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    Julia Brownley
  • Re-elect Congressional Representative Julia Brownley to keep CA-26 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 26th Congressional District includes parts of Ventura County. Republicans held this district from 2002 to 2012, when Julia Brownley won and flipped CA-26 from red to blue. This district has voted Democratic in recent state and federal elections, voting for Gavin Newsom by a 15 percent margin in 2018, and for Hillary Clinton by a 22 percent margin in 2016.

    About the Race
    In the primary, Democrat Incumbent Representative Julia Brownley led Republican challenger Ronda Baldwin-Kennedy by a margin of 20.2 percent. As of July 2020, Baldwin-Kennedy’s campaign has raised $160,000, and Rep. Brownley’s campaign has raised over $1.3 million. Rep. Brownley’s campaign has received donations from many corporate PACs, including Cerner Corporation, Procter & Gamble, and Google. Her campaign has also received donations from Edison International, and from defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corporation Employees’ PAC. Ventura County is home to several large aerospace technology companies, including Northrop Grumman, and Rep. Brownley has supported their continued investment in the region. As a result, she has received donations from nearly every major airline company in the country, and a variety of airline-adjacent professional organizations and PACs. Baldwin-Kennedy’s campaign has not committed to refusing police money, corporate money, or fossil fuel money.  She is primarily funded by individual donors, and has made personal contributions to her campaign that total 40 percent of her overall contributions as of August 2020.

    About the Candidate
    Rep. Brownley, a former State Assemblymember, lives in Thousand Oaks, CA. According to campaign materials, Rep. Brownley is running for re-election to continue her advocacy for working families and support for veteran services.

    Rep. Brownley’s priorities for CA-26 this year have included funding for Veterans Treatment Courts, making homeownership accessible through the Mortgage Insurance Tax Deduction Act and the Mortgage Debt Tax Forgiveness Act, and helping disabled veterans build their families through IVF and adoption. She currently sits on three committees: Veteran’s Affairs (ranks 2nd), Transportation and Infrastructure (ranks 16th), and Climate Crisis (ranks 4th). This year, Rep. Brownley 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. Brownley has voted in favor of the motion to concur in the Senate Amendment on the DHS Cyber Hunt and Incident Response Teams Act, the passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act, and the conference report for the National Defense Authorization Act for 2020. Rep. Brownley has sponsored 54 bills about veteran supports and transportation infrastructure. Of those 54, three have been received in the Senate, and the rest are either in committee or have been referred to committee.

    Rep. Brownley is endorsed by some progressive groups in the district, but is also endorsed by the Peace Officers Research Association of California. However, the threat of Republican challenger Baldwin-Kennedy’s conservative policies on education and border control greatly outweigh Rep. Brownley’s moderate voting record on issues like expanding paid family leave for federal workers and discriminating against job applicants with a criminal history. According to our analysis, Rep. Brownley is the strongest choice for representative leadership in office.

     

    Julia Brownley

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Julia Brownley to keep CA-26 on the right track.

    About the Position

    Last updated: 2020-10-21

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