Waxman has served California since 1975, but was slotted into the recently redrawn 33rd Congressional District this year. While Waxman retained a portion of his former West Los Angeles district, the realignment also put him in unfamiliar turf to the south.

A powerful House Democrat, Waxman co-authored the comprehensive climate change bill that squeaked through the House in 2009 but died in the Senate. He also was integral in moving President Obama’s healthcare reform bill.