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California - 37th District

Incumbent -- Laura Richardson (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 37th combines some of the state's poorest and most Democratic areas with a large chunk of middle-class Long Beach. Minorities make up more than 85 percent of the population, with Hispanics as the dominant group, totaling 49 percent of residents. The district is more than one-fifth black and nearly 12 percent Asian.

The district contains a sliver of Los Angeles, as well as the lower- and middle-class suburbs of Compton and Carson to the south. These communities boost Democratic presidential candidates to high margins of victory in the 37th: in 2008, Compton gave Barack Obama 95 percent -- his highest margin in Los Angeles County -- and Carson gave him 76 percent.

Compton has a multiracial and ethnic population, and its poverty, crime rate and ongoing gang activity often lead it to be labeled as an "inner-city" community. But, commercial and residential development in areas previously considered undevelopable, coupled with police action, has propped up the economy and brought down notoriously high murder rates. Factories, refineries and other industrial sites occupy a large portion of Carson.

The non-coastal portion of Long Beach (the port is in the 46th) contains a more suburban, politically mixed community, and dozens of languages are spoken in local schools. The area has relied on high-tech and aerospace industries, although Boeing has cut jobs at its local facilities, including its C-17 production plant in Long Beach. The multibillion-dollar Alameda Corridor project -- which runs through the district linking the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to the south with distribution areas in the city of Los Angeles to the north -- created construction jobs. But prospects for robust growth in transportation and warehousing sectors, as well as continued economic development in the district, remain uncertain.

Major Industry

Service, manufacturing, oil

Cities

Long Beach (pt.), 365,708; Compton, 96,455; Carson, 91,714; Los Angeles city (pt.), 37,862

Notable

The Home Depot Center's multiuse sports complex in Carson is home to soccer's Chivas USA and LA Galaxy.

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