California's 37th Congressional District elections, 2014

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California's 37th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Karen Bass Democratic Party
Karen Bass.jpeg

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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 37th Congressional District of California will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Karen Bass (D) and Adam King (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 3. Bass is expected to easily win re-election in November due to her incumbency and the district's Democratic alignment.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 7, 2014
June 3, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: California is one of three states to use a blanket primary, or top-two system, which allows all candidates to run and all voters to vote but only moves the top two vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, to the general election.[1][2][3]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register to by May 19, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 20, 2014 (the 15th calendar day before that election).[4]

See also: California elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Karen Bass (D), who was first elected in 2010.

California's 37th Congressional District is located in the southern portion of the state and includes part of Los Angeles County.[5]


General election candidates

Democratic Party Karen Bass
Republican Party Adam King

June 3, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Karen Bass - Incumbent Approveda
Democratic Party Mervin Evans
Republican Party Adam King Approveda

Primary results

U.S. House, California District 37 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKaren Bass Incumbent 79.6% 47,639
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAdam King 14.3% 8,530
     Democratic Mervin Evans 6.1% 3,677
Total Votes 59,846
Source: California Secretary of State

Key votes

Below are important votes the current incumbent cast during the 113th Congress.

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.[6] 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.[7] Karen Bass voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[8]

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.[9] 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. Karen Bass voted for HR 2775.[10]

Campaign contributions

Karen Bass

Karen Bass (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]April 15, 2013$52,384.92$108,171.00$(57,619.01)$102,936.91
July Quarterly[12]July 15, 2013$102,936.91$109,465.00$(76,540.95)$135,860.96
October Quarterly[13]October 15, 2013$135,860.96$71,295.00$(67,980.25)$139,175.71
Year-End[14]January 31, 2014$139,175$137,378$(84,202)$192,351
April Quarterly[15]April 15, 2014$192,351$160,344$(110,280)$242,415
Pre-Primary[16]May 22, 2014$242,415$60,290$(49,372)$253,332
Running totals

District history

Candidate Ballot Access
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On November 6, 2012, Karen Bass (D) won re-election to the United States House. She defeated Morgan Osborne in the general election.

U.S. House, California District 37 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKaren Bass Incumbent 86.4% 207,039
     Republican Morgan Osborne 13.6% 32,541
Total Votes 239,580
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Laura Richardson won re-election to the United States House. She defeated Star Parker (R) and Nicholas Dibs (I) in the general election.[17]

U.S. House, California District 37 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLaura Richardson incumbent 68.4% 85,799
     Republican Star Parker 23.2% 29,159
     Independent Nicholas Dibs 8.4% 10,560
Total Votes 125,518

See also

External links


  1. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  2. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  3. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  4. California Secretary of State Website, "Voter Registration," accessed January 3, 2014
  5. California Redistricting Map "Map" accessed September 25, 2012
  6. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  7. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  8. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  9. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  10. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  11. Federal Election Commission, "Karen Bass April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  12. Federal Election Commission, "Karen Bass July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Karen Bass October Quarterly," accessed October 21, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Karen Bass Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Karen Bass April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Karen Bass Pre-Primary," accessed June 3, 2014
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013