Greg Raths

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Greg Raths
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Candidate for
U.S. House, California, District 45
Associate'sSaddleback College, 2009
Military service
Service/branchMarine Corps
Campaign website
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Greg Raths was a 2014 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 45th Congressional District of California.[1]


Raths served in the Marine Corps for nearly 30 years and retired in 2004 as a colonel. He also served as Chief of Staff for the White House Military Office from 1996 to 1999, as a liaison between the Pentagon and White House. Raths holds several collegiate degrees; he earned his bachelor of business from Arizona State University, an M.S. in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University, an associate degree in political science from Saddleback College, and a B.A. in history and political science.[2][3]


Campaign themes


Raths' campaign website listed the following issues:[4]

  • Jobs & The Economy: "I believe that we must support free markets and fight against taxes and failed policies that take money away from hard-working American taxpayers. We need policies that empower small business owners and the private sector so they can expand and hire employees."
  • Government Spending & Control: "There must be a limitation of the reach of the federal government within each American’s life. The current overreach of the government has taken a toll on the well being of our nation and our citizen’s rights endowed to them by our Constitution. The government must be bound to its Constitutionally limited role."
  • National Defense & Veterans: "Being a Marine Corps Retired Colonel, I have a deep commitment to our national defense. We are blessed to live in the greatest country on this earth, the United States of America. We need to maintain our status as a superpower both economically and militarily. Our national security also depends on prioritizing energy independence, developing the natural resources found here, and securing our borders while fixing an ailing immigration system."
  • Education: "By fostering a climate of excellence, competition, and innovation, we can once again have the best education system in the world - a system that empowers each child to excel and accomplish their educational and professional goals."
  • Healthcare Reform: "One of the first actions I will take as a U.S. Representative is to do all within my power to repeal ObamaCare. The Affordable Care act is anything but that. This law will increase premiums for working families, raises taxes on small businesses, cut Medicare for seniors, and kill jobs."


—Greg Raths' campaign website,



See also: California's 45th Congressional District elections, 2014

Raths ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 45th District. Raths was defeated in the blanket primary on June 3, 2014.[6]

U.S. House, California District 45 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMimi Walters 45.1% 39,631
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDrew Leavens 28.1% 24,721
     Republican Greg Raths 24.2% 21,284
     Independent Al Salehi 2.6% 2,317
Total Votes 87,953
Source: California Secretary of State

Campaign donors


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

**As of the 2014 Pre-Primary Report, Raths' committee owed $268,600 in outstanding loans to Greg Raths.


Raths and his wife, Luci, have three children.[13]

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