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    Mark DeSaulnier

  • Reelect Congressional Representative Mark DeSaulnier to keep CD-10 on the right track for progress.



    The Position


    Congressmembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the United States Capital. 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 10th Congressional District includes parts of Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. Democrats have held this district since 2006. Of the registered voters in this district, 23% are Republican and 48% are Democrat, and the demographic breakdown is 12% Latino, 13% Asian, and 10% Black. Since the 2021 redistricting process, CD-10 is 5% more Republican than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show CD-10 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 51 points and Democrat Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 28 points.

    The Race


    There are two declared candidates running for the newly redistricted CD-10, including Democrat Incumbent Representative DeSaulnier and Independent Michael Kerr. Rep. DeSaulnier’s campaign has raised $322,563 and is not funded by police union or fossil fuel money, although he is funded by corporate PAC money as well as real estate money. Kerr’s campaign has not filed any fundraising receipts for the current election cycle.

    The Recommendation


    Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, former small-business owner and mayor of Concord, CA, is originally from Massachusetts and now lives in Concord. According to campaign materials, Rep. DeSaulnier is running for reelection to continue advocating for working families in his district. Rep. DeSaulnier won his 2020 reelection against a Republican challenger by 46 points.

    Rep. DeSaulnier’s priorities for CA-10 this year have included seven bills about infrastructure, and five about health, none of which have yet successfully passed the House. He holds leadership positions on two committees: he is chair of the Education and Labor Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), and he is vice chair of the House Rules Committee. He also sits on the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Oversight and Reform. This year, Rep. DeSaulnier has voted 95% of the time with Nancy Pelosi and 96% of the time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Pelosi and DeSaulnier differed when Rep. DeSaulnier voted against the 2021 Defense Authorization Bill and against the USMCA Trade Agreement. Rep. Desaulnier voted in opposition to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez when he voted in favor of a domestic spending bill that she and other progressive representatives opposed for maintaining the Hyde Amendment, the international gag order preventing U.S. aid from being used for abortion.

    Prior to his work as a civil servant, Rep. DeSaulnier was first a union member with Teamsters International and Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International, and then a restaurant owner; he maintains strong connections with organized labor. Throughout his time in both the U.S. and California Congresses, Rep. DeSaulnier has paid special attention to improving infrastructure, including building up sustainable industries and jobs, and expanding public transportation in his district. Rep. DeSaulnier has previously sponsored legislation that benefits his constituents, including extending protection to more acres of natural land in Contra Costa County as well as expanding local control of canal infrastructure in the district.

    Rep. DeSaulnier is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and has the endorsement of many progressive groups and labor unions in the district, including Planned Parenthood, Equality California, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers & Trainman, and IBEW Local Union 302, as well as from progressive leader Representative Ayanna Pressley. Based on our analysis, Rep. DeSaulnier’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a progressive champion for the constituents of CD-10 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.
    Last updated: 2022-04-28

    Mark DeSaulnier

    Reelect Congressional Representative Mark DeSaulnier to keep CD-10 on the right track for progress.



    The Position

    Mark DeSaulnier

    Reelect Congressional Representative Mark DeSaulnier to keep CD-10 on the right track for progress.



    The Position

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