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Preceded by  Loretta Sanchez
Nationality  Jewish-American
Succeeded by  Betty Karnette

Preceded by  Steven T. Kuykendall
Preceded by  Betty Karnette
Name  Alan Lowenthal
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Succeeded by  Ricardo Lara (redistricted)
Born  March 8, 1941 (age 74) New York City, New York (1941-03-08)
Role  United States Representative
Office  Representative (D-CA 47th District) since 2013
Previous office  California State Senator (2004–2013)
Education  Ohio State University (1967), Ohio State University (1965), Hobart and William Smith Colleges (1962)
Spouse  Bonnie Lowenthal (m. ?–1988), Deborah Malumed
Children  Daniel Lowenthal, Joshua Lowenthal
Similar People  Bonnie Lowenthal, Loretta Sanchez, Michael Brook

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Alan Stuart Lowenthal (born March 8, 1941) is an American politician who has been the United States Representative for California's 47th congressional district since 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served in the California State Assembly from 1998 to 2004, representing the 54th Assembly district, and then as a member of the California State Senate, representing the 27th district from 2004 to 2012. In both posts, he represented the city of Long Beach and its surrounding suburbs.


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Early life, education, and academic career

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Lowenthal was born and raised in Queens, New York City. His family is Jewish. He graduated with a B.A. from Hobart College and earned a Ph.D. from Ohio State University. In 1969, Lowenthal moved to Long Beach and became a professor of community psychology at California State University, Long Beach. He went on leave to become a Long Beach City Councilman in 1992. He remained on leave for several years until retiring in 1998.


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In 1998, Lowenthal decided to run for the 54th district of the California State Assembly. He defeated Republican nominee Julie Alban 50%-47%. In 2000, he won re-election to a second term defeating Republican nominee Rudy Svorinich, a Los Angeles City Council member, 59%-39%. In 2002, he won re-election to a third term defeating Republican nominee Cesar Castellanos, 60%-40%.


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In the Assembly, Lowenthal authored gun control in California that would ban gun selling in people's homes. He was also a founding member of the Assembly's Bipartisan Caucus and authored legislation for the creation of California’s first ever Bipartisan Citizens Redistricting Commission.

Senator Lowenthal was named Legislator of the Year by the California Firefighters Association in 2002 after he passed a law that limited liability for organizations that donated firefighting equipment. The League of California Cities named him Legislator of the Year in 2001 due to his advocacy on behalf of local governments. He has also received the "Rivie" Award from the Friends of the Los Angeles River due to his efforts to help clean up the troubled river.


In 2004, he decided to run for the California Senate in the 27th Senate district. He won the Democratic primary unopposed. In the general election, he defeated Republican nominee Cesar Navarro Castellanos 63%-37%. In 2008, he won re-election to a second term, defeating Allen Wood 67%-33%.


The 27th District includes the Los Angeles County communities of Avalon, Long Beach, Signal Hill, Lakewood, Cerritos, Artesia, Bellflower, Downey, South Gate, Lynwood, Paramount, Hawaiian Gardens, Florence-Graham and Willowbrook.

Other legislation that Senator Lowenthal has had signed into law include a law to reduce diesel emissions at the ports by limiting idling time for trucks conducting transactions at the ports, a bill that established a grant program to provide financial incentives for purchasing or leasing electric vehicles, and a bill to protect highways.

With Bonnie Lowenthal's election to the Assembly and Alan Lowenthal's reelection in 2008, Senator and Assemblywoman Lowenthal were the first divorced husband and wife to serve concurrently in the California State Legislature.

Lowenthal provided significant commentary throughout the documentary Who Killed the Electric Car?.

Committee assignments

  • Senate Committee Education (Chair)
  • Select Committee on California Ports and Goods Movement
  • Select Committee on High-Speed Rail (Chair)
  • Senate Environmental Quality Committee
  • 2012 election

    On November 6, 2012, Lowenthal was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from the newly created 47th District after defeating Republican Gary DeLong. Although DeLong carried the Orange County portion of the district with 54 percent of the vote, Lowenthal swamped him in the Los Angeles County portion by over 38,000 votes, more than the actual margin of 30,100 votes. He took office on January 3, 2013. He is the first non-Hispanic Democrat to represent a significant portion of traditionally heavily Republican Orange County in Congress since Jerry M. Patterson, who served from 1975 to 1985. In much of the Orange County portion of the district, he is the only elected white Democrat above the county level. However, the Los Angeles County portion has more than double the population of the Orange County portion.

    Lowenthal was reelected in 2014 by a similar margin.

    Committee assignments

  • Committee on Foreign Affairs
  • Subcommittee on Europe and Eurasia
  • Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade
  • Committee on Natural Resources
  • Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
  • Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs
  • Subcommittee on Water and Power
  • Personal life

    He is married to Deborah Malumed, MD. His son Daniel is an elected judge to the Los Angeles County Superior Court.


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