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

California's 21st Congressional District is a battleground district in 2014 due to it being a Democratic leaning district currently held by a Republican incumbent. Incumbent David Valadao (R) and Amanda Renteria (D) triumphed in the blanket primary over John Hernandez (D). Valadao and Renteria will face off in the general election on November 4, 2014.[8]

The Cook Political Report considers the seat to “lean Republican.”[9] The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has reserved $1 million dollars for ads in September in her district.[10]

Affordable Care Act

Regarding Obamacare, Renteria has stated that “something needed to be done at the time and that she opposes repealing the law now.”[11]

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.[12] On July 20, 2014, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley and representative Nancy Pelosi held a fundraiser to support Renteria's candidacy.[13] President Obama made a fundraising appearance with Renteria, calling her one of “two outstanding candidates and part of what it is that we’re just trying to build here and across the country."[14]

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[15]January 31, 2014$0$337,992$(81,255)$256,737
April Quarterly[16]April 15, 2014$256,737$303,468$(136,239)$423,965
Pre-Primary[17]May 22, 2014$423,965$112,525$(207,687)$328,803
July Quarterly[18]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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  1. Roll Call, "Democrats Ready to Land Recruit in Elusive California District," September 18, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Campaign website, "About," accessed April 16, 2014
  3. Fresno Bee, "Congressional hopeful Amanda Renteria wants to give Valley ‘a strong voice’," September 29, 2013
  4. "Reuters","Renteria withdraws candidacy for U.S. CFTC chair", July 8, 2013
  5. "Reuters","U.S. CFTC lacks successor to chief as new duties loom", September 25, 2013
  6. "Wall Street Journal","Nomination of Senate aide to replace Gensler far from certain: report", June 13, 2013
  7. "Fresno Bee","Congressional hopeful Amanda Renteria wants to give Valley ‘a strong voice’", September 29, 2013
  8. The New York Times, "California Primary Results," June 3, 2014
  9. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR AUGUST 8, 2014," August 8, 2014
  10. Fresno Bee, "Obama recognizes 21st CD hopeful Renteria at Bay Area fundraiser," July 23, 2014
  11. The Hill," "First Latina Senate chief of staff banks on Hispanic turnout to oust Valadao," July 29, 2014
  12. Roll Call, "House Democrats Promote 3 Recruits," accessed October 24, 2013
  13. "Washington Post","O’Malley plans fundraiser this month with Pelosi to help five congressional candidates", July 3, 2014
  14. The Hill, "OVERNIGHT CAMPAIGN: One step forward, two steps back for GOP," July 24, 2014
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Amanda Renteria Year-End," accessed February 10, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Amanda Renteria April Quarterly," accessed May 5, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Amanda Renteria Pre-Primary," accessed June 2, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Amanda Renteria July Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2014