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Tuesday November 8, 2022 — California General Election
United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 17

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Ro Khanna

United States Congressman
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Spreading access to digital opportunity and wealth across the country to keep America competitive in the Global Economy.
  • Increase affordable tuition and apprenticeship opportunities.
  • Combat climate change and hold polluters accountable.

Experience

Experience

Profession:U.S. Congressman
Lecturer of Economics, Stanford University (2012–2016)
Lecturer, Santa Clara University School of Law (2012–2016)
Board of Directors, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte — Appointed position (2006–2013)
Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce — Appointed position (2009–2011)

Education

Yale J.D. (2001)

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California (4)

What legislation, if any, would you support to reduce American greenhouse gas production?  Please explain the reasons for your position.
Answer from Ro Khanna:

I am proud to Chair the House Environment subcommittee in Congress, where I held the very first hearing with Big Oil to hold them accountable for their role on climate misinformation and pollution. I worked to secure enough votes to pass historic legislation to combat climate change, and have called for greater investments in clean energy to transition from fossil fuels. 

Should immigration laws be changed?  What changes would you support?  Please explain why.
Answer from Ro Khanna:

Our current immigration system must be solved. I have called for reforming our policies to allow for guest worker visas for individuals who contribute to our economy, and citizenship status for DREAMers. We must protect family reunification visas, and provide political asylum for emigrants fleeing war and conflict. I support investing in solutions to handle the flow of migrants at our Southern border, and we must work with our neighboring countries to ensure that migrants are treated safe and humanely. 

As Congress Member what, if any, policies or legislation would you support to preserve democracy for all US residents?
Answer from Ro Khanna:

We must fight everyday to defend our democracy and right to vote. I have called for banning dark money from politics, and I created the No PAC Caucus as one of the few members of Congress who don't accept special interest contributions. I support making election day a federal holiday, and sponsored the For the People Act to increase voter access and election integrity. 

The Federal Government plays a part in California water allocation and use through a variety of projects and laws.  What, if any, new programs or projects or reforms to existing programs and projects would you support in an effort to handle water shortages caused by the current and any future drought?
Answer from Ro Khanna:

Access to clean water is a fundamental right. I introduced the Future of Water Act to prevent corporations from profiting off of water and water rights. I support investing in technologies to recycle and desalinate water, and legislation that protects water as a public resource. 

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $4,333,826

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

1
Employees of Google
$106,260
2
Employees of Kleiner Perkins
$23,200
3
Employees of Accel Partners
$23,000
4
Employees of Y Combinator
$20,200
5
Employees of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
$19,700

More information about contributions

By State:

California 73.56%
New York 8.17%
Illinois 2.85%
Massachusetts 1.89%
Other 13.52%
73.56%8.17%13.52%

By Size:

Large contributions (95.28%)
Small contributions (4.72%)
95.28%

By Type:

From organizations (-0.06%)
From individuals (100.06%)
100.06%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

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