|U.S. House, California, District 47|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Predecessor||Loretta Sanchez (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|California State Assembly|
|California State Senate|
|Ph.D.||Ohio State University|
|Birthday||March 8, 1941|
|Place of birth||New York, NY|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Issues
- 4 Committee assignments
- 5 Issues
- 5.1 Legislative actions
- 5.1.1 113th Congress
- 5.1.2 National security
- 5.1.3 Economy
- 5.1.4 Immigration
- 5.1.5 Healthcare
- 5.1.6 Social issues
- 5.2 Campaign themes
- 5.1 Legislative actions
- 6 Elections
- 7 Campaign donors
- 8 Analysis
- 9 Personal
- 10 Recent news
- 11 External links
- 12 References
Lowenthal served in the California State Assembly from 1998-2004 and as a member of the Long Beach City Council from 1992-1998. Lowenthal is also a former member of the California State Senate, representing District 27 from 2004 to 2012.
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Lowenthal is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.
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.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Lowenthal's academic, professional and political career:
- 1962: Graduated from Hobart College with B.A.
- 1965: Graduated from Ohio State University with M.A.
- 1967: Graduated from Ohio State University with Ph.D.
- 1992-1998: Member, Long Beach City Council
- 1998-2004: California State Assembly
- 2004-2012: California State Senate
- 2013-Present: U.S Representative from California
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. ,
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.
- 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
- Education, Chair
- Subcommittee on Sustainable School Facilities, Chair
- Environmental Quality Committee, California State Senate
- Fisheries and Aquaculture Committee, California Legislature
- Insurance Committee, California Senate
- Legislative Ethics Committee, California Senate, Vice Chair
- Transportation and Housing Committee, California Senate
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Lowenthal served on these committees:
- Transportation and Housing (Chair)
- Banking, Finance and Insurance
- Budget and Fiscal Review
- Environmental Quality 
- Energy, Utilities and Communications
The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session. For more information pertaining to Lowenthal's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
American response in Syria
- See also: United States involvement in Syria
On August 29, 2013, more than 50 House Democrats signed a letter written by California Rep. Barbara Lee that called for a congressional resolution on strikes, and cautioned that the dire situation in Syria "should not draw us into an unwise war—especially without adhering to our constitutional requirements." The letter also called on the Obama administration to work with the U.N. Security Council “to build international consensus” condemning the alleged use of chemical weapons. Lowenthal was 1 of the 50 Democrats in the House to sign the letter.
National Defense Authorization Act
Lowenthal voted against HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.
Department of Homeland Security Appropriations
Lowenthal voted against HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.
Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act
Lowenthal voted against HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.
Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination
Lowenthal voted against HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.
Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition
Lowenthal voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.
Health Care Reform Rules
Lowenthal voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.
Lowenthal voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.
Lowenthal's campaign website listed the following issues:
- 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."
- 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."
Lowenthal won the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 47th District. He and Gary DeLong (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Peter Mathews (D), Jay Shah (D), Usha Shah (D), Steve Foley (R), Sanford Kahn (R) and Steve Kuykendall (R). Lowenthal went on to defeat DeLong in the November 6, 2012, general election.
|U.S. House, California District 47 General Election, 2012|
|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. Lowenthal raised $612,938 for his campaign fund.
|California State Senate, District 27|
|Alan Lowenthal (D)||171,668|
|Allen Wood (R)||83,268|
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.
|Alan Lowenthal's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (California, District 47)||$1,210,251|
|Grand Total Raised||$1,210,251|
|Alan Lowenthal (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$39,710.71||$153,936.67||$(29,385.13)||$164,262.25|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$164,262.25||$112,321.76||$(55,678.54)||$220,905.47|
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. This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.
Cost per vote
Lowenthal spent $9.00 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, California District 47, 2012 - Alan Lowenthal Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$1,439,651|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$1,418,740|
|Top contributors to Alan Lowenthal's campaign committee|
|Girardi & Keese||$17,500|
|Amalgamated Transit Union||$10,000|
|American Assn for Justice||$10,000|
|American Federation of Teachers||$10,000|
|American Medical Assn||$10,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Public Sector Unions||$75,000|
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.
|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|
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Lowenthal missed 0 of 89 roll call votes from January 2013 to March 2013. This amounts to 0.0%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.
The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.
Lowenthal most often votes with:
Lowenthal least often votes with:
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Lowenthal has voted with the Democratic Party 96.2% of the time. This ranked 60th among the 201 House Democrats as of June 2013.
Alan Lowenthal is married to Deborah Malumed and they have two children.
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- Social media:
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Congressional profile at CongressMerge.com
- Congressional profile at GovTrack.us
- Congressional profile at OpenCongress.org
- Summary, biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Congressional profile and news at Roll Call
- Profile at Wikipedia
- Campaign finance reports and data at the Federal Election Commission
- Financial information at OpenSecrets.org
- Campaign contributions at Follow The Money
- Issue positions and quotes at On The Issues
- Legislation at Congress.gov
- Voting record maintained by The Washington Post
- Collected news and commentary at The Washington Post
- CNN "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
- Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Alan Lowenthal," Accessed June 17, 2011
- Capitol Weekly, "Capitol Weekly's Legislative Scorecard", December 17, 2009
- Fox and Hounds Daily, "Random Thoughts on the Political Scene", December 18, 2009
- Capitol Weekly", Downloadable 2009 Capitol Weekly State Legislative Scorecard
- CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
- Congressman Alan Lowenthal, California's 47th District, "Committees and Caucuses," accessed January 25, 2013
- Members of the Senate Transportation and Housing committee
- Senate Standing Committee on Banking, Finance and Insurance
- California Budget and Fiscal Review committee membership
- Senate Environmental Quality committee membership list
- Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications committee membership
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
- Office of Barbara Lee, "Lee Letter to President Obama," accessed September 2, 2013
- Washington Post, "More than 50 House Democrats also want Syria strike resolution," accessed September 2, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Campaign website, Issues
- California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
- Unofficial election results
- California State Senate official election results
- Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Alan Lowenthal," Accessed March 22, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Alan Lowenthal Summary Report," Accessed July 23, 2013
- 'Federal Election Commission "Alan Lowenthal April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
- 'Federal Election Commission "Alan Lowenthal July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
- Open Secrets "Alan Lowenthal 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
- Campaign donations
- GovTrack, "Alan Lowenthal," Accessed April 2, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Alan Lowenthal," Accessed July 31, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org, "Lowenthal, (D-Cali), 2011"
- OpenCongress "Voting With Party," Accessed June 4, 2013
|U.S. House, California, District 47
January 3, 2013-Present
| Succeeded by|
|California State Senate District 27
| Succeeded by|
Fran Pavley (D)