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The central coast of California is home to more than a dozen military installations that teach foreign languages to our armed forces, research and develop cybersecurity and technology used on and off the battlefield, and educate and foster leadership skills of our men and women in uniform.  As a former intelligence officer who served in Afghanistan, I experienced and understand how important those skills and qualities are to bolstering our national security.

As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I work to maintain the military installations on the Central Coast, promote their educational training and technological innovation, and protect their nearly 15,000 good paying jobs that impact the economy of our communities and the safety of our country.  I also work to ensure that our men and women in uniform have the tools, resources, and training they need to accomplish their mission and return home.  Strong Congressional oversight – focused on smarter military spending, clearly defined authorizations for the use of military force, and care for our military families – is the best way for Congress to support our troops and keep our country safe.

I am honored to co-chair the Democratic Caucus National Security Task Force with Reps. Seth Moulton and Stephanie Murphy, a group that works to promote smart, strategic, and strong national security policies in Congress.  

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December 12, 2018 In The News

MONTEREY — The U.S. House of Representatives this week unanimously passed maritime legislation that aims to advance the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s ability to use drone technology to support at-sea research and operations.

Dubbed the Commercial Engagement through Ocean Technology Act (CENOTE), the legislation that was co-authored by Rep. Jimmy Panetta, D-Carmel Valley, will advance NOAA’s use of unmanned maritime systems, encourage private sector research and development and ensure that maritime data is readily available and reliable.

December 10, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the Commercial Engagement through Ocean Technology (CENOTE) Act.  Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) co-authored and introduced the House draft of the bill with Congressman Steven Palazzo (R-MS).

December 4, 2018 In The News
Congress likely won’t take action to rein in the military powers it granted the president after the 9/11 attacks—powers that Trump uses with the broad aim of countering Iran.
November 13, 2018 In The News

Having received nearly four out of every five votes district-wide, Central Coast Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-20) is cruising to a second term in the U.S. House. 

The most recent election results show Panetta getting 79 percent of the vote compared this his challenger Ronald Paul Kabat, who has received 21 percent. 

Kabat was out of town on vacation and unavailable, his staff said Wednesday. 

October 12, 2018 In The News

THE U.S. Navy’s top brass was in Monterey this week to announce the Naval Postgraduate School’s new president and honor the outgoing head of the university.

During a ceremony at NPS Wednesday morning, Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer welcomed retired vice admiral Dr. Ann Elisabeth Rondeau to lead the school. Rondeau, a 38-year veteran of the Navy, will succeed current NPS president Ronald A. Route in early 2019. Route has been at NPS for five years.

October 11, 2018 In The News

MONTEREY — U.S. Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer on Wednesday named retired Vice Adm. Ann Elisabeth Rondeau as the Naval Postgraduate School’s new president Wednesday.

Spencer made the announcement inside NPS’s King Hall to an all-hands call audience of approximately 1,500 that included the school’s faculty, staff, students and government officials Rep. Jimmy Panetta, D-Carmel Valley, and Brig. Gen. William Bowers of the Marine Corps.