Congress

Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below congressional districts on your ballot.

  • Reelect Congressional Representative Salud Carbajal to keep CA-24 moving toward progress.



    The Position


    Congressmembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the United States Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    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, the largest delegation in the country. There is no term limit for this position.

    The District


    California's 24th Congressional District includes parts of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 27% are Republican and 44% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 25% Latino, 6% Asian, and 2% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, CD-24 is 1% more Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that CD-24 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 24 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 13 points.

    The Race


    There are four candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Incumbent Representative Salud Carbajal and Republican Brad Allen. Carbajal’s campaign has raised $1,564,413 and is not funded by police money. He has accepted thousands of dollars from fossil fuel corporations, car companies, and airlines. He has also accepted thousands of dollars from corporate PACs and the real estate industry. Brad Allen’s campaign has not committed to any campaign pledges.

    The Recommendation


    Rep. Carbajal, a former member of the Marine Corps Reserves and formerly on the Santa Barbara Board of Supervisors, is from Arizona, and settled in Santa Barbara as a teen, where he has remained. According to campaign materials, Rep. Carbajal is running for reelection to continue fighting for opportunities and security for middle-class families, as well as to address the specific needs of CD-24. Rep. Carbajal won his 2020 reelection against a Republican challenger by 17 points.

    Rep. Carbajal’s priorities for CD-24 this year have included expanded funding options for infrastructure projects and public transit development; removing firearms from dangerous individuals; and increased support for veterans, servicemembers, and their families, all of which have been referred to committee. He has sponsored 23 bills about infrastructure, veterans and servicemembers, gun control, and the environment. He currently sits on the House committees on Armed Services (ranks 11th), Agriculture (ranks 17th), and Transportation (ranks 20th). This year, Rep. Carbajal has voted 100% of the time with Nancy Pelosi and 94% of the time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Rep. Carbajal differed from Rep. Ocasio-Cortez when he voted in favor of additional defense funding, in favor of the USMCA Agreement, and in favor of initial COVID-19 relief funding, which Ocasio-Cortez said benefitted corporate interests over individuals.

    Prior to his election to Congress, Rep. Carbajal served in the Marine Corps Reserve and then was elected to the Santa Barbara Board of Supervisors. He was born in a small mining town in Arizona, and moved to Mexico as a child. He and his family then moved to Oxnard, CA, so that his father could work in the fields, before Carbajal attended UC Santa Barbara. He is a longtime supporter of environmental preservation and other environmental causes, as well as youth and senior services. As a Santa Barbara supervisor, Rep. Carbajal promoted solar energy for homeowners and jobs in the green-energy industry. As a congressmember, he has focused on infrastructure solutions to the climate crisis by outfitting his district against natural disasters, as well as trying to develop the district into a renewable energy hub. In Congress, he has also supported higher funding for public universities, financial aid, and early childhood education.

    Rep. Carbajal is not a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, although he has the endorsement of many progressive groups, including California Environmental Voters, Equality California, and Planned Parenthood Action Fund. Based on our analysis, Rep. Carbajal’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will be a progressive champion for the constituents of CD-24 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.
    Last updated: 2022-04-28

    Salud Carbajal

    Reelect Congressional Representative Salud Carbajal to keep CA-24 moving toward progress.



    The Position

    Salud Carbajal

    Reelect Congressional Representative Salud Carbajal to keep CA-24 moving toward progress.



    The Position

  • Julia Brownley

    Reelect Congressional Representative Julia Brownley to keep CD-26 on the right track for progress. 

     

    Julia Brownley

    Reelect Congressional Representative Julia Brownley to keep CD-26 on the right track for progress. 

     

    Julia Brownley

    Reelect Congressional Representative Julia Brownley to keep CD-26 on the right track for progress. 

     

State Assembly

Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below State Assembly races on your ballot.

  • Steve Bennett

    Reelect State Assemblymember Steve Bennett to keep AD-38 on the right track for progress. 

     

    The Position

    State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    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 the Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 56 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats. One seat is held by an Independent and four seats are currently vacant. 

     

    The District

    California’s 38th Assembly District includes parts of Ventura County. Under old district lines, Republicans  typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 23% are Republican and 49% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 44% Latino, 6% Asian, and 3% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-38 is 1% less Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-38 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 32 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 24 points.

     

    The Race

    There are three candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Incumbent Representative Steve Bennett, Republican Cole Brocato, and independent Daniel Wilson. Assm Bennett’s campaign has raised $417,000 and has accepted funds from fossil fuel, police, real estate, and corporate PAC organizations. Brocato and Wilson have not recorded any fundraising receipts with the Secretary of State. 

     

    The Recommendation

    Assm. Bennett, a longtime public servant, is from the midwest and has lived in California for over 40 years. According to campaign materials, he is running for reelection to continue to use his independent leadership to bring climate and education resources to the district. Prior to redistricting, Assm. Bennett represented AD-37 and won his 2020 reelection to that seat against Republican Charles Cole by 36 points. 

    Assm. Bennett’s priorities for AD-37 this year have included 32 bills about climate protections, transportation, child health and welfare, and recycling this year. Of these, seven have been chaptered into law, 23 are currently in committee or pending referral, and two have died. He currently serves on six House committees, including Budget, Water, Parks, and Wildlife, and Elections, and serves as chair of the select committee on Impact Investing for Improved Social and Environmental Outcomes. He scores a CS of 100 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Bennett has supported all progressive bills that made it to a vote during his first term. 

    Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Assm. Bennett served for 20 years on the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, including serving several terms as chair. Before joining the Board of Supervisors, he served one term on the Ventura City Council. He launched a brief run for Congress in 2012, but withdrew his candidacy before the election. Assm. Bennet was a high school economics and history teacher for 20 years before launching his political career, and has been a longtime supporter of education reform. He has also used a significant amount of his political capital in the pursuit of climate change protections and renewable energy. He coauthored the SOAR (Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources) initiative in Ventura County. It was the first effort in the county to protect agricultural and open-space lands from development by requiring a vote of the people before those areas could be rezoned, and has resulted in Ventura County being a national leader in land-use planning over the last 25 years.

    Assm. Bennett has the endorsement of some progressive groups, including United Farm Workers, Equality California, and SEIU California. He has also received the endorsement of some elected officials in the state, including Governor Gavin Newsom, Congresswoman Julia Brownley, and State Senator Monique Limón. 
    However, he has also received donations from police, real estate, corporate PAC, and fossil fuel organizations throughout this election cycle, while maintaining a campaign platform that he will stand up to powerful special interests. Based on our analysis, Assm. Bennett’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-38 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

    Steve Bennett

    Reelect State Assemblymember Steve Bennett to keep AD-38 on the right track for progress. 

     

    The Position

    State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    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 the Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 56 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats. One seat is held by an Independent and four seats are currently vacant. 

     

    The District

    California’s 38th Assembly District includes parts of Ventura County. Under old district lines, Republicans  typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 23% are Republican and 49% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 44% Latino, 6% Asian, and 3% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-38 is 1% less Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-38 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 32 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 24 points.

     

    The Race

    There are three candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Incumbent Representative Steve Bennett, Republican Cole Brocato, and independent Daniel Wilson. Assm Bennett’s campaign has raised $417,000 and has accepted funds from fossil fuel, police, real estate, and corporate PAC organizations. Brocato and Wilson have not recorded any fundraising receipts with the Secretary of State. 

     

    The Recommendation

    Assm. Bennett, a longtime public servant, is from the midwest and has lived in California for over 40 years. According to campaign materials, he is running for reelection to continue to use his independent leadership to bring climate and education resources to the district. Prior to redistricting, Assm. Bennett represented AD-37 and won his 2020 reelection to that seat against Republican Charles Cole by 36 points. 

    Assm. Bennett’s priorities for AD-37 this year have included 32 bills about climate protections, transportation, child health and welfare, and recycling this year. Of these, seven have been chaptered into law, 23 are currently in committee or pending referral, and two have died. He currently serves on six House committees, including Budget, Water, Parks, and Wildlife, and Elections, and serves as chair of the select committee on Impact Investing for Improved Social and Environmental Outcomes. He scores a CS of 100 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Bennett has supported all progressive bills that made it to a vote during his first term. 

    Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Assm. Bennett served for 20 years on the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, including serving several terms as chair. Before joining the Board of Supervisors, he served one term on the Ventura City Council. He launched a brief run for Congress in 2012, but withdrew his candidacy before the election. Assm. Bennet was a high school economics and history teacher for 20 years before launching his political career, and has been a longtime supporter of education reform. He has also used a significant amount of his political capital in the pursuit of climate change protections and renewable energy. He coauthored the SOAR (Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources) initiative in Ventura County. It was the first effort in the county to protect agricultural and open-space lands from development by requiring a vote of the people before those areas could be rezoned, and has resulted in Ventura County being a national leader in land-use planning over the last 25 years.

    Assm. Bennett has the endorsement of some progressive groups, including United Farm Workers, Equality California, and SEIU California. He has also received the endorsement of some elected officials in the state, including Governor Gavin Newsom, Congresswoman Julia Brownley, and State Senator Monique Limón. 
    However, he has also received donations from police, real estate, corporate PAC, and fossil fuel organizations throughout this election cycle, while maintaining a campaign platform that he will stand up to powerful special interests. Based on our analysis, Assm. Bennett’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-38 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

    Steve Bennett

    Reelect State Assemblymember Steve Bennett to keep AD-38 on the right track for progress. 

     

    The Position

    State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    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 the Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 56 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats. One seat is held by an Independent and four seats are currently vacant. 

     

    The District

    California’s 38th Assembly District includes parts of Ventura County. Under old district lines, Republicans  typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 23% are Republican and 49% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 44% Latino, 6% Asian, and 3% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-38 is 1% less Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-38 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 32 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 24 points.

     

    The Race

    There are three candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Incumbent Representative Steve Bennett, Republican Cole Brocato, and independent Daniel Wilson. Assm Bennett’s campaign has raised $417,000 and has accepted funds from fossil fuel, police, real estate, and corporate PAC organizations. Brocato and Wilson have not recorded any fundraising receipts with the Secretary of State. 

     

    The Recommendation

    Assm. Bennett, a longtime public servant, is from the midwest and has lived in California for over 40 years. According to campaign materials, he is running for reelection to continue to use his independent leadership to bring climate and education resources to the district. Prior to redistricting, Assm. Bennett represented AD-37 and won his 2020 reelection to that seat against Republican Charles Cole by 36 points. 

    Assm. Bennett’s priorities for AD-37 this year have included 32 bills about climate protections, transportation, child health and welfare, and recycling this year. Of these, seven have been chaptered into law, 23 are currently in committee or pending referral, and two have died. He currently serves on six House committees, including Budget, Water, Parks, and Wildlife, and Elections, and serves as chair of the select committee on Impact Investing for Improved Social and Environmental Outcomes. He scores a CS of 100 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Bennett has supported all progressive bills that made it to a vote during his first term. 

    Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Assm. Bennett served for 20 years on the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, including serving several terms as chair. Before joining the Board of Supervisors, he served one term on the Ventura City Council. He launched a brief run for Congress in 2012, but withdrew his candidacy before the election. Assm. Bennet was a high school economics and history teacher for 20 years before launching his political career, and has been a longtime supporter of education reform. He has also used a significant amount of his political capital in the pursuit of climate change protections and renewable energy. He coauthored the SOAR (Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources) initiative in Ventura County. It was the first effort in the county to protect agricultural and open-space lands from development by requiring a vote of the people before those areas could be rezoned, and has resulted in Ventura County being a national leader in land-use planning over the last 25 years.

    Assm. Bennett has the endorsement of some progressive groups, including United Farm Workers, Equality California, and SEIU California. He has also received the endorsement of some elected officials in the state, including Governor Gavin Newsom, Congresswoman Julia Brownley, and State Senator Monique Limón. 
    However, he has also received donations from police, real estate, corporate PAC, and fossil fuel organizations throughout this election cycle, while maintaining a campaign platform that he will stand up to powerful special interests. Based on our analysis, Assm. Bennett’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-38 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

  • Jacqui Irwin

    Reelect State Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin to keep AD-42 on the right track for progress. 

     

    The Position

    State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    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 the Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 56 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats. One seat is held by an Independent and four seats are currently vacant. 

     

    The District

    California’s 42nd Assembly District includes parts of Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. Republicans and Independents typically held this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 30% are Republican and 41% are Democrat, and the demographic breakdown is 14% Latino, 9% Asian, and 2% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-42 is 5% less Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-42 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 19 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by ten points.

     

    The Race

    There are three candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Incumbent Representative Jacqui Irwin and two Republican challengers. Assm. Irwin’s campaign has raised $651,000 and has received donations from police, fossil fuel, real estate, and corporate PAC interests. 

     

    The Recommendation

    Assm. Irwin, an engineer and a public official, has lived in Thousand Oaks for 20 years. According to campaign materials, she is running for reelection to continue to guide resources to and provide bipartisan leadership for the district. Prior to redistricting, Assm. Irwin represents AD-44 and won her 2020 reelection to that seat against Republican Denise Pedrow by a margin of 22 points.  

    Assm. Irwin’s priorities for AD-44 this year have included 47 bills about health care, technology and information security, and education. Of these, five have been chaptered into law, seven have died, and the majority of the others remain in committee.  She currently serves on five standing committees, including as chair of Revenue and Taxation. She also serves as chair of the Select Committee on Cybersecurity. Assm. Irwin scores a Lifetime CS of 47 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting record. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Irwin has supported few progressive bills that made it to a vote. This term, she failed to vote on reductions to youth probation, a retroactive implementation of the California Racial Justice Act of 2020, and limitations on law-enforcement agencies acquiring military equipment. She also voted against several criminal-justice reform bills, including those to seal criminal records for individuals who have completed sentences, repealing loitering laws to reduce the harassment of sex workers, and removing mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug crimes. 

    Prior to her election to the State Assembly, Assm. Irwin spent ten years on the Thousand Oaks City Council, including two terms as mayor. In this local role, she worked for increased public safety and the preservation of open lands. She started her career in engineering, and has championed Assembly bills centered on the expansion of STEM education centers and improved cybersecurity policies.

    Assm. Irwin has the endorsement of some progressive groups, including Equality California, California Environmental Voters, and California Labor Federation, and she has received the endorsement of many state and local elected officials. However, she is also endorsed and funded by many police leaders and organizations, including California Correctional Peace Officers Association, Association of Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, and Ventura County Deputy Sheriffs Association. She is the recipient of campaign donations from many problematic donors across industries, including Sempra Energy, PG&E Corporation, Facebook, California Real Estate PAC, and Fox Corporation. Given these associations, it is critical that voters continue to hold her accountable to ensure that her legislative efforts remain in the best interests of the district and the constituents. Based on our analysis, Rep. Irwin’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will continue to be a representative leader for the constituents of AD-41 and will govern effectively for this diverse district if she is subject to increased community accountability.

    Jacqui Irwin

    Reelect State Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin to keep AD-42 on the right track for progress. 

     

    The Position

    State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    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 the Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 56 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats. One seat is held by an Independent and four seats are currently vacant. 

     

    The District

    California’s 42nd Assembly District includes parts of Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. Republicans and Independents typically held this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 30% are Republican and 41% are Democrat, and the demographic breakdown is 14% Latino, 9% Asian, and 2% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-42 is 5% less Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-42 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 19 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by ten points.

     

    The Race

    There are three candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Incumbent Representative Jacqui Irwin and two Republican challengers. Assm. Irwin’s campaign has raised $651,000 and has received donations from police, fossil fuel, real estate, and corporate PAC interests. 

     

    The Recommendation

    Assm. Irwin, an engineer and a public official, has lived in Thousand Oaks for 20 years. According to campaign materials, she is running for reelection to continue to guide resources to and provide bipartisan leadership for the district. Prior to redistricting, Assm. Irwin represents AD-44 and won her 2020 reelection to that seat against Republican Denise Pedrow by a margin of 22 points.  

    Assm. Irwin’s priorities for AD-44 this year have included 47 bills about health care, technology and information security, and education. Of these, five have been chaptered into law, seven have died, and the majority of the others remain in committee.  She currently serves on five standing committees, including as chair of Revenue and Taxation. She also serves as chair of the Select Committee on Cybersecurity. Assm. Irwin scores a Lifetime CS of 47 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting record. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Irwin has supported few progressive bills that made it to a vote. This term, she failed to vote on reductions to youth probation, a retroactive implementation of the California Racial Justice Act of 2020, and limitations on law-enforcement agencies acquiring military equipment. She also voted against several criminal-justice reform bills, including those to seal criminal records for individuals who have completed sentences, repealing loitering laws to reduce the harassment of sex workers, and removing mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug crimes. 

    Prior to her election to the State Assembly, Assm. Irwin spent ten years on the Thousand Oaks City Council, including two terms as mayor. In this local role, she worked for increased public safety and the preservation of open lands. She started her career in engineering, and has championed Assembly bills centered on the expansion of STEM education centers and improved cybersecurity policies.

    Assm. Irwin has the endorsement of some progressive groups, including Equality California, California Environmental Voters, and California Labor Federation, and she has received the endorsement of many state and local elected officials. However, she is also endorsed and funded by many police leaders and organizations, including California Correctional Peace Officers Association, Association of Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, and Ventura County Deputy Sheriffs Association. She is the recipient of campaign donations from many problematic donors across industries, including Sempra Energy, PG&E Corporation, Facebook, California Real Estate PAC, and Fox Corporation. Given these associations, it is critical that voters continue to hold her accountable to ensure that her legislative efforts remain in the best interests of the district and the constituents. Based on our analysis, Rep. Irwin’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will continue to be a representative leader for the constituents of AD-41 and will govern effectively for this diverse district if she is subject to increased community accountability.

    Jacqui Irwin

    Reelect State Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin to keep AD-42 on the right track for progress. 

     

    The Position

    State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    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 the Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 56 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats. One seat is held by an Independent and four seats are currently vacant. 

     

    The District

    California’s 42nd Assembly District includes parts of Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. Republicans and Independents typically held this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 30% are Republican and 41% are Democrat, and the demographic breakdown is 14% Latino, 9% Asian, and 2% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-42 is 5% less Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-42 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 19 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by ten points.

     

    The Race

    There are three candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Incumbent Representative Jacqui Irwin and two Republican challengers. Assm. Irwin’s campaign has raised $651,000 and has received donations from police, fossil fuel, real estate, and corporate PAC interests. 

     

    The Recommendation

    Assm. Irwin, an engineer and a public official, has lived in Thousand Oaks for 20 years. According to campaign materials, she is running for reelection to continue to guide resources to and provide bipartisan leadership for the district. Prior to redistricting, Assm. Irwin represents AD-44 and won her 2020 reelection to that seat against Republican Denise Pedrow by a margin of 22 points.  

    Assm. Irwin’s priorities for AD-44 this year have included 47 bills about health care, technology and information security, and education. Of these, five have been chaptered into law, seven have died, and the majority of the others remain in committee.  She currently serves on five standing committees, including as chair of Revenue and Taxation. She also serves as chair of the Select Committee on Cybersecurity. Assm. Irwin scores a Lifetime CS of 47 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting record. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Irwin has supported few progressive bills that made it to a vote. This term, she failed to vote on reductions to youth probation, a retroactive implementation of the California Racial Justice Act of 2020, and limitations on law-enforcement agencies acquiring military equipment. She also voted against several criminal-justice reform bills, including those to seal criminal records for individuals who have completed sentences, repealing loitering laws to reduce the harassment of sex workers, and removing mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug crimes. 

    Prior to her election to the State Assembly, Assm. Irwin spent ten years on the Thousand Oaks City Council, including two terms as mayor. In this local role, she worked for increased public safety and the preservation of open lands. She started her career in engineering, and has championed Assembly bills centered on the expansion of STEM education centers and improved cybersecurity policies.

    Assm. Irwin has the endorsement of some progressive groups, including Equality California, California Environmental Voters, and California Labor Federation, and she has received the endorsement of many state and local elected officials. However, she is also endorsed and funded by many police leaders and organizations, including California Correctional Peace Officers Association, Association of Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, and Ventura County Deputy Sheriffs Association. She is the recipient of campaign donations from many problematic donors across industries, including Sempra Energy, PG&E Corporation, Facebook, California Real Estate PAC, and Fox Corporation. Given these associations, it is critical that voters continue to hold her accountable to ensure that her legislative efforts remain in the best interests of the district and the constituents. Based on our analysis, Rep. Irwin’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will continue to be a representative leader for the constituents of AD-41 and will govern effectively for this diverse district if she is subject to increased community accountability.