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February 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) announced today that he has been appointed to serve as an Assistant Whip for the 116th Congress.

February 14, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressional leadership has appointed Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) to serve on three committees during the 116th Congress.  He will serve on the House Ways and Means Committee and its Trade Subcommittee.

January 24, 2019 Page

I sent a letter to Secretary Sonny Perdue at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in response to a concerning report from the Des Moines Register about actions taken against LGBTQ youth in the 4-H program.

January 16, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) led 54 of his colleagues in writing Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross expressing concern that the administration’s decision to decrease the number of Area Census Offices could lead to a potential undercount of rural, immigrant, low-income, communities of color, and traditionally hard to count communities during the 2020 Census. 

January 9, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) was appointed by Congressional leadership to serve on the House Ways and Means Committee.  Congressman Panetta released the following statement:

January 4, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) cosponsored the first major Democratic legislative priority in the 116th Congress, H.R. 1, The For The People Act of 2019.

September 19, 2018 In The News

At the rate the gender pay gap is closing, women in the U.S. can’t expect to be paid equally until at least 2119. The sad reality is that women are paid 80 percent of what men are paid for the same work — and the gap is even worse for women of color. Black women make just 68 percent, and Latina women just 54 percent, of what their male counterparts earn. Women can’t afford to wait 100 years for equal pay, so ahead of the midterms, Bustle asked all 529 current U.S.

August 8, 2018 Page

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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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.

May 1, 2018 In The News

Salinas >> Congressman Jimmy Panetta said he had no clue as he grew up what he wanted to do, until finally one day it just clicked.

A little more than 300 high school students from 11 different schools throughout Monterey County got a chance to hear Panetta’s life story during Monterey County Law Day at Hartnell College on Tuesday.

Panetta, who was the keynote speaker at the event, also talked to the students about the importance of the separation of powers built into the Constitution and the power of the citizen voice through the election process.