Alan Lowenthal

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Alan Lowenthal
Alan Lowenthal.jpg
U.S. House, California, District 47
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PredecessorLoretta Sanchez (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Cost per vote$9.00 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,210,251
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
California State Assembly
California State Senate
Bachelor'sHobart College
Ph.D.Ohio State University
BirthdayMarch 8, 1941
Place of birthNew York, NY
Net worth$1,657,028
Office website
Campaign website
Alan Lowenthal (b. March 8, 1941, in New York, NY) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing the 47th Congressional District of California. He was first elected in 2012 when he defeated Gary DeLong (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.

Lowenthal served in the California State Assembly from 1998-2004 and as a member of the Long Beach City Council from 1992-1998. Lowenthal is also a former member of the California State Senate, representing District 27 from 2004 to 2012.[1]

Lowenthal is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Lowenthal is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.


Lowenthal has a B.A. from Hobart College and a PhD from Ohio State University. He was a professor at California State University-Long Beach in community psychology from 1969 until he retired.


Below is an abbreviated outline of Lowenthal's academic, professional and political career:[2]

  • 1962: Graduated from Hobart College with B.A.
  • 1965: Graduated from Ohio State University with M.A.
  • 1967: Graduated from Ohio State University with Ph.D.
  • 1992-1998: Member, Long Beach City Council
  • 1998-2004: California State Assembly
  • 2004-2012: California State Senate
  • 2013-Present: U.S. Representative from California

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Lowenthal serves on the following committees:[3][4]

  • Foreign Affairs Committee
    • Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats
    • Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade
  • Natural Resources Committee
    • Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources

State senate


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Lowenthal served on these committees:

  • Subcommittee on Resources, Environmental Protection, Energy and Transportation
  • Subcommittee on Sustainable School Facilities, Chair


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Lowenthal served on these committees:

Key votes

113th Congress


The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[10] For more information pertaining to Lowenthal's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[11]

National security


Voted "No" Lowenthal voted against HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[12]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Lowenthal voted against HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[13]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "No" Lowenthal voted against HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[14]


Farm bill

Voted "No" On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, known as the Farm Bill.[15] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill provides for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[16][17] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[17] Lowenthal voted with 102 other Democratic representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "Yes" On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[18][19] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[19] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[20] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Lowenthal joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[18][19]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[21] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[22] Lowenthal voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[23]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[24] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Lowenthal voted for HR 2775.[25]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Voted "No" Lowenthal voted against HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[26]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Lowenthal voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[27] The vote largely followed party lines.[28]


Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "No" Lowenthal voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[29]

Social issues


Voted "No" Lowenthal voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[30]


On The Issues Vote Match

Alan Lowenthal's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

Based on the results of the On The Issues VoteMatch quiz, Lowenthal is a Moderate Liberal. Lowenthal received a score of 26 percent on personal issues and 60 percent on economic issues. On The Issues conducts its VoteMatch analysis of all Congressional members based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate.[31]

On The Issues organization logo.
On The Issues Vote Quiz
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Opposes
Absolute right to gun ownership Opposes Human needs over animal rights Neutral
Higher taxes on the wealthy Unknown Stricter punishment reduces crime Favors
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Strongly Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Favors Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated in 2014.[32]

American response in Syria

See also: United States involvement in Syria

On August 29, 2013, more than 50 House Democrats signed a letter written by California Rep. Barbara Lee that called for a congressional resolution on strikes, and cautioned that the dire situation in Syria "should not draw us into an unwise war—especially without adhering to our constitutional requirements."[33][34] The letter also called on the Obama administration to work with the U.N. Security Council “to build international consensus” condemning the alleged use of chemical weapons. Lowenthal was 1 of the 50 Democrats in the House to sign the letter.[33][34]

Campaign themes


Lowenthal's campaign website listed the following issues:[35]

  • Jobs
Excerpt: "California is at the leading edge of green technology innovation and the creation of “green collar jobs.” Alan Lowenthal will aggressively pursue the funding and legislation necessary to support and expand these job-creating technologies and industries, and to keep them in California."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Good education leads to good jobs. Alan Lowenthal was one of the first innovators to put this into practice; as a College Professor he created the groundbreaking Long Beach Compact Program, bringing together schools, local business, and government to plan and develop curriculum that prepares students for jobs waiting after graduation."
  • Protecting Medicare and Social Security
Excerpt: "Medicare and Social Security aren’t political football – they are vital, successful programs which provide crucial support and independence to millions of seniors and disabled citizens. Alan Lowenthal will fight the ideological and partisan attacks on these crucial services."
  • Prioritizing Public Safety and our Schools
Excerpt: "Alan took a stand in the legislature to eliminate local government slush funds and gave that money to our police, firefighters, and schools. He will make the tough decisions, and stand up to the politicians and the special interests funding them to make sure the safety of our neighborhoods and quality of our schools are the top priority."
  • Clean Environment and Clean Technology
Excerpt: "Alan Lowenthal is regularly recognized by organizations like the Sierra Club and the California League of Conservation Voters as one of the most effective protectors of the environment and clean communities. Alan wrote the laws that cleaned up millions of tons of pollutants from the port, helping clean our air and lower asthma and other pollution-related diseases in our community."

Legislative scorecard

Capitol Weekly, California's major weekly periodical covering the state legislature, publishes an annual legislative scorecard to pin down the political or ideological leanings of every member of the legislature based on how they voted on an assortment of bills in the most recent legislative session. The 2009 scores were based on votes on 19 bills, but did not include how legislators voted on the Proposition 1A (2009). On the scorecard, "100" is a perfect liberal score and "0" is a perfect conservative score.[36][37]

On the 2009 legislative scorecard, Lowenthal ranked as a 100. He was one of eight state senators the publication identified as voting in what they defined as a "liberal" way in every vote they ranked.[38]



See also: California's 47th Congressional District elections, 2014

Lowenthal is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He and Andy Whallon (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 3, 2014, unopposed.[39] They will face off in the general election on November 4, 2014.


See also: California's 47th Congressional District elections, 2012

Lowenthal won the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 47th District.[1] He and Gary DeLong (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Peter Mathews (D), Jay Shah (D), Usha Shah (D), Steve Foley (R), Sanford Kahn (R) and Steve Kuykendall (R). Lowenthal went on to defeat DeLong in the general election on November 6, 2012.[40][41]

U.S. House, California District 47 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAlan Lowenthal 56.6% 130,093
     Republican Gary DeLong 43.4% 99,919
Total Votes 230,012
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, California District 47 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAlan Lowenthal (D) 33.8% 27,356
Green check mark transparent.pngGary DeLong (R) 29.4% 23,831
Steven Kuykendall (R) 10.8% 8,769
Peter Mathews (D) 9.8% 7,951
Steve Foley (R) 7.2% 5,848
Sanford Kahn (R) 3.2% 2,563
Usha Shah (D) 2.9% 2,350
Jay Shah (D) 2.8% 2,273
Total Votes 80,941


In 2008 Lowenthal was re-elected to the California State Senate, District 27. He finished with 171,668 votes, while his opponent Allen Wood finished with 83,628 votes.[42] Lowenthal raised $612,938 for his campaign fund.

California State Senate, District 27
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Alan Lowenthal (D) 171,668
Allen Wood (R) 83,268

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Lowenthal is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Lowenthal raised a total of $1,210,251 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[43]

Alan Lowenthal's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (California, District 47) Won $1,210,251
Grand Total Raised $1,210,251


Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Lowenthal's reports.[44]

Alan Lowenthal (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[45]April 15, 2013$39,710.71$153,936.67$(29,385.13)$164,262.25
July Quarterly[46]July 15, 2013$164,262.25$112,321.76$(55,678.54)$220,905.47
October Quarterly[47]October 15, 2013$220,905.47$98,624.55$(45,615.52)$273,914.50
Year-End[48]January 31, 2014$273,914$85,845$(43,611)$316,148
April Quarterly[49]April 15, 2014$316,148$89,119$(71,545)$333,723
Pre-Primary[50]May 22, 2014$333,723$13,697$(20,409)$327,011
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Lowenthal's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Lowenthal won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Lowenthal's campaign committee raised a total of $1,210,251 and spent $1,171,131.[51] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[52]

Cost per vote

Lowenthal spent $9.00 per vote received in 2012.

2010 (Off-cycle)

Lowenthal raised no money in the 2010 election cycle.


Senator Lowenthal speaks about SB 9 and 19

In 2008 Lowenthal raised $612,938 in campaign donations. His top four contributors are listed below.[53]

Donor Amount
Operating Engineers Local 12 $14,400
California Teachers Association $14,400
Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters $14,400
California State Council of Service Employees $14,400

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have personally benefited from their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

PGI: Net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Lowenthal's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $779,057 and $2,535,000. That averages to $1,657,028, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Lowenthal ranked as the 166th most wealthy representative in 2012.[54] Between 2011 and 2012, Lowenthal's calculated net worth[55] increased by an average of 51 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[56]

Alan Lowenthal Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2011 to 2012:51%
Average annual growth:51%[57]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[58]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.


Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Lowenthal missed 0 of 89 roll call votes from January 2013 to March 2013. This amounts to 0.0%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[59]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[60]

Lowenthal most often votes with:

Lowenthal least often votes with:

Voting with party


The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Lowenthal has voted with the Democratic Party 96.2% of the time. This ranked 60th among the 201 House Democrats as of June 2013.[61]


Alan Lowenthal is married to Deborah Malumed, and they have two children.

Recent news

This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term Alan + Lowenthal + California + Senate

All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.

Alan Lowenthal News Feed

  • Loading...

See also

External links

Light Bulb Icon.svg.png
Suggest a link


  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN, "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center," accessed December 1, 2012
  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Alan Lowenthal," accessed June 17, 2011
  3. - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
  4. Congressman Alan Lowenthal, California's 47th District, "Committees and Caucuses," accessed January 25, 2013
  5. California Senate, "Members of the Senate Transportation and Housing committee," accessed March 1, 2009
  6. California Senate, "Senate Standing Committee on Banking, Finance and Insurance," accessed March 1, 2009
  7. California Senate, "California Budget and Fiscal Review committee membership," accessed March 1, 2009
  8. California Senate, "Senate Environmental Quality committee membership list," accessed March 1, 2009
  9. California Senate, "Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications committee membership," accessed March 1, 2009
  10. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  11. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  12. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  13. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  14. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  15. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  16. Politico, "House clears Farm Bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  17. 17.0 17.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled Farm Bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  18. 18.0 18.1, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  20. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  21. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  23. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  24. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  25. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  26. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  27. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  28. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  29. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  30. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  31. On The Issues "Alan Lowenthal at On The Issues," accessed June 16, 2014
  32. On The Issues, "Alan Lowenthal Vote Match," accessed June 16, 2014
  33. 33.0 33.1 Office of Barbara Lee, "Lee Letter to President Obama," accessed September 2, 2013
  34. 34.0 34.1 Washington Post, "More than 50 House Democrats also want Syria strike resolution," accessed September 2, 2013
  35. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed August 10, 2012
  36. Capitol Weekly, "Capitol Weekly's Legislative Scorecard," December 17, 2009
  37. Fox and Hounds Daily, "Random Thoughts on the Political Scene," December 18, 2009
  38. Capitol Weekly, "2009 Capitol Weekly State Legislative Scorecard (Archived)," accessed March 13, 2014
  39. The New York Times, "California Primary Results," June 3, 2014
  40. California Secretary of State, "Official primary candidate list," accessed March 13, 2014
  41. California Secretary of State, "Unofficial election results," November 6, 2012
  42. California Secretary of State, "Official 2008 General election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  43. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Alan Lowenthal," accessed March 22, 2013
  44. Federal Election Commission, "Alan Lowenthal Summary Report," accessed July 23, 2013
  45. Federal Election Commission, "Alan Lowenthal April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  46. Federal Election Commission, "Alan Lowenthal July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  47. Federal Election Commission, "Alan Lowenthal October Quarterly," accessed October 21, 2013
  48. Federal Election Commission, "Alan Lowenthal Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  49. Federal Election Commission, "Alan Lowenthal April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  50. Federal Election Commission, "Alan Lowenthal Pre-Primary," accessed June 3, 2014
  51. Open Secrets, "Alan Lowenthal 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 20, 2013
  52. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  53. Follow the Money, "Campaign donations," accessed March 1, 2009
  54. OpenSecrets, "Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  55. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  56. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  57. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  58. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  59. GovTrack, "Alan Lowenthal," accessed April 2, 2013
  60. OpenCongress, "Alan Lowenthal," accessed July 31, 2013
  61. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 4, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Loretta Sanchez
U.S. House, California, District 47
January 3, 2013-Present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
California State Senate District 27
Succeeded by
Fran Pavley (D)