Elizabeth Emken

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Elizabeth Emken
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Candidate for
U.S. Senate, California
Bachelor'sUniversity of California Los Angeles, 1984
Date of birthApril 4, 1963
Place of birthBellflower,CA
Campaign website
Elizabeth Emken (b. April 4, 1963, in Bellflower, CA) was a 2014 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 7th Congressional District of California. She was previously a 2012 candidate who sought election to the U.S. Senate from California. She lost in the general election.[1]


Emken graduated from UCLA in 1984 with degrees in Economics and Political Science. She then worked for a number of years in management, financial analysis and corporate operations at IBM. She became an advocate for developmentally disabled children after her son was diagnosed with autism and is a former executive with Autism Speaks.[2]



See also: California's 7th Congressional District elections, 2014

California's 7th Congressional District was a battleground district in 2014 due to the low margin of victory for Democrats in the last election and last two presidential elections. Incumbent Ami Bera (D) and Doug Ose (R) triumphed in the blanket primary over Igor Birman (R), Elizabeth Emken (R), Douglas Arthur Tuma (L) and Phill Tufi (I). Bera then narrowly defeated Ose in the general election.[3][4]

The National Republican Congressional Committee added Emken to their "On the Radar" list in November 2013. According to the NRCC, candidates that made this list were set to receive "...the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents."[5]

U.S. House, California District 7 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAmi Bera Incumbent 46.7% 51,878
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDoug Ose 26.4% 29,307
     Republican Igor Birman 17.5% 19,431
     Republican Elizabeth Emken 7.1% 7,924
     Libertarian Art Tuma 1.5% 1,629
     Independent Phill Tufi 0.8% 869
Total Votes 111,038
Source: California Secretary of State


See also: United States Senate elections in California, 2012

Emken ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing California. She and incumbent Dianne Feinstein (D) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating David Alex Levitt (D), Nak Shah (D), Diane Stewart (D), Mike Strimling (D), John Boruff (R), Oscar Alejandro Braun (R), Greg Conlon (R), Colleen Shea Fernald (D), Rogelio Gloria (R), Dan Hughes (R), Dennis Jackson (R), Dirk Konopik (R), Donald Krampe (R), Robert Lauten (R), Al Ramirez (R), Nachum Shifren (R), Orly Taitz (R), Rick Williams (R), Gail Lightfoot (L), Kabiruddin Karim Ali (Peace and Freedom), Marsha Feinland (Peace and Freedom), and Don Grundmann (Independent). They faced off in the general election on November 6, 2012.[6][7] Feinstein won.[1]

U.S. Senate, California General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDianne Feinstein Incumbent 62.5% 7,864,624
     Republican Elizabeth Emken 37.5% 4,713,887
Total Votes 12,578,511
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


Campaign themes


Emken's campaign website listed the following issues:[8]

  • Government Spending and Budget
Excerpt: "I am committed to reducing the size and cost of government, reducing the publicly held debt and lowering taxes."
  • Economic Growth
Excerpt: "Small and large American businesses will lead us out of the economic downturn, not more government spending. We must provide our business community the tools needed to grow the economy."
  • Accountability in Washington
Excerpt: "Our elected representatives should have the courage and discipline to properly manage the Nation’s finances without the force of law. Sadly, they don’t. Because of the severity of the crisis, I support a balanced budget amendment movement. The momentum behind this movement will serve to let Congress know the people are serious about debt reduction."
  • 2nd Amendment
Excerpt: "I support the 2nd Amendment and oppose any attempts to weaken it."
  • Definition of Marriage / Family Issues
Excerpt: "I agree with the majority of Californians on this issue: I support traditional marriage."

Campaign donors


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

**As of the 2014 Pre-Primary Report, Emken's committee owed $285,000 in outstanding loans to Elizabeth Emken.


Emken did not win election to the U.S. Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Emken's campaign committee raised a total of $914,350 and spent $910,209.[14]


Emken and her husband, Craig Swartz, have three children.[15]

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