Amanda Renteria

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Amanda Renteria
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Candidate for
U.S. House, California, District 21
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolWoodlake High School
Bachelor'sStanford University
Master'sHarvard Business School
Place of birthWoodlake, California
Campaign website
Amanda Renteria is a 2014 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 21st Congressional District of California.[1] Renteria will face incumbent David Valadao (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014. California's 21st Congressional District is a battleground in 2014.

Renteria is the first Latina in history to serve as a Chief of Staff in the United States Senate.[2]


Renteria earned a B.A. in economics and a B.A. in political science from Stanford University. After college, she spent nearly four years working as an investment analyst at Goldman Sachs. She then worked for one year as a math and economics teacher before receiving her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.[2][3]

Renteria joined the office of Senator Dianne Feinstein in 2005. She moved to the office of Senator Debbie Stabenow in 2006. While working for Stabenow, Renteria became the first Latina Chief of Staff in the history of the U.S. Senate.[2]

In 2013, Renteria was considered for the role of chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, but withdrew her name from consideration.[4] According to Reuters, “Washington policy-watchers widely assumed that Renteria would get the job, but last-minute questions about her perceived lack of experience got in the way.”[5] Politico noted that “financial reform advocates reacted with shock to reports that the White House was considering her for the position.”[6]

In August 2013, Renteria moved back to California, where she briefly worked as a substitute teacher before announcing her congressional candidacy.[7]



See also: California's 21st Congressional District elections, 2014

Renteria is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 21st District. Renteria and incumbent David Valadao (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 3, 2014, defeating John Hernandez (D). They will face off in the general election on November 4, 2014.[8]

U.S. House, California District 21 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Valadao Incumbent 63% 28,773
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAmanda Renteria 25.6% 11,682
     Democratic John Hernandez 11.5% 5,232
Total Votes 45,687
Source: California Secretary of State


The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has included Renteria in their "Jumpstart" program. The program provides financial support to the candidate.[9] On July 20, 2014, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley and representative Nancy Pelosi held a fundraiser to support Renteria's candidacy.[10]

Campaign donors


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

Amanda Renteria (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[11]January 31, 2014$0$337,992$(81,255)$256,737
April Quarterly[12]April 15, 2014$256,737$303,468$(136,239)$423,965
Pre-Primary[13]May 22, 2014$423,965$112,525$(207,687)$328,803
July Quarterly[14]July 15, 2014$328,803$289,916$(221,821)$396,898
Running totals


Renteria and her husband, Patrick, have two children.[2]

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