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U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 47

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Alan Lowenthal

U.S. Representative, 47th District
197,028 votes (63.3%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • COVID Pandemic Assistance – We must pass additional relief, such as the HEROES Act 2, to assist American families, workers, frontline workers, and state and local governments to get through this crisis.
  • Protecting Healthcare – We must strengthen and expand the Affordable Care Act, use government leverage to negotiate lower drug prices, and work toward an affordable universal healthcare solution.
  • Climate Change – Scientists are warning we must take immediate action. We must rejoin the Paris Accord. We must take steps to dramatically reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. And we must take steps to transition to a more carbon-neutral society.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives
Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives — Elected position (2012–current)
Senator, California State Senate — Elected position (2004–2012)
Assemblymember, California State Assembly — Elected position (1998–2004)
Professor, California State University, Long Beach (1969–1998)
City Councilmember, Long Beach City Council — Elected position (1992–1998)

Education

Ohio State University Ph.D., Psychology (1967)
Ohio State University Master’s Degree, Psychology (1965)
Hobart and William Smith Colleges Bachelor’s Degree, Psychology (1962)

Community Activities

Member, Long Beach Area Citizens Involved (LBACI) (1975–1995)
President, Long Beach Area Citizens Involved (LBACI) (1989–1992)

Biography

Born in Manhattan, Congressman Alan Lowenthal was raised in the Queens Borough of New York City. After earning his Bachelor’s Degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Ohio State University, he moved to Long Beach, California in 1969 where he taught Community Psychology at California State University, Long Beach until 1998.
 
Congressman Lowenthal successfully ran for Long Beach City Council in 1992, where he served for six years. He then continued his leadership in Sacramento, first serving three terms as a State Assembly member, then two terms as a State Senator. He was first elected to Congress in 2012 and is now serving his fourth term representing California’s 47th District.

As a city council member, and then as a state legislator, the Congressman fought against the then-commonplace private and public sector belief that environmental protections and economic success at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles were mutually exclusive. His landmark environmental legislative efforts helped lead the two adjacent ports becoming the cleanest and greenest ports in the world, while remaining the busiest and most successful container ports in the Western Hemisphere. The green business model advocated by the Congressman instituted by the two ports has become a role model for ports throughout the world.

While a State Assembly member, and as a founding member of the Assembly's Bipartisan Caucus, he paved the way for creation of California’s first ever independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, which took the power of redistricting out of the hands of politicians and gave it back to the people
In addition, white in the state legislature the Congressman led legislative efforts to revamp the state's K-12 and higher education systems. He championed the College Promise Partnership Act to help K-12 students better transition to college. The passage of his Student Success Act also helped higher education students by introducing significant reforms to the state community college system that focused on increasing graduation and transfer rates.

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California (3)

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 Alan Lowenthal:

As a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in the House of Representatives, one of my main goals in Congress is to ensure that our crumbling national infrastructure is rebuilt. To do this, we must invest and make these investments sustainable and reliable. This is why I authored and introduced “The National Multimodal and Sustainable Freight Infrastructure Act.” This legislation will provide a dedicated and sustainable revenue source to fund multi-modal, freight-specific formula grants to states and a multi-modal, freight-specific competitive grant program to local, regional and state governments. The bill would raise over $10 billion a year dedicated to freight-related infrastructure projects throughout the nation. To accomplish this, the bill would establish the Freight Transportation Infrastructure Trust Fund, funded through a national 1 percent waybill fee on the transportation cost of goods. We must also reinvest and restructure our funding mechanisms to rebuild our public roads infrastructure, such as the $1.5 trillion Moving Forward Act that I cosponsored voted to pass, but awaits consideration in the Senate. We must also develop new funding mechanisms to reinvent our electrical, water, and other utility systems.

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

I believe access to healthcare is a right, not a privilege. We cannot progress as a nation without addressing health disparities and assuring that everyone has access to high quality, affordable healthcare. In Congress, I am committed to increasing access to affordable health insurance for the millions of Americans without coverage and making health insurance more affordable for those already covered. I strongly support the Affordable Care Act (ACA), because I have seen firsthand how it has saved lives in every corner of the United States. I believe it should be strengthened and expanded. I also believe that we have to move toward an affordable universal healthcare solution. In addition, I also believe that Congress must leverage the economic might of the U.S. government to negotiate the price of pharmaceuticals to ensure that all Americans have access to affordable prescription drugs.

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

Immigrants are a fundamental and invaluable part of our country’s social, economic and cultural fabric. I am a strong supporter of comprehensive immigration reform. It has long been time for Congress to overhaul the current immigration system that is inefficient, ineffective and out of date. We need a legal and fair system that promotes job growth, family reunification, and economic and national security. We must also codify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals to protect the Dreamers and offer a realistic and achievable pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S., as well as for all legal immigrants.

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $677,946

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

1
Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA)
$10,000
1
American Crystal Sugar
$10,000
1
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
$10,000
1
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
$10,000
1
IUOE State Unit 12
$10,000
1
Transport Workers Union of America
$10,000
1
UNITE HERE
$10,000
1
United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW)
$10,000

More information about contributions

By State:

District of Columbia 34.32%
California 29.69%
Virginia 8.45%
Maryland 5.80%
Other 21.74%
34.32%29.69%8.45%21.74%

By Size:

Large contributions (95.18%)
Small contributions (4.82%)
95.18%

By Type:

From organizations (76.75%)
From individuals (23.25%)
76.75%23.25%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I have always considered myself a proud progressive. I have always believed that government, run efficiently and effectively, exists to benefit the citizens it derives its power from. The government, whether it be at the local, state or federal level, has a responsibility to use this power to improve the lives of the people, with the consent and input of the same people. I also believe that government must be transparent, accountable, and considerate in the exercise of this power, and in order to do this must be honest, forthcoming, and responsive. I believe that we are all in this together, and together, through our government and elected representatives, we can work to solve any problem.

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