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June 7, 2016 — Elecciones Primarias de California
Estados Unidos

Cámara de Representantes del los Estados UnidosCandidato para Distrito 45

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Greg Raths

Coronel de la Marina jubilado
30,961 votos (19.2%)
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Defensor de los veteranos
  • Un líder para la inmigración legal y la seguridad en la frontera
  • Fortaleza en la seguridad nacional



Profesión:Coronel jubilado de la Infantería de Marina; piloto de combate condecorado
Editor y autor, West Coast Publishing (2011–actualment)
Concejal municipal de Mission Viejo, Concejo municipal — Cargo elegido (2014–actualment)
Presidente, Go Automotive, Inc (2007–2011)
Piloto de aerolínea comercial, Jet Blue Airways (2004–2007)
Oficial jubilado de la Infantería de Marina, Infantería de Marina de Estados Unidos (1975–2004)


California State University, en Fullerton Licenciatura en, Historia/Ciencias Políticas (2013)
Colegio Comunitario Saddleback Título de asociado en, Historia/Ciencias (2013)
Universidad Nacional de Defensa Maestría en , Estrategia Militar (1996)
Arizona State University Licenciatura en, Negocios/Finanzas (1975)
Colegio Comunitario de Phoenix Título de asociado en, Estudios Generales (1973)

Actividades comunitarias

President of the Executive Board of Directors, Patriots and Paws (2014–current)
Member, Fundraiser Chairman, Rotary Club of Mission Viejo (2013–current)
Treasurer, Toastmasters International-UniteOC Chapter (2013–current)
Member, American Legion Post 291 Newport Harbor (2012–current)
Member, VFW (2014–current)


Colonel Greg Raths USMC (RET)

Born in 1953 in Phoenix, AZ the young boy with an adventurous spirit would grow up to become Colonel Greg Raths, USMC, who wouldn't just fly jet fighters in combat, but also go on to work at the White House for our Commander-in-Chief.  After graduating high school in 1971, Greg went to Arizona State University, where he would earn his Bachelor Degree in Business/Finance in 1975, the same year he entered the Marine Corps as a Second Lieutenant.

Sticking to his plan, Greg would fulfill his lifelong dream to become a fighter pilot. He earned his Navy wings in 1977 and began his overseas tour in Japan and on the aircraft carrier USS Midway in 1979 flying the RF-4B Phantom II for Carrier Air Wing 5. In 1980, Greg was awarded “Top Carrier Pilot” for the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing for his precision landings on several aircraft carriers that year.

In 1986 he was promoted to Major, commanded the Recruiting Station in Detroit, and in 1991 he would deploy to Bahrain during Operation Desert Storm, flying 45 combat missions in the F/A-18D Hornet. He showed his abilities as a leader and in 1993 was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. From there, Greg commanded a Marine Corps Fighter Squadron (VMFA-314) and took the squadron to sea aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln (1993-1994) with Carrier Air Wing Eleven. His squadron participated in Operation Southern Watch over Iraq and Operation Restore Hope in Somalia where Greg flew 30 combat missions.

He was awarded “Tactical Pilot of the Year” in 1993 by the Association of Naval Aviation (ANA) and then “Pilot of Year” by the Marine Corps Aviation Association (MCAA) for Marine Forces Pacific for 1994. In 1996 he earned a Master’s Degree from National Defense University. He was then assigned by the Pentagon to The White House, as Assistant Chief of Staff and Chief Financial Officer of the White House Military Office, for three years.

From 1999 until 2001, Greg was a Marine Aircraft Group Commander for MAG-46 at MCAS Miramar, San Diego, CA. From 2003 to 2004 he was the Chief of Staff, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing in New Orleans, LA and in 2004 he took on the role as the Marine Aircraft Wing Commander for the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing before retiring from active duty in November 2004.

After his career in the military, Colonel Greg Raths retired to live a more peaceful life with his wife Luci, his son Michael (Major USMC) and twin daughters, Kristen & Kathy. He flew as a commercial airline pilot for a short time with Jet Blue Airways before he took on the job of President of an automobile parts distribution firm in Anaheim. He wrote the best seller autobiography, 9 Lives of a Fighter Pilot and is currently completing his second book, Havoc Going Down, the amazing story of his father’s combat missions over Germany as pilot of the A-20 Havoc.


In 2013 Greg earned a third college degree, this time from California State University, Fullerton in History and Political Science. Greg entered politics in 2014 and ran for a seat on City Council for the City of Mission Viejo winning the election easily with the most votes of eight candidates.  He served as Mayor Pro Tem for Mission Viejo in 2015 and is currently a councilman. In January 2016, Greg entered the Congressional race for California’s 45th Congressional District. The Primary is June 7, 2016.

Preguntas y Respuestas

Preguntas de The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and California Counts, a public media collaboration. (4)

Should immigration laws be changed?  What changes would you support?  Please explain why.
Respuesta de Greg Raths:

Enforce the laws we have on the books. Secure the borders. No sanctuary cities. Deport illegal aliens and those overstaying their Visas

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?
Respuesta de Greg Raths:

I fought in three combat operations. I didn't just take my Republican Marines, I took all Marines into battle to WIN. I will do the same in Washington, D.C. I will work with all parties to get things accomplished for our country.

What, if anything, does the U.S. need to do in order to address national security and terrorism? Please explain your answer in detail.
Respuesta de Greg Raths:

STOP the flow of Syrian refugees immediately. STOP the flow of all refugees until we get a handle on who is trying to enter the United States.

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?
Respuesta de Greg Raths:

Ensure the water from northern California makes its way to southern California. Human beings have priority over fish when it comes to water.

¿Quién proporcionó dinero a este candidato?


Dinero total recaudado: $160,308

Principales contribuyentes que dieron dinero para apoyar al candidato, por organización:

Combat Veterans for Congress
Employees of Irvine Unified School District
Employees of ORCO Block & Hardscape
Employees of Western Mutual Insurance Group
Employees of Whitecross Lp

Más información acerca de contribuciones

Por estado:

California 87.82%
Arizona 8.68%
Pennsylvania 3.01%
Massachusetts 0.48%

Por tamaño:

Contribuciones grandes (93.73%)
Contribuciones pequeñas (6.27%)

Por tipo:

De organizaciones (4.51%)
De individuos (95.49%)
Fuente: Análisis de datos de la Comisión Federal Electoral de MapLight.

Creencias poliza

Filosofía política

Fiscal and social conservative.


Videos (3)

— May 27, 2016 Greg Raths

Political video.

— May 27, 2016 Greg Raths
— May 27, 2016 Greg Raths

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