Josh Harder defeated Republican incumbent Jeff Denham in San Joaquin Valley’s 10th district in 2018. Harder was born and raised in Turlock, where he graduated from Modesto High School with a scholarship to attend Stanford University. He currently teaches business at Modesto Junior College and is a fifth-generation resident of the Valley.
T.J. Cox defeated Republican incumbent David Valadao in the Central Valley in 2018. Cox is the son of immigrant parents and President of the Central Valley NMTC Fund, which benefits Central Valley communities suffering from social and economic disadvantages. He is an engineer with an extensive background in water resources --- one of the most important issues facing voters in this predominantly agricultural district.
Democrats successfully defeated the CA-25 Republican incumbent in 2018. This congressional seat has been vacant as of November 3, 2019 and a special election is expected to be held. This district includes the cities of Santa Clarita, Simi Valley, Palmdale, Lancaster, and the northern part of the San Fernando Valley.
Gil Cisneros defeated Republican Young Kim in 2018 to replace Ed Royce in this formerly open seat in Orange County. As the son of a public school cafeteria worker and a Vietnam veteran, he was the first in his family to graduate from college. Gil Cisneros served our country for ten years as a decorated U.S. Naval Officer.
Katie Porter defeated incumbent Mimi Walters in another Orange County district in 2018. Porter has spent almost twenty years battling Wall Street banks and powerful interests as a consumer protection attorney. She was appointed by Kamala Harris to serve as California’s watchdog against Big Banks, helping return $18 billion to victims of the Great Recession.
Harley Rouda defeated incumbent Dana Rohrabacher in another Orange County seat. A lifelong entrepreneur, Rouda found success in growing his family’s real estate business to one of the nation's largest and developing numerous tech startups.
Further south, Mike Levin defeated Republican Diane Harkey in 2018 to fill Darrell Issa’s open seat in San Diego County. Levin was raised in southern California and served on the board of the San Diego-based Center for Sustainable Energy. Mike currently lives in San Juan Capistrano with his family.