District Work Period Recap

April 19, 2019
DeSaulnier Digest

For the last two weeks, I have been home in Contra Costa visiting different corners of the district for our April district work period. We hosted two town halls with over 650 people in attendance, sat down with constituents, met with numerous organizations, celebrated the artistic talents of our students, and heard from leaders in our communities.

As I return to vote in Washington, D.C. this week, please find a snapshot of the work period.

Mark DeSaulnier
Member of Congress


In this week’s Digest, you will find information on:

  • Our Conversation on Race town hall series;
  • Mark’s work in the community during the district work period; and
  • Mark representing CA-11 on both national and local news.


In 2018, Mark began his “Conversation on Race” town hall series and hoped it could become a template to help facilitate discussions on race relations across the country. This past week, we held two more with African American leaders and expert panelists. If you didn’t have the chance to attend our events and would like to learn more about our esteemed panelists or watch the meetings in their entirety, visit our Facebook page.

At Diablo Valley College, we were joined by Congresswoman Karen Bass, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and the first African American woman to serve as Speaker of any state assembly in the country, and a trio of experts from UC Berkeley 

In Berkeley, Congresswoman Barbara Lee joined us along with experts from UC Berkeley, Mills College, and Causa Justa


The release of the Mueller Report affirmed Russia’s attempts to undermine the 2016 election. Mark shared his thoughts on the report a few hours after it was released

Mark joined KTVU’s Jana Katsuyama to discuss the Mueller Report and Russia’s attempts to meddle in our election

Mark spoke with Fox News’ Eric Shawn about the Mueller Report and next steps for Congress

Mark sat down with MSNBC’s Alex Witt to discuss the Mueller Report and the importance of addressing Russia’s attempted manipulation of our elections

Mark joined ABC7 News to discuss the Trump Administration’s assault on air quality standards in California

Mark sat down with KPIX’s Phil Matier for a discussion on the Mueller Report, Congress’ responsibility to provide oversight, and Democratic priorities moving forward


Congressman DeSaulnier met with African American business leaders in Richmond for a productive conversation on how to best support education and entrepreneurship in African American communities

Continuing our efforts on the Future of Work, Wages, and Labor, Mark joined a panel of experts at UC Berkeley’s Institute for Research on Labor and Employment to discus new research on how to keep up the fight to put workers first

We welcomed a number of local groups and constituents to our Walnut Creek office for a productive day of meetings

The 2019 Congressional Art Competition culminated with a reception at our Walnut Creek office. This year’s winner is Las Lomas High School junior Yoon-Ju Kim 

Congressman DeSaulnier joined Republican Congressman Jack Bergman (MI-01) to visit his grandson’s history class at Campolindo High School in Moraga. The students asked thoughtful questions of both Members. Bi-partisanship at its finest!