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Susan has never forgotten that it all starts with "We the People." As someone who believes holding office is public service, Susan is committed to making sure the federal government lives up to ideals of the American people.

Susan knows how hard taxpayers work for their money and is a strong supporter of efficiency and transparency in federal spending. She also believes the integrity of our elections is a critical element of our democracy and that's why she's made election and campaign finance reform two of her signature issues.

Responsive Representation

As the proud Representative of California's 53rd district, Susan makes it a priority to make sure she and her staff listen carefully to constituent input and are as responsive to community concerns as possible.

  • Susan's policy is to answer every constituent email and letter she receives.
  • Susan and her staff meet with any constituent who requests a meeting.
  • Susan and her staff make casework inquiries for any constituent who requests such services. Her caseworkers have helped over 15,000 constituents.
  • Susan works hard to be accessible by holding listening sessions with constituents by phone and in person and sending regular congressional reports by email, Facebook, Twitter, and postal mail.
  • To share your concerns with Susan, click here.

Leading on Creating Work/Life Office Policies 

Susan is the winner of the first-ever Democracy Awards by the Congressional Management Foundation. Susan was awarded the “Life in Congress” Award, which recognizes members of Congress for having established “both formal policies and informal cultures that enhance the work-life fit and professional development of their staffs.”

Campaign Finance Reform

Susan has long supported public campaign financing because she believes it has the potential to limit the outsized influence of special interests in our electoral process.

  • Susan is a cosponsor of the Government By the People Act to help fight back against big money politics.
  • Susan opposed the Citizens United ruling and strongly supports transparency in campaign advertising.

Election Reform

A former President of the San Diego League of Women Voters Susan has a strong interest in bettering federal elections. Susan has served on the House Administration Subcommittee on Elections and is actively engaged in issues of election integrity.

Susan is a proud cosponsor of Rep. John Lewis’s comprehensive Voter Empowerment Act HR 12,

She has also consistently introduced inexpensive common sense election reform measures to greatly increase security, efficiency, and participation in federal elections.

The Universal Right To Vote By Mail Act 

This bill would allow voters in all states to vote by mail for any reason. About half the states currently allow no-excuse absentee voting, which has been shown to be very popular. In the other states, voters must have a specific reason such as age, disability or travel to request an absentee ballot. In these states, work and childcare are often not valid reasons to vote by mail, which specifically excludes many voters from participating.

This bill would make voting more convenient and would level the playing field by allowing all voters the same opportunity. It also removes such additional requirements as notary signatures, doctors' notes and invasive personal information requests.

The Federal Election Integrity Act

This bill would prohibit chief state election administration officials from taking an active part in political campaigns with respect to any elections for federal office over which the officials have supervisory authority.

Redistricting Reform

Susan believes gerrymandering is unfair as it dilutes the voice of the people and thus threatens our democracy.  That’s why she is an original cosponsor of HR 1102, The Redistricting Reform Act

Pay and Benefits for Members of Congress

Pay and Benefits for Members of Congress

Americans throughout the nation work hard to live within their means, Susan believes Congress should too.

  • Susan has consistently opposed pay increases for Members of Congress. Furthermore, she has supported a Member pay freeze that has been in place since 2010.
  • Susan voted to cut her own office budget by over 11 percent.
  • Like other Americans, Susan and other Members of Congress pay into Social Security.
  • Susan and her staff buy their health insurance from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Exchange.
  • Susan supported the STOCK Act, a measure to prevent Members of Congress from using insider information for personal financial gain.

Maintaining the Door Delivery of Mail

Susan is leading a bipartisan effort of over 200 Members of Congress to ensure door delivery of mail continues to be a cornerstone of the postal process. Postal reform efforts in Congress threaten door delivery, which would force residents to pick up their mail at shared cluster boxes. Seniors and people with disabilities would be most hurt by the forced adoption of cluster boxes especially for getting their prescriptions.

Susan is also cosponsoring a House resolution declaring that 6-day mail delivery should continue.


Susan is pleased that earmarks are no longer a part of the House appropriations process. Although she has supported certain local projects such as the San Diego Trolley that have been funded by earmarks in the past, she believes the funding system can be vastly improved to make it more accountable.

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