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    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. 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

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