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Tuesday November 3, 2020 — California General Election
United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 24

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Salud Carbajal

Member of Congress
212,564 votes (58.7%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Secure federal resources to help the Central Coast address coronavirus, and provide for the struggling individuals, families, businesses, and local governments in our community.
  • Secure investments in our infrastructure and pursue renewable energy development to create jobs and preserve our environment for my grandchildren to inherit at the same time.
  • Protect the gains we’ve made on health care and build on them so every American has access to quality, affordable health care.



Profession:Member of Congress
County Supervisor, Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors — Elected position (2004–2016)


Fielding Graduate University Masters (2003)
UC Santa Barbara Bachelors (1990)


First elected to Congress in 2016, Salud Carbajal has a proven track record of standing up for Central Coast values and building stronger communities. He’s running for Congress to continue fighting for opportunity and security for middle-class families, and to protect the environment, economy and unique needs of our region.

Salud and his family lived in a small copper mining town in Arizona, after immigrating from Moroleón, Guanajuato, Mexico when Salud was five. His father worked in the mines while his mother maintained the home for their eight children. When the mine closed, the family moved to Oxnard where Salud’s father became a farmworker and Salud spent summers working with his father in the fields. Attending junior high and high school in Oxnard, Salud applied himself and focused on his education.

Salud earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara and his master’s degree in organizational management from the Fielding University. He served eight years in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, including active duty service during the 1991 Gulf War, where he was mobilized to Jacksonville, North Carolina.

In 2004, Salud was elected to the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors. In his tenure, he demonstrated a commitment to protecting our environment, promoting sustainability, strengthening our schools, and enhancing the health and safety of our community.

A leader in protecting our scenic views and open spaces, he stood up against developments on the Gaviota Coast that threatened preservation efforts and has opposed new offshore oil development along our coastline. Salud worked to implement a Climate Action Plan for Santa Barbara county and made solar energy an affordable, efficient option for homeowners. He promoted innovative solutions to addressing environmental stewardship and sustainability, and advocated for job creation in this emerging industry.

Drawing upon his own childhood experiences growing up in an economically disadvantaged neighborhood, Salud shares a passion for improving the lives of at-risk youth. He found innovative ways to strengthen our schools by creating a job skills and mentorship program for at-risk youth and providing summer programming for our kids. He has been an advocate for health programs that help our children and seniors receive the care they need, co-sponsoring an initiative that provided health insurance for all of Santa Barbara County’s children.

Throughout his time serving California’s 24th Congressional District in Congress, Salud’s life experiences have helped him advocate for the needs of our community.  In Congress, he has fought for bold environmental protections, strong services for our nation’s veterans, initiatives that serve working families, and robust infrastructure and education policies that help uplift all students, especially the most vulnerable. In 2019 alone, Salud introduced 20 bills that work to protect farmworkers, address the climate crisis, create affordable housing for veterans and more.

Salud is married to his wife, Gina, and has two children, Natasha and Michael.

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California (3)

What financing method(s) would you support to repair or improve roads, rails, ports, airports, the electrical grid, and other infrastructure in the U.S.?
Answer from Salud Carbajal:

As Vice Chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and a leader on the New Democrat Coalition Infrastructure Task Force, ensuring the strength of Central Coast infrastructure is a top priority for me. Across our district, I continue to meet with local, state and federal transportation stakeholders, and I bring their concerns back to my committee so we can make progress. Roads, bridges, airports, broadband and public transportation are not Republican or Democrat—in Congress, I am working with members of both parties to fund infrastructure that benefits all of us.


This Congress, I brought forward a bill to fund infrastructure with no additional federal spending. This bill creates an infrastructure bank that uses private partnerships to invest in much-needed projects. It is one step to ensure communities across the country have the resources to fund roads, bridges and more without skyrocketing debt. I have also continued to push for clean water infrastructure in our community by securing $3 million to enhance clean drinking water infrastructure and water resilience; working across the aisle to garner support for these efforts; and by introducing a bill to better support our water systems and address drought.

What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages to secure affordable health care?
Answer from Salud Carbajal:

Everywhere I go across our district, I hear the same thing: people are burdened and worried about the cost of healthcare. They are struggling to pay for expensive and necessary prescription drugs. The existing problems with healthcare have only been futher illuminated by the coronavirus pandemic. We must do better and, in the House, I continue to work to make sure we do. 


This Congress, we have passed four coronavirus relief packages, including making sure frontline workers have access to protective equipment. We've also passed H.R. 3 - the Lower Drug Costs Now Act to allow Medicare to negotiate directly with drug companies and ensure all patients can access lower prescription costs. We also passed the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act to ban junk plans, defend those with pre-existing conditions, and fund navigator programs to help more people enroll.


On the House Armed Services Committee, I have introduced legislation to expand TRICARE services for our military members to provide no-cost contraceptive services, allow gestational diabetes screening without copayment and waive statutorily imposed pharmacy costs for preventive services. I'm also fighting to strengthen our Medicare and Medicaid programs that ensure millions of older Americans and low-income families are not forced to choose between paying their mortgage or paying for lifesaving care.


There is much we have done and so much more we need to do to move the ball forward on healthcare. We fought to save the gains of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and I’m supportive of a number of comprehensive health plans that not only protect those gains, but expand them so that more people can access and afford healthcare without going broke or sacrificing their safety.


As the Trump administration continues to attack the ACA in court - including in the middle of a pandemic - threaten reproductive justice through gag rules and anti-choice Supreme Court nominations, and postures about expanding healthcare while moving to slash hundreds of billions of dollars from Medicare and Medicaid, one thing is clear: We need health champions in Congress. I will always stand up for the health and safety of our community.

Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the House of Representatives.
Answer from Salud Carbajal:

My family immigrated to this country from Moroleón, Guanajuato, Mexico when I was five years old. I spent many summers working with my father as a farmworker in the fields, I joined the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, served my country and community, and worked hard. Immigrants make our country stronger, and the path I took to get to Congress is my own American Dream story.


I believe we must make smart, comprehensive reforms to our immigration system in order to maintain strong national security, while making sure the American Dream is achievable for those who work toward it.


I was proud to pass H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act to uphold the promise our nation made to Dreamers who know only this nation as their home. Additionally, as a member of Congress, I have visited our border and the detention centers on it. I have seen the conditions and I know our nation must be better than this. That’s why I supported and voted to pass legislation to improve medical care and humanitarian standards for those in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody; bring more oversight and accountability to the Department of Homeland Security; ensure those at the border are being treated more humanely; and I fought to stop family separation. I am also a supporter of the NO BAN Act to to repeal President Trump’s Muslim ban and ensure future laws are based on fact, not fear.


I helped lead the passage of the Farm Workforce Modernization Act in the House—a bill that protects American jobs, while standing up for farmworkers and our agriculture industry by providing an earned legal status for current farmworkers, and making needed reforms to the H-2A visa program. I also introduced my Protect Patriot Parents Act to help the parents of U.S. service members navigate applying for lawful permanent residency.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $2,140,789

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

Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen
Raytheon Technologies
Employees of Advanced Scientific Concepts
Employees of Grassini Family Vineyards
Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA)
American Crystal Sugar
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
Edison International
General Motors
Home Depot
International Association of Fire Fighters
International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
Lockheed Martin
National Air Traffic Controllers Association
National Pork Producers Council
Northrop Grumman
Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX)

More information about contributions

By State:

California 67.12%
District of Columbia 15.41%
Virginia 4.32%
Texas 2.24%
Other 10.91%

By Size:

Large contributions (94.33%)
Small contributions (5.67%)

By Type:

From organizations (31.88%)
From individuals (68.12%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My philosophy comes down to the idea that we are elected to serve the public, work in the best interests of our constituents, and be sure our community’s values are heard and reflected in the policies we put forward. I’ve built my record on standing up for our Central Coast values and working across the aisle whenever possible.


This past year alone, my team and I helped constituents get back more than $752,600 through casework assistance with federal agencies. With coronavirus relief, I helped secure more than one billion dollars in PPP loans that helped save over 2,000 local businesses and over 158,000 jobs. I worked across the aisle with members of both parties to secure wins for the Central Coast.


More than half of the bills I’ve cosponsored are bipartisan, I am part of a number of bipartisan working groups and I have helped bring to fruition bills that have even been signed into law. I believe there is power in uniting when we can to make an impact, and I am committed to ensuring we don’t allow that to be overshadowed by political posturing and punditry. Together, we’ve worked to stop the impacts of climate change, curb the gun violence epidemic, invest in strong infrastructure, boost our economy and agriculture industry, stand up for veterans and improve our Central Coast.


Of course, we cannot always see eye-to-eye with those across the aisle, and I know that my job is equal parts collaboration and advancing the values that our community cares about. That’s why I have always staunchly stood up to support reproductive justice and robust health funding, why I opposed the GOP tax breaks for only the wealthiest among us and why I will continue to put myself on the line to defend our healthcare. I serve our community and our values, first and foremost.


But in collaborating among Republicans and Democrats, we have scored wins that many wouldn’t think possible. We worked across the aisle to pass two bipartisan gun background check bills, and I introduced my own bipartisan ‘red flag’ gun safety bill that is ready for a vote on the House floor. We took a bipartisan vote to pass three of my environmental bills to ban offshore drilling, preserve public lands and protect coastal communities from climate disasters. I helped pass the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act to which was signed into law by the president, as well as the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement that has historic worker protections and mechanisms to lower prescription drug costs.


My political philosophy is reflected in my proven track record of working across the aisle to get things done for our community. Each day, with this goal in mind, I continue advocating for the issues that impact our district most. I am proud of the successes we’ve had so far, and I know there is more to come. I’ll never stop fighting for the folks living on the Central Coast.

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