CLSA Hosts Three Congressional Candidate Meet & Greets in DC

July 20, 2018
By Adam Lotspike

CLSA Members & Staff meet with Congressional Candidate Diane Harkey

With the 2018 midterms elections only months away, the California Congressional delegation will soon be welcoming their newest members in the 116th Congress. Since the California Primary Elections in June, CLSA has been following all of the competitive congressional races in California, including 2 “open seats” in California created due to the retirements of  Representatives Ed Royce (R-Chino/Orange County) and Darrel Issa (R-San Diego).

CLSA Members & Staff meet with Congressional Candidate Mike Levin

As you may know, CLSA initiates and supports programming to bring together our membership with Members of our state’s congressional delegation, to engage our delegation on our state’s life sciences sector and the federal policy issues we care about and continue establishing our organization as a trusted resource and advisor on federal policies affecting the states and our nation’s biomedical innovation ecosystem. To this end, CLSA’s Federal Government Relations Team is already building relationships with the candidates in these two races in a variety of ways, including meeting one-on-one, and inviting them to participate in life sciences sector events in DC and California. CLSA has also hosted candidate meet & greets at our DC Office as a way to introduce them to our state’s life sciences sector before they are elected to Congress. This is a unique benefit for our member organizations, to meet and know these aspiring federal legislators even prior to their election.

CLSA Members & Staff meet with Congressional Candidate Young Kim

To date, CLSA has hosted three Meet & Greets for candidates running in these open seat contests, including Mike Levin (D-San Juan Capistrano/San Diego) and Diane Harkey (R-Dana Point/San Diego), candidates for California’s 49th Congressional District, and Young Kim (R-Fullerton), candidate for California’s 39th Congressional District. These meet & greets are providing an excellent opportunity for CLSA members to get to know the candidates better and introduce them to the federal policy issues of importance to our state’s life sciences sector.

CLSA will offer to convene the same opportunity for Gil Cisneros (D), candidate for California’s 39th Congressional District, during his future visits to DC. No matter who wins these races in November, CLSA will look forward to working with the new members of the California Congressional Delegation in the 116th Congress, and will continue to develop champions for the life sciences sector with our state’s federal legislators.

If you have any questions, please contact Jenny Nieto Carey, CLSA’s Vice President of Federal Government Relations & Alliance Development (