POLICY BRIEFINGS


New Members of the 115th Congress Cont.


UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ-01)
ELECTION: Defeated Paul Babeu, R, to succeed Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D, who ran for U.S. Senate • RESIDENCE: Sedona • BORN: Jan. 24, 1946; Chicago • RELIGION: Catholic • FAMILY: Wife, Pat; three children • EDUCATION: DePaul U., attended 1991-93 • CAREER: Lobbyist; bond trader; police officer • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: Ariz. House, 2001-07; Ariz. Senate, 2007-09, independent candidate for Ariz. Senate, 2014.


Andy Biggs (R-AZ-05)
ELECTION: Defeated Talia Fuentes, D, to succeed Rep. Matt Salmon, R, who retired • RESIDENCE: Gilbert • BORN: Nov. 7, 1958; Tucson • RELIGION: Mormon • FAMILY: Wife, Cindy; six children • EDUCATION: Brigham Young U., B.A. 1982 (Asian studies); U. of Ariz., J.D. 1984; Ariz. State U., M.A. 1999 (political science) • CAREER: Lawyer • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: Ariz. House, 2003-11; Ariz. Senate, 2011-present (president, 2013-present).


Ro Khanna (D-CA-17)
ELECTION: Defeated Rep. Michael M. Honda, D • PRONOUNCED: like “DONNA” • RESIDENCE: Fremont • BORN: Sept. 13, 1976; Philadelphia • RELIGION: Hindu • FAMILY: Wife, Ritu • EDUCATION: U. of Chicago, A.B. 1998 (economics); Yale U., J.D. 2001 • CAREER: Lawyer • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: Sought Democratic nomination for U.S. House, 2004; Commerce Dept. deputy asst. sec., 2009-11; Democratic candidate for U.S. House, 2014.


Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20)
ELECTION: Defeated Casey Lucius, R, to succeed Rep. Sam Farr, D, who retired • RESIDENCE: Carmel Valley • BORN: Oct. 1, 1969; Washington, D.C. • RELIGION: Catholic • FAMILY: Wife, Carrie McIntyre Panetta; two children • EDUCATION: U. of Calif.-Davis, B.A. 1992 (international relations); Santa Clara U., J.D. 1996 • MILITARY: Naval Reserve, 2003-11 • CAREER: Deputy district attorney • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: Monterey County Central Democratic Committee vice chair, 2012-16.


Salud Carbajal (D-CA-27)
ELECTION: Defeated Justin Fareed, R, to succeed Rep. Lois Capps, D, who retired • PRONOUNCED: sa-LOOD car-ba-HALL • RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara • BORN: Nov. 18, 1964; Moroleón, Mexico • RELIGION: Catholic • FAMILY: Wife, Gina; two children • EDUCATION: U. of Calif.-Santa Barbara, B.A. 1990; Fielding U., M.A. 1994 • MILITARY: Marine Corps Reserve, 1984-92 • CAREER: County leg. aide; drug prevention nonprofit executive • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: Santa Barbara County Board, 2004-present.


Nanette Barragan (D-CA-44)
ELECTION: Defeated Isadore Hall III, D, to succeed Rep. Janice Hahn, D, who ran for L.A. County Board • RESIDENCE: San Pedro • BORN: Sept. 15, 1976; San Pedro • RELIGION: Catholic • FAMILY: Single • EDUCATION: U. of Calif.-Los Angeles, B.A. 2000 (political science); U. of Southern Calif., J.D. 2005 • CAREER: Lawyer • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: Hermosa Beach City Council, 2013-15 (mayor, 2015).


Lou Correa (D-CA-46)
ELECTION: Defeated Bao Nguyen, D, to succeed Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D, who ran for U.S. Senate • RESIDENCE: Santa Ana • BORN: Jan. 24, 1958; East L.A. • RELIGION: Catholic • FAMILY: Wife, Esther; four children • EDUCATION: Calif. State U.-Fullerton, B.A. 1980 (economics); U. of Calif.-Los Angeles, J.D and M.B.A. 1985 • CAREER: Investment banker; real estate broker • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: Calif. Assembly, 1998-2004; Orange County Board, 2005-06; Calif. Senate, 2006-14.


Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE-AL)
ELECTION: Defeated Hans Reigle, R, to succeed Rep. John Carney, D, who ran for governor • RESIDENCE: Wilmington • BORN: Feb. 10, 1962; Philadelphia • RELIGION: Christian • FAMILY: Widowed; two children • EDUCATION: Fairleigh Dickinson U., B.A. 1985; U. of Del., M.A. 2002 • CAREER: Civil rights nonprofit CEO; congressional district aide • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: Del. dep. sec. of health and social services, 1993-98, sec. of labor, 1998-2001, and dir. of personnel, 2001-04.


Matt Gaetz (R-FL-01)
ELECTION: Defeated Steven Specht, D, to succeed Rep. Jeff Miller, R, who retired • PRONOUNCED: GATES • RESIDENCE: Fort Walton Beach • BORN: May 7, 1982; Hollywood • RELIGION: Baptist • FAMILY: Single • EDUCATION: Fla. State U., B.A. 2003 (interdisciplinary social sciences); Coll. of William & Mary, J.D. 2007 • CAREER: Lawyer • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: Fla. House, 2010-present.


Neal Dunn (R-FL-02)
ELECTION: Defeated Walt Dartland, D, to succeed Rep. Gwen Graham, D, who retired • RESIDENCE: Panama City • BORN: Feb. 16, 1953; New Haven, Conn. • RELIGION: Catholic • FAMILY: Wife, Leah; three children • EDUCATION: Washington & Lee U., B.S. 1975 (science & mathematics); George Washington U., M.D. 1979 • MILITARY: Army Reserve 1975-79; Army, 1979-90 • CAREER: Physician • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: Enterprise Fla., 2014-present; Space Fla., 2014-present.


John Rutherford (R-FL-04)
ELECTION: Defeated David Bruderly, D, to succeed Rep. Ander Crenshaw, R, who retired • RESIDENCE: Jacksonville • BORN: Sept. 2, 1952; Omaha, Neb. • RELIGION: Catholic • FAMILY: Wife, Patricia; two children • EDUCATION: Fla. Junior Coll., A.A. 1972; Fla. State U., B.S. 1974 (criminology) • CAREER: County sheriff’s dept. corrections director; police officer • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: Jacksonville sheriff, 2003-15.


Al Lawson (D-FL-05)
ELECTION: Defeated Glo Smith, R, to succeed Rep. Corrine Brown, D, who was defeated in primary • RESIDENCE: Tallahassee • BORN: Sept. 23, 1948; Midway • RELIGION: Episcopalian • FAMILY: Wife, Delores; two children • EDUCATION: Fla. A&M U., B.S. 1970 (political science); Fla. State U., M.P.A. 1973 • CAREER: Insurance agency owner • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: Fla. House, 1982-2000; Fla. Senate, 2000-10; sought Dem. nomination for U.S. House, 2010; Dem. nominee for U.S. House, 2012.


Stephanie Murphy (D-FL-07)
ELECTION: Defeated Rep. John L. Mica, R • RESIDENCE: Winter Park • BORN: Sept. 16, 1978; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam • RELIGION: Christian • FAMILY: Husband, Sean; two children • EDUCATION: Coll. of William & Mary, B.A. 2000 (economics & international relations); Georgetown U., M.S.F.S. 2004 • CAREER: Investment firm managing director; Defense Dept. analyst; management consultant • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: No previous office.


Darren Soto (D-FL-09)
ELECTION: Defeated Wayne Liebnitzky, R, to succeed Rep. Alan Grayson, D, who ran for U.S. Senate • RESIDENCE: Orlando • BORN: Feb. 25, 1978; Ringwood, N.J. • RELIGION: Catholic • FAMILY: Wife, Amanda • EDUCATION: Rutgers U., B.A. 2000 (economics): George Washington U., J.D. 2004 • CAREER: Lawyer • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: Orlando Civil Service Commission, 2006; Fla. House, 2007-12; Fla. Senate, 2012-present.


Val B. Demings (D-FL-10)
ELECTION: Defeated Thuy Lowe, R, to succeed Rep. Daniel Webster, R, who ran in another district • RESIDENCE: Orlando • BORN: Mar. 12, 1957; Jacksonville • RELIGION: Christian • FAMILY: Husband, Jerry; three children • EDUCATION: Fla. State U., B.S. 1979 (criminology); Webster U., M.A. 1996 • CAREER: Police officer; state social worker • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: Orlando police chief, 2007-11; Democratic nominee for U.S. House, 2012; candidate for Orange County mayor, 2014.


Charlie Crist (D-FL-13)
ELECTION: Defeated Rep. David Jolly, R • RESIDENCE: St. Petersburg • BORN: July 24, 1956; Altoona, Pa. • RELIGION: Methodist • FAMILY: Wife, Carole; two stepchildren • EDUCATION: Fla. State U., B.S. 1978 (government); Samford U., J.D. 1981 • CAREER: Lawyer • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: Fla. Senate, 1992-99; Fla. education commissioner, 2001-03; Fla. attorney general, 2003-07; governor, 2007-11; independent candidate for U.S. Senate, 2010; Democratic nominee for governor, 2014.


Brian Mast (R-FL-18)
ELECTION: Defeated Randy Perkins, D, to succeed Rep. Patrick Murphy, D, who ran for U.S. Senate • RESIDENCE: Fort Pierce • BORN: July 10, 1980; Grand Rapids, Mich. • RELIGION: Christian • FAMILY: Wife, Brianna; three children • EDUCATION: Harvard U., A.L.B. 2016 (economics) • MILITARY: Army, 2000-12 • CAREER: Homeland Security Dept. explosives specialist; political commentator • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: No previous office.


Francis Rooney (R-FL-19)
ELECTION: Defeated Robert Neeld, D, to succeed Rep. Curt Clawson, R, who retired • RESIDENCE: Naples • BORN: Dec. 4, 1953; Tulsa, Okla.• RELIGION: Catholic • FAMILY: Wife, Kathleen; three children • EDUCATION: Georgetown U., A.B. 1975 (English) and J.D. 1978 • CAREER: Construction company owner • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: Okla. Turnpike Authority, 1995-97; U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, 2005-08.



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