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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 49

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Mike Levin

U.S. Representative, 49th District
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Accelerating Sustainable Energy and Environmental Protection - I want to continue to work to put our district at the forefront of the accelerated job growth created by the clean technology industry.
  • Providing Affordable Healthcare Coverage for All - I will continue to work to achieve affordable healthcare options for all Americans; lower prescription drug costs; protect those with pre-existing conditions; protect and strengthen Medicare.
  • Honoring Our Veterans - I have authored and passed 9 bipartisan bills in the House to support our veterans and their families. I will continue to work to make veteran homelessness an issue of the past.

Experience

Experience

Profession:U.S. Representative, 49th District
Congressmember, House of Representatives — Elected position (2019–2020)
Director of Government Affairs, FuelCell Energy (2014–2017)
Director and Co-Founder, Sustain OC (2010–2017)
Vice President, Legal and Regulatory Affairs, FlexEnergy (2010–2014)
Environmental Attorney, Bryan Cave, LLP (2008–2010)
Executive Director, Democratic Party of Orange County (2006–2007)

Education

Duke University School of Law Juris Doctor (J.D.), Environmental Law (2005)
Stanford University Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Political Science (2001)

Biography

Before being elected to Congress in November 2018, Mike Levin has been involved in a variety of local, state and federal political campaigns and community organizations for the last two decades.

Mike was raised in South Orange County, where he attended public elementary and junior high schools. Mike spent his high school years in Los Angeles at Loyola High and then went to Stanford University, where he was honored to serve as student body president. After college, Mike served in the Coro Fellows Program and then attended Duke University School of Law. After law school, he served as Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Orange County and has worked as an attorney focused on environmental and energy regulatory compliance and government affairs.

Mike is a passionate believer in clean energy and has over a decade of experience in the industry, helping to accelerate the transition towards more sustainable power generation and transportation options. Mike has served for several years on the board of the Center for Sustainable Energy, based in San Diego, and co-founded Sustain OC in Orange County. For his work in clean energy, Mike was named to the OC METRO 40 under 40.

 

Mike lives in San Juan Capistrano with his wife, Chrissy, a graduate of the University of Arizona and Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and their two children, ages 7 and 5.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (92)

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 Mike Levin:

 

I believe that every American should have access to affordable, quality healthcare, and that nobody should have to choose to pay for rent or groceries, instead of seeing a doctor or paying for a prescription.

I would like for our nation to work towards achieving a Medicare for All type healthcare system, but in the meantime, I believe that we must work to repair and strengthen the Affordable Care Act (ACA). I also believe that many ideas to improve the ACA must be explored, including the implementation of a “public option,” early buy-in to Medicare coverage within health insurance marketplaces, and the hiring of new full-time federal enrollment assisters to help Americans enroll.

Over the past twelve months, I have:

 

  • Supported and voted for H.R. 3, the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act, which establishes a fair prescription price negotiation program, protects the Medicare program from excessive price increases, and establishes an out-of-pocket maximum for Medicare part D enrollees.

  • Co-sponsored legislation to ensure that individuals with pre-existing conditions receive the healthcare they need, increase coverage accessibility, and improve affordability, including H.R. 1884, the Protecting Pre-Existing Conditions and Making Health Care More Affordable Act of 2019.

  • Co-sponsored the bipartisan Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019, to repeal the excise tax on high cost employer-sponsored health coverage. This bill became law at the end of 2019.

  • Co-sponsored the bipartisan Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act, to improve the quality, health outcomes, and value of maternity care under the Medicaid and CHIP programs by developing maternity care quality measures and supporting maternity care quality collaboratives.

  • Supported and co-sponsored a variety of legislation to protect reproductive healthcare for women, including the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH) Woman Act of 2019, to ensure affordable abortion coverage and care for every woman, and the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2019, to protect a woman’s ability to determine whether and when to bear a child or end a pregnancy, and to protect a health care provider’s ability to provide reproductive health care services, including abortion services.

  • Successfully advocated for $41.7 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the 2020 appropriations package.

  • Co-sponsored the Mobile Health Record Act of 2019, to promote the ability of individuals with Medicare and Medicaid to access their personal medical claim data, including their providers, prescriptions, tests, and diagnoses, through a mobile health record application of the individual’s choosing.

  • Supported the bipartisan House resolution Supporting the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis (TB), malaria, and its Sixth Replenishment.

  • Co-sponsored the bipartisan Protecting Access to Wheelchairs Act, to protect Medicare recipients’ access to complex rehabilitative manual wheelchairs.

  • Worked to address the devastating impact addiction has had on our country, and currently serve on the House of Representatives’ Freshmen Working Group on Addiction to address the opioid crisis. 

  • Co-sponsored legislation including H.R. 2482, the Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment Act of 2019, to ensure that individuals receive the addiction treatment they need.

Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the House of Representatives.
Answer from Mike Levin:

I am the grandson of Mexican immigrants on my mother’s side. Having not graduated high school themselves, my grandparents sent all five of their daughters to college. At age 50, my grandfather, Rosendo Bringas, became an American citizen, and it was among the proudest days of his life.

I want to preserve the values and aspirations of so many immigrants like my grandparents, who dream of the uniquely American opportunity for self-improvement. I believe that immigrants should be treated with dignity and respect.

Over the past twelve months, I have:

 

  • Proudly co-sponsored H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019, to protect our DACA recipients. 

  • Supported and co-sponsored several pieces of legislation to prevent family separation at the border, and help families who had been separated reunite, including the Keep Families Together Act, the Reuniting Families Act, and the REUNITE Act. 

  • Supported and co-sponsored the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act of 2019, the Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in Customs and Border Protection Custody Act, and the Homeland Security Improvement Act.

  • Opposed efforts to ban entry into the United States on the basis of race or religion and co-sponsored the NO BAN Act. 

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 Mike Levin:

 

I strongly believe we need to improve our national infrastructure, and I would pay for these investments by reversing the Trump cuts for the ultra-wealthy and big corporations. I would also consider imposing a windfall profits tax on the major oil companies. I believe that we must end subsidies to oil and fossil fuel companies, including any direct funding or tax giveaways that rig the game in favor of fossil fuels compared to more sustainable energy sources. I also believe that the Department of Defense and other agencies should prioritize the hiring of veterans, particularly as we consider large-scale improvements to our nation’s infrastructure.

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $2,937,339

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

1
Employees of Google
$17,900
2
Employees of Zeps Industries
$11,200
3
Employees of Walt Disney
$10,150
4
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
$10,000
4
American Federation of Teachers
$10,000
4
Ameripac: The Fund for a Greater America
$10,000
4
BRADY PAC
$10,000
4
DEMOCRATIC WOMEN OF THE SOUTH ORANGE COUNTY
$10,000
4
End Citizens United
$10,000
4
International Union of Operating Engineers
$10,000
4
PAC To The Future
$10,000
4
Progressive Action Political Action Committee
$10,000
4
United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America
$10,000
4
United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW)
$10,000

More information about contributions

By State:

California 71.50%
District of Columbia 12.94%
New York 4.53%
Maryland 2.11%
Other 8.92%
71.50%12.94%8.92%

By Size:

Large contributions (88.40%)
Small contributions (11.60%)
88.40%11.60%

By Type:

From organizations (23.36%)
From individuals (76.64%)
23.36%76.64%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I believe that spending as much time as possible in communities and neighborhoods across the district gives me the opportunity to hear directly from my constituents, so I can better represent them in Washington. 

Over the past twelve months, I have:

  • Co-sponsored over 233 bills, resolutions, or amendments, over 131 of which are bipartisan.

  • Introduced 32 bills, resolutions, or amendments, 17 of which have passed in the House.

  • Held a Town Hall every month, and I have pledged to continue to hold a monthly Town Hall for as long as I serve in office.

  • Held 25 constituent coffees in the community and for constituents visiting Washington, DC.

  • Held 12 House Parties, bringing the total number to over 210 in neighborhoods across the district since announcing my candidacy in 2017.

During the 2020 appropriations process, I played a leadership role to secure funding for many of our priorities in the 49th District, including:

  • $41.7 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

  • $8.28 billion for the National Science Foundation (NSF)

  • $495 million for the Land and Water Conservation Fund

  • $425 million for election security

  • $300 million targeted to clean up the horrific water pollution in the Tijuana River Valley

  • $222 million for veterans suicide prevention

  • $146 million in funding for Camp Pendleton, including $71.7 million for a new mess hall and warehouse, $17.7 million for an ambulatory care center and dental clinic replacement, and $38.87 million for the I Marine Expeditionary Force consolidated information center

  • $57 million to support research programs to better inform management of water in California, including research programs at UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography

  • $25 million for federal research at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) into our nation’s gun violence epidemic

  • $8.3 million for the Doheny Ocean Desalination Project, $2.6 million for the Oceanside Mission Basin Groundwater Purification Facility Well Expansion and Brine Minimization, and $2.65 million for Oceanside Harbor dredging


 

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