Anna Eshoo stakes her claim

Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, announced today that she’ll run for re-election to an 11th term in the House in the newly drawn 18th Congressional District.

“While the redistricting process shifted some cities out of this district that I have represented for decades and added new ones, my work has always had its roots in our regional strengths and needs, and those will not change,” she said in an e-mailed statement:

“This is no time to stand down or step back. For those of us who believe government can be a source of solutions and a vehicle for progress, we must make it so. I will use all that I’ve accomplished and learned to meet that responsibility. Retooling our workforce and reorienting some industries are essential to reviving the national economy long-term. Government and the private sector can work together towards this common goal, but we must each do our part. My priorities and those of all of Silicon Valley are keeping jobs here, attracting new ones and expanding government support for new technologies that will create the next generation of industries and jobs.

“As the Ranking Member on the Communications and Technology Subcommittee, and member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, I am well positioned to fight for affordable, reliable broadband and preserving a free and open Internet. I am also committed to providing our first responders with a nationwide, interoperable communications network and improving our 9-1-1 call centers.

“Tough times can test our commitment to our values. But my commitments have not changed: protecting our environment, guaranteeing every American has affordable healthcare, ensuring equal rights, guarding individual privacy, supporting comprehensive immigration reform, bringing our troops home from wars that I’ve voted against and preserving Social Security and Medicare for seniors and future generations.”

Eshoo’s Menlo Park home falls within the 18th District, and there’s no drama with neighboring incumbents: Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-San Jose, lives in what’s now the 19th District; Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough, lives in what’s now the 14th District; and Rep. Sam Farr, D-Carmel, lives in what’s now the 20th District.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    What a long, boring statement of principles! Here’s a short, fun way of saying the same things that’s easier to understand:
    One, two, three, four–I don’t want no lousy war!
    Five, six, seven and eight–let’s end illness, low pay and hate!
    Nine and ten, then eleven–let’s make earth just like heaven!
    Oh, I forgot, tee-hee-hee, don’t YOU forget: Vote for me!

  • John W

    Don’t know much about her. But have heard her interviewed a few times by Ronn Owens on KGO. Politics aside, she doesn’t seem like the brightest knife in the drawer. Strange considering the hyper-intelligent workforce she represents. But I guess she takes care of business for the Silicon Valley interests.

  • John W

    Er, make that the “sharpest” knife in the drawer.

  • Rick K.

    Two-year community college degree. That’s the extent of Congresswoman Eshoo’s formal education. No 4-year degree, no Master’s degree, no Ph.D. Why is Silicon Valley tolerating such a dolt to be their representative in Congress? Pete McCloskey, Ed Zschau and Tom Campbell were worthy of representing Silicon Valley. And why exactly is Ms. Eshoo worthy of the job? John W. may be onto something.

  • John W

    During a radio talk show, she brought up the issue of “net neutrality,” which is a key issue for many companies (and campaign contributors) in the Valley. She didn’t seem to really understand what the issue was about.