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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 40

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Lucille Roybal-Allard

U.S. Representative
106,554 votes (71.4%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Stimulate economic recovery for the middle class. Too many of our neighbors have been left behind by the ongoing economic recovery. I support programs and efforts to extend the recovery to all working families.
  • In this era of cyber and terrorist attacks, we must protect the homeland and all residents in America. It is my priority to ensure the relevant federal agencies have the necessary resources and personel to fairly & justly complete their mission
  • Fix our broken immigration system with comprehensive immigration reform (CIR). I am a strong supporter of CIR to address the issue of undocumented immigrants & America's need for labor. CIR must also include the DREAM Act, legislation i authored.



Profession:United States Representative, 40th District
U.S. Representative, U.S. House of Representatives (1993–current)
U.S. Representative, United States House of Representatives — Elected position (1993–current)


Cal State Los Angeles Bachelor of Arts`, Speech Therapy (1966)



Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard is a political pioneer and champion for women and children in the U.S. House of Representatives. The first Mexican-American woman elected to Congress, the congresswoman works tirelessly to elevate the voices of the underserved across the nation and to ensure the needs and concerns of her constituents in the 40th Congressional District are represented in Congress.



Congresswoman Roybal-Allard’s accomplishments include:



Fighting for Healthy Moms & Babies


  • Authored and passed original legislation in 2008— The Newborn Screenings Saves Lives Act—to test newborns for treatable genetic disorders has helped to save thousands of babies’ lives. Congress recently reauthorized this legislation.


  • An advocate for mothers, Congresswoman Roybal-Allard wrote the Maximizing Optimal Maternity Services for the 21st Century Act to help all women have positive and healthy birth experiences.


  • As Health Task Force Chair for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the congresswoman played a key leadership role and championed efforts to pass health care reform, with a focus on improving the quality and affordability of health services.

Creating a Fair Immigration System


  • Original co-author of the DREAM Act to give undocumented students a path to citizenship.

  • Founder of the Immigration Women’s Working Group, the congresswoman has brought together a bipartisan group of members who work with nonprofit advocacy groups to ensure that the specific needs of immigrant women are addressed in immigration reform.


  • Author of an Immigration Fairness Agenda—a package of bills that will safeguard the rights and dignity of individuals and families impacted by our broken immigration system. Elements of these bills have successfully were passed by the Senate as part of a bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform bill.


  • Inspired a Presidential directive to keep families together. This directive allows parents to maintain a relationship with their children while they are detained by Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE).


Empowering & Protecting Kids & Teens


  • Authored and passed original legislation in 2007, the Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking (STOP) Act, which has been instrumental in reducing underage drinking and its consequences. She is now fighting for its reauthorization in the 114th Congress.

  • Author of the Children’s Act for Responsible Employment (CARE). This bill addresses abusive and exploitive child labor practices in agriculture.


Educating Our Children


  • Aware that education technology is increasing important to our children's education, Congresswoman authored the Achievement Through Technology and Innovation (ATTAIN) Act to ensure schools can purchase the necessary equipment and training.  



  • Fought to include strong education technology provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act.  


  • Continues fighting to make college affordable for all families by working to increase access to Pell Grants.  Her Congressional web site also hosts a Student Resource Guide offering information on a multitude of grant and internship opportunities.



  • Worked to help secure increased funding for IDEA and the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Block Grant.    



 Advocating for the 40th Congressional District & Our Region


  • Leading the federal effort to revitalize the Los Angeles River by re-connecting it to our communities and turning what is currently an eyesore into beautiful green space for Angelenos to enjoy.  This important project will restore the fragile ecosystems along the river and maintain the river’s critical function of flood control and prevention, as well as create economic opportunities.   



  • Fights for federal funding for community health clinics and hospitals in the 40th Congressional District and hosts annual roundtable meetings with the two groups to maintain communication on issues affecting their service delivery.


  • Led the successful, more than a dozen-year-long fight and overcame congressional opposition to fund and build the new federal courthouse for the Central District of California, Los Angeles Division which was completed earlier this year.


  • Successfully led the federal effort to secure funding for critical infrastructure projects including:

    • the Metro Gold Line Lightrail Eastside Extension to provide safe reliable transit;

    • numerous transportation and major street improvement projects throughout her congressional district;

    • deepening the Port of LA to increase jobs and international trade; and

    • sewer and water maintenance and repair projects.


  • Secured millions of dollars to help area non-profit organizations provide important amenities and programs to community residents in job training, legal services, youth diversion, health services, education, historic preservation, clean water and clean air, and literacy among others.


The first Latina appointed to the powerful House Appropriations Committee, the congresswoman serves on three subcommittees: she is the Ranking Member on Homeland Security, which oversees federal funding for immigration processing, border and port security, and emergency preparedness;  the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Subcommittee, which oversees federal funding for public schools, workforce training, and health care initiatives; and the Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development.  She also serves as a Senior Whip for the Democratic Caucus and is the only Democrat from Southern California on the Appropriations Committee.



Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and California Counts, a public media collaboration. (4)

The Federal Government plays a part in California water allocation and use through a variety of laws.  What, if any, legislation would you support in an effort to handle water shortages caused by the current and any future drought?
Answer from Lucille Roybal-Allard:


 As a Member of the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee, I fought for and personally secured additional funding for the Title XVI water recycling program during consideration of the Energy and Water Appropriations bill. This additional funding will bring the total appropriation for this critical program to $25 million – $4 million above the president’s budget request.


In September 2016, I was proud to help pass H.R. 5303, the bipartisan Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016, which reauthorizes water infrastructure projects nationwide. Developing our water infrastructure is critical to growing our water supply and encouraging water efficiency.


At a time when every drop counts, Southern Californians are heavily dependent on water recycling programs to maximize our existing resources.  I will continue to fight for the federal resources our communities need to increase our water supply and water quality, and to combat our severe drought.


Should immigration laws be changed?  What changes would you support?  Please explain why.
Answer from Lucille Roybal-Allard:


Our immigration system is broken and needs to be reformed.  As a nation of laws, we need to protect our borders and closely monitor who we let into the country.  However, that does not address the issue of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in our nation who contribute to our communities and our economy and many who have US citizen children. Most have been in our country for years, pay taxes and are members of their communities. They should be brought out of the shadows and our laws should prioritize the removal of undocumented immigrants who have criminal records and are threats to society. 


What, if anything, does the U.S. need to do in order to address national security and terrorism? Please explain your answer in detail.
Answer from Lucille Roybal-Allard:


Robust funding must be provided to our US intelligence agencies working abroad to provide our nation with the information necessary to keep our nation safe.  Similarly, our local law enforcement agencies must work with community members to ensure early detection of radicalization of American youth.


The political climate in Washington, D.C. has been extremely partisan in recent years. In that kind of atmosphere, what would you do to get things done while in office?
Answer from Lucille Roybal-Allard:


The atmosphere in Washington has been noticeably challenging in recent years.  Despite this partisan climate I have worked in a bipartisan fashion to pass legislation I authored including legislation to protect new born infants and to help stop underage drinking.  Additionally, as the senior Democrat on the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, I have worked with my Republican colleagues to avoid partisan fights and fund programs that protect our nation.


Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $656,533

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

Capital Group Companies and employees
Parsons and employees
Employees of White Memorial Medical Center
American Federation of Teachers
Border Health PAC
Communications Workers of America
International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
International Brotherhood of Teamsters
IUOE State Unit 12
National Education Association
United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW)

More information about contributions

By State:

California 43.05%
District of Columbia 32.61%
Texas 6.27%
Virginia 5.24%
Other 12.83%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.29%)
Small contributions (0.71%)

By Type:

From organizations (56.04%)
From individuals (43.96%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

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