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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 32

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Grace F. Napolitano

U.S. Representative
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Improve infrastructure, relieve congestion and fund more public transportation.
  • Promote access to mental health resources, advocate for more mental health coverage and increase awareness.
  • Lower financial barriers to college and improve neighborhood schools.

Experience

Experience

Profession:United States Representative
U.S. Representative, U.S. House of Representatives, 32nd Congressional District of California — Elected position (1999–current)
State Assemblywoman, California State Assembly — Elected position (1992–1998)
Councilwoman, Norwalk City Council — Elected position (1986–1992)
Mayor, City of Norwalk — Elected position (1989–1990)

Community Activities

Founder and Co-Chair, Congressional Mental Health Caucus (2003–current)
Chairwoman and Ranking Member, US House Transportation Subcommittee on Water and Environment (2015–current)
Executive Committee Member, National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (2018–current)
Founder and Co-Chair, Congressional National Guard Youth Challenge Caucus (2010–current)
Chairwoman 2005-2007 and Board Member 1999-2004 then 2007-Current, Congressional Hispanic Caucus and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (1999–current)

Biography

Congresswoman Grace Flores Napolitano is a proven fighter for the people of California’s 32nd Congressional District. She is fiercely protective of the communities she represents, prioritizing transportation and water infrastructure, labor rights, immigration, and veteran’s services and mental health awareness.

In the 115th Congress, Congresswoman Napolitano was unanimously elected to serve as Chairwoman on the Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment. She continues to advance projects and policies that relieve congestion, improve transit, and reduce the negative impacts her district takes on as a primary shipping corridor from the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. Napolitano also serves on the House Committee on Natural Resources and is a long-time promoter of conservation, water recycling, desalination, and groundwater management as solutions to Southern California’s water needs. 

As the daughter of Mexican immigrants, Congresswoman Napolitano is a dedicated advocate for the Hispanic community. She chaired the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and wrote several pieces of comprehensive immigration reform legislation then worked with party leaders to gain support for the proposals on both sides of the aisle. 

Congresswoman Napolitano has a passion for mental health issues that stems from her work on the Norwalk City Council in the 1980s, when hospitals in her area began closing and sending mentally ill patients onto the streets.

She co-chairs the Congressional Mental Health Caucus and has worked to help Iraq War veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. 

Her 2001 program providing mental health and suicide prevention services on-site in four schools has expanded to 35 schools with assistance from Los Angeles County Mental Health, which now serves as a model program for H.R. 1109, the Mental Health Services for Students Act.

She is also the founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Youth Challenge Caucus, which supports Youth Challenge: a program run by the National Guard cadre using military discipline and education to help at-risk youth complete high school to emerge better armed with knowledge and training for success.

After the January 2011 shooting in Tucson of Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Napolitano co-hosted a briefing for congressional staff on the resources available to them if they believed a constituent to be mentally ill. “I want to make sure some of our employees — those that are interested — are able to at least benefit from some kind of information that almost everybody else in law enforcement knows about,” she told The Hill.

Congresswoman Napolitano also serves as a Vice-Chair of the House Democratic Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, where she acts as a watchdog for mental health issues in gun reform legislation.

America’s veterans are returning home to an unstable job market and disastrous lines at the V.A. Congresswoman Napolitano is dedicated to doing better by the soldiers and families who have sacrificed so much for this country. She is in continual talks with the Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN), who are the senior management that oversee southern CA and Nevada hospitals and clinics.

The Congresswoman inquires on issues related to efficiency and transparency as it relates to services rendered to our veterans. She also maintains a Veteran Committee, where 30 plus veteran groups meet to discuss all veterans’ issues, such as post-traumatic stress syndrome and traumatic brain injuries (PTSD/TBI), vet placement, homelessness, women veterans and families.

Congresswoman Napolitano is a known consensus builder. She was instrumental in the passage of the FAST Act, which authorized about $305 billion for much-needed highway, transit, and safety-related programs. She secured $26 million for California to repair crumbling infrastructure and build new solutions for traffic congestion.

Grace Flores Napolitano married at 18 and had five children by 23. She caught the political bug as a volunteer in Norwalk’s efforts to cultivate a sister-city relationship with Hermosillo, Mexico. She says she joined the effort to show her children and “other youngsters on this side how lucky they were.

She launched her first political campaign, for city council where she served six years, two of them as mayor, before moving up to the California Legislature for six years.

In Congress, Napolitano has diligently served Southern California for ten terms. She understands the importance of being connected to her district, coming home every weekend to spend time with her family and serve up her famous tacos and guacamole to anyone lucky enough to pass through her kitchen.

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California (3)

What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages to secure affordable health care?
Answer from Grace F. Napolitano:

Because of the Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare, over 48 million Americans are now covered by mental health and parity laws, and insurance companies can no longer deny coverage for patients needing these lifesaving services. We do need tougher enforcement on this, but I am proud of the hard work our mental health consortium did to ensure these protections for San Gabriel Valley residents and all Americans. Parity is working. It has reduced stigma and led to higher numbers seeking treatment for mental health needs.”

After listening to input from mental health professionals and advocates at local Mental Health Consortium meetings, I inserted provisions in the 2010 health law to end discriminatory practices by insurance companies and make mental health an essential part of basic coverage. Now mental health and substance use disorders are covered equal to other medical illnesses such as diabetes, asthma, and high blood pressure.  

In Congress I will work to strengthen and fix Obamacare and oppose efforts to rollback and repeal these critical health care services we have worked hard to put in place.  

With my House colleagues in 2019, I worked to pass HR 3, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act.  The bill allows Health and Human Services Department to negotiate drug prices for the 250 most costly drugs to consumers.  The lower renegotiated price will be made available to consumers covered by both Medicare and private health plans.  

 

Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the House of Representatives.
Answer from Grace F. Napolitano:

America is nation of immigrants, which has made us the envy of the world. Immigrants work hard, pay taxes, and contribute to our San Gabriel Valley communities and economy. In order to preserve our history, national identity, and culture, we must create a modern, 21st century legal immigration system that reflects our legacy and values. 

As a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, we have worked on a bill we will soon introduce - a comprehensive immigration reform legislation that includes an earned path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants living in the U.S., implements an employment verification system that avoids fraud and authenticates the legal status of employees, and creates a logical future approach to legal immigration which facilitates economic needs, secures the border to help prevent future crossings, and keeps families and loved ones together. This proposal is supported by evangelicals, businesses, and law enforcement, as well as the majority of Americans. 

I have toured the US/Mexico border detention facilities and encampments and saw first hand how shameful and dangerous the current administration's detention program is.  We must hold them accountable for the travesty and fight for migrant families to be treated with dignity and respect.  

What financing method(s) would you support to repair or improve roads, rails, ports, airports, the electrical grid, and other infrastructure in the U.S.?
Answer from Grace F. Napolitano:

As the most senior California Member on the House Transportation Committee and its current Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Water and Environment, I will continue to work in a bipartisan manner to secure federal funding for local area infrastructure.  

 

I had in the last 2016 transportation bill garnered $6 to $10 billion for Los Angeles River, dredging and maintenance for all California ports.  As the only Californian appointed to write the final version of that bill, I was able to secure $2.25 billion for the Los Angeles County area and $26 billion for California to fix its roads, bridges and transit systems, including projects like the 57/60 confluence project, the I-10 carpool lane, El Monte bus station, Gold Line Foothills Extension, Foothills Transit Park and Ride Station in Industry and Ecoliner buses.  

In 2019, I worked to secure the following local infrastructure investments from the federal government.  

Dam Safety at Whittier Narrows and Santa Fe Dams - increased Army Corps of Engineers dam safety funding to $38 million from the President’s budget request of $17 Million.  The Corps plans to spend an undetermined amount of this money on dams in the San Gabriel Valley. 

Los Angeles County Drainage Area Disposition of Flood control channels in the Los Angeles County from the Corps to the County - $1 million for disposition studies so the funds can be used to start the process of transferring federal flood control channels to Los Angeles County who can better use them for flood control, water supply, and habitat restoration.  

San Gabriel Valley Water Quality Authority Groundwater Cleanup - $10 million for “aquifer storage and recovery” with the intention that some funds will be used for the San Gabriel Valley groundwater cleanup project.  

   

Cal Poly Pomona Aerospace Engineering Laboratory Facilities - worked with my colleagues Reps. Torres and Carbajal to include $2.5 million for Cal Poly Pomona and $2.5 million for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for the aerospace engineering departments as a part of the education partnership program with the Air Force. The money will be used to improve their liquid rocket laboratories and small satellite laboratories.  

Section 221 Sewer Overflow and Stormwater Reuse Grant program – $28 million for this program which can be used by cities and water agencies for stormwater treatment projectsThis is a major issue in the San Gabriel Valley of addressing the EPA Stormwater permit. 

Water Infrastructure Workforce Development Program – $1 million for the water workforce development program to improve water workforce training on new technologies and to educate the next generation of workers in the water industry.  

And for 2020, I am working to introduce the next national transportation and water infrastructure bills. 

 

 

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $351,891

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

1
International Brotherhood of Teamsters
$15,000
2
Amalgamated Transit Union
$7,500
2
Edison International
$7,500
3
International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers
$6,000
4
Employees of Carnival Cruise Lines
$5,600

More information about contributions

By State:

District of Columbia 39.82%
California 14.18%
Virginia 12.19%
Maryland 6.99%
Other 26.82%
39.82%14.18%12.19%26.82%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.49%)
Small contributions (0.51%)
99.49%

By Type:

From organizations (81.29%)
From individuals (18.71%)
81.29%18.71%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

"I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish in Congress, but plenty of important work lays ahead.

I want to continue to leverage my seniority to deliver needed funding for schools, roads, and housing in the San Gabriel Valley. And I plan to use my experience navigating federal bureaucracy to keep getting things done for the residents and employers of California’s 32nd Congressional District.

Mental health is at the center of a national conversation and it is long past time we made real progress on this issue. I also want to make sure that programs, such as the National Guard Youth Challenge, continue to have a champion in Congress. I am excited to launch my campaign for re-election, and I look forward to continuing to serve the San Gabriel Valley in Congress."

- Grace Flores Napolitano, US Representative, 32nd Congressional District 

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