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Phone: 202-225-5256

Address: 1610 LHOB, DC 20515

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Phone: (626) 350-0150

Address: 4401 Santa Anita Avenue, El Monte CA 91731

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Grace Napolitano Biography
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  • Elected: 1998, 8th term.
  • District: California 32
  • Born: Dec. 04, 1936, Brownsville, TX
  • Home: Norwalk
  • Education:

    Brownsville H.S.

  • Professional Career:

    Employee, Ford Motor Co., 1970-1992.

  • Political Career:

    Norwalk City Cncl., 1986-92; Norwalk mayor, 1989-92; CA Assembly, 1992-98.

  • Ethnicity: Hispanic/Latino
  • Religion:

    Catholic

  • Family: Married (Frank); 5 children

Grace Napolitano, a Democrat first elected in 1998, is known for her fiercely liberal politics. She concentrates on issues affecting lower-income Hispanics in her Southern California district, including jobs, water scarcity, and mental health. Read More

Grace Napolitano, a Democrat first elected in 1998, is known for her fiercely liberal politics. She concentrates on issues affecting lower-income Hispanics in her Southern California district, including jobs, water scarcity, and mental health.

Napolitano grew up in the lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas, married at age 18, and eventually had five children. When she was 23, the family moved to California. She got a job as a secretary at Ford Motor Co. and stayed for 22 years. After her first husband died, she married Frank Napolitano, and in 1980, they started a pizzeria. She served on the Norwalk City Council from 1986 to 1992, and also served one term as mayor, becoming the first Latino to hold the position. In 1992, she was elected to the California Assembly.

Term-limited in 1998, she got the opportunity to run for Congress when 16-year Democratic Rep. Esteban Torres announced three days before the filing deadline that he was retiring. Torres’s surprise move seemed designed to promote the election of Jamie Casso, his son-in-law and chief of staff, who immediately announced his candidacy. Napolitano was not deterred, and got into the race. She criticized Casso for not living in the district, and he criticized an $180,000 loan she made to her campaign at an unusual 18% interest rate. (A 2009 Los Angeles Times story said she took advantage of a Federal Election Commission ruling to charge her campaign 18% for her personal loans, collecting tens of thousands of dollars in interest.) Napolitano had the financial backing of national women’s organizations, including EMILY’s List, plus the benefit of higher name recognition. The two candidates had few differences on major issues. Napolitano signed a pledge to serve only three terms. She won the primary by 618 votes, and her victory in November was assured in the heavily Democratic district.

Napolitano is among the most liberal members of the House. She is a former chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and has been more consensus-oriented on immigration legislation than some caucus members.

As a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, she has focused on rail safety. In work on the House-passed surface transportation bill in 2012, she was able to defeat changes in current law that would have weakened existing safety measures, and she won an extension of a program to speed up transportation projects and lower costs by relieving California of having to do a full review under the National Environmental Policy Act when a more stringent review has already been completed.

On the Natural Resources Committee, Napolitano was active in the 2004 reauthorization of the California Bay-Delta water allocation program, which featured unusual bipartisanship among Californians. When Democrats took majority control in 2007, she became the chairman of the panel’s Water and Power Subcommittee, with a focus on Southern California’s acute need for an adequate water supply. During California’s severe drought in 2009 and 2010, she held hearings to examine possible long-term solutions to address water needs, and she called for continued funding of water desalination research in April 2012, saying, “Our water supply continues to be strained by population growth and climate change, and the ability to convert saltwater into drinking water is fast becoming a critical source of economic growth and international competition.”

Napolitano also gets involved in issues related to the mentally ill, an interest that was sparked by a report that one in three Hispanic girls contemplates suicide. “Mental health is treatable. But (the Latino community has) a stigma attached to it,” Napolitano said. During the 2010 health care overhaul debate, she said affordable health care was “critical to the future of women who suffer in silence from mental illness.” She enlisted Los Angeles Lakers basketball star Metta World Peace (named Ron Artest at that time) in 2011 to help push for her bill to provide $200 million for schools to hire mental health professionals to diagnose and treat psychologically troubled students before they become involved in violent or criminal behavior. But it did not attract Republican support and stalled.

In February 2003, Napolitano abandoned her earlier pledge to serve only three terms; she ran for a fourth in 2004 and won. She has not been seriously challenged for reelection. In 2007, she was criticized by the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington for paying her daughter, Yolanda Dyer, and her daughter’s consulting firm nearly $53,000 for work on her campaigns between 2002 and 2006. Napolitano said her daughter ran her campaigns. In 2012, she ran in the newly redrawn 32nd District, in which more than 80% of voters were new to her. She won with 66% of the vote.

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Grace Napolitano Election Results
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2012 General (Top-Two General)
Grace Napolitano (D)
Votes: 124,903
Percent: 65.7%
David Miller
Votes: 65,208
Percent: 34.3%
2012 Primary (Top-Two Primary)
Grace Napolitano (D)
Votes: 24,094
Percent: 46.1%
David Miller
Votes: 21,843
Percent: 41.8%
G. Bill Gonzalez (D)
Votes: 6,322
Percent: 12.1%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (74%), 2008 (82%), 2006 (75%), 2004 (100%), 2002 (71%), 2000 (71%), 1998 (68%)
Grace Napolitano Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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2013 2012 2011
Economic 91 (L) : - (C) 89 (L) : - (C) 92 (L) : - (C)
Social 77 (L) : 21 (C) 85 (L) : - (C) 80 (L) : - (C)
Foreign 90 (L) : 6 (C) 85 (L) : 15 (C) 88 (L) : - (C)
Composite 88.5 (L) : 11.5 (C) 90.7 (L) : 9.3 (C) 93.3 (L) : 6.7 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC100
LCV10080
CFG108
ITIC-45
NTU1714
20112012
COC13-
ACLU-92
ACU80
ADA9590
AFSCME100-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
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