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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 44

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Nanette Diaz Barragán

Children's Advocate/Attorney
22,031 votes (22%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Education - I strongly believe education is the number one equalizer in our society. We need to work together to find ways to make childcare accessible, college more affordable, and to invest in job training programs.
  • Economy - CA-44 has a median income of about $44k. Many families are struggling to put food on the table. I will work hard to bring good-paying and respectable jobs to my district
  • Environment - CA-44 is one of the most heavily polluted districts in California – children walk around with inhalers around their neck because the air quality is so poor. I view this as a public health crisis and environmental injustice.



As the youngest of eleven kids raised by parents who immigrated to this country from Mexico, she knows that you have to fight for those things.

Nanette grew up in Carson and the surrounding areas where she attended Stephen M. White Middle School, learned to swim at Carson Pool, and studied at the Carson Library. In a district where the median income is $44,000, only 60% of students graduate from high school, and only 10% graduate from college, she beat the odds and put herself through UCLA and USC Law School.

Nanette worked in Washington at the White House for President Clinton and at the NAACP, where she focused on social justice issues and researched racial health disparities. Most recently she was a leader in the successful fight against Measure O, a ballot measure that would have allowed oil companies to drill in the Santa Monica Bay. She served as the first Latina ever elected to the Hermosa Beach City Council. Nanette lives in San Pedro and currently works with one of Los Angeles’s largest and most prominent children’s advocacy organizations to provide free legal services to children in foster care who have special education needs.

In Congress, Nanette will fight for working people. That means protecting American jobs, bringing more good-paying jobs with benefits to our community, raising the minimum wage, and guaranteeing equal pay for equal work.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $1,905,528

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

Employees of Nanette Barragan
Employees of Latham & Watkins
Employees of Dreyer Babich Buccola
Democracy for America

More information about contributions

By State:

California 56.74%
District of Columbia 14.12%
New York 5.67%
Texas 4.22%
Other 19.24%

By Size:

Large contributions (69.55%)
Small contributions (30.45%)

By Type:

From organizations (18.31%)
From individuals (81.69%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I'm running because I beat the odds here in the district -- the district where I grew up, where my family resides, and where people need a voice the most -- I want to make sure children here today can achieve the same American Dream that I achieved.

I believe that regardless of age, income, zip code, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation, we all want the same things: the opportunity to find a good-paying job, access to great schools, and safe, healthy communities where you can raise a family.

The 44th district deserves a fighter who is committed to serving the interests of the people who live here. Frankly, we already have enough people in Congress who put big business, big oil and big polluters ahead of the people they’re supposed to represent. We don’t need more of them.

In Congress, I will fight for working people. That means protecting American jobs, bringing more good-paying jobs with benefits to our community, raising the minimum wage, guaranteeing equal pay for equal work, protecting social security, making college more affordable and addressing the inequalities in school discipline that impact communities of color the most that creates the school-to-prison pipeline. And, unlike my opponent, I will put people ahead of profits and I won’t accept campaign contributions from special interests like big oil, payday lenders, or tobacco.




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