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    Sara Jacobs

  • Reelect Congressional Representative Sara Jacobs to keep CA-51 on the right track for 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 51 Congressional District includes parts of San Diego County. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 18% are Republican and 49% are Democrat, and the demographic breakdown is 20% Latino, 16% Asian, and 7% Black. Since the 2021 redistricting process, CA-51 is 9% less Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that CD-51 voted for Biden for president in 2020 by 27 points and Newsom for governor in 2018 by 18 points.

    The Race


    There are six candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Incumbent Representative Jacobs and Democrat challenger Barrett Holman Leak. Jacobs’s campaign has raised more than $1 million and is not funded by corporate PAC or police money, but is funded by fossil fuel interests and has received a donation from the National Association of Realtors PAC. Leak’s campaign has raised around $1,500 and is entirely self-funded.

    The Recommendation


    Rep. Jacobs, a past foreign policy advisor to Secretary Hillary Clinton and past Big Data Lead in UNICEF’s Innovation Unit, grew up in San Diego. According to campaign materials, Rep. Jacobs is running for reelection to build a better, safer world through working with people from all backgrounds. Rep. Jacobs was first elected to this seat in 2020.

    Rep. Jacobs’s priorities for CA-51 this year have included eight bills about immigration, civil liberties, and veterans, of which seven have successfully passed the House. She currently serves on several committees, and is vice chair of the Foreign Affairs’s Subcommittee on International Development, International Organizations, and Global Corporate Social Impact, and is the
    Freshman Representative for the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee. This year, Rep. Jacobs has voted 99% of the time with Nancy Pelosi and 97% of the time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Jacobs disagreed with Pelosi by voting against the Haiti Development, Accountability, and Institutional Transparency Initiative Act, and she disagreed with Rep. Ocasio-Cortez by voting for granting statutory authority for a counterterrorism program partnering with countries in the Sahel and North Africa to counter terrorism.

    Prior to her election to Congress, Rep. worked on conflict prevention and response and U.S. foreign policy in Sub-Saharan Africa at the U.S. Department of State. She is a longtime supporter of international education and development, with a particular focus on children. Rep. Jacobs has supported most progressive bills that made it to a vote. That said, Rep. Jacobs is the only House Democrat to vote against the passage of H.R. 2662, which requires that the inspector general only be removed from office for cause.

    Rep. Jacobs is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and has the endorsement of many progressive groups in the district. Based on our analysis, Rep. Jacobs’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will continue to be a progressive champion for the constituents of CA-51 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.
    Last updated: 2022-04-28

    Sara Jacobs

    Reelect Congressional Representative Sara Jacobs to keep CA-51 on the right track for progress.



    The Position

    Sara Jacobs

    Reelect Congressional Representative Sara Jacobs to keep CA-51 on the right track for progress.



    The Position

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