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California - 14th District

Incumbent -- Anna G. Eshoo (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

The 14th District stretches south from northern San Mateo County on the Pacific coast, taking in the majority of Santa Cruz County and a C-shaped arc of northwestern Santa Clara County just south of the San Francisco Bay. The district is home to Stanford University, technology firms and fruit orchards.

Workers in the 14th are largely wealthy, educated and professional. More than half of residents here have earned a college degree, and more than three-quarters of the local workforce hold white-collar jobs. The region is not immune to layoffs during nationwide economic downturns, but very high incomes and relatively stable job and housing markets have helped insulate the district's economy.

Technology is a dominant industry here. Corporate headquarters in the 14th include Google in Mountain View, Hewlett-Packard in Palo Alto, and Yahoo, Palm and AMD in Sunnyvale. Facebook plans to boost its workforce following a move from Palo Alto to a 57-acre campus in Menlo Park, where local development continues to be a hot issue. NASA's Ames Research Center near Mountain View collaborates with technology firms and colleges on high-tech computing and space-related research and development projects.

Voters in the 14th are liberal on social and environmental issues, particularly in Santa Cruz County. Many residents are more conservative economically, however, and some GOP voting blocs exist in wealthy areas in Santa Clara County. Democrats hold an overall 24-percentage-point edge in voter registration, and the district gave Democrat Jerry Brown 64 percent of its vote in the 2010 gubernatorial election.

Major Industry

Computers, biotechnology, defense, agriculture

Cities

Sunnyvale, 140,081; Mountain View, 74,066; Palo Alto, 64,403; Redwood City (part), 53,702; Menlo Park, 32,026

notable

Stanford University's Cantor Arts Center has the nation's largest concentration of bronze sculptures by Auguste Rodin; Stanford's Linear Accelerator Center claims to be the "world's straightest object."

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