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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 7

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Ami Bera

152,133 votes (51.2%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Investing in American workers, helping to create jobs, and supporting small businesses
  • Fighting for middle class families, college affordability, and access to health care
  • Serving the 7th congressional district with effective constituent services



Profession:Doctor, Teacher, Congressman
Member of Congress, U.S. House of Representatives — Elected position (2013–current)
Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, Davis (2004–2009)
Associate Dean of Admissions and Outreach, University of California, Davis (2004–2008)
Chief of Primary Health Services Division, County of Sacramento (2003–2004)
Medical Director, Primary Health Services Division, County of Sacramento (1999–2003)


University of California, Irvine M.D., Internal Medicine (current)
University of California, Irvine B.S., Biological Sciences (current)


Ami Bera was elected to represent Sacramento County in November 2012.  A first-generation American, Ami was born and raised in California and benefited from California’s public schools, from kindergarten through medical school.  He has always believed in hard work and community service—and refuses to accept a future where our children and grandchildren don’t have the kind of opportunities that he did.

After medical school, Ami put his degree to work for us, practicing medicine in several roles in the Sacramento region and eventually serving Sacramento County as chief medical officer.  He used his skills as a tough negotiator to fight to reduce the cost of health care, create jobs, and deliver care to tens of thousands of Sacramento County residents.

Ami went on to become a Clinical Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Admissions and Outreach at UC Davis, where he taught the next generation of doctors to care for patients. He helped the student-run clinics find innovative ways to engage with the community and deliver care to those who needed it the most. During his time in Congress, Ami has worked to create jobs, grow the economy, and make America a better place for our next generation. Despite partisan gridlock, Ami works with colleagues from both sides of the aisle to find common ground and fight for middle-class families.

He lives in Elk Grove with his wife, Janine, who is also a medical doctor, and their daughter, Sydra.

Questions & Answers

Questions from 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?
Answer from Ami Bera:

I’ve voted for improvements to Folsom Dam that increase storage capacity, so we can hold onto more water during drier periods. I’ve opposed the twin tunnels plan that would drain our local water sending it to Southern California and costing taxpayers up to $20 billion.  

Additionally, we must invest in innovative, long term solutions that improve water efficiency, repair aging infrastructure to prevent water loss, and secure water storage. That is why I support the proposed Sites Reservoir that would allow us to better capture the rain that does fall, keeping it available for use in the summer months when we need it most and taking pressure off Folsom Lake.


Should immigration laws be changed?  What changes would you support?  Please explain why.
Answer from Ami Bera:

We need an immigration policy that keeps our country safe and makes our economy strong.

I support comprehensive immigration reform, which means actually addressing a broken immigration system, securing our borders, pushing our economy to grow, and ensuring accountability for new American immigrants. And we must also encourage the best and brightest who study in the U.S. to stay, work here, and bring their companies and jobs here.

But Washington gridlock has continually gotten in the way of meaningful progress. Now more than ever, we need to come together to pass a comprehensive reform bill that allows our economy to grow and protects our families.


What, if anything, does the U.S. need to do in order to address national security and terrorism? Please explain your answer in detail.
Answer from Ami Bera:

As a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I am focused on keeping our country safe. We must work with our allies to freeze and dismantle ISIL's finances, implement targeted airstrikes, and ensure our partners do their share fighting to take back more territory. We must also work to counter their vicious online propaganda machine that recruits new fighters.


Our nation’s energy grid, communications network, and other infrastructure are vulnerable to cyber-attacks and we must constantly look for ways to combat these threats.

Also, a stronger, more sustainable economy is critical for national security. This translates into stronger relationships with allies and trading partners and greater capacity to address emerging conflicts.


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?
Answer from Ami Bera:

I voted against giving Congress a raise and helped pass No Budget, No Pay, which says if Congress doesn’t do its job and pass a responsible budget, they don’t get paid. I was also one of a few who returned my pay when Republicans shut down the government.

I'm also proud to be the co-chair of the Congressional Problem Solvers Caucus, the only group of its kind in Washington where both Republicans and Democrats actually work together to find common ground.

But my most important job is making government work for the people of the 7th congressional district. Since I came to Congress in 2013, my office has helped resolve over 6,000 constituent cases with the federal government, and recover more than $3 million in earned benefits to taxpayers.

I put people ahead of politics and and work to serve everyone in our district.


Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $4,124,011

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

Employees of University of California, Davis
Employees of Kaiser Permanente
KPMG and employees
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
American Hotel & Lodging Association
Honeywell International
National Education Association
New Democrat Coalition

More information about contributions

By State:

California 53.68%
District of Columbia 20.60%
Virginia 3.67%
New York 3.09%
Other 18.96%

By Size:

Large contributions (89.82%)
Small contributions (10.18%)

By Type:

From organizations (39.80%)
From individuals (60.20%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

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