California's 47th Congressional District elections, 2014

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California's 47th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Alan Lowenthal Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Alan Lowenthal Democratic Party
Alan Lowenthal.jpg

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 47th 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 Alan Lowenthal (D), who was first elected in 2012.

California's 47th Congressional District is located in the southern portion of the state and includes part of Orange County.[3]


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Democratic Party Alan Lowenthal Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Andy Whallon

June 3, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Alan Lowenthal - Incumbent Approveda
Republican Party Andy Whallon 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] Alan Lowenthal 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. Alan Lowenthal voted for HR 2775.[8]

Campaign contributions

Alan Lowenthal

Alan Lowenthal (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[9]April 15, 2013$39,710.71$153,936.67$(29,385.13)$164,262.25
July Quarterly[10]July 15, 2013$164,262.25$112,321.76$(55,678.54)$220,905.47
October Quarterly[11]October 15, 2013$220,905.47$98,624.55$(45,615.52)$273,914.50
Year-End[12]January 31, 2014$273,914$85,845$(43,611)$316,148
April Quarterly[13]April 15, 2014$316,148$89,119$(71,545)$333,723
Pre-Primary[14]May 22, 2014$333,723$13,697$(20,409)$327,011
July Quarterly[15]July 14, 2014$327,011$78,205$(39,354)$365,886
October Quarterly[16]October 15, 2014$365,886$140,749$(101,304)$405,332
Running totals

District history


On November 6, 2012, Alan Lowenthal (D) won election to the United States House. He defeated Gary DeLong in the general election.

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"


On November 2, 2010, Loretta Sanchez won re-election to the United States House. She defeated Van Tran (R) and Cecilia Iglesias (I) in the general election.[17]

U.S. House, California District 47 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLoretta Sanchez incumbent 53% 50,832
     Republican Van Tran 39.3% 37,679
     Independent Cecilia Iglesias 7.8% 7,443
Total Votes 95,954

See also

External links


  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR June 26, 2014," accessed July 28, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed July 28, 2014
  3. California Redistricting Map, "Map," accessed September 25, 2012
  4. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  5. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  6. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  7. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  8. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  9. Federal Election Commission, "Alan Lowenthal April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  10. Federal Election Commission, "Alan Lowenthal July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  11. Federal Election Commission, "Alan Lowenthal October Quarterly," accessed October 21, 2013
  12. Federal Election Commission, "Alan Lowenthal Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Alan Lowenthal April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Alan Lowenthal Pre-Primary," accessed June 3, 2014
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Alan Lowenthal July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Alan Lowenthal October Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013