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U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 8

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Christine Bubser

Engineer/Biotechnology Advisor
124,400 votes (43.9%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Healthcare affordability & accessibility: Quality healthcare is a right. Together we can save rural hospitals, reduce prescription drug prices, introduce a public option, and ensure all Americans have adequate health coverage.
  • Strengthening our economy while addressing climate change and protecting public lands: By investing in renewable energy production and ensuring it powers local industries, we can dramatically reduce emmissions and bring good jobs to our area.
  • Address the affordability crisis: By ensuring that our social safety net is strong, that veterans get the services they deserve, and that families can make enough to thrive in CA-08, we can also tackle issues like homelessness and unemployment.



UCLA Anderson School of Management MBA, Marketing/Entrepreneurship (1993)
Lehigh University BS, Industrial Engineering (1986)

Community Activities

Co-Founder, HODG -- Hang Out Do Good (2016–current)
Volunteer Coach, Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra (2016–current)
Board Member, Temple Israel of Hollywood (2009–2016)


Chris Bubser is an engineer-turned-biotech advisor who wants to use her healthcare, business, and scientific expertise to solve problems and create new opportunities in CA-08

Chris is a mom, biotech advisor, engineer, and lover of the outdoors running to represent California's 8th congressional district. With momentum on her side, Chris is eager to take on Washington and committed to representing the people of CA-08 instead of partisan interests and big corporate donors.

Born in Pennsylvania coal country as the youngest of three, Chris learned the values of hard work and helping her community. She began working when she was 12 years old and worked her way through college while she earned a degree in industrial engineering from Lehigh University, before moving to California and earning her MBA at UCLA.  

She married her passion for technology with her business training first by working for a start-up medical device company and then working in the biotechnology field. For two decades Chris helped launch groundbreaking treatments that extended the lives of patients with HIV and cancer. Chris not only understands the challenges of the healthcare system from her professional experiences, she understands them on a personal level. As the mother of a daughter with epilepsy, Chris fought insurance companies to cover her pre-existing condition, took time away from work to manage her father’s care and has seen too many friends drain their finances to pay for medicine to treat chronic and life-threatening health conditions. 

Chris has worked in partnership to make communities better, first as a trustee of her Temple and then as co-founder of HODG (HangOutDoGood), a grassroots community of hundreds of volunteers who work to get good candidates elected. She has dedicated herself to solving challenges from protecting our healthcare to addressing climate change, and from immigration reform to gender equality. Chris knows firsthand that we can affect change on these issues because she’s helped to do it.

Chris has lived in California for nearly 30 years and in Mammoth Lakes for more than 13, and has been married to her husband David for 20 years. They have two teenage children and share their lives with two dogs and a cat. They are lovers of the outdoors and active with Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra and the Sierra Club. For her 50th birthday, the whole family hiked the John Muir Trail.

Chris never expected to run for office. But when she saw how the people of the 8th were being denied responsive representation in Congress, she put it all on the line and answered the call. To serve as your Representative would be the greatest honor in a lifetime of service.

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Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California (3)

What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages to secure affordable health care?
Answer from Christine Bubser:

I believe that healthcare is a right - everyone deserves affordable quality healthcare and coverage must include pre-existing conditions. I got into this race in large part because I knew that the efforts to repeal the ACA would strip up to 100,000 people in California’s 8th District of their health coverage, including members of my campaign staff and volunteer corps. 


The ACA was a strong start that provided healthcare to many who didn’t have it, but it isn’t enough. I will fight to restore the integrity of the ACA when I get to Congress and work with my colleagues to expand its benefits and increase financial support for programs that provide a social safety net for Americans, such as Social Security, ChP and Medicaid. I will also support legislation requiring Medicare to negotiate lower prices for prescription drugs. Having worked in healthcare for my entire career, I have a deep understanding of the industry, an understanding I could put to use in crafting new legislation supporting the principles in the ACA and benefitting ALL Americans. In the US, the richest nation in the world, healthcare is a right and we must fund it for all Americans.


I also want to see the federal government take meaningful and immediate steps towards universal health coverage, such as the introduction of a public option and expansion of Medicare eligibility down to age 55 and for everyone under 18.


I am committed to fighting for racial justice & equity. California’s 8th district is 43% Hispanic. Because CA08 is rural with a high poverty rate, I will fight to preserve safety-net programs like Social Security, Disability, and TANF which provide poorer rural citizens with the financial resources to buy goods and services for their families. This, in turn, both contributes to rural economies (and helps create rural jobs) and also mitigates the challenges associated with poverty - such as poor health, substance abuse, domestic violence and deteriorated housing. MediCal is also a key factor keeping rural hospitals alive; without it, access to health care would be severely curtailed for rural Americans in general.



Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the House of Representatives.
Answer from Christine Bubser:

I support equal immigration opportunities for all people, unequivocally. I strongly believe that immigrants are a benefit to our society, not a burden, and will advocate for fair and legal treatment of people seeking asylum and membership in the American community. Instead of deporting immigrants, we need to enact legislation which ensures that all working people have rights and are able to exercise them without fear of retaliation. Enacting humane immigration reform is critical to lifting labor standards and empowering workers. In Congress, I will stand in solidarity with all working people and will work to enact legislation which comports with our national values, including providing a clear pathway to citizenship for hardworking, tax-paying immigrants, keeping families together, and guaranteeing the same rights, obligations and basic fairness for all workers, no matter where they come from.  I support continuing protections for DACA recipients and would want to see them included in any long-term, fair, and practical immigration policy. In addition, I want to see DAPA protection fully implemented, and well as the DREAM Act. Our current system is wildly overloaded so immediate reform is needed so that asylum seekers get the help they so desperately need.


That there is a privately-owned ICE prison in our district is a stain. I support the California Legislature’s ban on private prisons and hope to see the speedy closure or dismantling of the Adelanto facility, or at least take over by the state or federal government. At the same time, I recognize that the corrections officers that work in this and other facilities must not be abandoned; we must provide pathways to reassignment or retraining for these officers into other secure jobs.


What financing method(s) would you support to repair or improve roads, rails, ports, airports, the electrical grid, and other infrastructure in the U.S.?
Answer from Christine Bubser:

American infrastructure was once the envy of the world. But today, our nation has a $2 trillion infrastructure deficit, and frankly, all of our infrastructure needs are pressing. Our roads have fallen into disrepair, our bridges are crumbling, our ports and waterways aren’t fit to support the demands of our global economy, and our public transportation just isn’t up to par. And that’s just scratching the surface. A 21st century economy needs a 21st century infrastructure system. It’s critical that we modernize our infrastructure across all the modes of transportation so our economy can grow and America can remain competitive. If we are to achieve lasting progress for our infrastructure, the federal government must commit to not only financing infrastructure programs, but to funding them. This funding must supplement long-term solutions, regular appropriations, and scheduled reauthorizations. Delaying such investment only escalates the costs and risks of our economy. 

I will support re-authorizing the FAST Act and am open to increasing the federal gas tax and/or implementing a vehicle-miles-travelled fee. I believe we should investigate all feasible means of supporting this critical investment in our nation’s future. 


Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $1,868,015

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Christine Bubser
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
IUOE State Unit 12
Laborers' International Union of North America
United Association (UA)

More information about contributions

By State:

California 75.14%
District of Columbia 5.83%
New York 5.81%
Massachusetts 2.28%
Other 10.94%

By Size:

Large contributions (88.47%)
Small contributions (11.53%)

By Type:

From organizations (11.96%)
From individuals (88.04%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

"I’m running for Congress because Washington is broken and our community needs a representative who has an open door for her constituents, not corporate donors."



I was propelled into public service in 2017 when the Affordable Care Act came under fire, and I dedicated myself to protecting coverage for pre-existing conditions, expanding access to affordable healthcare, and working to lower the price of prescription drugs. I am the mother of a child who had epilepsy and a friend to many who either live with serious health conditions or have lost their struggles against diseases like cancer and HIV. I am the daughter of a mother with dementia, and father who lost his long battle with cancer and heart disease. I am not unique - we all have these stories in our lives. We all deserve quality, affordable healthcare and no one should have to fight with insurance companies for coverage or go bankrupt in the process of getting the care they need, especially those who have served our country in the armed forces. Years spent in the biotech industry give me the experience to fight for better healthcare for all the families in the 8th. 



I announced my run for Congress on Earth Day 2019, because the health of our Earth and its natural resources have never been more in jeopardy. My family and I love our home in Mammoth Lakes too much not to fight to protect the places where we have hiked, fished, skied, camped and lived, and where so many of our neighbors love and call home. 



As your Representative, my job will be to represent all of the the people of the 8th, and the land that we live on and are entrusted to protect. This district can be a model for how to do things differently - we just need to have the will to work together to find solutions. In this country, which I love so much, that is what we have always done.



Traveling around this vast and varied district I hear from so many people who are just trying to make a good life here. What you all constantly remind me is that no matter what our political leanings or where in the district we live, we’re all concerned about the same things: being able to live a secure, happy, and fulfilling life. It’s the family connections, the good times with friends, and the sources of meaning that matter most to all of us. But without reliable healthcare, good jobs, and opportunities to learn and contribute, those things can be out of reach for far too many folks. I hear it from veterans, environmentalists, moms and dads, union representatives, and young people: All we’re asking for is a chance to thrive. In America, everyone should have that chance. And I’ll do everything I can to make sure they do.



We have big challenges to confront. But with big challenges come big opportunities: to lift up our friends, neighbors, families and businesses. I am committed to putting the people of CA-08 before partisan interests and corporate donors and to being your voice in Washington. I’ll always put what’s right for our district and our country first, and I’ll always have an open door for you. I’m a problem-solver by nature, and I believe anything is possible when we work together.



But I can’t do any of this alone. I need your support. This is a team effort and I we all have a role to play. So, contribute what you can, volunteer when you can, and please vote for a change on March 3rd. Let’s not leave one person behind. A brighter day is ours for the taking.


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