Alan Lowenthal

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Alan Lowenthal
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U.S. House, California, District 47
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorLoretta Sanchez (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,210,251
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
California State Assembly
California State Senate
Bachelor'sHobart College
Ph.D.Ohio State University
Date of birthMarch 8, 1941
Place of birthNew York, NY
Net worth$1,073,022
Office website
Campaign website
Alan Lowenthal (b. 1941) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing the 47th Congressional District of California. He was first elected in 2012. He is a former member of the California State Senate, representing District 27 from 2004 to 2012.[1]

Prior to joining the state senate, Lowenthal served in the California State Assembly from 1998-2004 and as a member of the Long Beach City Council from 1992-1998.

Lowenthal has a B.A. from Hobart College and a PhD from Ohio State University. He was a professor at California State University-Long Beach in community psychology from 1969 until he retired.


Legislative scorecard

Capitol Weekly, California's major weekly periodical covering the state legislature, publishes an annual legislative scorecard to pin down the political or ideological leanings of every member of the legislature based on how they voted on an assortment of bills in the most recent legislative session. The 2009 scores were based on votes on 19 bills, but did not include how legislators voted on the Proposition 1A (2009). On the scorecard, "100" is a perfect liberal score and "0" is a perfect conservative score. [2],[3]

On the 2009 legislative scorecard, Lowenthal ranked as a 100. He was one of eight state senators the publication identified as voting in what they defined as a "liberal" way in every vote they ranked.[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Lowenthal serves on the following committees:[5][6]

  • Foreign Affairs Committee
    • Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats
    • Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade
  • Natural Resources Committee
    • Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Lowenthal served on these committees:

  • Subcommittee on Resources, Environmental Protection, Energy and Transportation
  • Subcommittee on Sustainable School Facilities, Chair


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Lowenthal served on these committees:


Campaign themes


Lowenthal's campaign website listed the following issues:[12]

  • Jobs
Excerpt: "California is at the leading edge of green technology innovation and the creation of “green collar jobs.” Alan Lowenthal will aggressively pursue the funding and legislation necessary to support and expand these job-creating technologies and industries, and to keep them in California."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Good education leads to good jobs. Alan Lowenthal was one of the first innovators to put this into practice; as a College Professor he created the groundbreaking Long Beach Compact Program, bringing together schools, local business, and government to plan and develop curriculum that prepares students for jobs waiting after graduation."
  • Protecting Medicare and Social Security
Excerpt: "Medicare and Social Security aren’t political football – they are vital, successful programs which provide crucial support and independence to millions of seniors and disabled citizens. Alan Lowenthal will fight the ideological and partisan attacks on these crucial services."
  • Prioritizing Public Safety and our Schools
Excerpt: "Alan took a stand in the legislature to eliminate local government slush funds and gave that money to our police, firefighters, and schools. He will make the tough decisions, and stand up to the politicians and the special interests funding them to make sure the safety of our neighborhoods and quality of our schools are the top priority."
  • Clean Environment and Clean Technology
Excerpt: "Alan Lowenthal is regularly recognized by organizations like the Sierra Club and the California League of Conservation Voters as one of the most effective protectors of the environment and clean communities. Alan wrote the laws that cleaned up millions of tons of pollutants from the port, helping clean our air and lower asthma and other pollution-related diseases in our community."



See also: California's 47th congressional district elections, 2012

Lowenthal won the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 47th District.[1] He and Gary DeLong (R) advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Peter Mathews (D), Jay Shah (D), Usha Shah (D), Steve Foley (R), Sanford Kahn (R), and Steve Kuykendall (R). They faced off in the November 6, 2012, general election.[13][14]

U.S. House, California District 47 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAlan Lowenthal 56.6% 130,093
     Republican Gary DeLong 43.4% 99,919
Total Votes 230,012
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


In 2008 Lowenthal was re-elected to the California State Senate, District 27. He finished with 171,668 votes while his opponent Allen Wood finished with 83,628 votes.[15] Lowenthal raised $612,938 for his campaign fund.

California State Senate, District 27
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Alan Lowenthal (D) 171,668
Allen Wood (R) 83,268

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Lowenthal is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Lowenthal raised a total of $1,210,251 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[16]

Alan Lowenthal's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (California, District 47) Won $1,210,251
Grand Total Raised $1,210,251


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

Lowenthal won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Lowenthal's campaign committee raised a total of $1,210,251 and spent $1,171,131.[17]

2010 (Off-cycle)

Lowenthal raised no money in the 2010 election cycle.


Senator Lowenthal speaks about SB 9 and 19

In 2008 Lowenthal raised $612,938 in campaign donations. His top four contributors are listed below.[18]

Donor Amount
Operating Engineers Local 12 $14,400
California Teachers Association $14,400
Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters $14,400
California State Council of Service Employees $14,400


Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Lowenthal's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $481,045 and $1,665,000. That averages to $1,073,022, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874.[19]


Alan Lowenthal is married to Deborah Malumed and they have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Loretta Sanchez
U.S. House, California, District 47
January 3, 2013-Present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
California State Senate District 27
Succeeded by
Fran Pavley (D)