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Tiedra Baghoomian

January 24, 2018

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PolSci 101

Know Your Representatives


The purpose of this report is to inform us about who our U.S. Congressional legislators are and California legislators are. We will learn by looking for their background, election dates, and some of the issues they have supported or opposed.


Senator Feinstein became the first female mayor of San Francisco. Senator Feinstein earned the position of the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2017. She was the first women to achieve that position. Her focus is to “help shape the criminal law, national security, immigration, civil rights and the courts” (Feinstein Website). She was also the first woman to lead the Senate select committee of intelligence in 2009. She has also accomplished other positions in the office during the many years. (Feinstein Website)


Dianne Feinstein presented herself as a member of the Democratic party for her elections. Dianne Feinstein was first elected to Senate in 1992, and she held that position for two years. Feinstein was re-elected in1994, 2000, and 2012. And in 2012, in the United States Senate elections, she holds the record of most popular votes. Senator Feinstein has decided to run for the 2018 re-election.


Dianne Feinstein introduces a gun control bill to be passed because she is a supporter of strict gun control laws. In the Article, “Dianne Feinstein Introduce Senate Gun Control Bill to Ban Bump Stocks,” Feinstein was frustrated of the numerous amount of shooting that was happening and the Senate lagging the process of passing the law. She said, “And now after Las Vegas, I hope senators will finally summon the political courage to stand up and say, ‘Enough is enough.'” She supports the ban on gun control because of all the historic tragedy that has happened.

I think that gun control is an important issue and she made a great effort to pass laws to decrease gun violence. It is a relevant issue in my life because I want to feel safe when I go out in public. She was talking about the tragedy at Las Vegas, and it made me think I would feel safer going to a concert with a gun control law. I think the outcome of passing the gun control law will be a positive change in the U.S.


Representative Jimmy Panetta is the represented for California’s 20th congressional district. The house of Democrats chose Jimmy Panetta to in represents and oversees the Central Coast, Monterey and San Benito regions and southern parts of Santa Clara and Santa Cruz regions.


Jimmy Panetta served in the United States Navy Reserve. Because of Repressive Panetta’s background of serving the country, the 20th district in California is also a home to lots of military bases. He serves on the board for “Veterans Transition Center” where he concentrates on ending veteran homelessness. Because of his support to the veterans and their loved ones, in 2015, he was awarded veteran of the year in the Monterey Country. (Panetta website)


Jimmy Panetta assumed office on Januarry3, 2017 as a member of the United States House of Representative for California’s 20th district. He has been holding the seat for a year and few days. He is a member of the Democratic party. Each representative is elected for a two-year term, so the next election is in 2018.


As I mentioned before, Panetta has served in U.S. Navy, and because of this he has supported and passed laws for them. In Congressman’s website, He talks about the acts he has bypassed in the United States Congress. For example, he has passed laws like, “Gold Star Family Support Act”, “The Global War on Termism War Memorial Act”, “Ensuring Veteran Enterprise Participation in Strategic Sourcing Act”, “Forever GI bill”, “The WINGMAN Act”, “The Reserve Component Benefit’s Parity Act”, and “The VA Employee Fairness Act of 2017.” All these acts have a specific thing that focuses on veterans and their families.

            I think that his effort toward the veterans was important because it was a personal matter and it was for the people who go to war for their country. This is relevant in my life because I would never be able to do what a solider does and for that reason, I believe they should be rewarded. Think this a positive outcome for our congressman and the veterans.

Demographics, Background, Election, and Issue

Senator Anthony J. Portantino represents the 25th California state legislative Senate district. The rejoins senator Portantino is responsible for the areas, Tujunga, Atwater Village, Burbank, Glendale, La Crescenta, Montrose, La Cañada Flintridge, Pasadena, Altadena, South Pasadena, San Marino, Sierra Madre, Monrovia, Bradbury, Duarte, Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne, Claremon, and Upland. (Portantino Website)

Senator Portantino represented the 44th Assembly district from the years 2006 to 2013, and count to re-elect because of the term limits He managed the task force on increase education, income and taxation, and the protection of the entertainment industry. He also worked as a director and producer in the television and entertainment industry. (Portantino Website)

Senator Anthony J. Portantino is a member of the Democratic party and was first elected to this office in 2016, and has been holding the seat for two years. However, he must serve for six years equivalent to three terms. His term ends on December 6, 2020. He cannot be re-elected because of the term limits.

On Anthony J. Portantino newsletter website, for the year 2017, he was the mayor to publicly recognizes the Armenian genocide. He mentioned that the city as a group must recognize the past and learn from their mistakes. I think this positive outcome and a respected move that he has made. Especially as an Armenian, it is very relevant to my culture and my family.

Demographics, Background, Election, and Issue

Laura Friedman represents the 43rd California state district Assembly. She is responsible for the areas of Burbank, Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta and Montrose, Atwater Village, Beachwood Canyon, Los Feliz, and East Hollywood. (Friedman Website)

            Freidman attended the University of Rochester. Friedman was the mayor of Glendale, California from the year 2011 to 2012.  She was a member of the Glendale City Council from the years 2009 to 2016.

Laura Friedman is a member of the Democratic party, and she was elected in 2016 to be a member of the California State Assembly for the 43rd district. She has held her position for State Assembly for two years and her term ends on December 2, 2018. She is up for Re-election in 2018.

Friedman has effectively presented many environmental changes to help the economy. In her website, she includes she has banned the use of plastic bags, she has banned the anticoagulant use in the Parks if the city, and many more. I think That her green-minded laws are going to very effective and a positive turn out.


            Before this report, I did not know who our U.S Congressional legislators were or our California legislators. Now I know that each of the members I searched for has had many political backgrounds serving in different positions in office. I’ve also learned the many laws and movements they have passed for the people. Lastly, I learned that there are many ways to contact a senator or congressman or woman with any issues or support.


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