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Congressman Ro Khanna

Representing the 17th District of California

Equality and Social Justice

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The 21st century has brought new challenges to American citizens' inalienable civil rights and liberties. We must face these challenges head on, and I will defend the freedoms of all Americans. I will protect the freedom of religion and work hard to improve measures that prevent profiling in law enforcement.

LGBTQ+ Equality

I am a proud member of both the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus and the Transgender Equality Task Force. I believe that no person should be discriminated based on sexual orientation or gender identity. I will support and advocate for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, and others (LGBTQ+) community by fighting to end workplace discrimination, youth homelessness, school bullying, and health care disparities.

Though we have made great gains recently, the fight is not over. We must continue to make progress toward equal rights for all. I will advocate to preserve and expand protections to end harmful practices that disproportionately affect the LGBTQ community, as well as fight any attempts to roll back these potentially life-saving measures.

Voting Rights

In 2013, the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. While I have the utmost respect for the independence of our judiciary, I firmly believe that we need strong protections like this to safeguard the catalyst of our democracy. Voting is fundamental right and should be an easy and safe process for all eligible Americans.

Modern-day voter suppression occurs when states enact discriminatory voter ID laws and when partisan politicians draw up districts in their favor. I oppose any restrictions on the right to vote and support independent redistricting commissions that ensure all Americans have an equal say in their government.

Women’s Rights

Women are crucial to driving innovation, growth, and prosperity in our country, and I will advocate for women’s rights both nationally and internationally. I support a woman’s right to choose and I will continue to push for accessible and affordable health care for all.

Women are underrepresented in some workplaces, particularly in STEM careers, leadership positions, and Congress. I will fight to change this by supporting more training opportunities for women in male-dominated fields and improved access to STEM education programs for girls.

Employment policies have been unfair to women for too long. There should be equal pay for equal work. I support paid parental leave, access to affordable childcare, and the implementation of comprehensive guidelines for filing equal-pay lawsuits.


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More on Equality and Social Justice

August 3, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) issued the following statement in response to news reports that the Justice Department will prohibit affirmative action in the college admissions process.

July 26, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) issued the following statement after President Donald Trump announced that transgender Americans will no longer be able to serve in the U.S. military:

“Our military has always led the way in helping America treat all its citizens with respect and equality. It is sad that President Trump is undermining that tradition by discriminating against transgender individuals. There is no room for such discriminatory policies for those serving in the military and protecting our country.”

February 24, 2017 Press Release

SAN JOSE, CA – Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) released the following statement:

“My condolences go out to the families of the men involved in this senseless incident of violence in Kansas City. Any act of violence fueled by hatred and xenophobia and prejudice cannot be tolerated. I have faith in local and federal law enforcement to justly investigate this shooting as a hate crime.”

About the Office

February 23, 2017 Press Release

 Washington, DC – Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) released the following statement on the Trump Administration rescinding guidance on how Title IX protects transgender students from discrimination.

February 23, 2017 Press Release

SAN JOSE, CA – Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) released the following statement on Uber’s recent sexism allegations.

February 1, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. -- California Congressman Ro Khanna -- one of just six lawmakers who refuses contributions from PACs and lobbyists -- issued the following statement on Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court and his record on money in politics.

Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) stated: