Pete Aguilar

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Pete Aguilar
Pete Aguilar.jpg
U.S. House, California, District 31
In office
January 3, 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 0
PredecessorGary Miller (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mayor, Redlands
High schoolYucaipa High School
Place of birthFontana, California
Office website
Campaign website
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Pete Aguilar is a Democratic member of the U.S. House, representing the 31st Congressional District of California. Aguilar won election in 2014. He defeated Paul Chabot (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[1]

Aguilar also ran in 2012 but was defeated in the blanket primary.


Aguilar first entered public service in 2001 as Deputy Director and then Interim Director for the Inland Empire Regional Office of the Governor. He was appointed to the Redlands City Council in 2006 and won election the next year. Aguilar currently serves as Mayor of Redlands.[2]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Aguilar's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 2001: Graduated from University of Redlands with a B.S.
  • 2001: Interim director & deputy director, Inland Empire regional office of the Governor of California
  • 2006-2014: Redlands, California, City Council
    • 2010-2014: Mayor of Redlands, California
  • 2015-Present: U.S. Representative, California's 31st Congressional District


Campaign themes


Aguilar's campaign website listed the following issues:[4]

  • Building An Economy That’s Strong And Fair: "With one in 10 people in the Inland Empire unable to find work, and many families earning less than they need to afford the basics, strengthening our economy and creating jobs is my top priority. We can do that by building an economy that’s fair to middle-class families and small businesses."
  • Improving Public Education: "As a product of public schools and the father of two young boys, I know that quality education is vital to our future. In recent years, funding for early childhood education has been slashed, class sizes have ballooned and our teachers face greater challenges than ever. We must improve our public education system at all levels so that every child has the opportunity to succeed."
  • A Sound Approach To Energy And The Environment: "As Mayor of Redlands, I’ve fought for more sustainable development and programs to reduce the effects of climate change. I led efforts to encourage greater energy efficiency and conservation, including green building and climate-friendly purchasing, and strongly support a new passenger rail line to help reduce heavy traffic and pollution."
  • Protecting Our Seniors: "Medicare and Social Security are vital to the health and welfare of older Americans in San Bernardino County and throughout our nation. I will fight tooth and nail to protect and strengthen these programs in Congress."
  • Fixing Our Immigration System: "We need comprehensive immigration reform that makes sense for workers, businesses and families, including a path to citizenship for those who play by the rules and live up to American ideals. This will strengthen our economy and expand our tax base. Notably, the Congressional Budget Office reports that passing immigration reform would cut the federal deficit by $200 billion over the next 10 years."


—Pete Aguilar's campaign website,


Aguilar's campaign website listed the following issues:[6]

  • Helping Businesses Grow and Create Jobs
Excerpt: "With high unemployment in the Inland Empire, Pete knows that putting people back to work is job one. As Redlands Mayor, Pete created an economic development action plan for the city to improve the local business climate."
  • Standing Up for Working Families
Excerpt: "As Redlands Mayor, Pete made the tough choices to balance the city’s budget and create a reserve fund. He’ll bring the same fiscal common sense to Congress. Pete will work to get the federal budget under control, by cutting wasteful spending and identifying programs that are not effective. "
  • Improving Our Schools
Excerpt: "As a parent, Pete shares the concern of many in San Bernardino County about the affect [sic] of budget cuts to our schools and public colleges. He is committed to promoting federal investments that can help reduce class sizes and provide our schools with the tools they need to educate our children."
  • Restoring Our Roads, Highways and Infrastructure
Excerpt: "Pete believes that investments to improve our roads, highways and infrastructure are vital to helping local businesses and creating jobs. That’s why he led efforts to invest billions in federal dollars locally over the next 30 years to make San Bernardino County a better place to live, work and do business."
  • Protecting Medicare and Social Security
Excerpt: "Medicare is at risk. Some in Congress are pushing to replace it with a voucher program that will force seniors to pay $6,000.00 more in out-of-pocket medical expenses each year. Pete will fight to protect Medicare in Congress, opposing program cuts."



See also: California's 31st Congressional District elections, 2014

Aguilar won election in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 31st District. Aguilar and Paul Chabot (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 3, 2014.[7] Aguilar went on to defeat Chabot in the general election on November 4, 2014.[1]

Aguilar was set to challenge incumbent Gary Miller for the seat once again, but Miller chose to retire.[8]

Aguilar was a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Jumpstart program, which was designed to provide early support to top-tier Democratic challengers.[9]

U.S. House, California District 31 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPete Aguilar 51.7% 51,622
     Republican Paul Chabot 48.3% 48,162
Total Votes 99,784
Source: California Secretary of State
U.S. House, California District 31 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Chabot 26.6% 14,163
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPete Aguilar 17.4% 9,242
     Republican Lesli Gooch 17% 9,033
     Democratic Eloise Reyes 15.9% 8,461
     Democratic Joe Baca 11.2% 5,954
     Democratic Danny Tillman 8.7% 4,659
     Republican Ryan Downing 3.3% 1,737
Total Votes 53,249
Source: California Secretary of State


The following Democratic representatives endorsed Aguilar in his primary battle.[10][11][12]

Aguilar also received the support of Senator Dianne Feinstein, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.[13]

Aguilar received the backing of the California Democratic Party at its state convention. He received the support of 74% of the delegates compared to Reyes' 18%.[14]


See also: California's 31st Congressional District elections, 2012

Aguilar ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 31st District. He was defeated in the open primary on June 5, 2012.[15][16]

U.S. House, California District 31 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGary Miller (R) Incumbent 26.7% 16,708
Green check mark transparent.pngBob Dutton (R) 24.8% 15,557
Pete Aguilar (D) 22.6% 14,181
Justin Kim (D) 13.5% 8,487
Renea Wickman (D) 6.7% 4,188
Rita Ramirez-Dean (D) 5.7% 3,546
Total Votes 62,667

Campaign donors


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

Pete Aguilar (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[17]April 15, 2013$19,648.45$16.64$(2,623.88)$17,041.21
July Quarterly[18]July 15, 2013$17,041.21$301,863.62$(28,548.32)$290,356.51
October Quarterly[19]October 15, 2013$290,356.51$200,234.82$(52,865.57)$437,725.76
Year-End[20]January 31, 2014$437,725$147,086$(61,248)$523,564
April Quarterly[21]April 15, 2014$523,564$262,047$(102,375)$683,236
Pre-Primary[22]May 22, 2014$683,236$131,735$(412,215)$402,755
July Quarterly[23]July 14, 2014$402,755$284,381$(361,408)$325,728
October Quarterly[24]October 15, 2014$325,728$507,241$(539,825)$293,144
Running totals


Aguilar and his wife, Alisha, have two sons and live in Redlands.[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 The Huffington Post, "Election 2014," November 4, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Campaign website, "About," accessed April 23, 2014
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "AGUILAR, Peter Rey, (1979 - )," accessed January 21, 2015
  4. Campaign website, "Pete's Plan," accessed August 5, 2014
  5. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  6. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed June 25, 2012
  7. The New York Times, "California Primary Results," May 3, 2014
  8. Daily Kos, "Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: A ton of House candidates start coming out of the woodwork," April 3, 2013
  9. Roll Call;, "Democrats Launch New Program for House Recruits," May 9, 2013
  10. Roll Call, "Two House Democrats Back Aguilar Over Baca #CA31," May 6, 2013
  11. Roll Call, "Ten House Democrats Endorse Pete Aguilar #CA31," May 22, 2013
  12. Roll Call, "Gavin Newsom, Zoe Lofgren Take Sides in Crowded House Primary | #CA31," August 19, 2013
  13. The Hill, "Feinstein endorses Calif. House candidate over ex-Rep. Baca," July 10, 2013
  14. Pete Aguilar campaign website, "Pete Aguilar Receives Backing Of California Democratic Party For CD 31 Seat," March 9, 2014
  15. California Secretary of State, "Official primary candidate list," accessed March 13, 2014
  16. California Secretary of State, "Unofficial election results," November 6, 2012 (dead link)
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Pete Aguilar April Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Pete Aguilar July Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Pete Aguilar October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Pete Aguilar Year-End," accessed February 10, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Pete Aguilar April Quarterly," accessed May 5, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Pete Aguilar Pre-Primary," accessed June 3, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Pete Aguilar July Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Pete Aguilar October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Gary Miller
U.S. House, California, District 31
Succeeded by