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Tuesday November 8, 2022 — California General Election
United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 9

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Josh Harder

Father/Agriculture Committeeman
95,598 votes (54.8%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Cost of Living
  • Crime / Homelessness
  • Valley Water Access

Experience

Experience

Profession:U.S. Representative
U.S. Representative, U.S. House of Representatives — Elected position (2019–current)

Biography

Josh’s family came to the Central Valley more than 150 years ago. His great great grandpa settled in Manteca to start a peach farm and raise his family. Along the way, he taught his kids a deep sense of public service and a pride for working the land. Both of Josh’s grandfathers served in World War II and his parents met on a mission trip. His Dad is a proud small business owner and his mom is a volunteer leader at their Church.

Starting as a paperboy for the local newspaper, Josh worked his way through school, spent his early career growing small businesses, and then taught at a local junior college. Josh met his wife Pam in college and they were married a few years later surrounded by family and friends.

In 2018, Josh’s member of Congress threatened to take healthcare away from thousands of families in the Valley, including his own. Josh decided to step up and run for office, but he vowed to do it differently. He refused to take a dime of corporate PAC money and instead relied on thousands of volunteers to knock on doors to win his race and flip the seat blue. 

Today, Josh lives in Tracy with his wife Pam and their newborn daughter Lily. He is dedicated to making the Valley safe and affordable so everyone can live and raise their family here, just like his family has done generation after generation. 

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $4,879,071

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

1
Employees of Google
$37,979
2
Employees of Stanford University
$34,726
3
Employees of Bessemer Venture Partners
$34,400
4
Employees of Cooley LLP
$25,300
5
Employees of Keker, Van Nest & Peters
$21,550

More information about contributions

By State:

California 71.97%
District of Columbia 9.22%
New York 5.66%
Massachusetts 2.64%
Other 10.51%
71.97%9.22%10.51%

By Size:

Large contributions (83.98%)
Small contributions (16.02%)
83.98%16.02%

By Type:

From organizations (15.92%)
From individuals (84.08%)
15.92%84.08%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Josh believes in order to actually make change, we need a new generation of leaders who put party politics aside and get things done. Costs are sky-high, crime is up, and people are commuting hours a day to get to work. Josh is focused on putting the Valley first - lowering costs, delivering affordable health care, bringing home good-paying jobs, addressing homelessness and keeping our neighborhoods safe.

 

BRINGING DOWN PRICES FOR VALLEY FAMILIES

 

Josh knows the price of everything from gas to rent to groceries is way too high right now and our families can’t afford it. Josh is leading the fight to cut the cost of prescription drugs like insulin, repeal the gas taxes in both Washington and Sacramento, and get housing costs under control. 

 

FIGHTING FOR AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE IN THE VALLEY

 

Health care is personal for Josh. His brother was born prematurely and the hospital left his family with a hundred page medical bill. Josh knows the health care system is broken. It’s too hard to find care and too expensive to get the care you need. At the same time, insurance executives are getting rich while our families have to choose between prescriptions and putting gas in the tank. Josh supports measures to get costs down including a $35 per month cap on insulin.

 

BRINGING GOOD PAYING JOBS TO THE VALLEY

 

Josh has a jobs-first vision of turning our Valley into a thriving economic center. That’s why he’s working to bring high paying jobs in fields like ag-tech, IT, and clean energy home to our community, and why he’s fighting for trade deals that put our products and workers at the center, as opposed to being ripped off by foreign competitors.

 

DECLARING HOMELESSNESS AN EMERGENCY 

 

Politicians have let the homelessness crisis spiral out of control. Josh knows it is an emergency and he supports urgent programs to get people off the streets and into support services. Josh’s landmark homelessness plan includes tackling the root causes of homelessness by investing in mental health and substance abuse services and providing job training to get people back on their feet.

 

KEEPING OUR COMMUNITIES SAFE

 

Josh is incredibly concerned with rising crime rates in our community. Like every parent, he wants to walk around with his daughter at night knowing they’re safe in their neighborhood. Josh is proud to stand with our law enforcement officers and give them the tools they need to keep us safe. This year he brought home millions in federal dollars to fund a special task force to fight methamphetamine and fentanyl trafficking in the Valley and hire new police officers, buy new police cars, and stand up state of the art public safety equipment.

 

FIGHTING CORRUPTION

 

Our community has had the same politicians yelling at each other about the same problems forever and nothing ever gets fixed. Corruption and inaction have become the norm. Josh is part of a new generation who believes we need to do things differently. Josh is the author of the Ban Corporate PACs Act because his vote can’t be bought and he believes no one should be able to auction their vote to the highest bidder. He is fighting to stop pay raises and special privileges for politicians.

 

SERVING OUR VETERANS 

 

Both of Josh’s grandfathers and one of his great uncles served in uniform. They defused bombs on the beaches of Normandy and fought in the South Pacific to defend our freedom. Josh understands the sacrifices our military men and women make and he knows our veterans don’t always get the benefits they’ve earned when they return home. One of Josh’s proudest moments was when his bill providing health care to30,000 Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange was signed into law. Josh won’t stop fighting until every single one of our veterans have the benefits they’ve earned.

 

REFORMING OUR BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM 

 

Josh knows our country draws its strength from our diversity. Here in the Valley over 10,000 Dreamers are stuck in the shadows. Josh is a proud co-sponsor of the DREAM Act and believes they must have a pathway to citizenship. He also believes we can’t just stop there - Josh is a vocal advocate for real, comprehensive immigration reform to give immigrants and their families the protections they need to participate fully in our community. Josh also knows strong border security and enhanced technology are vital for protecting our country from drug smugglers and human traffickers. He believes both border security and immigration reform are important pieces to our country’s success. 

 

BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE WATER FUTURE FOR OUR VALLEY

 

Water has been a critical issue for our community since Josh’s great great grandfather began farming in Manteca more than 150 years ago. Josh knows that for too long, politicians in Sacramento have haggled over our water crisis instead of working to solve it. So unlike them, Josh has worked with Republicans and Democrats to secure the Valley's first new water storage project in a generation, brought home millions to update storage infrastructure and technology, worked to protect the Delta, and fought to make sure every family in our community has access to clean and safe drinking water.

 

PROVIDING THE BEST EDUCATION FOR VALLEY KIDS

 

Josh is a proud product of Valley public schools and is incredibly grateful for the great education he received. Like so many parents in our community, Josh is deeply concerned about what the pandemic has done to our kids. That’s why he spoke out early and often to get kids back in classrooms once it was safe and he’s working hard to direct more funding for our kids' mental health. Josh is also a strong proponent of trade and skills education so every kid can graduate with a career ahead of them whether they plan on going to college or not.

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