California New Members 2019

California New Members 2019

Rep.-elect Josh Harder (D-Calif.-10)

DATE OF BIRTH: Aug. 1, 1986
RESIDENCE: Turlock, Calif.
OCCUPATION: Businessman, teacher
EDUCATION: B.A., Stanford University; MBA, M.P.P., Harvard University
FAMILY: Wife, Pamela

At 32, political newcomer Josh Harder is heading to Congress having defeated four-term incumbent Rep. Jeff DenhamJeffrey (Jeff) John DenhamEx-Rep. Duffy to join lobbying firm BGR Former GOP Rep. Walters joins energy company TikTok faces lawmaker anger over China ties MORE (R) to represent the district centered on Modesto.


Harder is coming to politics from a business background. He first worked at Boston Consulting Group and later in venture capital at Bessemer Venture Partners in San Francisco. Between his time at those firms, Harder did a stint in Africa working for the Gates Foundation and other nonprofits to help farmers.

Harder eventually left the venture capital world to return to the Central Valley and began teaching business at a local community college.

Harder focused his campaign on tapping into his technology industry ties and the impact of President TrumpDonald John TrumpButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses Biden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California Kavanaugh hailed by conservative gathering in first public speech since confirmation MORE’s policies on immigration and health care in the agriculture-heavy area.

Rep.-elect Katie Hill (D-Calif.-25)

DATE OF BIRTH: Aug. 25, 1987
RESIDENCE: Agua Dulce, Calif.
OCCUPATION: Nonprofit executive
EDUCATION: B.A., M.P.A., M.A., California State University, Northridge
FAMILY: Husband, Kenny

Katie Hill defeated two-term Rep. Steve KnightStephen (Steve) Thomas KnightGeorge Papadopoulos launches campaign to run for Katie Hill's congressional seat The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Better Medicare Alliance - Dems shift strategy on impeachment vote California state lawmaker Christy Smith launches bid for Katie Hill's seat MORE (R) to give California’s 25th District its first Democratic representative in more than 20 years.

The north Los Angeles County district is almost evenly split among registered Democrats and Republicans and voted for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonJordan calls Pelosi accusing Trump of bribery 'ridiculous' DOJ watchdog won't let witnesses submit written feedback on investigation into Russia probe: report What are Republicans going to do after Donald Trump leaves office? MORE in the 2016 election. 


Hill, a centrist, grew up in the district. In her campaign, she argued she could best represent the purple district.

Prior to her candidacy, Hill served as the executive director of People Assisting the Homeless, a California nonprofit that provides services to the homeless.

Hill identifies as bisexual and made LGBT issues a central part of her campaign. She also ran on a platform of supporting affordable health care, questioning Knight at a town hall in 2017 about his support of the effort to repeal ObamaCare.

Rep. Jimmy GomezJimmy GomezHouse Democrats offer bill to expand the estate tax House Democrats blur lines on support for impeachment Here are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment MORE (D-Calif.-34)

DATE OF BIRTH: Nov. 25, 1974
RESIDENCE: Eagle Rock, Calif.
EDUCATION: B.A., University of California, Los Angeles; M.A., John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University
FAMILY: Wife, Mary Hodge

Rep. Jimmy Gomez will return to the House of Representatives after taking over the seat left open last year by former Rep. Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraMicrosoft to follow landmark California privacy law nationwide Hillicon Valley: California AG reveals Facebook investigation | McConnell criticizes Twitter's political ad ban | Lawmakers raise concerns over Google takeover of Fitbit | Dem pushes FCC to secure 5G networks California acknowledges Facebook investigation, asks court to order compliance MORE (D-Calif.), who went on to become California’s attorney general.

In the California State Assembly, Gomez rose to become chairman of the powerful Appropriations Committee and majority whip.

Gomez’s election to replace Becerra generated some controversy, as Gov. Jerry Brown (D) tried to delay Gomez’s swearing-in until after a crucial vote in the Assembly.

But in Washington, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyMcCarthy says views on impeachment won't change even if Taylor's testimony is confirmed House Republicans call impeachment hearing 'boring,' dismiss Taylor testimony as hearsay The Hill's Morning Report - Diplomats kick off public evidence about Trump, Ukraine MORE (R-Calif.) pushed to accelerate Gomez’s swearing-in, and successfully forced the move before the California vote.

Before his election to the Assembly, Gomez served as political director for the United Nurses of California.

Gomez is the son of Mexican immigrants.

Rep.-elect Harley Rouda (D-Calif.-48)

DATE OF BIRTH: Dec. 10, 1961
RESIDENCE: Laguna Beach, Calif.
OCCUPATION: Businessman
EDUCATION: B.S., University of Kentucky; J.D., Capital University; MBA, Ohio State University
FAMILY: Wife, Kaira; four children

Only 125 votes helped Harley Rouda secure the second spot in the primary for California’s 48th District. That slim margin allowed him to move on to the general election, where he beat a GOP giant.

Rouda defeated 15-term Rep. Dana RohrabacherDana Tyrone RohrabacherGeorge Papadopoulos launches campaign to run for Katie Hill's congressional seat The Hill's Morning Report - Trump, Biden go toe-to-toe in Iowa Ex-GOP lawmakers are face of marijuana blitz MORE to flip the staunchly Republican district to the Democratic column.

Rouda was a Republican for decades before he switched parties. He largely funded his own campaign against Rohrabacher, a vocal Trump supporter, in the Southern California district.

Democrats saw an opening after the district voted for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016, even though it had favored Rohrabacher by double digits for years.

Rouda emerged from the brutal primary in which Democrats questioned his vote for John Kasich in the 2016 presidential election and his 2017 party switch.

A first-time candidate, he entered politics after a prominent business career as the head of real estate services firm Trident Holdings Inc.

Rep.-elect Mike Levin (D-Calif.-49)

DATE OF BIRTH: Oct. 28, 1978
RESIDENCE: San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
EDUCATION: B.A., Stanford University; J.D., Duke University School of Law
FAMILY: Wife, Chrissy; two children


Mike Levin is taking over retiring Republican Rep. Darrell IssaDarrell Edward IssaWhy the GOP march of mad hatters poses a threat to our Democracy Elijah Cummings, native son of Baltimore, gets emotional send-off from Democratic luminaries Lawmakers come together to honor Cummings: 'One of the greats in our country's history' MORE’s seat in Congress.

Levin, an environmental attorney and former head of the Orange County Democratic Party, defeated California State Board of Equalization member Diane Harkey (R) in the general election to put the Southern California district in the Democratic column.

Levin had announced his bid before Issa made public his plans to retire. Issa’s decision to retire from the district he has held since 2001, though, set off a hotly contested primary with 16 candidates.

Levin was raised in Southern California before going to Stanford University. After law school at Duke University, he returned to the Golden State to be an environmental lawyer. Levin has pushed for California to adopt clean energy initiatives and serves on the board of the Center for Sustainable Energy in San Diego.

Levin, whose mother is Mexican-American, received the endorsement of Bold PAC, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’s campaign arm.