District CA-25

Santa Clarita, Simi Valley, Palmdale, Lancaster, & the San Fernando Valley

The Problem

Candidate to Defeat

Steve Knight

Republican

Steve Knight

  • Voted to dramatically increase the cost of insurance and kick millions off health care by supporting Trumpcare
  • Voted for the Trump tax law which gives tax cuts to the wealthy and large corporations instead of to working families in his district
  • NRA score of A for opposing gun safety legislation that could have helped prevent his constituents’ deaths in the Las Vegas massacre
Learn more about Knight and how he has been misrepresenting his district for the past three years.

The Solution

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Why CA-25 Counts

"As a gay man, marriage equality catapulted me into activism. Today, I’m driven to protect our health care from Steve Knight."
- Matthew, Palmdale

The 25th district spans the Southern California’s mountains and valleys from Simi Valley to Santa Clarita to Palmdale and beyond. It’s a socioeconomically diverse area that has not been properly represented for the past three years, leading to over half of the district disapproving of Knight’s leadership. In the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton won this district by almost 7%. About 31,100 veterans live in this district, as well as approximately 77,600 people who are living with disabilities. There are about 144,100 immigrants living in District 25, 2,900 of whom are “Dreamers” — undocumented Californians who were brought to the U.S. from another country when they were young children. The people in this area see housing costs and unemployment as some of the biggest issues they and their neighbors are facing — a problem which Rep. Knight has actually made worse.

A majority of residents in this area also support the Affordable Care Act (almost 90,000 District 25 residents receive health care through the ACA) while also worrying about how the new tax plan will affect them. Rep. Knight has consistently voted against them on these issues.

District 25 is comprised of Santa Clarita, Simi Valley, Palmdale, Lancaster, and the San Fernando Valley. By demographic, 43% are white, 38% are Latinx, 8% Asian or Pacific Islander, and 8% are Black.

"Formerly content with voting, I’m now leading an activist group in Santa Clarita because Knight is so out of step with his constituents."
- Jackie, Santa Clarita

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More on Steve Knight

Rep. Knight has spent much of his time in office taking money from and voting in line with Big Oil, the NRA, insurance companies, and the real estate industry — rather than listening to the needs of his own constituents.

A majority of people living in District 25 oppose repealing current health care law. But that didn’t matter to Rep. Knight who voted for Trumpcare, which would have significantly increased the cost of insurance for almost everyone and kicked millions off their current coverage. In the meantime, he has accepted $114,000 from insurance companies. He has been silent on the topic of Trump’s offshore drilling plan even though 61% of his constituents oppose it. However, his silence may not be surprising once you learn that he has accepted $20,000 from Chevron since he’s been in office.

Immigration is another issue where he and his constituents disagree. Sixty-four percent of District 25 residents support providing legal status to people brought to the United States as children — people referred to as “Dreamers” who are currently protected from deportation. There are about 2,900 Dreamers in Knight’s district, but he has not taken any real action against Trump’s decision to send them back to countries they have never truly known. A majority of residents also oppose the border wall, but Knight has not taken part in any immigration legislation that would help his approximately 144,100 immigrant constituents.

The NRA has given Rep. Knight a score of A for standing with them in policy matters, and he’s also accepted $15,000 from them during his time in office. He has used that deadly partnership to oppose common sense gun safety legislation that could have helped prevent the Las Vegas massacre — including the deaths of some of his own constituents in the violence. After the massacre, the only thing Knight had to offer were prayers, not action.

A recent study found that a majority of his constituents are against Trump’s tax reform bill, but Rep. Knight voted in favor of it. Instead of helping the working class families in his district, the tax reform bill gives tax cuts to the wealthy and large corporations. The bill also eliminates tax deductions for fire victims, which will hit District 25 hard with its high rate of wildfires. Insurance rates are already going up for some people living on the fire line. Knight isn’t any better at listening to his constituents when it comes to protecting them from another gas blowout. His constituents have led local campaigns to shut down gas storage facilities like Aliso Canyon, which created a massive environmental disaster that will last decades, but he still allows for the operation of these facilities.

Knight’s failures in representing District 25 are endless. There are about 31,100 veterans living in his district, but he voted to take funding away from the Department of Veteran Affairs and services to homeless veterans by $2 million. He voted to gut the Americans with Disability Act, setting rights for people living with disabilities back decades and making it more difficult to make businesses create accommodations for them. Over 77,600 of his constituents are people living with disabilities.

Rep. Knight is deeply out of sync with his constituents and the people of District 25 are ready for a change. Join us in winning back his seat and giving them the representative they deserve.

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Recent Polls

February 8, 2018

How likely are Californians in Republican Steve Knight's district to re-elect him to Congress?
56%
Unlikely
38%
Likely
6%
Undecided
Berkeley IGS Poll