District 25 —U.S. House of RepresentativesNovember 8, 2016 —California General Election
U.S. House of RepresentativesDistrict 25
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- Public Safety/National Security: Securing public safety at home and protecting the interests of the United States abroad is vital to a free and equal society. We must support those who put their lives on the line to protect us at home and abroad.
- Jobs/Economy: To strengthen our staggering Middle Class, we must promote job creation and economic growth. Cutting back expensive red tape and improving our business climate will encourage much needed job creation for hardworking Americans.
- Education: Our nation’s education system is in need of real reform. This must include restoring local control and allowing localities to meet the specific needs of their students. We must also promote curriculum that increases academic achievement.
A respected and distinguished member of his community and the nation he serves, Steve Knight has dedicated over three decades to public service.
As a U.S. Army veteran, 18 year veteran with the LAPD, and proven leader on the local, statewide and national level, Steve has helped to keep families and neighborhoods safe, increase job opportunities for all residents and protect the rights and principles cherished by those for which he provides a voice.
A native of Southern California, Knight enlisted in the Army shortly after graduating High School – training at Fort Knox and being stationed in Friedberg, Germany. After completing his service in the Army, Knight was compelled to continue a career in uniform, joining the Los Angeles Police Department and working as an officer for nearly two decades.
In 2005, Steve Knight was presented with a different kind of opportunity to serve the region when he became a member of the Palmdale City Council. As the son of an Air Force Colonel and State Senator, Knight used his personal experience and passion for the community to make an immediate impact on the council and was heralded for his willingness to stand up for taxpayers as well as his ability to craft policies that both created and retained quality jobs.
As a member of the State Assembly and Senate, Steve focused his efforts on reducing the tax burden on California families and businesses, and restoring the state’s economic vitality during the Great Recession. Knight authored a number of bills that sought to improve the lives of Californians, by rewarding small businesses with incentives for hiring local workers, streamlining property tax exemptions for disabled veterans and providing tax credits for new California-based aerospace projects.
As a Congressman, Knight has quickly become known as a fierce advocate for fiscal responsibility, job creation and public safety in our nation’s Capitol. In his first year in Congress, Knight authored H.R. 1390—the Small Business Joint Venturing Act—which was signed into law by the President in late 2015. H.R. 1390 will give small businesses, which employ around half of our nation’s workers, a better chance to compete for federal contracts. In addition to his work supporting the small business community, Knight has been a strong advocate of federal drought relief for California and at the forefront of working to increase the number and presence of aerospace companies within the Antelope Valley.
Knight represents the 25th Congressional District in the State of California, which includes the Antelope, Santa Clarita and Simi Valleys. He is Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee on Energy and is a member on the House Armed Services, Small Business, and Science Space and Technology committees.
Steve Knight lives in Palmdale with his wife, Lily, and their two sons, Christopher and Michael.
- Kevin McCarthy, Congressman & House Majority Leader — California’s 23rd Congressional District
- Keith Mashburn — Mayor Pro Tem, City of Simi Valley
- Bob Huber — Mayor, City of Simi Valley
- Laurene Weste — Councilmember, City of Santa Clarita
- Marsha McLean — Councilmember, City of Santa Clarita
- Dante Acosta — Mayor Pro Tem, City of Santa Clarita
- Bob Kellar — Mayor, City of Santa Clarita
- Michael Antonovich, Supervisor — Los Angeles County Supervisor
- Tom Lackey, State Assemblyman — Assembly District 36
- Scott Wilk, State Assemblyman — Assembly District 38
- ABATE of California
- California State Lodge, Fraternal Order of Police
- Simi Valley Police Officers Association
- California Association of Highway Patrolmen
- Peace Officers Research Association of California
Below are the top contributors that gave money to support the candidate(s).
- Raise the National Minimum Wage - Because nobody should live in poverty, while working full time, or need to work two jobs just to get by.
- Guarantee Equal Pay for Women - I will strengthen laws that require that businesses pay women the same wage or salary as a man for the same work
- Protect Planned Parenthood - I'm proud to be endorsed by Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and I will stand up to partisan attacks to defund the critical healthcare services they provide women and families.
Bryan is a Southern California native committed to fighting for middle class families, children, and seniors. Growing up in a house with two public school teachers and union members, Bryan learned the value of hard work and the benefits that come from a great public education.
Bryan attended and graduated from UCLA, and then Yale Law School, where he helped represent tenants in need. After graduating from Yale, Bryan started his career by going into public service and working for a United States federal judge. For the last seven years, Bryan has practiced as an attorney in Southern California, where he has taken on some of the biggest banks in the world, and won.
Throughout his career, Bryan has seen a system in which far too many banks and corporations take advantage of the customers they’re supposed to serve – either because they know they won’t get caught, or, even worse, because career politicians have written the rules to let the corporate special interests get richer at the expense of the middle class. Bryan is running for Congress to fight against those extreme special interests and stand up for hardworking people in the community.
Bryan lives in Valencia, California, with his wife Lisa, who serves as a Deputy City Attorney in the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.
- Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom
- End Citizens United
- Planned Parenthood Action Fund
- U.S. Representative Tony Cardenas
- U.S. Representative Pete Aguilar
- U.S. Representative Xavier Becerra
- U.S. Representative Julia Brownley
- U.S. Representative Judy Chu
- U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren
- U.S. Representative Doris Matsui
- California Teamsters Public Affairs Council
- International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 40
- Communication Workers of America (CWA) Southern California Council
- Painters and Allied Trades District Council 36
- Amalgamated Transit Union 1277
- Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California
- U.S. Representative Anna Eshoo
- U.S. Representative Sam Farr
- Sheet Metal Workers Local 105
- Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters
- United Aerospace Workers (UAW) Local 887
- Southern California Plumbers, Fitters & Welders Local 761
- United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 770
- United Steel Workers (USW) Local 675
- Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA) Local 300
- California Labor Federation
- Los Angeles Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
- American Association of Justice
- Honor PAC
- Ventura County Young Democrats
- Tri County Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO
- American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
- Los Angeles County Young Democrats
- California School Employees Association
- Equality California
- Newhall County Water District Board Member, Maria Gutzeit
- U.S. Representative Mike Thompson
- U.S. Representative Mark Takano
- U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell
- U.S. Representative Linda Sanchez
- U.S. Representative Grace Napolitano
- Chair of the California Democratic Party’s Veterans Caucus & Chair of the Ventura County Democratic Party, Shawn Terris
- U.S. Representative Brad Sherman
Should immigration laws be changed? What changes would you support? Please explain why.
It’s time to pass immigration reform that secures our border, keeps families together and strengthens our economy.
In 2013 the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill supported by a broad group of business, labor, and faith organizations. But the House of Representatives is filled with so many out-of-touch and extreme politicians that it hasn’t addressed the issue. I support the principles of that bipartisan bill, which secured our borders and provided a pathway to citizenship for those who pay their taxes, learn English, and have no criminal background. Passing commonsense, comprehensive legislation would boost our economy and reduce our deficit by upwards of $900 billion over the coming years. I also strongly support the California Dream Act, which increases access to college for undocumented immigrants who came here as children and have graduated high school in the US. We should be supporting hard-working children who were brought here as infants and toddlers and have contributed to American society.
The political climate in Washington, D.C. has been extremely partisan in recent years. In that kind of atmosphere, what would you do to get things done while in office?
People disapprove of Congress because far too many politicians are more focused on representing corporate special interests and causing dysfunction than they are interested in representing the hardworking families in their communities. Career politicians are focused on all the wrong issues with all the wrong priorities. I’ve made a career out of taking on the toughest cases, and I look forward to standing up for the people in this community against the dysfunctional career politicians in Washington. In Congress, I will focus on fighting for the best interests of this District and this community, not focus on extreme partisanship.
What, if anything, does the U.S. need to do in order to address national security and terrorism? Please explain your answer in detail.
I will fight for tough and smart national security policies that will keep Americans safe. I will vote to take action to defeat ISIS and stop the global spread of terrorism.
I will work to:
• Vote to authorize the President to take action against ISIS, helping America build an international coalition to destroy ISIS;
• Make sure that Iran lives up to their end of the bargain and does not secretly build nuclear weapons. I’ll fight to make sure we’re fully inspecting Iran, and I will keep all options on the table if Iran cheats on the nuclear deal;
• Strengthen our relationship with Israel to make sure we’re working closely and cooperatively with our most important ally in the Middle East;
• Work to disrupt and destroy terrorist financing networks. I’ll push new laws to make sure Wall Street and foreign banks are rooting out the flow of dollars to ISIS and other terror groups;
• Repeal harmful funding cuts to our military that weaken our ability to respond to terrorist attacks;
• Strengthen our domestic intelligence-including stronger ties between the FBI, police, and local communities-so that we’re catching homegrown terrorists like the San Bernardino shooters before they kill.
The Federal Government plays a part in California water allocation and use through a variety of laws. What, if any, legislation would you support in an effort to handle water shortages caused by the current and any future drought?
I would support legislation that would address the severe water shortage that we are facing in California. Water infrastructure plays a huge role in managing the water supply and we need to invest in new infrastructure to improve our efficiency. I support bills that would increase the level of funding that the federal government provides to address water infrastructure deficiencies in local communities; this would address risks of drought and water infrastructure resiliency/sustainability.
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