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The U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C.!

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The U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C.!

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The U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C.!

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California’s new U.S. Senator Kamala Harris was elected in 2016.

The high-school years are an important time for teenagers to learn and grow. Students are asked to form their own opinions and beliefs about a variety of topics before they enter the adult world.

One realm in which students become more active in is politics! But regardless of anyone’s party or beliefs, all informed citizens need to know who their representatives in Congress are on the national and state level.

Social Studies teacher Ms. Gavin explains that it’s important to know your Representatives “because the driving force of democracy is participation, and if people don’t participate, then there is no real democracy. The least you can do is know who has been elected to represent you.” She also adds, “The next least thing is to go out and cast a vote yourself . . . when you turn 18, of course.”

 

Check out the list of local U.S. Representatives below and see if you can find your Representative!

 

U.S. Senate

  • Kamala Harris (D)
  • Dianne Feinstein (D)

U.S. House of Representatives

  • 38th District a�� Linda Sanchez (D) Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, La Mirada, La Palma, Lakewood, Montebello, Norwalk, Pico

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    Congressman Ed Royce represents Fullerton in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    Rivera, South El Monte, Whittier

  • 39th District a�� Ed Royce (R) Fullerton, Brea, Buena Park, Anaheim Hills, Yorba Linda, Placentia, Diamond Bar, Chino Hills, Hacienda Heights, Rowland Heights
  • 45th District a�� Mimi Walters (R) Irvine, Tustin, North Tustin, Villa Park, Orange, Anaheim Hills, Laguna Hills, Lake Forest, Rancho Santa Margarita, Mission Viejo
  • 46th District a�� Lou Correa (D) Santa Ana, Anaheim
  • 47th District a�� Alan Lowenthal (D) Long Beach, Garden Grove, Westminster, Stanton, Los Alamitos, Cyprus
  • 48th District a�� Dana Rohrabacher (R) Huntington Beach, Seal Beach, Sunset Beach, Midway City, Westminster, Fountain Valley, Santa Ana, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel

 

If you’re still not sure who your exact Representative is, go to: https://whoismyrepresentative.com/ and type in your address.

California’s State Legislature consists of a 40 member Senate and an 80 member House of Representatives. See if you can find your Representative in the lists below!

California Senate

  • 36th District a�� Patricia Bates (R) Orange, San Diego
  • 32nd District a�� Tony Mendoza (D) Los Angeles, Orange
  • 37th District a�� John Moorlach (R) Orange
  • 29th District a�� Josh Newman (D) Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino
  • 34th District a�� Janet Nguyen (R) Los Angeles, Orange

California House of Representatives

  • 55th District a�� Phillip Chen (R) Diamond Bar, Industry, Rowland Heights, Walnut, West Covina, Brea, La Habra, Placentia, Yorba Linda, Chino Hills
  • 65th District a�� Sharon Quirk-Silva (D) Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton, Garden Grove, La Palma, Stanton
  • 68th District a�� Steven Choi (R) Anaheim, Irvine, Lake Forest, Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, Orange, Tustin, North Tustin, Villa Park
  • 69th District a�� Tom Daly (D) Anaheim, Garden Grove, Orange, Santa Ana
  • 72nd District a�� Travis Allen (R) Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Los Alamitos, Midway City, Rossmoor, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Westminster
  • 73d District a�� Bill Brough (R) Aliso Viejo, Coto de Caza, Dana Point, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Las Flores, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano
  • 74th District a�� Matthew Harper (R) Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods, Newport Beach

To find your exact representative in the California State Senate, go to: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/

Now that you know who your Congressperson is, you can get involved! Find out what issues matter to you the most, and keep tabs on the different bills regarding this issue in national and California legislatures. Then, you can contact your Congressperson through email, traditional letters, or phone calls to encourage them to vote your way on certain bills.

You can also volunteer for your Representative to show your support or campaign for your Representative in the next election if you would like to see them continue their career in Congress.

Remember, in a representative government, elected members of the legislature have to respond to you– their constituent! It’s important to communicate with them about issues that matter most in our community, because that is how meaningful, lasting changes are made.

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