Mobile Menu - OpenMobile Menu - Closed


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.


More on Environment

May 7, 2018 In The News

Monterey Bay Community Power is on track to start service to residential customers in three counties in July; non-residential customers began service on March 1 of this year. But the project is still reaching out to customers through letters, meetings, and social media in an effort not to catch anyone by surprise.

April 12, 2018 In The News

GONZALES — Congressman Jimmy Panetta visited Gonzales High School for a roundtable discussion with students about their Wings of Knowledge project working with local farms to gather data about water consumption in crops April 2.

Panetta sat down with a group of 12 Gonzales High School students to speak about a project the students are working on with Vahid Motazedin.

March 9, 2018 In The News

MONTEREY COUNTY, Calif. - New proposed legislation could make unmanned ocean exploration a much more common sight on the Central Coast.

The new bill is being co-sponsored by congressman Jimmy Panetta and could build strong partnerships with those exploring our oceans. 

March 9, 2018 In The News

March 9 is the last day to publicly comment on the Trump Administration's intent to open up the California coast to oil and gas exploration. The deadline is nine p.m. Pacific time.  

March 5, 2018 Page


Serving our Veterans: This month, I spoke with the Monterey Herald about our veterans’ frustrations about the Marina VA-DoD clinic’s pharmacy.

March 1, 2018 In The News
Panetta praised the leadership that led to the tri-county agency’s formation and called the effort a model for other states and even other nations in the fight against climate change. “This is another example of our community coming together to do what we do best, protect the environment,” Panetta said. “This lets use choose clean, carbon-free energy and allows us to uphold our local values.”
March 1, 2018 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) today announced dates and locations for staff mobile office hours for the month of March. Congressional staff members will be available in Hollister, Watsonville, and Gonzales to assist with issues concerning Social Security, Medicare, federal employee retirement, immigration services, veterans' services, passports, searching for military records, and any other federal matters.

February 5, 2018 Page
Read below about the work that I have done to serve our veterans, foster our agriculture industry, fix our broken immigration system, and protect our environment.