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California - 43rd District

Incumbent -- Joe Baca (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 San Bernardino County communities of Ontario, Fontana and San Bernardino form the base of the 43rd, which lies in the heart of the Inland Empire east of Los Angeles. The district has retained a diverse and working-class feel despite decades of explosive growth that had resulted in years of economic prosperity similar to that of its neighbors in Orange and Los Angeles counties.

The area relied on a strong home construction sector to drive further growth and bolster the region's economy. But state and local government budget shortfalls and high foreclosure and unemployment rates affect the local workforce. Some residents commute into Los Angeles along the Pomona and San Bernardino freeways, and technology, manufacturing and aerospace industries will play a large role in economic recovery here. Homeowners in Fontana have been hit particularly hard, although the widespread foreclosure crisis may result in a glut of lower-priced homes in these established suburbs.

The renovated Ontario airport is part of a transportation and container warehousing sector and serves as a hub for UPS, and demand for air travel through the airport has remained steady. Local officials hope expansion and new high-end stores at the large Ontario Mills mall will spur economic activity. The manufacturing sector supports companies such as Mag Instrument, the maker of the Maglite flashlight. Rialto, which is more than two-thirds Hispanic, is home to regional distribution centers for Staples and Toys "R" Us.

The district is now 69 percent Hispanic, and registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by nearly 20 percentage points. The 43rd favors Democrats on all levels and gave Jerry Brown 62 percent of its 2010 gubernatorial vote. Traffic congestion and illegal immigration are big issues among residents here.

Major Industry

Manufacturing, electronics, agriculture


Fontana, 196,069; Ontario, 163,924; San Bernardino (pt.), 148,390; Rialto, 99,171; Colton (pt.), 47,411


Fontana is the birthplace of the Hells Angels motorcycle club.




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