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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 25

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Bryan Caforio

Consumer Rights Attorney
122,406 votes (46.9%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Raise the National Minimum Wage - Because nobody should live in poverty, while working full time, or need to work two jobs just to get by.
  • Guarantee Equal Pay for Women - I will strengthen laws that require that businesses pay women the same wage or salary as a man for the same work
  • Protect Planned Parenthood - I'm proud to be endorsed by Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and I will stand up to partisan attacks to defund the critical healthcare services they provide women and families.



UCLA and Yale Law School B.A. and J.D. (2008)


Bryan is a Southern California native committed to fighting for middle class families, children, and seniors. Growing up in a house with two public school teachers and union members, Bryan learned the value of hard work and the benefits that come from a great public education.

Bryan attended and graduated from UCLA, and then Yale Law School, where he helped represent tenants in need. After graduating from Yale, Bryan started his career by going into public service and working for a United States federal judge. For the last seven years, Bryan has practiced as an attorney in Southern California, where he has taken on some of the biggest banks in the world, and won.

Throughout his career, Bryan has seen a system in which far too many banks and corporations take advantage of the customers they’re supposed to serve – either because they know they won’t get caught, or, even worse, because career politicians have written the rules to let the corporate special interests get richer at the expense of the middle class. Bryan is running for Congress to fight against those extreme special interests and stand up for hardworking people in the community.

Bryan lives in Valencia, California, with his wife Lisa, who serves as a Deputy City Attorney in the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.

Who supports this candidate?

Questions & Answers

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

Should immigration laws be changed?  What changes would you support?  Please explain why.
Answer from Bryan Caforio:

It’s time to pass immigration reform that secures our border, keeps families together and strengthens our economy.

In 2013 the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill supported by a broad group of business, labor, and faith organizations. But the House of Representatives is filled with so many out-of-touch and extreme politicians that it hasn’t addressed the issue. I support the principles of that bipartisan bill, which secured our borders and provided a pathway to citizenship for those who pay their taxes, learn English, and have no criminal background. Passing commonsense, comprehensive legislation would boost our economy and reduce our deficit by upwards of $900 billion over the coming years. I also strongly support the California Dream Act, which increases access to college for undocumented immigrants who came here as children and have graduated high school in the US. We should be supporting hard-working children who were brought here as infants and toddlers and have contributed to American society.

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 Bryan Caforio:

People disapprove of Congress because far too many politicians are more focused on representing corporate special interests and causing dysfunction than they are interested in representing the hardworking families in their communities. Career politicians are focused on all the wrong issues with all the wrong priorities. I’ve made a career out of taking on the toughest cases, and I look forward to standing up for the people in this community against the dysfunctional career politicians in Washington. In Congress, I will focus on fighting for the best interests of this District and this community, not focus on extreme partisanship. 

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 Bryan Caforio:

I will fight for tough and smart national security policies that will keep Americans safe. I will vote to take action to defeat ISIS and stop the global spread of terrorism.  

I will work to: 

            • Vote to authorize the President to take action against ISIS, helping America build an international coalition to destroy ISIS;

            • Make sure that Iran lives up to their end of the bargain and does not secretly build nuclear weapons. I’ll fight to make sure we’re fully inspecting Iran, and I will keep all options on the table if Iran cheats on the nuclear deal;

            • Strengthen our relationship with Israel to make sure we’re working closely and cooperatively with our most important ally in the Middle East;

            • Work to disrupt and destroy terrorist financing networks. I’ll push new laws to make sure Wall Street and foreign banks are rooting out the flow of dollars to ISIS and other terror groups;

            • Repeal harmful funding cuts to our military that weaken our ability to respond to terrorist attacks;

            • Strengthen our domestic intelligence-including stronger ties between the FBI, police, and local communities-so that we’re catching homegrown terrorists like the San Bernardino shooters before they kill.    

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 Bryan Caforio:

I would support legislation that would address the severe water shortage that we are facing in California. Water infrastructure plays a huge role in managing the water supply and we need to invest in new infrastructure to improve our efficiency.  I support bills that would increase the level of funding that the federal government provides to address water infrastructure deficiencies in local communities; this would address risks of drought and water infrastructure resiliency/sustainability.    

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $1,684,360

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

Employees of Susman Godfrey
Bryan Caforio
American Association for Justice
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
Ameripac: The Fund for a Greater America
End Citizens United
International Association of Fire Fighters
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
International Brotherhood of Teamsters
International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America
PAC To The Future
United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America
United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW)

More information about contributions

By State:

California 49.73%
District of Columbia 20.50%
New York 6.11%
Texas 4.22%
Other 19.44%

By Size:

Large contributions (86.41%)
Small contributions (13.59%)

By Type:

From organizations (32.73%)
From individuals (67.27%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

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