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    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. 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

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