Ami Bera

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Ami Bera
Ami Bera official photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 7th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by George Miller
Personal details
Born (1965-03-02) March 2, 1965 (age 49)
Los Angeles, California
Nationality  United States
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Janine Bera
Children 1
Residence Elk Grove, California
Occupation Physician
Religion Unitarian Universalist[1]
Website Bera for Congress
Representative Ami Bera

Amerish Babulal "Ami" Bera (born March 2, 1965) is an American physician who has been the U.S. Representative for California's 7th congressional district since 2013. Bera is running for re-election in 2014. His seat is considered one of the most vulnerable in the country.[2][3]

Early life, education and career[edit]

Bera's parents immigrated to the United States from Rajkot in the Indian state of Gujarat in 1958.[4][5] Amerish Bera[6] was born in Los Angeles and raised in La Palma, California.[7] He has a bachelor's degree in biological sciences from the University of California at Irvine, earning his MD there in 1991.[7][8] He served as Associate Dean for Admissions at the UC Davis School of Medicine and later as the Chief Medical Officer for the County of Sacramento.[9]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]


Bera at an October 2010 rally for Jerry Brown

Bera challenged three-term Republican incumbent Dan Lungren in the general election. Also running were American Independent Jerry Leidecker, Peace and Freedom nominee Mike Roskey, and Libertarian Douglas Art Tuma. He ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination in California's 3rd congressional district.[10] He raised more money than incumbent opponent Dan Lungren for the five quarters through mid-2010,[11][12] making him the only Democratic challenger with more cash than a sitting Republican member of the House.[13] Bera was one of 17 candidates the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee targeted to take over Republican-held or open seats in 2010.[14]

Lungren was the only incumbent Republican whose race was rated as a "tossup" by CQ Politics (but was later rated back to "Lean GOP" in the final days before the election),[15] and the district was considered competitive by both parties. Polling by the liberal website Daily Kos in September 2010 showed Lungren leading Bera, 46%-38%.[16][17] Bera cited health care, education and economic recovery among his top legislative priorities.[18] In November, Lungren won re-election, defeating Bera 51%-43%.[19][20]


Bera and Lungren faced off again in the 2012 congressional election in California's redrawn 7th district, with the redistricting occurring since the last election.[21] On Tuesday, November 13, 2012, Bera attended freshman orientation as congressman-elect, even while votes were still being counted.[3] Candidates in these tight races sometimes attend the orientation by the Committee on House Administration, which was overseen by Bera's opponent, Dan Lungren.[22] On November 15, 2012, the AP called the race for Bera, who won 51%-49%.[23][24][25]


Bera is running for re-election in 2014. He will face former Republican congressman Doug Ose in the general election.[26] The Rothenberg Political Report rates the 7th district "Lean Democrat," but the Sacramento Bee reports that Bera “is viewed by both parties as one of the most vulnerable Democrats in the country.[2][3] The Hill reported that Bera’s campaign received donations from parents of another Democratic candidate, Kevin Strouse, only to have Bera’s parents then donate a similar amount to Strouse’s campaign. Campaign finance experts said, “any agreement among the parents to trade donations could be viewed as an attempted end run around contribution limits.”[27][28]

Bera is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Frontline program, which is designed to support vulnerable candidates.[29] In June 2014, Politico reported that the DCCC plans to support Bera with $1.7 million dollars in ads this fall, and the House Majority PAC, a political action committee designed to support Democratic candidates, will reserve $200,000 for late-election television ads.[30]


In an interview covered in the Elk Grove Citizen, Bera said his first year in Congress "was about being focused here in the district but also building my reputation in Washington, D.C."[31]

In October 2013, Bera announced that he would give up his federal pay for the duration of the government shutdown. He also announced that in response to sequester cuts, he would donate 8.2% of his check each month to local organizations impacted by sequester cuts.[32]

In May 2013, Bera voted against repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[33][34]

Committee assignments[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Bera and his wife, Janine, have one child, a daughter.[7] They reside in Elk Grove, California.[35] Bera is the only Unitarian Universalist in Congress.[36]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Hindu Americans Fete First Hindu in Congress as Tulsi Gabbard Prevails in Hawaii". The Hindu American Foundation. November 7, 2012. Retrieved November 9, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Cahn, Emily (4-2-2014). "Ami Bera Challenger Starts Television Ads in California Race". Roll Call. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Tate, Curtis (2014-02-27). "Elk Grove Democrat Ami Bera will have to fight for a second congressional term". Sacramento Bee. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Drew Joseph (2010-08-14). "Bera Hopes to Wipe Out Lungren Despite GOP Wave". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2010-09-22. 
  5. ^ Raj, Yashwant (February 16, 2013). "Yankee Doodle Desi". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  6. ^ Sullivan, Sean (2012-12-25). "Amerish Bera (D-Calif.)". The Washington Post. [dead link]
  7. ^ a b c "Amerish 'Ami' Bera". The Washington Times. Retrieved November 14, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Ami Bera (CA)". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 2010-09-22. 
  9. ^ "Full Biography | Congressman Ami Bera". Full Biography. Retrieved 8-5-14. 
  10. ^ "Lungren Foe Avoids Primary Battle". National Journal. 2009-11-30. Retrieved 2010-09-22. 
  11. ^ Drew Joseph (2010-08-14). "Bera Hopes to Wipe Out Lungren Despite GOP Wave". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2010-09-22. 
  12. ^ Drew Joseph (2010-07-20). "Ami Bera runs as an outsider but raises money like a pro". The Sacramento Bee. Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  13. ^ Kasie Hunt (2010-07-20). "Bera beats Lungren in money chase". Politico. Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  14. ^ Scott Bland (2010-09-27). "House Republicans at risk? Districts where Democrats hope for upsets". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  15. ^ Torey Van Oot (2010-09-21). "CQ Politics moves Lungren seat from leans GOP to "tossup"". The Sacramento Bee. Retrieved 2010-09-22. 
  16. ^ Kyle Trygstad (2010-09-23). "California: Poll Shows Lungren Ahead but Under 50 Percent". Roll Call. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  17. ^ Sean J. Miller (2010-09-22). "Democrat closing on California Rep. Lungren". The Hill. Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  18. ^ Queenie Wong (2010-06-11). "Ami Bera hits Dan Lungren's record on small business". The Sacramento Bee. Retrieved 2010-09-22. [dead link]
  19. ^[dead link]
  20. ^ "Senate, House and governors races". The Washington Post. 
  21. ^ Van Oot, Torey (June 9, 2012). "Lungren-Bera rematch part of Democratic effort to retake House". The Sacramento Bee. Retrieved June 25, 2012. [dead link]
  22. ^ Thompson, Krissah (November 13, 2012). "Congress welcomes freshmen, and those on the cusp of membership". The Washington Post. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  23. ^[dead link]
  24. ^ Whittington, Lauren (November 15, 2012). "California:-Bera-Defeats-Lungren". Roll Call. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  25. ^ "Lungren loses his House seat". San Francisco Chronicle. 2012-11-15. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  26. ^ Cadelago, Christopher (Jun 4, 2014). "Bera, Ose headed for a fight over 7th congressional district". Sacramento Bee. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  27. ^ Taylor, Jessica (2014-05-13). "Campaign Overnight: House of cards". The Hill. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  28. ^ Palmer, Chris (2014-05-14). "Candidates' parents' mutual donations". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  29. ^ Livingston, Abby (Mar 5, 2013). "DCCC Announces 26 Members on Frontline Incumbent Retention Program". Roll Call. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  30. ^ Titus, Elizabeth (Jun 14, 2014). "Ami Bera will face Doug Ose in Sacramento-area district". Politico. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  31. ^ Gold, Bryan (Dec 24, 2013). "Bera discusses first year in office". Elk Grove Citizen. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  32. ^ Villatoro, Carlos (10-2-2013). "Congressman Bera Gives Up Pay Earned During Shutdown". Elk Grove Patch. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  33. ^ Sam Baker (11 June 2013). "NRCC hits Calif. Dems over ObamaCare rates". The Hill. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  34. ^ "Final Vote Results for Roll Call 154". Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  35. ^ Bera, Ami. "About Dr. Ami Bera". Bera for Congress. Retrieved November 14, 2012. 
  36. ^ Susskind, Jane (2012-11-16). "Religious Diversity in Congress, A Year of "Firsts"". Independent Voter Network. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Dan Lungren
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 7th congressional district

January 3, 2013-Present
Succeeded by
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Kerry Bentivolio
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Jim Bridenstine