“Civic participation has been a driving force in my life. Ever since I can remember, I have been involved in bettering the current system – making it more transparent, more accountable, and more responsible.”
In the California State Legislature, I led the charge in creating an independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, which took redistricting out of the hands of politicians and back into the hands of the people. I wholeheartedly support federal legislation that would aim to do the same.
Reforming the Election Process
In the 113th Congress, I introduced as my first authored bill in Congress H.R.2978, the Let the People Draw the Lines Act, which would end gerrymandering of Congressional districts and give citizens more direct control of the redistricting process.
Now, more than ever, Congress needs to redouble its efforts in passing campaign finance reform, including a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United decision, which allows corporations to contribute virtually limitless amounts of money to campaigns.
Strengthening the Voting Rights Act
In early 2013, the Supreme Court regrettably struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act. This critical component of the Act provided voting protection to areas of the country where racial discrimination against minority voters was still prevalent. Congress must recommit its efforts to renew and strengthen the protections of the Voting Rights Act that guard Americans’ right to vote.
I am also a proud member of the No Labels Problem Solvers group, a bipartisan group of House and Senate members who meet regularly to build trust across the aisle. Congress needs to embrace a new attitude of problem solving, compromise, and courage to be real leaders. I believe that being able to listen to others and bring flexible solutions to the table are key to building consensus around meaningful legislation. My involvement with No Labels has been a great step toward creating lasting relationships and changing the tenor in Congress.
Accountability and Transparency
As a member of Congress, I am honored to serve the interests of my constituents – regardless of their political affiliations – across multiple platforms and mediums. Social media tools, such as Facebook and Twitter, have been incredible resources for me to promote the accountability of my office and provide direct two-way communication between my constituents and me. As technology becomes more and more integrated into government, I believe it will raise the bar for good governance, while simultaneously tapping into the knowledge and expertise of the public.
For more information concerning my work and views on campaigns, voting, and elections, please contact me.