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Congressman Mark DeSaulnier

Representing the 11th District of California


Civil Rights

Seeking Justice for the 50 Convicted Sailors at Port Chicago


As the only Bay Area member on the Committee on Education and the Workforce, Congressman DeSaulnier is honored to represent the needs of students in California and nationwide. Ensuring equal access to educational opportunities from early childhood education to advanced learning sows the seeds for a well-rounded and productive workforce and is essential to a growing economy.

Energy & Environment

Congressman DeSaulnier is a proud champion of policies that protect the environment and address climate change.

Gun Violence Prevention

Throughout his career, Congressman DeSaulnier has argued for and supported common sense gun violence prevention reforms, including background checks and limiting the sale of high ammunition magazines.

Health Care

All Americans should have access to quality, affordable health insurance, and Congressman DeSaulnier is a strong supporter of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which achieves these goals. Since being enacted, this landmark legislation has helped 20 million previously uninsured Americans gain health care coverage.



At the same time as wages have been stagnant for nearly 40 years, housing prices in California and the Bay Area are climbing exponentially, making home prices about 2.5 times the national average.

Innovation and Technology

During his time as a state legislator, Mark chaired a Select Committee on Excellence and Innovation in State Government to find creative solutions to the California’s budget and governance challenges.

Jobs and the Economy

While America has made major strides since the Great Recession, there is still much work to be done to ensure the viability of all segments of our nation’s economy. Congressman DeSaulnier continues to fight daily to address the concerns and challenges facing California families. As a father of two sons, Mark is working to ensure the next generation has a better life than their parents.

National Security

National Security

The security of our nation is Congressman DeSaulnier’s top priority in Congress. Threats to our nation are constantly evolving and are not the same as they were even a decade ago. Today, we face more elusive and dangerous threats, including terrorist organizations, radicalized individuals, and cyberattacks.

Oversight & Accountability

Americans deserve an efficient and effective government that meets the needs of hardworking families, now and into the future. In a time when many have grown cynical about how their hard-earned tax dollars are spent, Congressman DeSaulnier strives to rebuild public trust in government through transparency, accountability, and a higher-level of customer service.

Small Business

As a former small business owner, Congressman DeSaulnier understands the vital role small businesses play in strengthening the American economy. Small businesses are the engine of job creation in America, accounting for approximately 55% of all jobs in the United States.

Preserving Social Security and Medicare

Social Security & Medicare

Social Security and Medicare represent our promise to seniors of a secure retirement, and Congressman DeSaulnier is committed to protecting these programs. As 76 million baby boomers approach retirement, Mark is focused on making sure we are able to provide every retiree with the financial security they deserve.


As the former Chairman of the California State Senate Transportation & Housing Committee, Congressman DeSaulnier knows firsthand how important effective and efficient transportation systems are to a growing and prosperous California economy.

Women's Rights

Despite the tremendous progress made in the struggle for gender equality, women still face violence, discrimination, and institutional barriers to equal participation in society. Nearly a hundred years after women’s suffrage, the United States has not yet guaranteed equal constitutional rights to women.