Otto Lee

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Otto Lee
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Candidate for
U.S. House, California, District 22
Bachelor'sUniversity of California Berkeley
J.D.University of California, Hastings
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Campaign website
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Otto Lee was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 22nd Congressional District of California. He lost in the general election.[1]


Campaign themes


Lee's campaign website listed the following issues:[2]

  • Veterans Policies
Excerpt: "Service members and military families need all the backing we can offer to them. These “benefits,” however, are really commitments being honored, not government goodies being given out. Our country made promises to our service members for their sacrifices, and reductions and delays in providing them to veterans – such as opening the Fresno veterans home – are unconscionable."
  • Jobs
Excerpt: "Leverage the region’s agriculture and related industries and natural competitive advantages to diversify the economy and increase job opportunities. Newer industries, for example, those associated with High Speed Rail or alternative energy which receive billions of dollars of federal funds, offer tremendous job potential as long as the projects are fiscally sound and sustainable."
  • Water
Excerpt: "Bringing additional acre-feet of water and increasing the percent allocation in the short-term while exploring long-term storage solutions is the only way to meet the vital needs of agriculture while balancing statewide demands."
  • Immigration
Excerpt: "We cannot continue waiting year after year to address this issue. Rebuilding a strong economy on the back of a broken immigration system makes no sense. Immigrants contribute greatly to our economy as workers, consumers, business owners and taxpayers. Our nation deserves a workable program that provides a legal path for immigration that does not sacrifice security."
  • Environment
Excerpt: "Our people deserve to breathe clean air and drink healthy water. Fighting for sensible solutions to basic needs for a good standard of living is something we must do for ourselves now and for our children’s tomorrow."



See also: California's 22nd Congressional District elections, 2012

Lee ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 22nd District. He and District 21 incumbent Devin Nunes (R) advanced past the June 5, 2012 blanket primary. They faced off in the general election on November 6, 2012 and Nunes won.[1][3][4]

U.S. House, California District 22 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDevin Nunes Incumbent 61.9% 132,386
     Democratic Otto Lee 38.1% 81,555
Total Votes 213,941
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Lee's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Lee did not win election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Lee's campaign committee raised a total of $399,219 and spent $395,031.[5]


Lee and his wife, Sally, have three children.[6]

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