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League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
November 8, 2016 — Elección General de California
Estados Unidos

Cámara de Representantes del los Estados UnidosCandidato para Distrito 11

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Mark Desaulnier

Representante de EE. UU.
214,868 votos (72.1%)Winning
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Una de mis prioridades más importantes en el Congreso es promover sistemas de transporte seguros, eficientes y confiables. Nuestro sistema de transporte tiene el potencial de ser la envidia del mundo, pero se necesita una coordinación importante de t
  • Como miembro del Comité de Educación y la Fuerza Laboral, otra de mis prioridades más importantes en el Congreso es mejorar el acceso a una educación de calidad para todos los residentes del Área de la Bahía.
  • Como sobreviviente del cáncer, tengo un aprecio profundo y personal por nuestro sistema de cuidado de la salud y la capacidad de la nación de innovar continuamente para encontrar nuevas curas y tratamientos para mejorar los resultados de salud.



College of the Holy Cross Licenciatura en, Historia (actualment)


Mark DeSaulnier was sworn­ in to the 114th Congress in 2015. He represents California’s 11th Congressional District which includes the western, central and southern areas of Contra Costa County. He currently serves on the Education and Workforce Committee, and the Committee on Oversight & Government Reform’s subcommittee on Transportation and Public Assets.

 DeSaulnier has served at the local level on the Concord City Council, as Mayor of Concord and as a three term Contra Costa County Supervisor. As Supervisor, he served on the California Air Resources Board, the Association of Bay Area Governments, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. He was elected to the State Assembly in 2006 where he served one term and received the distinction of being the first freshman in history to chair the Assembly Transportation Committee. DeSaulnier was elected to two terms in the California State Senate in 2008 and 2012.

In his time in office, he has taken a leadership role on a variety of key issues including government reform, labor, transportation, the environment, health care, local government, and public safety. In the Senate, DeSaulnier’s top legislative priorities included: working to reform state governance; safe and efficient roads and highways; allowing companies to organize as more community­active corporate citizens; protecting public health; reducing Californians’ exposure to tobacco; protecting homeowners from foreclosure; tightening up the parole system and oversight of sex offenders; making it easier for people to donate life­saving bone marrow and organs; and fighting abuse of prescription narcotics.

 Locally, DeSaulnier has championed the Expansion of Highway 4, BART to eastern Contra Costa County, and the development of a fourth bore of the Caldecott Tunnel.

 DeSaulnier was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, and earned his BA in History from the College of the Holy Cross. As a young man in Massachusetts, DeSaulnier worked as a probation officer, a truck driver, and a hotel services employee. He moved to California in the early 1970’s. DeSaulnier was a member of both the Teamsters International Union and the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union.

 For most of his career, DeSaulnier has been a small business owner of several successful Bay Area restaurants. He has served the Bay Area in public office for more than 20 years.DeSaulnier resides in Concord where he raised his two adult sons, Tristan and Tucker.

Preguntas y Respuestas

Preguntas de 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?
Respuesta de Mark Desaulnier:

 I introduced the sustainable Water Supplies Act (H.R. 4862) that would expand an existing pilot program allowing the Bureau of Reclamation to lease excess storage capacity in Los Vaqueros and other non­federal reservoirs in order to provide more operational flexibility for the Central Valley Project. I am also a proud cosponsor of the Drought Recovery and Resilience Act of 2015 (H.R. 2983), the Water Recycling Acceleration Act of 2015 (H.R. 2993), and the California Water Recycling and Drought Relief Act (H.R. 3045). Each of these important bills would facilitate Bay Area efforts to address water shortages caused by drought.

Should immigration laws be changed?  What changes would you support?  Please explain why.
Respuesta de Mark Desaulnier:

 There is broad bipartisan consensus that our nation’s immigration system is broken. I strongly supported President Obama’s executive actions to begin to address our broken system, including deferred action programs that have helped millions of unauthorized immigrants come out of the shadows and work legally in the US. I strongly support comprehensive immigration reform that keeps families together, creates a roadmap to citizenship, and prevents unscrupulous employers from taking advantage of our broken immigration system. Any immigration proposal must protect U.S. workers and reduce immigrant worker exploitation to gain my full support. Regardless of status, all workers have a right to robust workplace protections and employer oversight.

What, if anything, does the U.S. need to do in order to address national security and terrorism? Please explain your answer in detail.
Respuesta de Mark Desaulnier:

As your member of Congress, the safety and security of the United States is my top priority. I support President Obama’s efforts around the world to engage diplomatically, not only with our traditional allies, but with nations that historically have opposed the U.S. We must provide leadership through the identification of workable, long­term solutions to our most pressing national security challenges. This means we can’t rely only on traditional mechanisms to protect our homeland

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?
Respuesta de Mark Desaulnier:

 It is sometimes disheartening to observe actions in Congress that are clearly aimed at gaining partisan advantage rather than addressing the challenges our nation faces. I have a long history of working with partners of all backgrounds and perspectives to improve the lives of Californians in the Bay Area. I bring that roll­ up­ the­ sleeves mentality to Washington D.C. where I have partnered with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to discuss ideas and differences, and work to craft legislative solutions.

¿Quién proporcionó dinero a este candidato?


Dinero total recaudado: $644,713

Principales contribuyentes que dieron dinero para apoyar al candidato, por organización:

Employees of MacKenzie Capital Management
American Crystal Sugar
American Federation of Teachers
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
International Brotherhood of Teamsters
National Education Association
United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America

Más información acerca de contribuciones

Por estado:

California 50.06%
District of Columbia 26.79%
Virginia 6.04%
Maryland 4.17%
Other 12.94%

Por tamaño:

Contribuciones grandes (93.27%)
Contribuciones pequeñas (6.73%)

Por tipo:

De organizaciones (52.83%)
De individuos (47.17%)
Fuente: Análisis de datos de la Comisión Federal Electoral de MapLight.

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