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The central coast of California home to irreplaceable, pristine public lands and unspoiled coastline and waters. Travelers from around the world visit our district to explore Pinnacles National Park, Fort Ord National Monument, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Ventana Wilderness, Los Padres National Forest, and part of the California Coastal National Monument, which spans along the California coastline.

As your Congressman, I want to ensure that these natural wonders are available for future generations to enjoy. In Washington, I am fighting to combat environmental problems such as sea level rise and ocean acidification. I am also working to maintain and improve the balance between a highly productive agricultural industry, a diverse and sensitive environment, and sustainable tourism.

I will continue to work with my fellow members of Congress on the Climate Solutions, Trails, and Oceans Caucuses to find innovative solutions to protect our environment.


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I will be holding town hall meetings this month in Salinas, Watsonville, and Monterey.  These meetings will be opportunities for members of our community to share their ideas and concerns about issues affecting the central coast of California.  Seating for all events is first come, first served.  Town halls will also be live-streamed on my Facebook and YouTube pages.  

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August 8, 2018 In The News

A California delegation in Congress has requested a major disaster declaration for the state’s wildfires, according to a statement from Congressman Jimmy Panetta released Tuesday.

The statement reads as follows:

August 7, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) joined Reps. Mike Thompson (CA-05), John Garamendi (CA-03), Jared Huffman (CA-02) and other bipartisan members of the California delegation, including Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA-12), in writing to the President to ask him to immediately grant California’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration for the destructive wildfires that have hit Lake, Mendocino, and Napa Counties over the past two weeks.

August 2, 2018 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, immediately following the Trump Administration’s announcement that it will seek to roll back current fuel economy and emissions standards and nullify California’s waiver, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) joined a coalition of 60 Democratic Members of Congress in announcing a resolution (H.Con.Res 130) to oppose the move.

August 2, 2018 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20) and Congressman Steve Knight (R-CA-25) introduced bipartisan legislation to support seasonal employees of the National Park Service (NPS).  Under existing regulation, seasonal employees of the NPS are only permitted to work at one National Park annually.  The bill, H.R. 6599, would amend the law to permit seasonal employees to work at multiple NPS sites in a given year.

August 1, 2018 In The News

Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) joined Central Coast veterans for a “Vet into Your Sanctuary” Cruise on board the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) research vessel Fulmar.

July 31, 2018 In The News

Monterey Bay >> Combining ocean stewardship with military veterans, Congressman Jimmy Panetta joined more than two dozen Central Coast veterans for a cruise in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary to celebrate “Vet Into Your Sanctuary.”

July 30, 2018 Press Release

MONTEREY, CA – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) joined Central Coast veterans for a “Vet into Your Sanctuary” Cruise on board the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) research vessel Fulmar.

July 19, 2018 In The News

WHEN ENTERING CONGRESSMAN JIMMY PANETTA’S OFFICE in Salinas on a morning in early May, he stands up behind his desk and offers a firm handshake and a wide smile.

It may be a typical greeting, especially for a politician, but it’s also symbolic of the type of politician Panetta aspires to be – one that’s trying to help restore bipartisanship to a country that seems more bitterly divided by the day.

June 29, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) introduced the National Ocean Policy Act of 2018 to protect the ecological health and long-term sustainability of marine environments and provide certainty in coastal management planning.