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Rep. Diane Watson (D-Calif.)

District: 33rd District
Political Highlights: Los Angeles County Board of Education, 1975-78; Calif. Senate, 1978-98; candidate for Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, 1992; U.S. ambassador to the Federal States of Micronesia, 1999-2001; U.S. House of Representatives, 2001-11
Born: Nov. 12, 1933; Los Angeles, Calif.
Residence: Los Angeles
Religion: Roman Catholic
Family: Single
Education: U. of California, Los Angeles, B.A. 1954; California State U., Los Angeles, M.S. 1968; Harvard U., attended 1981-82; Claremont Graduate School, Ph.D. 1987
Military Service: None
Start of Service: Elected: 2001 (4th full term)
Committee Assignments: Foreign Affairs (Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights & International Organizations; Asia & the Pacific; Terrorism, Nonproliferation & Trade); Oversight & Government Reform (Domestic Policy; Government Operations - Chairwoman)

Election History
2008generalDiane Watson (D) 186,92487.6
David Crowley (R) 26,53612.4
2006generalDiane Watson (D) 113,715100.0
2004generalDiane Watson (D) 166,80188.6
Bob Weber (LIBERT) 21,51311.4
2002generalDiane Watson (D) 97,77982.6
Andrew Kim (R) 16,69914.1
Charles Tate (LIBERT) 3,9713.4
2001special runoffDiane Watson (D) 75,58474.8
Noel Hentschel (R) 20,08819.9
Donna Warren (GREEN) 3,7923.8
Ezola Foster (REF) 1,5571.5
2001specialDiane Watson (D) 29,52432.9
Kevin Murray (D) 23,69726.7
Nate Holden (D) 15,00516.7
Noel Hentschel (R) 4,8065.4
Leo Terrell (D) 4,3874.9
Philip Lowe (D) 2,7423.1
Mike Schaefer (R) 2,3152.6
Tad Daley (D) 1,4071.6
Donna Warren (GREEN) 1,1671.3
Jules Bagneris (D) 1,1451.3
Mike Cyrus (R) 9821.1
Kirsten Albrecht (D) 7680.9
Wanda James (D) 5720.6
Blair Taylor (D) 5580.6
Ezola Foster (REF) 5140.6
Frank Evans (D) 2440.3
Roll Call Vitals


California is 1st on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.

Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows: SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat. FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible. LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored. TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge. TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.