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    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. 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

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