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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 27

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Jack Orswell

Businessman/Environmental Consultant
81,655 votes (32.6%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Eliminate the threat of domestic terror attacks and keep Americans safe.
  • Create jobs by supporting small businesses and fixing our broken tax code.
  • Bring federal dollars back to Southern California to fix our roads and build a more reliable water supply system.



Profession:Snall Business Owner - Former FBI Agent
President, Orswell & Kasman, Inc. (1990–current)
Reserve Police Officer, Arcadia Police Department (1993–2014)
Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) (1973–1988)


Woodbury University Master of Arts, Organizational Leadership (2009)
University of Southern California Bachelor of Science , Business Administration (1971)

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 Jack Orswell:


Water is essential to life and most of the water consumed by Southern Californians is imported from the Colorado River or Northern California.  Although current federal policies are progressing towards better water management, we still need better rules defining water quality, allocation and conservation.  Water rights come with responsibility and it is the role of the federal government to insure that Americans have a clean, consistent water supply that will meet the needs of a growing population. 

If elected, I will support legislation that creates new systems or improves existing systems to increase water storage capacity, capture stormwater runoff, reclaim and recycle waste water and continue the cleanup of the contaminated groundwater basins.

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

We have always been a nation of immigrants, but with the worldwide threat of terrorism, our national security requires that we know who is in our country and why they are here.  Because of the size of our international borders, we must secure our borders effectively and efficiently.  By utilizing cutting-edge technology, we can provide continuous surveillance of our borders. 

If elected, I will form a coalition consisting of the members of Congress from California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.  These four states alone represent more than 20% of the American population and certainly bear a greater share of undocumented immigrants.  The group will identify the circumstances under which an undocumented immigrant will be issued a temporary permit to stay inside the United States, while he or she gets in line and applies for permanent legal status.  The temporary permit may involve paying a fine or providing community service.  Those who do not meet the required circumstances or fail to register after a certain time period will be subject to arrest and deportation.  As Americans, we are humane and compassionate, and yet we are a nation of laws.  We need laws that address the entire aspect of the immigration problem, and those laws will be enacted only with leadership, not politics.

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 Jack Orswell:

I will be an advocate to maintain a strong national defense, to protect our country from all enemies, both foreign and domestic.  This means we must maintain a superior military force, not only providing them with the training and equipment they need, but taking care of their families while they are gone.  And when these brave warriors come home after serving their country, we are obligated to take care of them and their injuries, both physical and mental, for the rest of their lives.  They answered the call to duty, and it is our duty as Americans to take care of our veterans. 

I will also insure that the first responders in our communities, our law enforcement officers, firefighters and medical personnel, are provided with the training and equipment they need to detect, prevent and if necessary, respond to acts of domestic terrorism.  As we know, freedom is not free, and we must never let our guard down.  To maintain a strong national defense, we need to make a long term commitment to our military personnel and their families, and to our first responders.  And this long term commitment will only come with leadership, not politics. 

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 Jack Orswell:

As a small business owner and a former FBI Agent, I believe that our government is no longer effectively serving the needs of the people.  Congress is filled with career politicians who are influenced by corporate and union money, and they seem to be more concerned about getting re-elected than they are about solving problems.  I believe that I can make a difference.  With my leadership skills, my small business and government experience, and a strong desire to serve my community, I will work with all members of Congress to find solutions and solve the issues that have been lingering in Congress for many years.  It is my desire to represent the people of the 27th District and build a better long-term future for our families and America.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $200,893

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

Employees of Pacific Custom Pools
Employees of Symes Automotive Group
Employees of Western Asset
Employees of Posey Company
Employees of Capital Corp
Employees of Hitchcock Automotive

More information about contributions

By State:

California 93.46%
Nevada 4.65%
District of Columbia 1.43%
Colorado 0.29%
Other 0.17%

By Size:

Large contributions (88.19%)
Small contributions (11.81%)

By Type:

From organizations (2.01%)
From individuals (97.99%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

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