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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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District 7U.S. House of RepresentativesNovember 8, 2016California General Election

United States
November 8, 2016California General Election

U.S. House of RepresentativesDistrict 7

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Election Results

  • 100% of precincts reporting (650/650).

About this office

Representatives are elected to two-year terms to represent the people of a specific congressional district in the federal government. They introduce and vote on new laws, hold hearings, and are responsible for approving federal taxes.
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Who’s Running?

For this office, only the two candidates who get the most votes in the primary election appear in the general election. This is because of California's "top two" system. In some cases, the two candidates may be from the same political party.
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Democratic
Doctor/Teacher/Representative
152,133 votes (51.2%)Winning
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  • Investing in American workers, helping to create jobs, and supporting small businesses
  • Fighting for middle class families, college affordability, and access to health care
  • Serving the 7th congressional district with effective constituent services
Profession:Doctor, Teacher, Congressman
Member of Congress, U.S. House of Representatives — Elected position (2013current)
Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, Davis (20042009)
Associate Dean of Admissions and Outreach, University of California, Davis (20042008)
Chief of Primary Health Services Division, County of Sacramento (20032004)
Medical Director, Primary Health Services Division, County of Sacramento (19992003)
University of California, Irvine M.D., Internal Medicine (current)
University of California, Irvine B.S., Biological Sciences (current)

Ami Bera was elected to represent Sacramento County in November 2012.  A first-generation American, Ami was born and raised in California and benefited from California’s public schools, from kindergarten through medical school.  He has always believed in hard work and community service—and refuses to accept a future where our children and grandchildren don’t have the kind of opportunities that he did.

After medical school, Ami put his degree to work for us, practicing medicine in several roles in the Sacramento region and eventually serving Sacramento County as chief medical officer.  He used his skills as a tough negotiator to fight to reduce the cost of health care, create jobs, and deliver care to tens of thousands of Sacramento County residents.

Ami went on to become a Clinical Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Admissions and Outreach at UC Davis, where he taught the next generation of doctors to care for patients. He helped the student-run clinics find innovative ways to engage with the community and deliver care to those who needed it the most. During his time in Congress, Ami has worked to create jobs, grow the economy, and make America a better place for our next generation. Despite partisan gridlock, Ami works with colleagues from both sides of the aisle to find common ground and fight for middle-class families.

He lives in Elk Grove with his wife, Janine, who is also a medical doctor, and their daughter, Sydra.

  • California Democratic Party
  • California Teachers Association
  • Planned Parenthood Action Fund
  • League of Conservation Voters Action Fund
  • Human Rights Campaign PAC
1.
Drought

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?

Answer from Ami Bera:

I’ve voted for improvements to Folsom Dam that increase storage capacity, so we can hold onto more water during drier periods. I’ve opposed the twin tunnels plan that would drain our local water sending it to Southern California and costing taxpayers up to $20 billion.  

Additionally, we must invest in innovative, long term solutions that improve water efficiency, repair aging infrastructure to prevent water loss, and secure water storage. That is why I support the proposed Sites Reservoir that would allow us to better capture the rain that does fall, keeping it available for use in the summer months when we need it most and taking pressure off Folsom Lake.

 

2.
Immigration

Should immigration laws be changed?  What changes would you support?  Please explain why.

Answer from Ami Bera:

We need an immigration policy that keeps our country safe and makes our economy strong.

I support comprehensive immigration reform, which means actually addressing a broken immigration system, securing our borders, pushing our economy to grow, and ensuring accountability for new American immigrants. And we must also encourage the best and brightest who study in the U.S. to stay, work here, and bring their companies and jobs here.

But Washington gridlock has continually gotten in the way of meaningful progress. Now more than ever, we need to come together to pass a comprehensive reform bill that allows our economy to grow and protects our families.

 

3.
National Security

What, if anything, does the U.S. need to do in order to address national security and terrorism? Please explain your answer in detail.

Answer from Ami Bera:

As a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I am focused on keeping our country safe. We must work with our allies to freeze and dismantle ISIL's finances, implement targeted airstrikes, and ensure our partners do their share fighting to take back more territory. We must also work to counter their vicious online propaganda machine that recruits new fighters.

 

Our nation’s energy grid, communications network, and other infrastructure are vulnerable to cyber-attacks and we must constantly look for ways to combat these threats.

Also, a stronger, more sustainable economy is critical for national security. This translates into stronger relationships with allies and trading partners and greater capacity to address emerging conflicts.

 

4.
Partisan Political Climate

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?

Answer from Ami Bera:

I voted against giving Congress a raise and helped pass No Budget, No Pay, which says if Congress doesn’t do its job and pass a responsible budget, they don’t get paid. I was also one of a few who returned my pay when Republicans shut down the government.

I'm also proud to be the co-chair of the Congressional Problem Solvers Caucus, the only group of its kind in Washington where both Republicans and Democrats actually work together to find common ground.

But my most important job is making government work for the people of the 7th congressional district. Since I came to Congress in 2013, my office has helped resolve over 6,000 constituent cases with the federal government, and recover more than $3 million in earned benefits to taxpayers.

I put people ahead of politics and and work to serve everyone in our district.

 

Total money raised: $4,124,011

Below are the top contributors that gave money to support the candidate(s).

1
University of California, Davis
$42,305
2
Kaiser Permanente
$36,822
3
KPMG
$15,400
4
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
$15,000
4
American Hotel & Lodging Association
$15,000
4
Honeywell International
$15,000
4
McKesson
$15,000
4
National Education Association
$15,000
4
New Democrat Coalition
$15,000

By State:

California 53.68%
District of Columbia 20.60%
Virginia 3.67%
New York 3.09%
Other 18.96%
53.68%20.60%18.96%

By Size:

Large contributions (89.82%)
Small contributions (10.18%)
89.82%10.18%

By Type:

From organizations (39.80%)
From individuals (60.20%)
39.80%60.20%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.
— June 2, 2016
Republican
Sacramento County Sheriff
145,168 votes (48.8%)
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  • Personal Safety and Security (Foreign and Domestic)
  • Immigration Reform
  • Improving Business and Economic Climate
Profession:Sacramento County Sheriff
Total money raised: $1,367,340

Below are the top contributors that gave money to support the candidate(s).

1
Fite Development Company
$14,850
2
Tsakopoulos Investments
$13,500
3
AKT Development
$10,800
4
Randle Communications
$10,600
5
Blessings of Liberty PAC
$10,000
5
Conservative, Opportunity, Leadership & Enterprise PAC
$10,000
5
EUREKA POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
$10,000
5
Lincoln Club of Northern California
$10,000
5
Majority Committee PAC (MCPAC)
$10,000
5
National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC)
$10,000
5
New Majority California
$10,000
5
New Pioneers PAC
$10,000
5
Prosperity Action
$10,000
5
Republican Main Street Partnership
$10,000
5
THE EYE OF THE TIGER POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
$10,000

By State:

California 76.96%
District of Columbia 5.61%
Virginia 5.06%
Maryland 2.04%
Other 10.33%
76.96%10.33%

By Size:

Large contributions (92.10%)
Small contributions (7.90%)
92.10%

By Type:

From organizations (27.97%)
From individuals (72.03%)
27.97%72.03%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Videos

The only televised debate between Congressman Ami Bera and Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones in the 7th Congressional District.

Date:  October 18, 2016

Co-Sponsors:  KVIE-TV, Capital Public Radio, Sacramento Bee, Folsom Lake College, Los Rios Community College District

Moderator:  Jason Shoultz, McClatchy News

Panelists:  Bob Moffitt, Capital Public Radio reporter; Dan Smith, Sacramento Bee Capitol Bureau Chief; Zainub Tayeb, The Talon Folsom Lake College journalist

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