California's 37th Congressional District elections, 2014

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California's 37th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Karen Bass Democratic Party
Karen Bass.jpeg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid D[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe D[2]

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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 37th Congressional District of California will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
February 20, 2014
June 3, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: California has a top-two primary system, in which the top two vote-getters, regardless of party, go on to the general election.

Voter registration: Pending

See also: California elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Karen Bass (D), who was first elected in 2010.

California's 37th Congressional District is located in the southern portion of the state and includes part of Los Angeles County.[3]


Note: Prior to the signature filing deadline, candidates will be added when Ballotpedia writers come across declared candidates. If you see a name of a candidate who is missing, please email us and we will add that name. As the election draws closer, more information will be added to this page.General election candidates

Democratic Party Karen Bass
Republican Party Adam King

June 3, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Karen Bass - Incumbent Approveda
Democratic Party Mervin Evans
Republican Party Adam King Approveda


Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[4] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[5] Karen Bass voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[6]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[7] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Karen Bass voted for HR 2775.[8]

Campaign contributions

Karen Bass

Karen Bass (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[9]April 15, 2013$52,384.92$108,171.00$(57,619.01)$102,936.91
July Quarterly[10]July 15, 2013$102,936.91$109,465.00$(76,540.95)$135,860.96
October Quarterly[11]October 15, 2013$135,860.96$71,295.00$(67,980.25)$139,175.71
Year-End[12]January 31, 2014$139,175$137,378$(84,202)$192,351
April Quarterly[13]April 15, 2014$192,351$160,344$(110,280)$242,415
Pre-Primary[14]May 22, 2014$242,415$60,290$(49,372)$253,332
July Quarterly[15]July 15, 2014$253,332$137,611$(97,291)$293,652
Running totals

District history


On November 6, 2012, Karen Bass (D) won re-election to the United States House. She defeated Morgan Osborne in the general election.

U.S. House, California District 37 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKaren Bass Incumbent 86.4% 207,039
     Republican Morgan Osborne 13.6% 32,541
Total Votes 239,580
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Laura Richardson won re-election to the United States House. She defeated Star Parker (R) and Nicholas Dibs (I) in the general election.[16]

U.S. House, California District 37 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLaura Richardson incumbent 68.4% 85,799
     Republican Star Parker 23.2% 29,159
     Independent Nicholas Dibs 8.4% 10,560
Total Votes 125,518

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