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California’s delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives is hiring a new team of fierce debaters, policymakers and adept fundraisers for the 88th time running. 

Qualifications:

  • Strong interest in crafting legislation is a plus — though strictly speaking it is not a requirement
  • Sufficiently persuasive to make the specific concerns of your 760,066 constituents a priority for most of your 434 other colleagues
  • As a two-year position with the opportunity for renewal, applicant must be willing to be in constant campaign mode
  • Unlike your counterparts in state government, applicants are not required to reside within their district — but it does look a little weird if you don’t

Compensation

$174,000 per year for regular members, $193,400 for majority and minority leaders and $223,500 for House speaker (who is likely to be one of two Californians)

Actual duties and responsibilities will vary depending on each applicant’s political party and whether Democrats or Republicans control the House in January. Now, Democrats have a majority of a mere 9 seats, and California’s delegation includes 42 Democrats and 11 Republicans.

About the hiring process:

Though the California delegation hired 53 members two years ago, new H.R. policy from the 2020 Census will limit this year’s team to 52. These positions are available in slightly modified (or in some cases, dramatically different) locations, as a result of the state’s recent redistricting process. Applicants are encouraged to consult our new maps.

Despite the slight reduction in the hiring pool, there are an unusual number of promising openings. Six incumbents have either opted not to seek their current position or — in the case of former Rep. Devin Nunes who is now CEO of former President Trump’s nascent social media company — left early.

To comply with another H.R. policy (the Voting Rights Act) — and to reflect California’s ethnic diversity — 28 of the positions are available in districts where a majority of eligible voters are not white. In 16 of those, a majority are Latino, compared to 13 in the prior congressional map.

Looking toward November, California is looming as an increasingly important battleground for which party will control the U.S. House next year. While Republicans hope to flip several seats now held by Democrats, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on July 18 added five California districts to those where it will invest resources to put in its column.  

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District 1

Safe Republican
Doug LaMalfaIncumbent
Farmer / U.S. Representative
Max Steiner
Us Army Reservist

District 2

Safe Democratic
Douglas Brower
Pastor / Father / Ceo
Jared HuffmanIncumbent
U.S. Representative

District 3

Hot Race Leans Republican
Kermit Jones
Veteran'S Doctor / Businessman
Kevin Kiley
California Assembly Representative
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District 4

Safe Democratic
Matt Brock
Water Utility Supervisor
Mike ThompsonIncumbent
Member Of Congress

District 5

Safe Republican
Michael J. “Mike” Barkley
Lawyer / Accountant / Programmer
Tom McClintockIncumbent
U.S. Representative

District 6

Safe Democratic
Ami BeraIncumbent
Doctor / Teacher / Congressman
Tamika Hamilton
Air Force Sergeant

District 7

Safe Democratic
Doris MatsuiIncumbent
U.S. Representative
Max Semenenko
Small Business Owner

District 8

Safe Democratic
John GaramendiIncumbent
Congressman
Rudy Recile
Small Business Owner

District 9

Hot Race Leans Democratic
Josh HarderIncumbent
Father / Agriculture Committeeman
Tom Patti
County Supervisor / Business Owner
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District 10

Safe Democratic
Mark DeSaulnierIncumbent
Member Of Congress
Michael Ernest Kerr
Social Justice Advocate

District 11

Safe Democratic
John Dennis
Independent Businessman
Nancy PelosiIncumbent
Member Of Congress

District 12

Safe Democratic
Barbara LeeIncumbent
U.S. Representative
Stephen Slauson
Electrical Engineer

District 13

Hot Race Toss Up
John Duarte
Farmer / Businessman
Adam Gray
Legislator / Educator
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District 14

Safe Democratic
Alison Hayden
Special Education Teacher
Eric SwalwellIncumbent
U.S. Congressman

District 15

Safe Democratic
David J. Canepa
San Mateo County Supervisor
Kevin Mullin
California State Assemblymember

District 16

Safe Democratic
Anna G. EshooIncumbent
Member Of Congress
Rishi Kumar
Councilmember / High-Tech Executive

District 17

Safe Democratic
Ro KhannaIncumbent
U.S. Congressman
Ritesh Tandon
Researcher / Entrepreneur / Ceo

District 18

Safe Democratic
Peter Hernandez
County Supervisor / Businessman
Zoe LofgrenIncumbent
Congresswoman

District 19

Safe Democratic
Jeff Gorman
Small Business Owner
Jimmy PanettaIncumbent
U.S. Representative

District 20

Safe Republican
Kevin McCarthyIncumbent
U.S. Representative
Marisa Wood
Teacher

District 21

Safe Democratic
Jim CostaIncumbent
Farmer / Representative
Michael Maher
Aviation Business Owner

District 22

Hot Race Toss Up
Rudy Salas
California Legislator
David G. ValadaoIncumbent
Farmer / Congressman
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District 23

Safe Republican
Derek Marshall
Community Organizer
Jay ObernolteIncumbent
Congressman / Business Owner

District 24

Safe Democratic
Brad Allen
No Ballot Designation
Salud CarbajalIncumbent
Member Of Congress

District 25

Safe Democratic
Brian E. Hawkins
Councilmember / Pastor
Raul RuizIncumbent
Emergency Physician / Congressman

District 26

Safe Democratic
Julia BrownleyIncumbent
Congresswoman
Matt Jacobs
Federal Prosecutor / Father

District 27

Hot Race Leans Democratic
Mike GarciaIncumbent
Congressman / Father
Christy Smith
California Environmental Councilmember
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District 28

Safe Democratic
Judy ChuIncumbent
U.S. Representative
Wes Hallman
Nonprofit V.P. / Father

District 29

Safe Democratic
Tony CardenasIncumbent
U.S. Representative
Angelica Maria Duenas
Mother / Community Organizer

District 30

Safe Democratic
G. “Maebe A. Girl” Pudlo
Silver Lake Neighborhood Councilwoman
Adam B. SchiffIncumbent
U.S. Representative

District 31

Safe Democratic
Daniel Bocic Martinez
Attorney / Entrepreneur / Educator
Grace F. NapolitanoIncumbent
U.S. Representative

District 32

Safe Democratic
Lucie Lapointe Volotzky
Business Owner / Grandmother
Brad ShermanIncumbent
member, U.S. Congress

District 33

Safe Democratic
Pete AguilarIncumbent
U.S. Representative
John Mark Porter
Disaster Response Coordinator

District 34

Safe Democratic
Jimmy GomezIncumbent
Congressmember
David Kim
Immigration Attorney

District 35

Safe Democratic
Mike Cargile
Independent Businessman
Norma J. TorresIncumbent
Member Of Congress

District 36

Safe Democratic
Joe E. Collins III
Retired Navy Sailor
Ted W. LieuIncumbent
Congressman

District 37

Safe Democratic
Sydney Kamlager
CA State Senator
Jan C. Perry
Community Investment Executive

District 38

Safe Democratic
Eric J. Ching
Mayor
Linda T. SanchezIncumbent
Mom / Congresswoman

District 39

Safe Democratic
Aja Smith
Small Business Owner
Mark TakanoIncumbent
U.S. Representative / Teacher

District 40

Leans Republican
Young KimIncumbent
U.S. Representative
Asif Mahmood
Physician Internal Medicine

District 41

Hot Race Leans Republican
Ken CalvertIncumbent
U.S. Representative
Will Rollins
National Security Prosecutor
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District 42

Safe Democratic
John Briscoe
Governing Board Member
Robert Garcia
Mayor Of Long Beach

District 43

Safe Democratic
Omar Navarro
Small Business Owner
Maxine WatersIncumbent
U.S. Congresswoman

District 44

Safe Democratic
Nanette Diaz BarraganIncumbent
U.S. Congressmember
Paul Jones
Minister

District 45

Hot Race Leans Republican
Jay F. Chen
Lieutenant Commander / Business Owner
Michelle SteelIncumbent
U.S. Representative
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District 46

Safe Democratic
Lou CorreaIncumbent
U.S. Congressman
Christopher J. Gonzales
Businessman / Attorney

District 47

Hot Race Leans Democratic
Scott Baugh
Orange County Business Owner
Katie PorterIncumbent
U.S. Representative
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District 48

Safe Republican
Stephen Houlahan
Registered Nurse
Darrell E. IssaIncumbent
Member Of Congress

District 49

Hot Race Leans Democratic
Mike LevinIncumbent
Us Representative 49Th District
Brian Maryott
Businessman / Nonprofit Executive
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District 50

Safe Democratic
Corey Gustafson
Business Owner / Educator
Scott PetersIncumbent
U.S. Representative

District 51

Safe Democratic
Stan Caplan
Small Business Owner
Sara JacobsIncumbent
U.S. Representative

District 52

Safe Democratic
Tyler Geffeney
Minister / Business Owner
Juan VargasIncumbent
U.S. Congressman
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