|U.S. House, California, District 33|
|Elections and appointments|
|Next primary||June 3, 2014|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||UC Berkeley, 2005|
|J.D.||University of Southern California, Gould School of Law|
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.
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.
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.
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."
Obagi is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 33rd District. Obagi is seeking election as a Democrat in the blanket primary on June 3, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.
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