Harley Rouda is the Most Legislatively Productive Freshman Member of Congress

Democrat unseats Rep. Dana Rohrabacher in Orange County House district

Harley Rouda (rouda.house.gov) is a successful businessman, philanthropist, attorney, and tech entrepreneur. He’s had extensive experience in companies of all sizes and scopes, from his family business to startups to publicly traded companies. Active in numerous charities and civic organizations over the years, Harley has been involved in fighting homelessness, domestic violence, and human rights offenders; saving military jobs; and, working with a myriad of civic organizations and businesses to drive economic development. He has articulated a fiscal case for Medicare for All, $15 minimum wage, and increased investment in public education, including access to higher education. He is a strong supporter of environmental regulations, women’s reproductive health, and common sense gun laws and safety. He is a supporter of immigrants, and has been fighting the Trump administration’s immigration policies. Harley lives in Laguna Beach with his award-winning author/spouse, Kaira Sturdivant Rouda, and four children.                   

In 2018, Harley unseated 15 term incumbent, Dana Rohrbacher. Harley’s campaign did not accept donations from corporate PACs.

In his first 6 months in Congress, Harley cosponsored 279 measures, introduced 28 measures and had 16 of his measures passed. He cosponsored and worked to pass a bill to bring healthcare costs down and ensure equal treatment for people with pre-existing conditions. His most recently sponsored bills include the Teacher and School Leader Quality Partnership Grants Act, the Pipeline Seismic Safety Study Act, and the Effective Drug Control Strategy Act.

As Chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform’s Subcommittee on Environment, he is holding the Administration accountable to communities like CD 48. He is also on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. 

Congressional District 48 Fact Sheet

The district begins near the Los Angeles County-Orange County line and extends south to the city of Laguna Niguel. The district includes Seal Beach, Sunset Beach, Huntington Beach, Midway City, parts of Westminster, Fountain Valley, parts of Garden Grove, parts of Santa Ana, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Beach, and Laguna Niguel.


58.6%             White

0.9%               Black

17.5%             Asian

19.9%             Hispanic

3.1%               Other

Constituent Info – Republicans still have an advantage — 41% compared to 30% for Dems, with 25% No Party Preference (NPP). Overall voter registration in the district shows 214,036 registered but didn’t vote in the 2018 primary.

On key issues of the day, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and offshore oil drilling, women’s and LGBT rights, polls suggest constituents are increasingly skewing progressive.

Voter Turnout in Primary Election:

    • 2014 Primary: 29,975 votes for the Democratic Candidates


  • 2018 Primary: 80,061 votes for the four Democratic Candidates (an increase of 167%!!)

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