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Candidates for Southern California congressional seats

Produced by Chris Keller & Kitty Felde | Updated March 13, 2014

Nominations for California's June 3 primary closed Tuesday. The field of candidates vying for congressional seats in Southern California districts is now clear.

Below is a list of those who filed the paperwork to run for Congressional districts in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties in addition to their party affiliation and a brief bio – where applicable.

Six Southern California incumbents chose not to run in 2014, including veterans George Miller and Henry Waxman. Combine that with the election of 14 brand new representatives in the 2012 election and suddenly about 38 percent of the state's delegation will have less than three years of experience on the Hill by the time they take office.

One newcomer wil lbe one of the more than 22 candidates that have filed to run for Waxman's 33rd District Seat.

California allows anyone from any party to vote for any candidate in the June 3rd primary, with the top two finishers facing off in November.

Source(s): KPCC staff reports; election offices in Los Angeles Orange Riverside and San Bernardino counties.. Built using Table Stacker, a Django application that publishes spreadsheets, handlebars.js & Bootstrap.

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District Name Party Status About
10 Jeff Denham Republican Incumbent Elected To Congress In 2010. Former State Senator And Almond Rancher. Serves On Transportation And Veterans Affairs Committees.
21 David Valadao Republican Incumbent Elected To Congress In 2012. Serves On House Appropriations Committee. Dairy Farmer.
22 Devin Nunes Republican Incumbent Elected To Congress In 2012. Serves On House Intelligence And Ways And Means Committees.
23 Kevin Mccarthy Republican Incumbent First Elected To Congress In 2006; Serving As Majority Whip Since 2011. Former Top Gop State Assemblyman.
25 Evan Thomas Democrat Challenger Air Force Veteran.
25 Navraj Singh Republican Candidate For Open Seat Business Owner From Porter Ranch Running As A Republican
25 David Koster Bruce Libertarian Candidate For Open Seat Business Owner From Stevenson Ranch Running As A Libertarian
25 Jorge Ricardo "J.R." Puentes Jr. Democrat Candidate For Open Seat Former Army Medic.
25 Tony Strickland Republican Candidate For Open Seat Former State Senator. Ran Unsuccessfully Against Julia Brownley In Neighboring 26th District In 2012.
25 Lee Rogers Democrat Candidate For Open Seat Simi Valley Podiatrist. Ran Against Buck Mckeon In 2012.
25 Steve Knight Republican Candidate For Open Seat State Senator From Palmdale. Former Lapd Officer.
25 Troy Castagna Republican Candidate For Open Seat Taxpayer Advocate From Valencia Running As A Republican
25 Evan "Ivan" Thomas Democrat Candidate For Open Seat Test Pilot/Educator From Lancaster Running As A Democrat
26 Douglas William Kmiec Not Specified Challenger Lists Residence As Malibu
27 Judy Chu Democrat Incumbent Elected To Congress In A 2009 Special Election To Fill The Seat Of Hilda Solis, The First Asian-American Woman Elected To Congress; Served In State Assembly And On Ca Board Of Equalization. She Serves On Judiciary And Small Business Committees.
27 Jack Orswell Republican Challenger Lists Occupation As Small Business Owner. From Monrovia. Running As A Republican.
28 Adam Schiff Democrat Incumbent Elected To Congress In 2000, Former Federal Prosecutor. Serves On Appropriations And Intelligence Committees.
28 Marvin Elton Owen Republican Challenger Lists Residence As La Crescenta. Running As A Republican Candidate.
28 Sal Genovese Democrat Challenger Lists Occupation As Community Services Director. From Los Angeles. Running As A Democrat.
28 Steve Stokes None Challenger Lists Occupation As Real Estate Broker. From Los Angeles. Running Without A Party Affiliation.
29 Tony Cardenas Democrat Incumbent Elected To Congress In 2012, Former La City Councilman, State Assemblyman. Serves On Budget, Oversight, And Natural Resources Committees.
29 Walter Alexander Escobar Democrat Challenger Lists Residence As Panorama City. Running As A Democrat.
29 Venice J. Gamble Democrat Challenger Lists Occupation As Consumer Advocate Paralegal. From Reseda. Running As A Democrat.
29 William O' Callaghan Leader Republican Challenger Lists Occupation As Small Businessman. From North Hollywood. Running As A Republican.
30 Brad Sherman Democrat Incumbent Elected To Congress In 1997; Serves On Foreign Affairs And Financial Services Committees.
30 Luke Davis Democrat Challenger Lists Residence As Granada Hills. Running As A Democrat.
30 Mark S. Reed Republican Challenger Lists Occupation As Businessman/Producer/Rancher. From Sunland. Running As A Republican.
30 Michael W. Powelson Green Challenger Lists Occupation As College Professor. From Sherman Oaks. Running As A Green Party Candidate.
30 Douglas William Kmiec None Challenger Lists Occupation As Pepperdine University School Of Law. From Malibu. Running Without A Party Affiliation.
30 Marc Litchman Democrat Challenger Lists Occupation As School Trust Executive. From Studio City. Running As A Democrat.
30 Pablo Kleinman Republican Challenger Lists Occupation As Television Journalist/Businessman. From Sherman Oaks. Running As A Republican.
31 Eloise Gomez Reyes Democrat Candidate For Open Seat Attorney; Backing Of Emily's List.
31 Lesli Gooch Republican Candidate For Open Seat Former Aide To Congressman Gary Miller; Has His Endorsement.
31 Joe Baca Democrat Candidate For Open Seat Former Congressman From 2009-2012, Defeated In 2012 By Gloria Negrete Mcleod In Redrawn 35th District.
31 Elan Carr Republican Candidate For Open Seat La County Deputy District Attorney; Leader With Alpha Epsilon Pi, A Prominent International Jewish Fraternity
31 Pete Aguilar Democrat Candidate For Open Seat Mayor Of Redlands.
31 Paul Chabot Not Specified Candidate For Open Seat Military Officer/Businessman
31 Danny Tillman Democrat Candidate For Open Seat San Bernadino School Board Member.
32 Deborah Kay Behounek Republican Challenger Running As A Republican
32 Grace Napolitano Democrat Incumbent Elected To Congress In 1998; Serves On Natural Resources And Transportation Committees.
32 Arturo Enrique Alas Republican Challenger Lists Occupation As Realtor. From Studio City. Running As A Republican.
33 Karl Siganporia Democrat Candidate For Open Seat Lists Residence As Fremont. Running As A Democrat
33 Christopher David Republican Candidate For Open Seat Lists Residence As Los Angeles. Running As A Republican.
33 Robert Baker Democrat Candidate For Open Seat Lists Residence As Los Angeles. Running Without A Party Affiliation.
33 Sheldon (Shelly) Tobias Democrat Candidate For Open Seat Lists Residence As Los Angeles. Running Without A Party Affiliation.
33 Matt Miller Democrat Candidate For Open Seat Host Of Kcrw's Political Radio Show "Left, Right, And Center"
33 Patrick Kilpatrick Republican Candidate For Open Seat Lists Occupation As Actor/Director/Producer. From Los Angeles. Running As A Republican.
33 Elan Carr Republican Candidate For Open Seat Lists Occupation As Criminal Gang Prosecutor. From North Hollywood. Running As A Republican.
33 David Kanuth Democrat Candidate For Open Seat Lists Occupation As Defense Counsel/Entrepreneur. From Los Angeles. Running As A Democrat.
33 Zein E. Obagi, Jr. Democrat Candidate For Open Seat Lists Occupation As Educational Equality Advocate. From Los Angeles. Running As A Democrat.
33 Kevin Mottus Republican Candidate For Open Seat Lists Occupation As Environmental Health Advocate. From Los Angeles. Running As A Republican.
33 Michael Ian Sachs Green Candidate For Open Seat Lists Occupation As Environmental Technician. From Redondo Beach. Running As A Green Party Candidate.
33 Lily Gilani Republican Candidate For Open Seat Lists Occupation As Harvard Lawyer/Ceo. From Los Angeles. Running As A Republican.
33 Barbara L. Mulvaney Democrat Candidate For Open Seat Lists Occupation As Human Rights Attorney. From Venice. Running As A Democrat].
33 James Graf Democrat Candidate For Open Seat Lists Occupation As International Businessman/Entrepreneur. From Santa Monica. Running As A Democrat.
33 Tom Fox None Candidate For Open Seat Lists Occupation As Lawyer. From Sherman Oaks. Running Without A Party Affiliation.
33 Mark Matthew Herd Libertarian Candidate For Open Seat Lists Occupation As Neighborhood Council Boardmember. From Los Angeles. Running As A Libertarian.
33 Vince Flaherty Democrat Candidate For Open Seat Lists Occupation As Producer/Entrepreneur/Historian. From Pacific Palisades. Running As A Democrat.
33 Charles Edward Lincoln Iii None Candidate For Open Seat Lists Occupation As Property/Trust Management. From Pasadena. Running Without A Party Affiliation.
33 Kristie Holmes Democrat Candidate For Open Seat Lists Occupation As Social Worker/Professor. From Los Angeles. Running As A Democrat.
33 Michael Shapiro Democrat Candidate For Open Seat Lists Occupation As Sports Executive, Filmmaker. From Los Angeles. Running As A Democrat.
33 Marianne Williamson None Candidate For Open Seat Marianne Williamson Is A Spiritual Teacher, Writer, And Lecturer. She Founded Project Angel Food, A Meals-On-Wheels Program That Serves Homebound People With Aids In The La Area.
33 Brent Roske None Candidate For Open Seat Producer Of Web Series About Running For Congress "Chasing The Hill."
33 Derrick Ferree Democrat Candidate For Open Seat Running As A Democrat.
33 Ted Lieu Democrat Candidate For Open Seat Ted W. Lieu Is A Democratic Party California State Senator, Who Has Represented The 28th Senate District Since February 18, 2011, After Being Elected To Fill The Seat Of Deceased Senator Jenny Oropeza.
33 Wendy Greuel Democrat Candidate For Open Seat Wendy Greuel Is The Former L.A. City Controller And Lost To Eric Garcetti In The 2013 Los Angeles Mayoral Election.
34 Xavier Becerra Democrat Incumbent Elected To Congress In 1992; Number 3 Democrat In The House, Serving As Chairman Of Democratic Caucus. Serves On Ways And Means Committee.
34 Howard Johnson Peace And Freedom Challenger Lists Occupation As Attorney At Law. From Los Angeles. Running As A Peace And Freedom Candidate.
34 Adrienne Nicole Edwards Democrat Challenger Lists Occupation As Community Organizer. From Los Angeles. Running As A Democrat.
34 Jonathan Turner Smith None Challenger Lists Occupation As Teacher. From Los Angeles. Running Without A Party Affiliation.
35 Scott Matthew Heydenfeldt Not Specified Candidate For Open Seat Entrepreneur/Community Leader
35 Anthony Vieyra Green Candidate For Open Seat Former Irs Employee.
35 Christina Gagnier Democrat Candidate For Open Seat Intellectual Property Attorney And Ceo Of Realpolitech, A Political Technology Startup.
35 Paul Vincent Avila Democrat Candidate For Open Seat Ontario City Councilman
36 Brian Nestande Republican Challenger Current State Representative. Running As A Republican.
36 Raul Ruiz Democrat Incumbent Lists Occupation As Emergency Room Physician. Elected To Congress In 2012.
36 Ray Haynes Republican Challenger Running As A Republican.
37 Karen Bass Democrat Incumbent Elected To Congress In 2010; Serves On Foreign Affairs And Judiciary Committees.
37 David C. Crowley Republican Challenger Lists Residence As Los Angeles. Running Without A Party Affiliation.
37 Mervin Evans Democrat Challenger Lists Occupation As Author/Management Consultant. From Los Angeles. Running As A Democrat.
37 R. Adam King Republican Challenger Lists Occupation As Investor/Lender/Entrepreneur. From Los Angeles. Running As A Republican.
38 Linda Sanchez Democrat Incumbent Elected To Congress In 2002; Ranking Member On House Ethics Committee, Also Serves On Ways And Means And Judiciary. She's A Former Labor Lawyer.
38 Gus Summers Republican Challenger Lists Residence As Los Angeles. Running As A Republican.
38 Benjamin Campos Republican Challenger Lists Occupation As Certified Public Accountant. From Long Beach. Running As A Republican.
39 Ed Royce Republican Incumbent Elected To Congress In 1992; Chairman Of House Foreign Affairs Committee.
39 Peter O. Anderson Democrat Challenger Lists Residence As Fullerton. Running As A Democrat.
40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democrat Incumbent Elected To Congress In 1992, The First Mexican American Woman To Do So. Serves On House Appropriations Committee. Daughter Of The Late Ed Roybal, The First Mexican-American Elected To Congress.
40 David Sanchez Democrat Challenger Lists Occupation As College Professor. From Los Angeles. Running As A Democrat.
41 Mark Takano Democrat Incumbent Elected In 2012; Former High School English Teacher. Former President Of Riverside Community College District's Board Of Trustees.
41 Veronica Franco Democrat Challenger Lists Occupation As Healthcare Administrator. Running As A Democrat.
41 Yvonne Terrell Girard Republican Challenger Lists Occupation As Judicial Assistant. Running As A Republican.
41 Steve Adams Republican Challenger Lists Occupation As Riverside City Councilman. Running As A Republican.
42 Ken Calvert Republican Incumbent First Elected To Congress In 1992, Serves On Natural Resources And Science Committee.
42 Tim Sheridan Democrat Challenger National Field Representative
42 Chris Marquez Democrat Challenger Retired Marine Sergeant
42 Kerri Condley Democrat Challenger
42 Robert Rand None Challenger
43 Maxine Waters Democrat Incumbent Elected To Congress In 1990; Top Democrat On House Financial Services Committee.
43 Benjamin Miller Democrat Challenger Lists Residence As Los Angeles. Running Without A Party Affiliation.
43 John Wood, Jr. Republican Challenger Lists Occupation As Political Writer/Analyst. From Los Angeles. Running As A Republican.
44 Janice Hahn Democrat Incumbent Elected In A 2011 Special Election To Replace Jane Harman, Who Left To Head The Wilson Center. Former La City Councilwoman, Daughter Of Late La County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn And Sister Of Former La Mayor Jim Hahn.
44 Analilia Joya Democrat Challenger Lists Occupation As Teacher/Disable Advocate. From Los Angeles. Running As A Democrat.
45 Pat Maciariello Republican Candidate For Open Seat Laguna Hills Businessman; National Republican Congressional Committee Added Maciariello To Their "On The Radar" List In November 2013.
45 Drew Leavens Democrat Candidate For Open Seat Lists Occupation As An Educator/Businessman.
45 Greg Raths Republican Candidate For Open Seat Retired Marine Colonel; Chief Of Staff For The White House Military Office From 1996 To 1999, Liaison Between The Pentagon And White House.
45 Mimi Walters Republican Candidate For Open Seat State Senator; National Republican Congressional Committee Added Walters To Their "On The Radar" List In November 2013.
45 Al Sale-Hi None Candidate For Open Seat Trustee For The Buena Park Library District.
46 Loretta Sanchez Democrat Incumbent Elected To Congress In 1996; Serves On Armed Services And Homeland Security Committees.
46 Adam Nick Republican Challenger Lists Occupation As Accountant/Auditor/Businessman. Running As A Republican.
46 John J. Cullum Republican Challenger Lists Occupation As Business Owner/Accountant. Running As A Republican.
46 Carlos Vazquez Republican Challenger Lists Occupation As Business Owner/Educator. Running As A Republican.
46 Ehab Atalla Democrat Challenger Lists Occupation As Businessman/Author/Consultant. Running As A Democrat.
47 Alan Lowenthal Democrat Incumbent Elected To Congress In 2012; Former State Assemblyman And Senator; Taught Psychology At Csulb. Serves On Foreign Affairs And Natural Resources Committees.
47 Andy Whallon Republican Challenger Lists Occupation As Engineer/Entrepreneur. From Long Beach. Running As A Republican.
48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican Incumbent Elected To Congress In 1988, A Former Speechwriter To President Reagan. Serves On House Foreign Affairs And Science Committees.
48 Suzanne Joyce Savary Democrat Challenger Lists Occupation As Businessowner/Consultant/Educator. Running As A Democrat.
48 Robert John Banuelos Not Specified Challenger Lists Occupation As Congressional Community Liaison
48 Wendy Brooks Leece Republican Challenger Lists Occupation As Costa Mesa Councilmember/Educator. Running As A Republican.
48 David Burns Democrat Challenger Lists Occupation As Lawyer. Running As A Democrat.
49 Darrell Issa Republican Incumbent Elected To Congress In 2000; Chairman Of House Oversight And Government Reform Committee, Serves On Judiciary. Founded Nation's Largest Car Alarm Company. Architect Of 1993 Recall Of Governor Davis.
49 David Peiser Democrat Challenger Lists Occupation As A Local Business Owner. Running As A Democrat.
49 Noboru Isagawa Democrat Challenger Retired. Running As A Democrat.
50 James H. Kimber Democrat Challenger
50 Duncan Hunter Republican Incumbent
8 Bob Conaway Not Specified Challenger Lists Occupation As A Consumer Advocate.
8 Odessia D Lee Not Specified Challenger Lists Occupation As A Retired Public Employee.
8 Paul Hannosh Not Specified Challenger Lists Occupation As A Teacher.
8 Rodney Lee Conover Not Specified Challenger Lists Occupation As A Writer/Broadcaster.
8 Paul Cook Republican Incumbent