Zein Obagi

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Zein Obagi
Zein E. Obagi, Jr..jpg
Candidate for
U.S. House, California, District 33
Bachelor'sUC Berkeley, 2005
J.D.University of Southern California, Gould School of Law
Campaign website
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Zein Obagi was a 2014 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 33rd Congressional District of California.[1]

Obagi sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 33rd Congressional District of California in 2012 as well.


Obagi was born in San Diego, California, and grew up with six sisters and two brothers. When he was six years old, his family moved to Los Angeles where he attended various schools including Fairburn Elementary School, Warner Elementary School and El Rodeo. He attended a world-renowned high school in West Los Angeles, Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles, where he graduated as Valedictorian, co-captain of the varsity basketball team and student body vice president. In twelfth grade, he was accepted to UCLA on a merit-based scholarship, but decided to attend UC Berkeley to study political science.[2]

Obagi graduated from UC Berkeley in 2005. He went on to receive his J.D. from the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law. At Gould, he was selected for the Hale Moot Court Honors Program. He traveled three times to the Hurricane Katrina-afflicted Gulf Region to supply critical pro bono legal aid as part of the inaugural and two subsequent Legal Aid Alternative Breaks Projects. Now as a California licensed attorney in Los Angeles, he participates in community service projects with the Los Angeles 5 (LA5) Chapter of Rotary Club International.[2]

As a professional, he has represented the interests of big and small businesses alike with several prestigious Los Angeles law firms, including Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP and Jones Bell Abbott Fleming & Fitzgerald LLP. He now owns his own law firm, Obagi & Stodder LLP.[2]


Campaign themes


  • Technology
Excerpt: "We need to use technology firms in this district to repair the Covered CA website, and make it work for Californians. Too many young Californians (my peers and even employees), have been unable to procure a policy with their social security numbers, or even with images of their passports or resident alien paperwork. This can, and must be fixed so Representative Waxman's vision of accessible health coverage under the ACA can be realized."
  • Education
Excerpt: "We must develop true accountability in education - for students, teachers, administrators and principals. Our K-12 curriculum must not only make our youth ready for college, but also ready for the real world for those who cannot immediately make it to college. Education is our most important investment."
  • Immigration
Excerpt: "We need to pass real immigration reform that allows our hard-working immigrants to become invested in our country and have a path to citizenship. I will carry forward the Dream."
  • Cyber-security
Excerpt: "We must bolster the security of both private and government technological infrastructure in the U.S. Private companies and banks, which received huge amounts of consumer financial information continue to be compromised by hackers foreign and domestic. Our government faces the same challenge, though less publicly - with our defense contractors and departments unintentionally leaking secrets to other regimes. We must protect our nation's and Americans' most sensitive information."



See also: California's 33rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Obagi ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 33rd District. Obagi was defeated in the blanket primary on June 3, 2014.[3]

U.S. House, California District 33 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngElan Carr 21.6% 23,476
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTed Lieu 18.8% 20,432
     Democratic Wendy Greuel 16.6% 17,988
     Independent Marianne Williamson 13.2% 14,335
     Democratic Matt Miller 12% 13,005
     Republican Lily Gilani 7.1% 7,673
     Democratic Kevin Mottus 2.4% 2,561
     Republican Barbara Mulvaney 2.3% 2,516
     Democratic David Kanuth 1.4% 1,554
     Democratic Kristie Holmes 0.9% 994
     Libertarian Mark Herd 0.8% 883
     Green Michael Sachs 0.7% 732
     Democratic Michael Shapiro 0.6% 650
     Independent Tom Fox 0.5% 509
     Democratic Zein Obagi 0.4% 477
     Democratic Vince Flaherty 0.3% 345
     Democratic James Graf 0.3% 327
     Independent Brent Roske 0.2% 188
Total Votes 108,645
Source: California Secretary of State


See also: California's 33rd Congressional District elections, 2012

Obagi ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 33rd District. He was defeated in the open primary on June 5, 2012.[4][5]

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