Meet The 17 GOP Women Running For United States Congress From California
Election season is upon us! In a few weeks, 2020 will officially be here and campaigns will be ramping up. The ladies of FFL are dedicated to empowering conservative voices and lifting up their campaigns in order to improve visibility.
The deadline to file for office in California recently passed and there is a whole host of women running for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Even though California is frequently thought of as a wildly blue state, there are a handful of prominent Republicans that call the state home and many toss-up races with strong Republicans looking to flip seats. The California primary election is set for March 3rd, 2020.
Without further ado, here are seventeen women running for California federal office in 2020:
Tamika Hamilton (CA-03)
Hamilton, an active Air Force reservist, is running to unseat incumbent Rep. John Garamendi and flip CA-03. She spent 14 years in the Air Force on active duty, serving at five different bases and on two deployments to the Middle East. Her platform includes lowering taxes, combating illegal immigration, and protecting the unborn. Hamilton is pro-life, pro-2nd Amendment, supports President Donald Trump for re-election, and is endorsed by Maggie’s List. You can connect with her on her campaign website or Facebook. Cook PVI rates the district as D+5.
Julianne Benzel (CA-04)
Bentzel is a former high school history teacher and is looking to primary incumbent Rep. Tom McClintock in a district that is R+10. She gained national attention last year when she was placed on administrative leave for questioning her school’s tolerance of all protests when students were preparing to walk out to protest gun violence. Her legislative priorities include healthcare reform, tax reform, and environmental stewardship. Learn more about Benzel on her campaign website or Facebook.
Chris(tine) Bish (CA-06)
Bish is a small business owner who has lived in the district for over 30 years and is looking to flip it by unseating incumbent Rep. Doris Matsui. She is running on a platform of containing the ground water contamination issue, expanding school choice, energy independence, and protecting our seniors and 2nd Amendment rights. You can learn more about Bish on her campaign website or on her Facebook page. Cook PVI rates the district as D+21.
Marla Livengood (CA-10)
Livengood has a long list of experience in public policy and legislative issues – she’s been everything from a Legislative Director for a member of Congress, a Legislative Affairs Coordinator for San Joaquin’s regional transit organization, and a Regulatory Affairs Manager for the California Strawberry Commission. She is also looking to flip the district and unseat freshman Rep. Josh Harder. She is running on a platform of fiscal conservatism, protecting our families from threats, and being a loud advocate for the agricultural industry. You can connect with Livengood on her campaign website and on Twitter. Cook PVI currently rates the district as Even.
Nisha Sharma (CA-11)
Sharma, a realtor in the Bay Area and an immigrant from India, is running to unseat incumbent Rep. Mark DeSaulnier in a district that is rated D+21. Her platform includes addressing the housing/homelessness crisis, controlling our national spending, and strengthening the education system. Sharma has also been endorsed by the California Republican Party. Connect with her on her campaign website and on Facebook.
Deanna Lorraine (CA-12)
Making her first run at public office, Lorraine is a conservative political commentator, podcast host, and author. She is running in the Republican primary for the chance to take on current Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in a district that has a Cook PVI rating of D+37. She mirrors many of President Donald Trump’s positions, such as supporting a border wall, taking on the opioid crisis, and tax reform, among others. Read more about her positions and her campaign on her website.
Ronda Kennedy (CA-26)
As an attorney, educator, and mother of six, Kennedy has witnessed first-hand the effects of high taxes and strict job regulations, the decline of public schools in California, and the need for a strong national defense. The granddaughter of the first African-American elected to the Wisconsin State Legislature, she is running to unseat incumbent Rep. Julia Brownley and flip a D+7 district. She has been endorsed by the California Republican Party and the Legacy Republican Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting black Republicans. You can connect with her on her campaign website or on Twitter.
Beatrice Cardenas (CA-27)
Cardenas is running to unseat Rep. Judy Chu and flip the D+16 seat red for the first time since 2000. Information on her positions is sparse, but according to her Facebook page, she is committed to fighting the drug epidemic, strengthening the border, and ending the homelessness crisis in her district. Sign up for updates from her campaign on their website.
Joanne Wright (CA-34)
Wright is a real estate broker from the Los Angeles area. She is running to unseat Rep. Jimmy Gomez in a district that is rated D+35. Her priorities include combating the homelessness crisis in LA County, cracking down on national security, and banning partial birth abortions. Find more information about the campaign here and on Twitter.
Young Kim (CA-39)
Kim is a rising star on the national level within the GOP. She is a small business owner and financial analyst and in 2014 because the first Korean-American Republican woman in the California State Assembly. She is running on a platform of creating jobs, strengthening our national security, and reforming the immigration system. Her list of endorsements is long – notable inclusions are the California Republican Party, Winning for Women, Elevate PAC, and Maggie’s List. Kim is looking to avenge her 2018 loss to freshman Rep. Gil Cisneros in a district that is rated by Cook PVI as Even. Follow her campaign on their website and on Twitter.
Aja Smith (CA-41)
Smith, an Air Force Reserves veteran, is engaged in a rematch against Rep. Mark Takano in a district that is D+12. Her priorities revolve around maintaining and strengthening our national defense, protecting our veterans, and lowering taxes for small and medium-sized businesses. She is endorsed by the California Republican Party. More information about her and her race can be found on her campaign website and on Twitter.
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Dr. Lisa Sparks (CA-45)
Labelled by Elevate PAC as a “Woman to Watch”, Dr. Sparks was inspired to run for public office after seeing how broken the Orange County public school system was from a first-hand perspective. She was elected to the Orange County Board of Education and now is taking on the challenge of flipping CA-45 back to red. Freshman Rep. Katie Porter flipped the R+3 district last year, becoming the first Democrat to represent the district since its inception. Read more about Dr. Sparks on her campaign website and on Twitter.
Peggy Huang (CA-45)
Huang immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old and became a state prosecutor upon graduation from law school. She is also running in CA-45 for the chance to go head-to-head with Rep. Katie Porter. Huang’s main issues include public safety/national defense, healthcare reform, education reform, environmental protection, and immigration reform. You can stay connected with her campaign through her website or on Twitter.
Rhonda Furin (CA-45)
Furin rounds out the crowded GOP primary to take on Rep. Katie Porter in CA-45. She is a teacher and has lived in California for over 50 years. She has committed to fighting for school choice, stopping the wave of socialism from the left, and cutting taxes and regulations to allow businesses to thrive. You can learn more about her campaign on her website or on Facebook.
Amy Phan West (CA-47)
West escaped communism with her entire family in 1985 at the tail end of the Vietnam War. Their request for asylum was granted in 1987 and the family settled in California. She and her husband co-own a local car rental company. Her top legislative priorities include immigration reform, reorganizing and strengthening our approach to international trade and foreign policy, and healthcare reform. West is looking to unseat Rep. Alan Lowenthal and flip the D+13 district. To learn more about her top priorities, sign up for updates on her campaign website or like her page on Facebook.
Michelle Steel (CA-48)
Like many of the women on this list, Steel immigrated to the United States as a young adult. Her first taste of public office came when she ran and won a position on the California Board of Equalization. She rose through the ranks and eventually became the highest ranking Korean-American officeholder in the country and California’s highest ranking Republican woman. Steel has been endorsed by the California Republican Party, Winning for Women, Maggie’s List, and Elevate PAC. She is running to flip the R+4 seat of freshman Rep. Harley Rouda after he flipped the seat blue in 2018. Connect with her campaign on their website or on Twitter.
Famela Ramos (CA-53)
A hospice nurse and a researcher, Ramos is running for the D+14 seat that Rep. Susan Davis will be leaving at the end of her current term. She supports immigration reform, school choice, and is pro-life. She originally filed to run in CA-52, but switched to CA-53 shortly after since she lives in that district with her four children. For more information on her campaign, look over her campaign website or like her page on Facebook.
If you made it through the list, here are a few more women to note. In the spirit of fairness, these women have been included even though recent campaign news and/or candidate withdraw announcements could not be located. The women are Alison Hayden (CA-15), Dr. Sarah Sun Liew (CA-33), Courtney Lackey (CA-25), Julie Ann Proctor (CA-45), Tami Murillo (CA-48), and Mara Fortin (CA-49).