Congressional District 48

Harley Rouda (D) is a businessman and the current representative of Congressional District 48, running for reelection as the Democratic Party’s candidate.

OCCET Action endorses Harley Rouda.

Michelle Steel (R) is Orange County’s Supervisor for District 2, and is the Republican Party’s candidate.

Who is endorsing each candidate?

Harley Rouda Endorsements

  • California Professional Firefighters
  • California Federation of Teachers
  • Sierra Club

Michelle Steel Endorsements

  • Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes
  • Former U.S. Representative Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48)
  • Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association PAC

Where do Rouda and Steele stand on the issues?

Health Care Access

Supports a single payer health care system that provides expanded and comprehensive care for all members of our community?

Rouda: Yes

Harley Rouda supports the Affordable Care Act(Obamacare) and pursuing Medicare For All as a long term solution to the health crisis. His office urged people to wear face masks during the Coronavirus crisis.

Steel: No

Michelle Steel supports blocking the implementation of the Affordable Care Act(Obamacare) and proposes “market-based” alternatives. She also opposes making face masks mandatory in the county during the Coronavirus crisis.

Housing Affordability

Supports using federal funds to increase housing affordability for OC residents?

Rouda: Yes

Harley Rouda supports having federal and local agencies work together on affordable housing and other life conditions that impact housing.

Steel: No

Michelle Steel opposes creating an agency that focuses on funding housing for the homeless and low-income community members.

Protect Immigrant Families

Supports sanctuary cities that protect immigrants from deportation and makes public spaces safer for our entire community?

Rouda: Yes

Harley Rouda supports establishing sanctuary cities in Orange County.

Steel: No

Michelle Steel opposes California’s Sanctuary law, calling it “totally unconstitutional“.

teven Choi Endorsements

  • Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel, Vice-Chair
  • Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association
  • Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs
  • Lincoln Club of Orange County

Melissa Fox Endorsements

  • U.S. Representative Katie Porter (CA-45)
  • Former Irvine Mayors Sukhee Kang and Beth Krom
  • California Nurses Association
  • California Teachers Association

House of Representatives

Representatives are elected to two-year terms to represent the people in a congressional district. They make laws and approve the federal budget.

California’s 48th congressional district covers most of the coast of Orange County, stretching from Seal Beach and Westminster to Laguna Beach and Aliso Viejo. It includes Sunset Beach, Huntington Beach, Midway City, Fountain Valley, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, and some parts of the cities of Garden Grove, Santa Ana, San Juan Capistrano, Aliso Viejo and Laguna Niguel.

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