“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.