Districts drawn by incumbents to protect their jobs make politicians less accountable to their constituents and more accountable to the special interests. This eroded public trust and contributed to a deep and intractable dysfunction in Congress. California’s citizen-driven redistricting process proved “that government of the people, by the people, for the people” is not only possible, but its success makes it an example for the nation. In Congress, I am working to create independent redistricting commissions in all 50 states.

  • October 2017
  • A Way To End the Gridlock in Washington

    In the current political environment, it often feels like there is more that divides us than unites. In reality, there is broad, bipartisan agreement among Americans on many important issues facing our nation. We just see no action on them in Congress.

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  • February 2017
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    House Democrats introduce redistricting reform legislation to end partisan gerrymandering

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democratic lawmakers led by U.S. Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.), Julia Brownley (D-Calif.), and John P. Sarbanes (D-Md.) introduced legislation today to end partisan gerrymandering and reform the nation’s patchwork redistricting system. The Redistricting Reform Act of 2016 (H.R. 1102), introduced by 47 House Democrats and supported by Common Cause, will require states to […]

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  • January 2015
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    Brownley files amicus brief with supreme court in support of citizen redistricting commissions

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) joined with 19 colleagues to file an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. “Districts drawn by incumbents to protect their jobs makes politicians less accountable to their constituents and more accountable to the special […]

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