.8 percent. Neither candidate has pledged to refuse corporate PAC, fossil fuel, or police money. Rep. Takano’s campaign is funded mostly by labor and rights groups but is also backed by some corporations. Smith’s campaign is funded by retirees as well as real estate, business, and oil and gas interests.

    About the Candidate

    Representative Mark Takano is from Riverside, CA. He is the incumbent, having served in this position since 2013. According to campaign materials, he is running for re-election to continue to fight for his district’s progressive priorities and be an advocate for veterans, seniors, students, local businesses and hardworking families.

    In Congress, Rep. Takano has authored and advanced legislation to limit for-profit colleges’ abusive practices, protect veterans’ benefits, and increase access to vocational training programs. Prior to his election to Congress, Rep. Takano served on the Riverside Community College District’s Board of Trustees, where he increased access to higher education and job-skills training programs for adults seeking new careers. Rep. Takano’s public service in the Riverside community includes positions on the Community Advisory Board of the Children’s Spine Foundation, as well as the mayor of Riverside’s Task Force on the Digital Divide. He also served as chair for the Asain Pacific Islander Caucus of the California Democratic Party.

    Rep. Takano’s priorities for CA-41 this year have included pushing for accountability from the US Postmaster General and from the ICE Adelanto Detention Center, as well as to protect servicemembers’ education benefits. He currently sits on two committees: the Education and Labor Committee, and the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, which he chairs. This year, Rep. Takano has voted 99 percent of the time with Nancy Pelosi and 96 percent of the time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Rep. Takano has co-sponsored six bills this year--including about protecting the USPS and providing for more police accountability, all of which have successfully passed the House but remain in the Senate.

    Rep. Takano is endorsed by a strong majority of progressive groups in the district. The threat of anti-choice Republican challenger and strong Trump supporter Smith’s potential policies greatly outweighs Takano’s moderate corporate backing. According to our analysis, Rep. Takano is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

     

    Mark Takano

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Mark Takano to keep CA-41 on the right track.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals.

    Last updated: 2020-10-21

44th Congressional District

  • Re-elect Congressional Representative Nanette Barragán to keep CA-44 on the right track.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. California has 53 congressional representatives. There is no term limit for this position.  

    About the District

    California's 44th Congressional District includes parts of Los Angeles Counties. Republicans held this district until 2012, when Janice Hahn won and flipped CA-44 from red to blue. The most recent election results show 83 percent of CD-44 voted for Clinton for president in 2016, and 81.4 percent of the district voted for Newsom for governor in 2018.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democrat incumbent Representative Barragán led Democratic challenger Analilia Joya by a margin of 49 percent. Barragán’s campaign has pledged to refuse fossil fuel money, but has yet to pledge to refuse corporate PAC and police money. While Barragan’s campaign has signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge, it has still accepted money from Edison International, whose subsidiaries still use fossil-fuel-generating facilities. Barragan’s campaign is also funded by corporate PACs and labor organizations. Analilia Joya’s campaign has not pledged to refuse corporate PAC, fossil fuel, or police money, nor has it made any FEC filings.

    About the Candidate

    Representative Nanette Barragán is from Los Angeles and currently resides in San Pedro, CA. She is the incumbent, having served in this position since 2017. According to campaign materials, she is running for re-election to fight for immigration reform, veterans, access to quality health care, and the environment.

    In Congress, Rep. Barragán works to protect vulnerable communities, social security, and Medicare from Republican attacks. She became a leading critic and leader against the administration's policy of child separations. Prior to her election to Congress, she served as mayor of Beach City and worked at the NAACP to address racial health disparities and discrimination.

    Rep. Nanette Barragán’s priorities for CA-44 this year have included advocating for protecting the USPS, improving air-quality monitoring, and increasing federal support for schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. She currently sits on two committees: the Committees on Homeland Security and on Natural Resources. This year, Rep. Barragán has voted 97 percent of the time with Nancy Pelosi and 96 percent of the time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Rep. Barragán has co-sponsored five bills this year--about expanding childcare, policy accountability, and protecting the USPS--all of which have successfully passed the House but remain in the Senate.

    Rep. Nanette Barragán is endorsed by a strong majority of progressive groups in the district. According to our analysis, Rep. Nanette Barragán is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

     

    Nanette Barragán

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Nanette Barragán to keep CA-44 on the right track.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals.

    Last updated: 2020-10-21

45th Congressional District

  • Re-elect Congressional Representative Katie Porter to keep CA-45 on the right track.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. California has 53 congressional representatives. There is no term limit for this position.  

    About the District

    California's 45th Congressional District includes parts of Orange County. Republicans typically held this district until 2018, when Katie Porter won and flipped CA-45 from red to blue. The most recent election results show 49.8 percent of AD-45 voted for Clinton for president in 2016, and 50.6 percent of the district voted for Cox for governor in 2018.

    About the Race

    Following the March 3 primary election, Democrat incumbent Representative Katie Porter is leading Republican challenger Greg Raths by a margin of 32.9 percent. Rep. Porter’s campaign has pledged to refuse fossil fuel money; the campaign has yet to pledge to refuse corporate PAC and police money. Rep. Porter’s campaign is funded by California universities, Democratic Party–aligned groups, and corporate money. Raths’ campaign has not pledged to refuse corporate PAC, fossil fuel, or police money and is funded in large part by insurance companies and financial interests.

    About the Candidate

    Representative Katie Porter is from Fort Dodge, IA, and now resides in Irvine, CA. She is the incumbent, having served in this position since 2019. According to campaign materials, she is running for re-election to hold Republicans and their special interests in Washington accountable.

    In Congress, Rep. Porter has played an instrumental role in advancing reforms that have helped American families have a fair economic opportunity by helping to pass legislation to fight against abusive credit card fees. Toward the end of 2019, she gained a position on the Committee on Oversight and Reform due to her expert questioning style in congressional hearings. She also sits on the Committee on Financial Services, where she serves on the Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions, as well as the Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship, and Capital Markets subcommittees. Prior to Rep. Porter’s election to Congress, she was a law professor at UC Irvine and a consumer rights advocate, where she defended working families against predatory banking practices.

    Rep. Porter’s priorities for CA-45 this year have included improving patient safety and helping working families during the COVID-19 pandemic, providing student borrower relief, and pushing for more accountability from the Pentagon. She currently sits on two committees: the Committee on Financial Services and the Committee on Oversight and Reform. This year, Rep. Porter has voted 99 percent of the time with Nancy Pelosi and 92 percent of the time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Significant legislation they’ve disagreed on is the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian Assistance and Security at the Southern Border, which Rep. Porter voted for and Rep. Ocasio-Cortez against. Rep. Porter has co-sponsored four bills to increase accountability from the police, to protect the USPS, and to require Trump to obtain congressional approval before engaging in military action against Iran this year, all of which have successfully passed the House but remain in the Senate.

    Rep. Porter is endorsed by a strong majority of progressive groups in the district. According to our analysis, Rep. Porter is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

    Katie Porter

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Katie Porter to keep CA-45 on the right track.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals.

    Last updated: 2020-10-21

47th Congressional District

  • Re-elect Congressional Representative Alan Lowenthal to keep CA-47 on the right track.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. California has 53 congressional representatives. There is no term limit for this position.  

    About the District

    California's 47th Congressional District includes parts of Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Republicans held this district until 2002, when district lines were redrawn and Loretta Sanchez won and flipped CA-47 from red to blue. In recent years, this district has voted for Democratic candidates in state and federal elections, supporting Gavin Newsom with 61 percent in 2018, and Hillary Clinton with 62 percent in 2016.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democrat incumbent Representative Alan Lowenthal led Republican challenger John Briscoe by a margin of 28.6 percent. Rep. Lowenthal has not taken any funding pledges for this election cycle. He has accepted corporate funds from several entities, including Crowley Maritime Corporation, Amazon, and AES Corporation. Challenger Briscoe’s campaign has not committed to any pledges, and is sustained entirely through self-funding.

    About the Candidate

    Rep. Lowenthal, a former city council member and California state senator, is a longtime resident of Long Beach, CA. According to campaign materials, Rep. Lowenthal is running for re-election to continue his human rights advocacy on behalf of his diverse constituency, and to push for further progress on climate change.

    Rep. Lowenthal’s priorities for CA-47 this year have included funding STEM education, reinstating humanitarian assistance to Palestinians and Armenia, and reducing plastic pollution. He currently sits on two committees: Natural Resources (ranks 6th), and Transportation and Infrastructure (ranks 19th). This year, Rep. Lowenthal has voted 97 percent of the time with Nancy Pelosi and 96 percent of the time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. In contrast to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Lowenthal voted in favor of making appropriations to the Department of State and the Department of Defense, and of the passage of the Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act. This year, Rep. Lowenthal has sponsored 22 bills about public land and natural resources, human rights protections, and transportation and public works. Of those bills, the majority are in committee or have been referred to committee.

    Rep. Lowenthal is endorsed by many progressive groups in the district. According to our analysis, Rep. Lowenthal is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

     

    Alan Lowenthal

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Alan Lowenthal to keep CA-47 on the right track.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals.

    Last updated: 2020-10-21

51st Congressional District

  • Re-elect Congressional Representative Juan Carlos Vargas to keep CA-51 on the right track.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. California has 53 congressional representatives. There is no term limit for this position.  

    About the District

    California's 51st Congressional District includes Imperial County and parts of San Diego County. Democrats typically hold this district. The most recent election results show 71.8 percent of AD-51 voted for Clinton for president in 2016, and 67.9 percent of the district voted for Newsom for governor in 2018.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democrat incumbent Representative Vargas led Republican challenger Juan Hidalgo by a margin of 42.8 percent. Neither campaign has pledged to refuse corporate PAC, fossil fuel, or police money. Vargas’s campaign has raised $549,255.53 and has accepted money from corporate PACs and unions. Hidalgo’s campaign has raised $23,571.12, the bulk of which is candidate committee money.

    About the Candidate

    Representative Juan Carlos Vargas was born and raised in California's 51st congressional district, which he was first elected to in 2012.

    Vargas’ district includes Imperial County and the southern part of San Diego County, along the U.S.-Mexico border. To address local concerns about cross-border pollution, particularly of waterways, Vargas supported the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA), specifically citing the $300 million that will be allocated to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Border Water Infrastructure Program (BWIP). He has been an advocate for action on climate change, and is one of the co-sponsors of House Resolution 109, which calls on the federal government to create a Green New Deal.

    Vargas has been critical of the Trump administration’s immigration policies, including the wall at the border, the Migrant Protection Protocols, and the deportation of veterans. He urged Democrats to take a strong stance against Trump’s efforts to divert Pentagon funds to build a border wall. Recently, he called for investigations into efforts by Customs and Border Protection to send asylum seekers to Mexico by issuing documents for fake court hearings. He has also sponsored legislation that would allow Dreamers to apply for FHA loans, which HUD currently denies. 

    At the same time, Courage California (then known as Courage Campaign) was deeply involved in the fight for the Homeowner Bill of Rights in 2012, a critical piece of state legislation to protect homeowners from predatory lending practices by mortgage lenders. Then Senator Vargas played a key role as head of the Banking Committee in the California Senate, prior to his election to Congress. Unfortunately, Vargas repeatedly attempted to protect Wall Street from accountability. However, after heroic organizing with our partners at ACCE (Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment), he stepped down as committee chair, which eventually allowed for the landmark bill to pass. This gives us great pause about Rep. Vargas’s commitment to progressive governance.

    Rep. Vargas’s priorities for CA-51 this year have included protecting immigrants and DACA recipients, obtaining more medical equipment for fighting the pandemic, and environmental protections. He currently sits on two committees: the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on Financial Services. This year, Rep. Vargas has voted 99 percent of the time with Nancy Pelosi and 96 percent of the time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Rep. Vargas has co-sponsored two bills about protecting the USPS and providing for more police accountability this year, both of which have successfully passed the House but remain in the Senate.

    Rep. Vargas is endorsed by a strong majority of progressive groups in the district. According to our analysis, Rep. Vargas is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office. While we have major concerns about Vargas and encourage a more progressive candidate to run against him in a future election cycle, there is no question that he is preferable to a Republican, given his record, particularly on such issues as climate change and immigration.

     

    Juan Carlos Vargas

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Juan Carlos Vargas to keep CA-51 on the right track.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals.

    Last updated: 2020-10-21

53rd Congressional District

  • Elect Georgette Gomez to push CA-53 in the right direction.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. California has 53 congressional representatives. There is no term limit for this position.  

    About the District

    California's 53rd Congressional District includes parts of San Diego County. Democrats typically hold this district. The most recent election results show 64.5 percent of CD-53 voted for Clinton for president in 2016, and 64.9 percent of the district voted for Newsom for governor in 2018.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democrat challenger and San Diego Councilmember Georgette Gomez trailed Democrat challenger Sara Jacobs by a margin of 9.1 percent. Gomez's campaign has raised $1,168,600.61 including funding from tribal nations, healthcare associations, and labor unions. As a Justice Democrat, Gomez has pledged to refuse corporate PAC money ad fossil fuel money. Gomez has not pledged to refuse police money but also has not received any funding from police unions. Opponent Jacobs has raised more than $3 million and is funded by corporate interests, including software and investment corporations.

    About the Candidate

    Georgette Gomez was born in San Diego and grew up in the Barrio Logan neighborhood in south central San Diego, the daughter of working-class immigrants. She continues to live in San Diego, where she currently represents Council District 9 on the San Diego City Council. According to campaign materials, Councilmember Gomez is running to represent Congressional District 53 in order to stand up against Trump’s dangerous agenda and put the focus back on what working families in the community need.

    Councilmember Gomez was elected to the San Diego City Council in 2016 and became the first LGBTQIA+ Latina to be elected as council president in 2018. During her tenure, Councilmember Gomez has helped expand affordable housing and renter protections, helped lead the implementation of San Diego’s Climate Action Plan, and secured funding for community priorities, including street repairs, parks, and libraries.

    Prior to election to the city council, Councilmember Gomez led the Toxic Free Neighborhoods Campaign at the Environmental Health Coalition to protect kids from lead paint and keep polluting industries out of residential communities. She also worked as a victims’ advocate for survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Her personal and professional experiences have opened her eyes to the issues faced by low-income families and immigrant families, and has led to her unwavering commitment to creating a better, more inclusive government for all.

    Councilmember Gomez is endorsed by a strong majority of progressive groups in the district. Gomez stands out as a strong progressive choice for office because of her track record as a champion of progressive values and numerous endorsements from progressive organizations. According to our analysis, Georgette Gomez is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

    Georgette Gomez

    Elect Georgette Gomez to push CA-53 in the right direction.

    About the Position

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals.

    Last updated: 2020-10-21

State Assembly

State Assembly, 27th District

  • Democrat
  • Re-elect State Assemblymember Ash Kalra to keep AD-27 on the right track.

    About the Position

    State Assembly Members form part of the California State Legislature, and work alongside the governor to establish laws and a state budget. They hold the power to pass bills that affect public policy, set state spending levels, raise and lower taxes, and uphold or override the governor’s vetoes. The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the State Senate and Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 61 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 17 seats. One seat is held by an Independent, and one seat is currently vacant.

    About the District

    California's 27th Assembly District includes parts of Santa Clara County and the city of San Jose. Democrats typically hold this district. The most recent election results show 77.8 percent of AD-27 voted for Clinton for president in 2016, and 74.1 percent of the district voted for Newsom for governor in 2018.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democrat incumbent Representative Kalra led Republican challenger G. Burt Lancaster by a margin of 51.4 percent. Kalra’s campaign has raised $381,896.30 and has pledged to refuse police money. At the same time, he has accepted money from the California Correctional Peace Officers Association and the Santa Clara County Probation Peace Officers Local 1587. His campaign has yet to pledge to refuse corporate PAC and fossil fuel money, and his campaign has accepted corporate PAC funding. Lancaster’s campaign has not made any FEC filings.

    About the Candidate

    Ash Kalra has lived in San Jose for over 35 years. He is the incumbent, having served in this position since 2017. According to campaign materials, he is running for re-election because as a longtime resident of San Jose, he is committed to improving the region’s environmental footprint and public safety.
    In the State Assembly, Kalra has been outspoken in his advocacy for clean energy and preserving public green spaces. He is the author of the bill that banned single-use plastic toiletries in California hotels, and introduced legislation to protect tropical forests. Kalra has also worked on social protections, authoring bills to eliminate high school exit exams, and protect DACA recipients in the state.

    Rep. Kalra’s priorities for AD-27 this year include being a champion for transit, safety, and the environment. He currently sits on five committees, including the committees on Aging and Long-Term Care, Labor and Employment, and Education. Rep. Kalra has co-sponsored five bills expanding housing, environmental protection, and justice reform this year. He scores a 100 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Rep. Kalra has supported the most progressive bills that made it to a vote.

    Prior to his election to the Assembly, Kalra was an attorney with the Santa Clara County Public Defender’s Office, working primarily to provide drug offenders with the opportunity to complete rehabilitation programs. Kalra was elected to the San Jose City Council in 2008, where he worked to stimulate economic growth and improve the public transportation system.

    Rep. Kalra is endorsed by a strong majority of progressive groups in the district. He is also endorsed by police groups. However, the threat of Republican challenger and strong Trump supporter Lancaster’s potential policies greatly outweighs Kalra’s police backing and financing. According to our analysis, Rep. Kalra is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

    Ash Kalra

    Re-elect State Assemblymember Ash Kalra to keep AD-27 on the right track.

    About the Position

    State Assembly Members form part of the California State Legislature, and work alongside the governor to establish laws and a state budget. They hold the power to pass bills that affect public policy, set state spending levels, raise and lower taxes, and uphold or override the governor’s vetoes. The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the State Senate and Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 61 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 17 seats. One seat is held by an Independent, and one seat is currently vacant.

    About the District

    California's 27th Assembly District includes parts of Santa Clara County and the city of San Jose. Democrats typically hold this district. The most recent election results show 77.8 percent of AD-27 voted for Clinton for president in 2016, and 74.1 percent of the district voted for Newsom for governor in 2018.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democrat incumbent Representative Kalra led Republican challenger G. Burt Lancaster by a margin of 51.4 percent. Kalra’s campaign has raised $381,896.30 and has pledged to refuse police money. At the same time, he has accepted money from the California Correctional Peace Officers Association and the Santa Clara County Probation Peace Officers Local 1587. His campaign has yet to pledge to refuse corporate PAC and fossil fuel money, and his campaign has accepted corporate PAC funding. Lancaster’s campaign has not made any FEC filings.

    About the Candidate

    Ash Kalra has lived in San Jose for over 35 years. He is the incumbent, having served in this position since 2017. According to campaign materials, he is running for re-election because as a longtime resident of San Jose, he is committed to improving the region’s environmental footprint and public safety.
    In the State Assembly, Kalra has been outspoken in his advocacy for clean energy and preserving public green spaces. He is the author of the bill that banned single-use plastic toiletries in California hotels, and introduced legislation to protect tropical forests. Kalra has also worked on social protections, authoring bills to eliminate high school exit exams, and protect DACA recipients in the state.

    Rep. Kalra’s priorities for AD-27 this year include being a champion for transit, safety, and the environment. He currently sits on five committees, including the committees on Aging and Long-Term Care, Labor and Employment, and Education. Rep. Kalra has co-sponsored five bills expanding housing, environmental protection, and justice reform this year. He scores a 100 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Rep. Kalra has supported the most progressive bills that made it to a vote.

    Prior to his election to the Assembly, Kalra was an attorney with the Santa Clara County Public Defender’s Office, working primarily to provide drug offenders with the opportunity to complete rehabilitation programs. Kalra was elected to the San Jose City Council in 2008, where he worked to stimulate economic growth and improve the public transportation system.

    Rep. Kalra is endorsed by a strong majority of progressive groups in the district. He is also endorsed by police groups. However, the threat of Republican challenger and strong Trump supporter Lancaster’s potential policies greatly outweighs Kalra’s police backing and financing. According to our analysis, Rep. Kalra is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

    Last updated: 2020-10-21

State Assembly, 30th District

  • Re-elect State Assemblymember Robert Rivas to keep AD-30 on the right track.

    About the Position

    State Assembly Members form part of the California State Legislature, and work alongside the governor to establish laws and a state budget. They hold the power to pass bills that affect public policy, set state spending levels, raise and lower taxes, and uphold or override the governor’s vetoes. The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the State Senate and Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 61 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 17 seats. One seat is held by an Independent, and one seat is currently vacant.

    About the District

    California's 31st Assembly District includes all of San Benito County, as well as parts of Monterey, Santa Cruz, and Santa Clara Counties. Democrats typically hold this district. The most recent election results show 66.7 percent of AD-30 voted for Clinton for president in 2016, and 64.5 percent of the district voted for Newsom for governor in 2018.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democrat incumbent Representative Rivas led Republican challenger Gregory Swett by a margin of 38.8 percent. Neither candidate has pledged to refuse corporate PAC, fossil fuel, or police money. Rivas’s campaign has raised $477,985.86, including from corporate, fossil fuel, and police interest groups. Swett’s campaign has raised much less than Rivas’s, with $1,000, all from his private business.

    About the Candidate

    Robert Rivas is from Paicines and has lived in Hollister for most of his life. He is the incumbent, having served in this position since 2018. According to campaign materials, he is running for re-election to continue to fight for the “resources local communities need and deserve.”

    In the State Assembly, he authored the landmark Farmworker Housing Act, which would allow surplus agricultural land to be rezoned for farmworker housing. He also co-authored the bill to fund the Golden State Teacher Grant Program. The program provides $20,000 in scholarship grants for recent college graduates who acquire a teaching credential in high-need fields, such as STEM or special education, and teach for four years in select schools.

    Rivas’s priorities for AD-30 this year include infrastructure improvements, affordable housing, and attracting more jobs. He currently sits on 13 committees and chairs the Joint Committee on Fairs Allocation and Classification. Assemblymember Rivas has co-sponsored three bills about environmental, consumer, and worker protection this year. He scores a lifetime score of 88 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Rep. Rivas has supported the most progressive bills that made it to a vote. That said, Rep. Rivas has been absent from voting on key progressive legislation on worker protection and police accountability.

    Prior to his election to the State Assembly, he served on the San Benito County Board of Supervisors.

    Rep. Rivas is endorsed by a strong majority of progressive groups in the district. According to our analysis, Assemblymember Rivas is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

     

    Robert Rivas

    Re-elect State Assemblymember Robert Rivas to keep AD-30 on the right track.

    About the Position

    State Assembly Members form part of the California State Legislature, and work alongside the governor to establish laws and a state budget. They hold the power to pass bills that affect public policy, set state spending levels, raise and lower taxes, and uphold or override the governor’s vetoes. The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the State Senate and Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 61 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 17 seats. One seat is held by an Independent, and one seat is currently vacant.

    About the District

    California's 31st Assembly District includes all of San Benito County, as well as parts of Monterey, Santa Cruz, and Santa Clara Counties. Democrats typically hold this district. The most recent election results show 66.7 percent of AD-30 voted for Clinton for president in 2016, and 64.5 percent of the district voted for Newsom for governor in 2018.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democrat incumbent Representative Rivas led Republican challenger Gregory Swett by a margin of 38.8 percent. Neither candidate has pledged to refuse corporate PAC, fossil fuel, or police money. Rivas’s campaign has raised $477,985.86, including from corporate, fossil fuel, and police interest groups. Swett’s campaign has raised much less than Rivas’s, with $1,000, all from his private business.

    About the Candidate

    Robert Rivas is from Paicines and has lived in Hollister for most of his life. He is the incumbent, having served in this position since 2018. According to campaign materials, he is running for re-election to continue to fight for the “resources local communities need and deserve.”

    In the State Assembly, he authored the landmark Farmworker Housing Act, which would allow surplus agricultural land to be rezoned for farmworker housing. He also co-authored the bill to fund the Golden State Teacher Grant Program. The program provides $20,000 in scholarship grants for recent college graduates who acquire a teaching credential in high-need fields, such as STEM or special education, and teach for four years in select schools.

    Rivas’s priorities for AD-30 this year include infrastructure improvements, affordable housing, and attracting more jobs. He currently sits on 13 committees and chairs the Joint Committee on Fairs Allocation and Classification. Assemblymember Rivas has co-sponsored three bills about environmental, consumer, and worker protection this year. He scores a lifetime score of 88 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Rep. Rivas has supported the most progressive bills that made it to a vote. That said, Rep. Rivas has been absent from voting on key progressive legislation on worker protection and police accountability.

    Prior to his election to the State Assembly, he served on the San Benito County Board of Supervisors.

    Rep. Rivas is endorsed by a strong majority of progressive groups in the district. According to our analysis, Assemblymember Rivas is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

     

    Last updated: 2020-10-21

State Assembly, 50th District

  • TEST 
    In the primary, Democrat Incumbent Representative Richard Bloom led Democratic challenger Will Hess by a margin of 64.2 percent. Bloom’s campaign has raised $352,401, has committed to no campaign finance pledges, and has won four previous races. Hess’s campaign has not made a significant impact on the race and champions an alt-right platform.

    About the Candidate

    Re-elect State Assemblymember Richard Bloom to keep AD-50 on the right track. 

    About the Position
    The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 61 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 17 seats. One seat is held by an Independent and one seat is currently vacant. 

    About the District
    California’s 50th Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles County. Democrats typically hold this district. Most recent election results show AD-50 voted for Hillary Clinton for president in 2016 and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018.

    About the Race
    In the primary, Democrat Incumbent Representative Richard Bloom led Democratic challenger Will Hess by a margin of 64.2 percent. Bloom’s campaign has raised $352,401, has committed to no campaign finance pledges, and has won four previous races. Hess’s campaign has not made a significant impact on the race and champions an alt-right platform.

    About the Candidate
    Rep. Richard Bloom, former mayor of Santa Monica and four-time State Assemblymember, was raised in Altadena and West Los Angeles. According to campaign materials, Rep. Bloom is running for re-election to provide services for seniors and the disabled, end homelessness, and protect California’s environment.

    Rep. Richard Bloom’s priorities for AD-50 this year include fostering local economic development and improving public school funding. He currently sits on seven committees: Arts Committee, Legislative Budget Committee, Business and Professions Committee, Appropriations Committee, Budget Committee, Higher Education Committee, and Local Government Committee. Rep. Bloom has sponsored 283 bills on such topics as gun violence prevention, rent control, reducing the use of force by police, and microfiber pollution this year, of which over 10% have successfully passed. This is about average for an assemblymember's bill passage rate in 2019.

    He scores a lifetime 90 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting record. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Rep. Bloom has supported most progressive bills that made it to a vote. That said, Rep. Bloom has not supported evaluating the economic impact of charter schools on local communities and standardizing out-of-pocket medical costs for emergency care.

    Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Rep. Richard Bloom practiced family law for 30 years, assisting low-income clients at Levitt & Quinn Family Law Center and the homeless at PATH Partners. In 1999, he was first elected to the Santa Monica City Council, beginning a 21-year political career that includes his tenure as mayor of Santa Monica and as District 50’s State Assemblymember. A member of the California Coastal Commission, he is a longtime supporter of ending the captivity of marine animals for entertainment purposes and has passed such legislation into law.

    Rep. Richard Bloom is endorsed by many progressive groups in the district. He is also funded by the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, and the California Association of Highway Patrolmen. However, the threat of alt-right-friendly challenger Will Hess’s potential policies greatly outweighs Bloom’s moderate voting record, campaign contributions from police unions, and lack of campaign finance pledges. According to our analysis, Rep. Richard Bloom is the strongest choice for representative leadership in office.
     

    Richard Bloom

    Re-elect State Assemblymember Richard Bloom to keep AD-50 on the right track. 

    About the Position
    The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 61 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 17 seats. One seat is held by an Independent and one seat is currently vacant. 

    About the District
    California’s 50th Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles County. Democrats typically hold this district. Most recent election results show AD-50 voted for Hillary Clinton for president in 2016 and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018.

    About the Race
    In the primary, Democrat Incumbent Representative Richard Bloom led Democratic challenger Will Hess by a margin of 64.2 percent. Bloom’s campaign has raised $352,401, has committed to no campaign finance pledges, and has won four previous races. Hess’s campaign has not made a significant impact on the race and champions an alt-right platform.

    About the Candidate
    Rep. Richard Bloom, former mayor of Santa Monica and four-time State Assemblymember, was raised in Altadena and West Los Angeles. According to campaign materials, Rep. Bloom is running for re-election to provide services for seniors and the disabled, end homelessness, and protect California’s environment.

    Rep. Richard Bloom’s priorities for AD-50 this year include fostering local economic development and improving public school funding. He currently sits on seven committees: Arts Committee, Legislative Budget Committee, Business and Professions Committee, Appropriations Committee, Budget Committee, Higher Education Committee, and Local Government Committee. Rep. Bloom has sponsored 283 bills on such topics as gun violence prevention, rent control, reducing the use of force by police, and microfiber pollution this year, of which over 10% have successfully passed. This is about average for an assemblymember's bill passage rate in 2019.

    He scores a lifetime 90 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting record. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Rep. Bloom has supported most progressive bills that made it to a vote. That said, Rep. Bloom has not supported evaluating the economic impact of charter schools on local communities and standardizing out-of-pocket medical costs for emergency care.

    Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Rep. Richard Bloom practiced family law for 30 years, assisting low-income clients at Levitt & Quinn Family Law Center and the homeless at PATH Partners. In 1999, he was first elected to the Santa Monica City Council, beginning a 21-year political career that includes his tenure as mayor of Santa Monica and as District 50’s State Assemblymember. A member of the California Coastal Commission, he is a longtime supporter of ending the captivity of marine animals for entertainment purposes and has passed such legislation into law.

    Rep. Richard Bloom is endorsed by many progressive groups in the district. He is also funded by the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, and the California Association of Highway Patrolmen. However, the threat of alt-right-friendly challenger Will Hess’s potential policies greatly outweighs Bloom’s moderate voting record, campaign contributions from police unions, and lack of campaign finance pledges. According to our analysis, Rep. Richard Bloom is the strongest choice for representative leadership in office.
     

    Last updated: 2020-10-22

State Assembly, 64th District

  • Elect Fatima Iqbal-Zubair to push AD-64 in the right direction.

    About the Position

    State Assembly Members form part of the California State Legislature, and work alongside the governor to establish laws and a state budget. They hold the power to pass bills that affect public policy, set state spending levels, raise and lower taxes, and uphold or override the governor’s vetoes. The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the State Senate and Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 61 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 17 seats. One seat is held by an Independent, and one seat is currently vacant.

    About the District

    California's 64th Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles Counties. Democrats typically hold this district. The most recent election results show AD-64 voted for Hillary Clinton for president in 2016 and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democratic challenger Fatima Iqbal-Zubair trailed Democratic incumbent Representative Mike Gipson by a margin of 35 percent. Iqbal-Zubair’s campaign has pledged not to accept money from law enforcement or the fossil fuel industry. Gipson’s campaign has not committed to any such pledges and is backed by Chevron, the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, Phillips 66, Valero, Tesoro, Gilead, DaVita Inc., and many more problematic organizations.

    About the Candidate

    Fatima Iqbal-Zubair is from Dubai and has lived in the United States since her teenage years. According to campaign materials, she is running for election to challenge systemic racism and ensure that progressive values are taken seriously in Sacramento. Her goals for the district include holding politicians responsible for serving oil and tobacco companies above their constituents, increasing funding for public schools and achieving free public college, cleaning the water supply, and securing housing as a right for all.

    Fatima Iqbal-Zubair is an educator, having taught in the Watts public school system at both the high school and college levels. During her time in Watts’s high school system, she served as science department chair and started the first ever robotics team in the district, winning several team awards in the process. Teaching college courses introduced Iqbal-Zubair to students who were in foster care or homeless, and she discovered that the football field contained traces of toxic chemicals, spurring her move into politics to address the obvious disparities between neighborhoods in Los Angeles. She served as commissioner for her opponent, Rep. Mike Gipson, and says of her experience, “When I challenged the status quo and the way he voted, my voice wasn’t welcome. In this capacity, I saw that the voices of community activists were not truly heard or accounted for, in a way that could lead to real, systemic change.”

    Fatima Iqbal-Zubair is endorsed by many local progressive groups in the district. Rep. Mike Gipson’s tenure in AD-64 has included numerous problematic votes and endorsements, earning him a lifetime 72 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. According to our analysis, Fatima Iqbal-Zubair is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

    About Courage California’s Endorsement

    After a comprehensive interview with Fatima Iqbal-Zubair, we have determined that she is committed to criminal justice reform, environmental justice, racial equity and justice, and immigrant rights. Her experience in the community and pledges to refuse money from corporate PACs, police, and the fossil fuel industry are in alignment with the progressive future Courage California hopes to achieve in which special interests have no place in politics. Iqbal-Zubair’s ideas and proposals are thoroughly well-thought out and demonstrate her strong, structural grasp on the issues Californians face. We are confident that she will co-govern in the interests of all Californians and actively fight for anti-racist legislation. Courage California is proud to endorse Fatima Iqbal-Zubair for AD-64. 

    Fatima Iqbal-Zubair

    Elect Fatima Iqbal-Zubair to push AD-64 in the right direction.

    About the Position

    State Assembly Members form part of the California State Legislature, and work alongside the governor to establish laws and a state budget. They hold the power to pass bills that affect public policy, set state spending levels, raise and lower taxes, and uphold or override the governor’s vetoes. The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the State Senate and Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 61 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 17 seats. One seat is held by an Independent, and one seat is currently vacant.

    About the District

    California's 64th Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles Counties. Democrats typically hold this district. The most recent election results show AD-64 voted for Hillary Clinton for president in 2016 and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democratic challenger Fatima Iqbal-Zubair trailed Democratic incumbent Representative Mike Gipson by a margin of 35 percent. Iqbal-Zubair’s campaign has pledged not to accept money from law enforcement or the fossil fuel industry. Gipson’s campaign has not committed to any such pledges and is backed by Chevron, the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, Phillips 66, Valero, Tesoro, Gilead, DaVita Inc., and many more problematic organizations.

    About the Candidate

    Fatima Iqbal-Zubair is from Dubai and has lived in the United States since her teenage years. According to campaign materials, she is running for election to challenge systemic racism and ensure that progressive values are taken seriously in Sacramento. Her goals for the district include holding politicians responsible for serving oil and tobacco companies above their constituents, increasing funding for public schools and achieving free public college, cleaning the water supply, and securing housing as a right for all.

    Fatima Iqbal-Zubair is an educator, having taught in the Watts public school system at both the high school and college levels. During her time in Watts’s high school system, she served as science department chair and started the first ever robotics team in the district, winning several team awards in the process. Teaching college courses introduced Iqbal-Zubair to students who were in foster care or homeless, and she discovered that the football field contained traces of toxic chemicals, spurring her move into politics to address the obvious disparities between neighborhoods in Los Angeles. She served as commissioner for her opponent, Rep. Mike Gipson, and says of her experience, “When I challenged the status quo and the way he voted, my voice wasn’t welcome. In this capacity, I saw that the voices of community activists were not truly heard or accounted for, in a way that could lead to real, systemic change.”

    Fatima Iqbal-Zubair is endorsed by many local progressive groups in the district. Rep. Mike Gipson’s tenure in AD-64 has included numerous problematic votes and endorsements, earning him a lifetime 72 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. According to our analysis, Fatima Iqbal-Zubair is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

    About Courage California’s Endorsement

    After a comprehensive interview with Fatima Iqbal-Zubair, we have determined that she is committed to criminal justice reform, environmental justice, racial equity and justice, and immigrant rights. Her experience in the community and pledges to refuse money from corporate PACs, police, and the fossil fuel industry are in alignment with the progressive future Courage California hopes to achieve in which special interests have no place in politics. Iqbal-Zubair’s ideas and proposals are thoroughly well-thought out and demonstrate her strong, structural grasp on the issues Californians face. We are confident that she will co-govern in the interests of all Californians and actively fight for anti-racist legislation. Courage California is proud to endorse Fatima Iqbal-Zubair for AD-64. 

    Last updated: 2020-10-28

State Assembly, 66th District

  • Re-elect State Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi to keep AD-66 on the right track.

    About the Position

    State Assembly Members form part of the California State Legislature, and work alongside the governor to establish laws and a state budget. They hold the power to pass bills that affect public policy, set state spending levels, raise and lower taxes, and uphold or override the governor’s vetoes. The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the State Senate and Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 61 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 17 seats. One seat is held by an Independent, and one seat is currently vacant.

    About the District

    California's 66th Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles County and the cities of Gardena, Redondo Beach, and Torrance. The district is somewhat purple, and Democrats have typically held this district, although it flipped to red when Muratsuchi lost to his Republican challenger in 2014. The most recent election results show 60 percent of AD-66 voted for Clinton for president in 2016, and 59.3 percent of the district voted for Newsom for governor in 2018.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democrat incumbent Representative Muratsuchi led Republican challenger Arthur Schaper by a margin of 32.4 percent. Muratsuchi’s campaign has raised $344,833.35 and has not pledged to refuse corporate PAC, fossil fuel, or police money. His campaign has accepted funds from all three groups. Schaper’s campaign has raised much less than Muratsuchi’s--$1,861 in total, all from individual contributions. Schaper has also not pledged to refuse corporate PAC, fossil fuel, or police money.

    About the Candidate

    Rep. Muratsuchi, a former prosecutor and deputy attorney general with the California Department of Justice, has lived in Southern California for nearly 25 years. He is the incumbent, having served in this position since 2016. According to campaign materials, he is for re-election to bring good jobs and quality education to his district, as well as improve environmental protections and veteran services.

    In the Assembly, Muratsuchi has advanced legislation to keep aerospace jobs in the state, increase funding for public education, oppose oil drilling throughout California’s coastlines, and to improve the services provided to homeless and disabled veterans.  He currently sits on eight committees and chairs the select committee on Aerospace. Rep. Muratsuchi has co-sponsored two bills on gun violence prevention and consumer protection this year. He scores 64 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Rep. Muratsuchi has supported some progressive bills that made it to a vote. That said, he has a clear history of casting bad votes on criminal-justice reform measures.

    Rep. Maratsuchi is endorsed by many progressive groups in the district. He is also endorsed by police organizations. However, the threat of right-wing challenger and strong Trump supporter Schaper’s potential policies greatly outweighs Muratsuchi’s moderate voting record and inaction on justice reform. According to our analysis, Rep. Muratsuchi is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

    Al Muratsuchi

    Re-elect State Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi to keep AD-66 on the right track.

    About the Position

    State Assembly Members form part of the California State Legislature, and work alongside the governor to establish laws and a state budget. They hold the power to pass bills that affect public policy, set state spending levels, raise and lower taxes, and uphold or override the governor’s vetoes. The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the State Senate and Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 61 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 17 seats. One seat is held by an Independent, and one seat is currently vacant.

    About the District

    California's 66th Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles County and the cities of Gardena, Redondo Beach, and Torrance. The district is somewhat purple, and Democrats have typically held this district, although it flipped to red when Muratsuchi lost to his Republican challenger in 2014. The most recent election results show 60 percent of AD-66 voted for Clinton for president in 2016, and 59.3 percent of the district voted for Newsom for governor in 2018.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democrat incumbent Representative Muratsuchi led Republican challenger Arthur Schaper by a margin of 32.4 percent. Muratsuchi’s campaign has raised $344,833.35 and has not pledged to refuse corporate PAC, fossil fuel, or police money. His campaign has accepted funds from all three groups. Schaper’s campaign has raised much less than Muratsuchi’s--$1,861 in total, all from individual contributions. Schaper has also not pledged to refuse corporate PAC, fossil fuel, or police money.

    About the Candidate

    Rep. Muratsuchi, a former prosecutor and deputy attorney general with the California Department of Justice, has lived in Southern California for nearly 25 years. He is the incumbent, having served in this position since 2016. According to campaign materials, he is for re-election to bring good jobs and quality education to his district, as well as improve environmental protections and veteran services.

    In the Assembly, Muratsuchi has advanced legislation to keep aerospace jobs in the state, increase funding for public education, oppose oil drilling throughout California’s coastlines, and to improve the services provided to homeless and disabled veterans.  He currently sits on eight committees and chairs the select committee on Aerospace. Rep. Muratsuchi has co-sponsored two bills on gun violence prevention and consumer protection this year. He scores 64 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Rep. Muratsuchi has supported some progressive bills that made it to a vote. That said, he has a clear history of casting bad votes on criminal-justice reform measures.

    Rep. Maratsuchi is endorsed by many progressive groups in the district. He is also endorsed by police organizations. However, the threat of right-wing challenger and strong Trump supporter Schaper’s potential policies greatly outweighs Muratsuchi’s moderate voting record and inaction on justice reform. According to our analysis, Rep. Muratsuchi is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

    Last updated: 2020-10-22

State Senate

State Senator, 11th District

  • Democratic Socialist
  • Elect Democratic Socialist challenger Jackie Fielder to push SD-11 toward more representation for communities that have been excluded from the policymaking process.

    Jackie Fielder was born in Long Beach and raised in Southern California. Fielder is Native American (Two Kettle Lakota and Hidatsa), Mexicana, and a queer educator and organizer. According to campaign materials, Fielder identifies as a Democratic Socialist and is running to take on the crises facing San Francisco, the country, and the planet and win back the district from corporate interests.

    Fielder got her start as an educator and organizer after graduating from Stanford. She joined the movement against the Dakota Access Pipeline on the ground. Upon her return to California, she co-founded the San Francisco Public Bank Coalition, formed to demand that the city divest its approximate $11 billion of taxpayer funds from private banks and put it into a city-owned bank that would promote community wealth building and an economy that upholds social justice and ecological sustainability. In 2018, Fielder ran the No on H campaign. Prop H was a local ballot measure proposed by the San Francisco Police Officers Association (POA) to weaken restrictions on Tasers and reduce the requirement to try de-escalation tactics before use of force. Fielder has also taught at the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University.

    Fielder’s platform supports the Green New Deal, affordable housing for all, and addressing income inequality. Her housing plan is based on the premise that the state’s housing-affordability crisis cannot be remedied by relying on real estate developers and the private market alone. She also supports a moratorium on charter schools, making public colleges tuition-free, and statewide loan-forgiveness programs.

    Fielder is endorsed by a majority of local progressive groups in the district. According to our analysis, Fielder will provide leadership for the district that works to promote the shared interests of communities that have been excluded from the policymaking process.

    Jackie Fielder

    Elect Democratic Socialist challenger Jackie Fielder to push SD-11 toward more representation for communities that have been excluded from the policymaking process.

    Jackie Fielder was born in Long Beach and raised in Southern California.

    Last updated: 2020-10-20

State Senator, 19th District

  • Re-elect State Senate Representative Monique Limón to keep SD-19 on the right track.

    About the Position

    State senators represent and advocate for the needs of their district at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating legislation that addresses issues within their district, as well as voting and debating on preexisting laws. The California State Senate has 40 congressional districts. Each represents a population of about 930,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Senate for a four-year term. Every two years, half of the Senate's 40 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to two four-year terms (eight years) in the Senate. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the State Senate and Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 29 seats in the California State Senate, while Republicans hold 11 seats.

    About the District

    California's 19th Senate District includes all of Santa Barbara County and parts of Ventura County. Democrats typically hold this district. Most recent election results show SD-19 voted for Clinton for president in 2016 and Newsom for governor in 2018.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democrat candidate Monique Limón led Republican challenger Gary Michaels by a margin of 28.1 percent. Limón’s campaign has raised $306,923.02, and her campaign has not committed to refusing corporate PAC or fossil fuel money, and has accepted corporate and police money. Michaels’s campaign has not made any FEC filings.

    About the Candidate

    Monique Limón is a lifelong resident of Santa Barbara. According to campaign materials, she is running for State Senate because she understands the values of the region and will use her public service experience to advocate for environmental protection, educational reforms, and improved health-care access.

    Limón is a member of the California State Assembly, where she uses her understanding of her community to establish meaningful legislation to positively affect educational outcomes and environmental protections. She was chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Natural Disaster Response, Recovery, and Rebuilding, and worked to improve emergency communication and fire prevention. Prior to serving in the Assembly, Limón served two terms on the Santa Barbara Unified School Board, and was assistant director for the McNair Scholars program at UCSB.

    Limón’s priorities for SD-19 this year include health, women, consumer protection, and natural disasters. As an assemblymember this year, Limón has sponsored or cosponsored three bills about consumer protection, expanding paid family leave, and increasing the penalty for oil spills. She scores 90 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Limón has supported the most progressive bills that made it to a vote. That said, she has not supported legislation to continue oversight of telecommunications companies.

    Limón is endorsed by a majority of progressive groups in the district. According to our analysis, Monique Limón is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

    Monique Limón

    Re-elect State Senate Representative Monique Limón to keep SD-19 on the right track.

    About the Position

    State senators represent and advocate for the needs of their district at the California State Capitol.

    Last updated: 2020-10-21

State Senator, 27th District

  • Democrat
  • Re-elect State Senate Representative Henry Stern to keep SD-27 on the right track.

    About the Position

    State senators represent and advocate for the needs of their district at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating legislation that addresses issues within their district, as well as voting and debating on preexisting laws. The California State Senate has 40 congressional districts. Each represents a population of about 930,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Senate for a four-year term. Every two years, half of the Senate's 40 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to two four-year terms (eight years) in the Senate. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the State Senate and Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 29 seats in the California State Senate, while Republicans hold 11 seats.

    About the District

    California's 27th Senate District includes parts of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Democrats typically hold this district. The most recent election results show SD-27 voted for Hillary Clinton for president in 2016 and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018.

    About the Race

    In the primary, Democrat incumbent Representative Henry Stern led Republican challenger Houman Salem by a margin of 27.6 percent. Stern’s campaign has raised $1,114,716 and has pledged to accept no money from the fossil fuel industry. Salem’s campaign has raised $19,080 and has not committed to any such pledges.

    About the Candidate

    Rep. Henry Stern, an environmental attorney and community activist, is from Malibu, CA. According to campaign materials, Rep. Stern is running for re-election to promote renewable-energy technology, end trophy hunting, and divert funds toward backup power and firefighting resources.

    Sen. Stern’s priorities for SD-27 this year include expanding official state recognition of the climate-change crisis, further protecting our endangered species, and building microgrids to reduce blackouts. He currently sits on eight committees: the Natural Resources and Water Committee (chair); Climate Change Policies Committee (vice chair); Arts Committee; Budget and Fiscal Review Committee; Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee; Environmental Quality Committee; Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee; and Judiciary Committee. Sen. Stern has sponsored 141 bills this year about such topics as gun violence prevention, education finance, fire safety, and exempting feminine hygiene products from taxation, of which over 10 percent have successfully passed. He scores a Lifetime 80 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Senator Stern has supported the most progressive bills that made it to a vote. That said, Sen. Stern has not supported expanding Medi-Cal coverage to noncitizens or banning the use of biometric surveillance and facial-recognition technology from use in police body cameras.

    Prior to his election to the State Senate, Sen. Henry Stern worked as an environmental lawyer, counseled Congressman Henry Waxman on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and taught civics in local schools. He is a longtime supporter of environmental conservation and animal rights.

    Rep. Henry Stern is endorsed by many progressive groups in the district. In his previous campaign, he was endorsed by the Association of Los Angeles County Sheriffs and California Association of Highway Patrolmen. However, the threat of Republican challenger and strong Trump supporter Houman Salem’s potential policies greatly outweighs Rep. Stern’s occasionally moderate voting record. According to our analysis, Rep. Henry Stern is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

    Henry Stern

    Re-elect State Senate Representative Henry Stern to keep SD-27 on the right track.

    About the Position

    State senators represent and advocate for the needs of their district at the California State Capitol.

    Last updated: 2020-10-21