I am proud to serve on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce in the 114th Congress. I am pleased to be Los Angeles’ voice on the most powerful committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Energy and Commerce Committee is the oldest of the “authorizing committees,” where many pieces of historic legislation have been created and first debated.
This committee is the most important in our House. I am honored to serve and I hope I can focus debates on issues important to the Los Angeles region and our nation. I intend to use the breadth of my experience to be ready on day one to discuss solutions to the challenges faced by our nation.
CAUCUSES - Caucuses are groups formed by Representatives who share something in common, be it geography, policy interests, ethnicity, ideology or even a shared love for a particular food or drink. I have joined the caucuses listed below because I believe it is important for legislators to come together around shared interests, to better understand our colleagues and the diverse communities they serve.
Recently, I launched the Connnecting the Americas Caucus, along with Rep. Carlos Curbelo. The caucus will will focus on strengthening relationships and business opportunities between the United States and Central and South American countries. Every day, opportunities within the hemisphere go untapped and millions of dollars are lost simply because companies do not know where to begin if they want to expand into new territories and grow their business. Connecting the Americas Caucus stands to open lines of communication and identify ways to improve the business environment.
I am the co-chair of the Crime Prevention and Youth Development Caucus, along with Rep. David Reichert of Washington. Together, we hope to lead the Caucus to achieve the goal of helping Members of Congress better understand the developmental and justice challenges facing the children of the United States of America, and to create bipartisan solutions to those challenges.
I also co-founded the the bipartisan Congressional Student-Athlete Protection Caucus with Rep. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania. The Caucus was founded to both inform Congressional members about physical, academic and financial issues faced by student-athletes, and to ensure that all student-athletes participating in collegiate athletics are treated fairly and are provided with the educational promise that is at the heart of collegiate athletics.
I am also a member of:
Animal Protection Caucus
California Democratic Congressional Delegation
Caucus on Diabetes
Caucus on Foster Youth
Caucus on India and Indian-Americans
Caucus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Congressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus
Congressional Arthritis Caucus
Congressional Arts Caucus
Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
Congressional Caucus on Community Health
Congressional Caucus on Intellectual Property Promotion and Piracy Prevention (IP Caucus)
Congressional Cloud Computing Caucus
Congressional Deaf Caucus
Congressional Down Syndrome Caucus
Congressional Hellenic Caucus
Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Congressional Internet Caucus
Congressional Maker Caucus
Congressional Philanthropy Caucus
Congressional STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Caucus Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus
Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus
Connecting Americas Caucus
Creative Rights Caucus
LGBT Equality Caucus
Small Business Caucus
Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission
U.S.- Mexico Friendship Caucus
Antonio Cárdenas (born March 31, 1963) is an Americanpolitician who has served as the United States Representative for California's 29th congressional district since January 2013.
Cárdenas was previously a member of the Los Angeles City Council, representing the Sixth Council District which covers portions of the northeast San Fernando Valley, including the communities of Arleta, Pacoima, Sun Valley, North Hollywood, Panorama City, Van Nuys, and Lake Balboa.
Cárdenas was elected to the California State Assembly for three consecutive terms and served as chair of the budget committee. In 2003, he was elected to the Los Angeles City Council and re-elected in 2007 and 2011. He is a member of the Democratic Party. Cardenas was elected to Congress in November 2012. He was reelected in 2014 and 2016.
Early life and education
Cárdenas was born March 31, 1963 in Pacoima, Los Angeles. He is one of eleven children of Andrés Cárdenas and María Quezada, who immigrated to the United States shortly after marrying in Jalisco, Mexico in 1946. Andrés Cárdenas was a farmworker near Stockton, California before the family relocated to Pacoima in 1954.
Cárdenas earned a degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1986.
In 1996, Cárdenas ran for California's 39th State Assembly district after Democrat incumbent Richard Katz decided not to run for re-election. He defeated Republican Ollie McCaulley 72%-28%. In 1998, he won re-election to a second term with 87% of the vote. In 2000, he won re-election to a third term with 78% of the vote.
Cárdenas' state reforms brought 78,000 new classroom seats and 15 playgrounds throughout Los Angeles. He also secured more than $650 million for new school construction.
He authored legislation that reformed California’s gang prevention and intervention programs and teamed up with fellow Democrat Adam Schiff to create the Schiff-Cárdenas Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act.
Los Angeles City Council
In 2002, Cárdenas ran for Los Angeles City Council's 2nd district. Wendy Greuel defeated him 50.4%-49.6%, a difference of 225 votes. In 2003, he ran for the City Council's 6th district. He defeated Jose Roy Garcia 69%-31%. In 2007, he won re-election to a second term with 66% of the vote. In 2011, he won re-election to a third term with 58% of the vote.
Cárdenas was a major animal rights activist. He authored legislation that created Los Angeles' first Animal Cruelty Task Force, which arrest animal abusers. One of the task force's first felony convictions put a gang member to jail for abusing a family pet. He supported City's mandatory spay/neuter ordinance to reduce the number of stray and homeless animals.
He strongly supported green energy. He proposed the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard that established goals for the city's Department of Water and Power to obtain at least 20% of its energy from wind and solar. He also proposed a plan that would convert all of the city's taxis to be fuel efficient by 2015.
He brought his passion for juvenile justice to the Los Angeles City Council. As Chair of the City's Ad Hoc Committee on Gang Violence and Youth Development, Cárdenas identified millions of dollars overlooked by the City to help keep kids off the streets, and reduced crime while reducing expenditures on crime abatement programs. As Vice Chair of the City's Public Safety Committee, Cárdenas spearheaded the most comprehensive gang intervention model in the country. The Community-Based Gang Intervention Model standardized and defined the methods used by gang intervention workers to help stop violence in some of Los Angeles' most dangerous neighborhoods.
In 2012, Cárdenas also passed landmark amendments to the City's daytime curfew ordinance. The new policy eliminated costly fines of up to $500 that students were facing. It also reduced lengthy court visits for parents and students and gave students the opportunity to do community service to eliminate citations.
- Business Tax Reform (Chair)
- Energy and Natural Resources (Chair)
- Gang Violence and Youth Development (Chair)
- Budget and Finance
- Housing, Community and Economic Development
U.S. House of Representatives
113th Congress (2013-2014)
During the 113th Congress, Càrdenas introduced 21 pieces of legislation in the U.S. House. Included among those are:
 H.R. 2669, Community-Based Gang Intervention Act, introduced July 11, 2013, has 22 cosponsors. This bill provides definitions of terms and services related to community-based gang intervention to ensure that funding for such intervention is utilized in a cost-effective manner. It also establishes that community-based agencies are held accountable for providing holistic, integrated intervention services.
 H.R. 4123, Prohibiting Detention of Youth Status Offenders Act of 2014, introduced: Feb. 22, 2014, has 7 cosponsors. This bill will amend the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974 to eliminate the use of valid court orders (VCO) that put juveniles in jail for “status offenses.” These offenses that would not be judicial issues if the offender were not a juvenile. This includes “offenses” such as breaking curfew, running away from home or skipping school.
 H.R.4124, Protecting Youth from Solitary Confinement Act, introduced Feb. 28, 2014, has 5 cosponsors. This bill amends the federal criminal code to prohibit subjecting a juvenile in federal custody in a juvenile facility to solitary confinement. The bill requires the Director of the Board of Prisons to report annually to the President and Congress on: (1) the most recent data regarding the rate at which juveniles are subject to solitary confinement; and (2) the trends demonstrated by data on juveniles subjected to solitary confinement with regard to the types of offenses for which the juveniles were incarcerated, the race, gender, and age of such juveniles, how many hours such juveniles were subject to solitary confinement, and the purposes of the solitary confinement. H.R. 4390, At-Risk Youth Medicaid Protection Act of 2014, introduced April 3, 2014, has 4 cosponsors and has been introduced in the U.S. Senate. The bill requires state Medicaid plans to prohibit the state from terminating (but allow it to suspend) enrollment under the state plan for medical assistance for an eligible juveniles if he or she is an inmate of a public institution. It requires the state to restore enrollment automatically to such an individual upon his or her release, and take all steps necessary to ensure the enrollment is effective immediately upon release, unless the individual no longer meets eligibility requirements. Lastly it requires the state to process any application for medical assistance submitted by, or on behalf of, a juvenile inmate notwithstanding that he or she is an inmate.
 H.R. 4949, New American Success Act of 2014, introduced June 24, 2014, is a bipartisan bill, cosponsored by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.). The bill establishes the National Office of New Americans to support the integration of immigrants to the United States into the economic, social, cultural, and civic life of their local communities and the Nation. The bill will help speed the integration of new Americans into society, ensuring each immigrant has access to programs that will help them learn or improve their English skills, civics education and other initiatives to help assist them in quickly adapting to their new nation while they participate in the naturalization process.
 H.R. 3734, 416d65726963612043616e20436f6465 (America Can Code) Act of 2013, introduced December 12, 2013, cosponsored by two other representatives. The bill expresses the importance of instruction in coding and computer programming to students' academic and vocational success, innovations in cyberspace, and our national security and economic competitiveness. The bill amends the America COMPETES Act to include computer programming language that is critical to the national security and economic competitiveness of our country as a "critical foreign language," the study of which is included in the teacher education programs and Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate programs funded under that Act. The bill also directs the Secretary of Education to convene a task force to explore ways of improving instruction in computer sciences and coding.
 H.R. 4929: Computer Science Career Education Act of 2014, introduced June 20, 2014, with 10 cosponsors. This bill will award grants to applicants that are a consortium of state or local educational agencies, institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations and employers with a documented need in the computer science sector. The grants are designed to encourage the development of computer science curriculum that will meet the market needs of employers and better integrate secondary and postsecondary education. Under the CSCE Act, groups can apply for funds to develop and operate a 4- or 6-year computer science career education training program.
 H.R.2982: Computer Science in STEM Act of 2013, introduced August 2, 2013. The bill adds Computer Science as one of the core “Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics” (STEM) classes. It directs the Secretary of Education to award grants to State educational agencies in order to develop comprehensive plans to strengthen elementary and secondary computer science education.
 H.R.3545: Collegiate Student Athlete Protection Act, introduced November 20, 2013 with 5 cosponsors. The bill requires universities and colleges who profit most from the talents of amateur athletes who trade athletic performance for the opportunity to achieve a high level of post-secondary education to guarantee that opportunity. CSAP Act will require alternate academic scholarships for any student-athlete involuntarily removed from completion for a college or university, but who maintains their academic standing. It also requires life skills and finance workshops including explanation of the full rights provided in scholarships and what student-athletes can expect to pay in health care costs.
 H.R. 4033: The American Worker Mobility Act, introduced February 11, 2014, is a bipartisan bill with 4 cosponsors, including Tea Party Republican Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) The American Worker Mobility Act would create a new program within the Department of Labor that would give people who can't find a job near where they live vouchers worth up to $10,000 to help them move to accept or find a job. The vouchers would be limited to long-term unemployed (longer than 26 weeks) individuals and require reporting on individuals use of the vouchers including statistics on new hires and the use of the vouchers.
 H.R. 5084: HUBZone Equity, introduced: July 11, 2014 with 15 cosponsors. The bill expands the eligibility for HUBZone designations to include business owned and operated by legal permanent residents. Under current law, only businesses owned by U.S. citizens are able to apply and get the HUBZone designation.
 H.R. 4763: Trade Protection Not Troll Protection Act, introduced: May 29, 2014 as a bipartisan bill with 9 cosponsors. The bill will speed up the legal process surrounding patent assertion litigation, undertaken by patent assertion entities (PAE) or so-called “patent trolls.” PAEs abuse the International Trade Commission patent process by purchasing patents and suing for intellectual property similarity between their purchased patents and a product that has been created and is being manufactured. The bill will ensure that American innovators and businesses are able to invest in their company and ideas instead of fighting these often frivolous lawsuits.
 H.R. 5325: American Manufacturing Workforce Act of 2014, introduced: July 31, 2014 with 7 cosponsors. The bill provides tax credits of up to $1,000 to unemployed individuals who receive manufacturing training. It will also create similar incentives for employers who provide manufacturing training to their workers. Eligibility for these tax credits will be limited to the top fifteen manufacturing states in the nation, including California.
 H.R. 4995: To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 6531 Van Nuys Boulevard in Van Nuys, California, as the "Marilyn Monroe Post Office," introduced June 26, 2014, with 18 California delegation cosponsors. The bill designates the United States Postal Service facility located at 6531 Van Nuys Boulevard in Van Nuys, California, as the "Marilyn Monroe Post Office." Marilyn Monroe claimed that her time in Van Nuys was the happiest time in her life.
 H.R. 4544: Stop Penalizing Taxpayers for Sports Owner Fouls Act of 2014, introduced May 1, 2014 with 14 cosponsors. The bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to prevent an owner of a professional sports franchise from being able to take a tax deduction for any fine or penalty that the owner was required to the professional sports league or association. Under current law, sport team owners are able to write-off fines and penalties when filing their taxes.
 H.R. 3495: To amend the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 to make improvements to the food safety education program carried out under such Act, and for other purposes, introduced: November 14, 2013. The bill would help protect more American families from foodborne illnesses. It would expand food safety education initiatives to train farmworkers on how to prevent bacterial contamination of food, how to identify sources of foodborne contaminants and other means of decreasing food contamination.
In 2012, he decided to run for the newly redrawn California's 29th congressional district after redistricting. In the June open primary, he ranked first with 64% of the vote. Independent David Hernandez, President of the San FernandoChamber of Commerce, ranked second with 22% of the vote, qualifying for the November election. Richard Valdez ranked third with 14% of the vote. In the November general election, Cardenas defeated Hernandez 74%-26%.
Chicano literature author Luis J. Rodriguez is Cardenas' brother-in-law. Cárdenas lives in the San Fernando Valley with his wife Norma and their children.
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