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June 7, 2016 — Elecciones Primarias de California
Estados Unidos

Cámara de Representantes del los Estados UnidosCandidato para Distrito 32

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Grace F. Napolitano

Representante de Estados Unidos, 32.º Distrito
54,987 votos (51.4%)Winning
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Mejorar la infraestructura, aliviar la congestión y crear más transporte público.
  • Promover el acceso a los recursos de salud mental, luchar por una mejor cobertura de salud mental y aumentar la toma de conciencia.
  • Asegurar un flujo de agua estable y asequible para el condado de Los Ángeles.



Congresista, Cámara de Representantes de Estados Unidos — Cargo elegido (1998–actual)
Asambleísta, Asamblea Estatal de California — Cargo elegido (1992–1998)
Concejala, Concejo de la Ciudad de Norwalk — Cargo elegido (1986–1992)
Alcalde, Ciudad de Norwalk — Cargo elegido (1989–1990)

Actividades comunitarias

Founder, Congressional Mental Health Caucus (2003–current)
Ranking Member, Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment (2015–current)
Chair, Congressional Hispanic Caucus (2005–2007)


Congresswoman Grace Flores Napolitano is a proven fighter for the people of California’s 32nd 

Congressional District. She is fiercely protective of the communities and industries she represents, 

prioritizing water, labor rights, immigration, and veteran’s services.  


Congresswoman Napolitano understands the needs of her district and has the seniority to actually make 

impactful legislation happen. She is a powerful leader for Southern California on questions of water 

resources and power generation, and dedicates considerable energy to promoting mental health 

services and awareness.


In the 114th Congress, Congresswoman Napolitano was unanimously elected to serve as Ranking 

Member on the Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment. 

She introduced the Water in the 21st Century Act (H.R. 291) with a coalition of 31 other lawmakers in the 

House and the support of Senator Barbara Boxer, who introduced the same legislation in the Senate.


As the daughter of Mexican immigrants, Congresswoman Napolitano is a dedicated advocate for the 

Hispanic community. She chaired the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and wrote several pieces of 

comprehensive immigration reform legislation then worked with party leaders to gain support for the 

proposals on both sides of the aisle.


Congresswoman Napolitano has a passion for mental health issues that stems from her work on the 

Norwalk City Council in the 1980s, when hospitals in her area began closing and sending mentally ill 

patients onto the streets. She co-chairs the Congressional Mental Health Caucus and has worked to help 

Iraq War veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. From her committee seats she pushed 

BP officials to take the post-trauma mental health of Gulf Coast residents into consideration when 

settling claims related to the spring 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.


After the January 2011 shooting in Tucson of Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Napolitano co-

hosted a briefing for congressional staff on the resources available to them if they believed a constituent 

to be mentally ill. “I want to make sure some of our employees — those that are interested — are able 

to at least benefit from some kind of information that almost everybody else in law enforcement knows 

about,” she told The Hill.


Congresswoman Napolitano also serves as a Vice-Chair of the House Democratic Gun Violence 

Prevention Task Force, where she acts as a watchdog for mental health issues in gun reform legislation.

America’s veterans are returning home to an unstable job market and disastrous lines at the V.A. 

Congresswoman Napolitano is dedicated to doing better by the soldiers and families who have sacrificed 

so much for this country. She is in continual talks with the Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN), 

who are the senior management that oversee southern CA and Nevada hospitals and clinics. The 

Congresswoman inquires on issues related to efficiency and transparency as it relates to services 

rendered to our veterans. 


She also maintains a Veteran Committee, where 30 plus veteran groups meet to discuss all veterans’ 

issues, such as post-traumatic stress syndrome and traumatic brain injuries (PTSD/TBI), vet placement, 

homelessness, women veterans and families.


Congresswoman Napolitano is a known consensus builder. Recently, she was instrumental in the 

passage of the FAST Act, which authorized about $305 billion for much-needed highway, transit, and 

safety-related programs. She secured $26 million for California to repair crumbling infrastructure and 

build new solutions for traffic congestion.


Grace Flores Napolitano married at 18 and had five children by 23. She caught the political bug as a 

volunteer in Norwalk’s efforts to cultivate a sister-city relationship with Hermosillo, Mexico. She says she 

joined the effort to show her children and “other youngsters on this side how lucky they were.”


She launched her first political campaign, for city council where she served seven years, two of them as 

mayor, before moving up to the California Legislature for six years.


Congresswoman Napolitano has diligently served Southern California for nine terms. She understands 

the importance of being connected to her district, coming home every weekend to spend time with her 

family and serve up her famous tacos and guacamole to anyone lucky enough to pass through her 


¿Quién apoya a este candidato?

Funcionarios electos (87)

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 Grace F. Napolitano:

Congresswoman Napolitano believes in comprehensive immigration reform that works for all Americans.

As the chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Congresswoman Napolitano worked to create several pieces of comprehensive immigration reform legislation that worked with party leaders to gain support from both sides of the aisle.  

Each year, in her district, Congresswoman Napolitano hosts a free immigration district to help guide people though the immigration and naturalization process. 

By tirelessly advocating for comprehensive immigration reform, Congresswoman Napolitano works to build an immigration system that benefits our economy and community.

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 Grace F. Napolitano:

In today's fractured political climate, seniority is increasibly important. Congresswoman Napolitano has served in the House of Representatives for 18 years. During that time, the Congresswoman was able to build relationships and make connections enabling her to get things done. Congresswoman Napolitano has been known to reach across the aisle to co-sponsor the best legislation possible, regardless of party identification. 

In addition, Congresswoman Napolitano serves in leadership positions in several committees and subcommittees. This seniority has furthered her reputation as a known consensus builder. Recently, she was instrumental in the passage of the FAST act, which authorized $305 Billion in infrastructure, transit, and safety- related programs. 

Congresswoman Napolitano is a dedicated public servant with the seniority to get things done. 

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 Grace F. Napolitano:

Congresswoman Napolitano believes a strong military is integral to the safety of our nation. However, providing for the military should not stop on the battlefield. We need to do more to support our military veterans. 

Congresswoman Napolitano is a life-long advocate for veterans. Continually in talks with the Veterans Integrated Services Network (VISN), Congresswoman Napolitano strives to increase access to services for veterans, as well as increase transparency as it relates to administration. 

Congresswoman Napolitano also maintains a Veteran Committee, where 30 plus veteran groups meet to discuss veterans' issues, such as post-traumatic stress syndrome and traumatic brain injuries (PTSD/TBI), vet placement, homelessness, women veterans and families and more.  

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 Grace F. Napolitano:

As ranking member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, Congresswoman Napolitano has introduced multiple bills aimed at lessening the effects of the drought.

In February 2016, Congresswoman Napolitano and Congressman Rob Wittman introduced the bipartisan Water Resources Research Amendments Act (H.R. 4497) to extend a Federal-State partnership aimed at addressing state and regional water problems, promoting distribution and application of research results, and providing training and practical experience for water-related scientists and engineers.


In April 2016, Congresswoman Napolitano introduced legislation that will help communities finance critical clean water infrastructure projects. The “Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2016”, will invest $20 billion over five years in wastewater infrastructure to improve water quality and create thousands of new, living wage construction jobs.

Congresswoman Napolitano is dedicated to ensuring a safe, affordable supply of water for the people of California. 

¿Quién proporcionó dinero a este candidato?


Dinero total recaudado: $733,696

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

Edison International and employees
Air Line Pilots Association
Amalgamated Transit Union
American Crystal Sugar
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
American Federation of Teachers
Ameripac: The Fund for a Greater America
Border Health PAC
Communications Workers of America
International Association of Fire Fighters
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
National Automobile Dealers Association
National Education Association
Transport Workers Union of America
United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America
United Steelworkers
United Transportation Union
Women's Political Committee

Más información acerca de contribuciones

Por estado:

District of Columbia 37.62%
California 26.33%
Virginia 10.55%
Texas 6.37%
Other 19.13%

Por tamaño:

Contribuciones grandes (98.70%)
Contribuciones pequeñas (1.30%)

Por tipo:

De organizaciones (78.94%)
De individuos (21.06%)
Fuente: Análisis de datos de la Comisión Federal Electoral de MapLight.

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