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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 34

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Robert Lee Ahn

Public Interest Attorney
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Fight surge in crime in the district, protect access to affordable healthcare, promote job creation and economic development aimed at middle-and lower-income families
  • Combat sharp rise in homelessness in the district, especially among veterans, by focusing on mental health programs, affordable housing, job creation and support for wider access to Medi-Cal by boosting reimbursement rates for doctors and dentists
  • As the only Korean-American in Congress, I want to serve as a strong voice on confronting North Korean aggression with a comprehensive approach that goes beyond mere saber rattling



Profession:Public interest attorney/Small business owner
Public Interest Attorney, Self (2005–current)
Board of Directors, Pacific American Volunteer Association (PAVA) — Appointed position (2001–current)
Commissioner, Los Angeles City Planning Commission — Appointed position (2012–2016)
Commissioner, Los Angeles City Redistricting Commission — Appointed position (2011–2013)


USC Juris Doctor, Law (2001)
Emory University Bachelors Degree, Business Administration (1998)

Community Activities

Member, Steering Committee, Koreatown Arts and Recreation Center (KARC) (2012–current)



Los Angeles City Planning Commissioner Robert Lee Ahn, a long time community activist, fervent environmentalist, successful entrepreneur and public interest attorney brings to the race to replace Congressman Xavier Becerra (who is retiring to become California Attorney General) a lifetime of dedication to the Los Angeles community and two decades of private sector experience building businesses and creating jobs.


Robert Lee Ahn is a native Angelino.  He was born in 1975 at USC County Hospital in Los Angeles to newly arrived immigrants from South Korea.  To support Robert and his younger sister, his parents, James and Jain Ahn, worked long hours at numerous jobs and, as a result, he and his younger sister, Christine, spent much of their youth with their grandparents




Robert’s education was greatly enhanced by the many programs offered at local parks, including art classes, youth camps, and little league baseball.  He was a regular at the Westside YMCA, taking competitive swimming and jujitsu classes and excelling in the youth basketball program.


Robert attended local public schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District until he was accepted into the prestigious Harvard School for Boys, an elite private college preparatory school located in the San Fernando Valley, where he played point guard with teammates, and future NBA stars, Jason and Jarron Collins.


Upon graduation from what is now the Harvard-Westlake School, Robert and his family moved to the Wilshire Center neighborhood near Koreatown.  He attended Emory University in Atlanta where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration.  While at Emory, Robert tutored at-risk high school children in Math and English, and volunteered at Habitat for Humanity where he worked building housing for the poor and to improve the quality of lives for the city’s underserved residents.




Robert earned a law degree at the University of Southern California Law School.  He clerked for Superior Court Judge Richard Fruin and served as a law clerk at Riley and Reiner LLP, where he worked with, and learned from, former Los Angeles District Attorney Ira Reiner.  Robert climbed his way up the legal ladder working for several distinguished private law firms.


In 2010, Robert joined the family business working on real estate and business investments and asset management. Throughout the course of his business career, Robert experienced all aspects of business operations and has first hand knowledge of the many challenges faced by small independent business owners and their employees.



Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $1,670,408

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

Robert Lee Ahn
Employees of Center For Oculofacial & Orbital Surge
Employees of Pacific American Fish Company (PAFCO)
Employees of Palisades Capital Partners
Employees of 3Plus Logistics Co.
Employees of Serazen, Llc

More information about contributions

By State:

California 94.89%
New York 1.85%
Texas 0.65%
New Jersey 0.45%
Other 2.15%

By Size:

Large contributions (100.00%)
Small contributions (0.00%)

By Type:

From organizations (0.74%)
From individuals (99.26%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy



Robert was a charter member and served on the Board of Directors of the Pacific American Volunteer Association (PAVA).  PAVA was founded in 2001 to promote volunteerism with an emphasis on environmental concerns. PAVA organizes large scale clean up events of our beaches, coasts and the Los Angeles River.


Robert also served as an officer of the Koreatown Arts and Recreation Center (KARC) steering committee where he helped the community secure over $1 million from developers to develop the Koreatown community center.



Then City Council President Eric Garcetti appointed Robert to the Los Angeles City Redistricting Commission in 2011 and in 2013, Mayor Garcetti appointed him to the Los Angeles City Planning Commission where he has served the residents of the 34th Congressional District with distinction.

Position Papers

Robert Lee Ahn Fighting for the 34th District


Brief overview of some of Robert Lee Ahn's positions on topics most asked about within the 34th district by voters. For a complete listing of positions, please go to

Health Care

Support a single-payer healthcare system in the near future and protecting Obamacare from repeal. He also supports the ability of individuals to purchase insurance across state lines.

Gas Tax and Fees Hike

Opposes hikes in regressive taxes such as a gas tax that disproportionately hurts lower-income and working-class families the most. Supports increased investment in mass and public transportation and greater accountability in gas tax funds to be used only for transportation and not non-related issues.


Supports protecting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and advocates for comprehensive immigration reform.


Lists the top problem in the district as crime. He has pledged to reinstate the Cops on the Beat program, which funds community policing programs, on his first day in office. He says he would do this by working to ensure community block grants stay in the federal budget.

Climate Change

Does not support the U.S. pulling out of the Paris Agreement. He supports climate change programs, and backs efforts to curb greenhouse gases. He wants California to maintain its lead in this area.

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