This article covers candidates for U.S. House of Representatives, California districts 30-39, for the general election. If you’re looking for a different district, visit our main California page.

District 30

Our primary pick: Brad Sherman – (Campaign Site) – Rank: Strong 

  • Democrat
  • Incumbent since 1997
  • Summary: 100% scorecard from the League of Conservation Voters

Brad has done a lot for the environment. First, he’s very anti-drilling, especially in California’s precious shores. He supported the West Coast Ocean Protection Act, which puts a stop to offshore drilling in the Pacific Coasts, which would be a huge win for California. He’s also supported ways to hold oil spill polluters responsible, like the SPILL Act.

When it comes to renewable energy and less greenhouse gas pollution, Brad has done a lot of work. The most notable of which is the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act. This bill (that passed in the House) gets rid of a huge portion of oil and gas subsidies, and instead gives them to the renewable energy sector to encourage development and usage. He also has a lot of support for “green” vehicles. How so? He’s helped extend a tax break for hybrid car purchases in the few years to come and introduced a bill to increase fuel economy standards in new automobiles

Brad also values international communities when it comes to climate change. He is displeased with the Paris Agreement withdrawal and knows that working together will help create the solutions we need. Brad is proud of California’s international commitment to combating climate change with its Under Two Coalition, which now accounts for 170 jurisdictions across the globe, united under one goal: no emissions by 2050.

Mark Reed (R) – Rank: Weak 

Mark supports “reasonable” investments in renewable energy and “common sense” greenhouse gas regulations. However, he supports domestic drilling for fossil fuels (source).

District 31

Our primary pick: Pete Aguilar – (Campaign Site) – Rank: Strong 

  • Democrat
  • Incumbent since 2014
  • Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development

Pete has a great 94% scorecard from the League of Conservation Voters! Let’s take a look at some of the reasons he’s got such a great environmental voting score. First, he’s supported the Clean Power Plan (a greenhouse gas reduction bill) by voting against bills to rollback its regulations. Pete has also cosponsored the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals (FRAC) Act (a bill that makes sure fracking is regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act) and other acts that implement regulations to protect air and water.

Sean Flynn (R) – Rank: Unknown 

We could not find information about Sean’s sustainability platform.

District 32

Grace Napolitano – (Campaign Site) – Rank: Good 

  • Democrat
  • Incumbent since 1998
  • Committee on Natural Resources
  • Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans

Grace is very concerned with clean water rights. What is she doing in Congress? Quite a few things. She’s currently a cosponsor of the Water Infrastructure Flexibility Act, which amends the Clean Water Act to provide help to cities, and the Water Quality and Job Creation Act to help fund improvements to water infrastructure to cities planning for future droughts. In addition to these bills, Grace has supported water recycling and conservation.

Joshua Scott (R) – Rank: Unknown 

We could not find information about Sean’s sustainability platform.

District 33

Our primary pick: Ted Lieu – (Campaign Site) – Rank: Strong 

  • Democrat
  • Incumbent since 2014

Ted has done a pretty good job in Congress so far by supporting emission reduction goals and wanting to invest in renewable energy. He also supported AB 32 Global Warming Solutions Act, which will significantly decrease California’s carbon emissions by 2020. Furthermore, Ted introduced a similar bill in the House, called the Climate Solutions Act of 2015. We hope to see him continue this support for sustainability and emission reduction.

Kenneth Wright (R)Rank: Weak 

Kenneth supports investing in renewable energy and regulating emissions to some extent. He supports the Clean Air Act but warns against enacting too many regulations (source).

District 34

Our primary pick: Kenneth MejiaRank: Strong 

  • Green Party
  • Accountant
  • Sanders Campaign Activist

Kenneth wants to implement the “Green New Deal” which is a green-party initiative to combat climate change. The Green New Deal covers a lot of ground, so we’re going to hit the main points. This might look pretty familiar if you’ve read all the other districts.

First off, the deal takes the country to 100% renewable energy by 2030. Let’s look at the benefits. No more dirty energy, meaning a significant decrease in harmful emissions. An energy independent America also means we don’t need to engage in wars over foreign oil, allowing us to safely decrease the military budget since it will no longer be needed to safeguard the oil. This transition is also projected to create 20 million jobs across the country using training programs, especially for workers in the fossil fuel industry to make the transition into these new jobs.

To get to this 100% renewable energy, the deal proposes renewable energy incentives and holding polluters responsible for emission damages. Our current green technology will be expanded, and investments in further development will help us reach that 100% goal. To reduce emissions and fossil fuel energy production, the deal puts forth a carbon fee & dividend program.

Making positive changes for the environment needs to go more local than this, though. Which is why the deal goes as far as implementing standards for new buildings and redeveloped buildings, like recycled water treatments, waste reduction, etc. The New Green Deal also addresses waste reduction in general by implementing community composting programs and distributing compostable waste to community gardens, urban farms, and small farming. This helps support local farmers instead of environmentally harmful factory farms.

Additionally, the New Green Deal plans to look out for underprivileged communities already suffering from the effects of climate change and related basic rights, like those of Flint, Michigan and indigenous nations defending their land. To top it off, candidates from the Green Party pledge to take a grand total of $0 from fossil fuel companies.

Jimmy Gomez (D) – (Campaign Site) – Incumbent – Rank: Strong 

Your current representative is doing a great job! He’s helped secure funding for river revitalization projects and greenhouse gas emission reduction. Jimmy has also pushed for smart development initiatives and keeping climate change policies intact, like the Clean Power Plan. He wants to make sure climate change is a priority in Congress and continue to push for renewable energy.

District 35

Our primary pick: Norma Torres – (Campaign Site) – Rank: Strong 

  • Democrat
  • Incumbent since 2004
  • Committee on Natural Resources
  • Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans

Norma has used her power in Congress to support legislation the promotes renewable energy, works towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions and keep air, water, and land clean. She’s also supported investments in water infrastructure. Norma introduced the Regional Infrastructure Accelerator Act, which provides grants for infrastructure systems, including water treatment.

Christian Valiente (R) – Rank: Unknown 

We could not find information about Christian’s sustainability platform.

District 36

Our primary pick: Raul Ruiz – (Campaign Site) – Rank: Strong 

  • Democrat
  • Incumbent since 2012
  • Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus

Raul believes in a renewable energy future for the country, like California is already building. He wants to help create an energy policy that grasps the full potential of clean energy jobs, and use this to create an energy independent nation. Raul also has a lot of worries for the Salton Sea, a greatly polluted body of water that is causing your district health concerns, especially for kids. He wants to take bold steps to restore the sea and curb those health risks.

Kimberlin Brown Pelzer (R) Rank: Unknown 

We could not find information about Kimberline’s sustainability platform.

District 37

Our primary pick: Karen Bass – (Campaign Site) – Rank: Strong 

  • Democrat
  • Incumbent since 2011
  • California State Assembly Speaker 2008-2010
  • Congressional International Conservation Caucus

Karen’s already done some work for the sustainable cause in Congress. To start, she helped ban the use of federal funding for fracking at Inglewood Oil Field. While we wish fracking was banned altogether, we applaud her for stopping the federal funding of it. She’s also consistently voted for conservation programs, and voted against the Keystone XL pipeline and plans to cut renewable energy development and water regulations.

With her 90% lifetime score from the League of Conservation Voters, Karen’s shown her sustainable support. She wants to continue supporting legislation that protects clean air and water, and invest in renewable and efficient energy. She’s co-sponsored a number of notable bills, including the BREATHE Act, which makes sure oil and gas exploration/production abides by the Clean Air Act.

Locally, Karen is focused on expanding parks and other recreational areas, as well as introducing more environmental laws in California, like the Global Warming Solutions Act, which significantly reduces emissions. She’s also looking to keep up brownfields and expanding public transportation to help cut down on emissions.

Ron Bassilian (R)Rank: Weak 

The good: He acknowledges the need for significant carbon emissions, wants to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies, and make Southwest the new “Sun Belt” of national energy. The bad: He supports the Paris Climate Agreement withdrawal, sees no point in developing electric cars, and deems recycling paper and plastic pointless.

District 38

Our primary pick: Linda Sanchez – (Campaign Site) – Rank: Strong 

  • Democrat
  • Incumbent since 2003
  • Former attorney

Linda sees California’s success with solar energy and wants to continue the state’s and the country’s clean energy production. She supports the Clean Power Plan and its efforts to reduce harmful emissions, especially for minority communities that are disproportionately affected by environmental health concerns.

Ryan Downing (R)Rank: Unknown 

We could not find information about Ryan’s sustainability platform.

District 39

Gil Cisneros (D)Rank: Strong 

Gil supports clean energy, the Paris Climate Agreement, the Clean Air & Water Acts, and preserving national parks. Gil pledged not to accept any dirty oil money, along with opposing offshore drilling and the Keystone pipeline. He also supports a strong EPA, more transportation options, including public transports, walking, and biking, and protecting Tres Hermanos. You can read his full plan here.

Young Kim (R)Rank: Unknown 

We could not find information about Young’s sustainability platform.

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