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California - 7th District

Incumbent -- George Miller (D) ; Running for re-election

Safe Democratic
Race Ratings Key
 

CQ Politics rates this race as "Safe," meaning the incumbent party is virtually certain to win the seat.

 

District Information

District Profile from Politics in America

Situated along the San Pablo Bay and the marshes and deltas where the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers merge, the 7th combines industrial and suburban areas of northern Contra Costa County with the western end of more rural Solano County.

In Contra Costa County, the district takes in residential Concord (shared with the 10th) and the industrial cities of Richmond and Martinez along San Pablo Bay, home to oil, steel and biotech interests. Chevron facilities in Richmond are major employers, and Shell Oil operates a petroleum refinery in Martinez, the Contra Costa County seat. Cities in Contra Costa are recovering from high unemployment and foreclosure rates.

The 7th's military footprint, stamped down during World War II, is almost gone. Some of Richmond's former Kaiser Shipyards -- one of the largest World War II shipbuilding operations -- has been redeveloped. The inland half of Concord Naval Weapons Station closed in 1999, and its port, transferred in 2008 to the Army as Military Ocean Terminal, Concord, is the only remaining active military installation in the district.

Health care also is important to the district's economy. The medical system implemented during World War II at the Kaiser Shipyards was the foundation for the modern Kaiser Permanente health organization. Although it is still a key employer, the company has had to cut some jobs in the region. Pittsburg was once known for a thriving steel industry, but local officials hope to encourage economic diversification through redevelopment efforts.

The 7th is safe Democratic territory, as just 20 percent of its voters are registered Republicans. The district gave 67 percent of its vote to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown in 2010.

Major Industry

Petrochemicals, steel, biotech, agriculture, health care

Military Bases

Military Ocean Terminal, Concord, 11 military, 91 civilian (2011)

Cities

Vallejo, 115,942; Richmond, 103,701; Vacaville (pt.), 92,412

notable

The Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond commemorates the contributions of women who held industrial jobs in support of the war effort.

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