|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from California's 10th district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2019
|Preceded by||Jeff Denham|
Joshua Keck Harder
August 1, 1986
Turlock, California, U.S.
|Residence||Turlock, California, U.S.|
|Education||Stanford University (BA)|
Harvard University (MBA, MPP)
Joshua Keck Harder (born August 1, 1986) is an American politician and venture capital investor who has served as the U.S. Representative from California's 10th congressional district since 2019. A member of the Democratic Party, he defeated Republican incumbent Jeff Denham in the 2018 election by 5 points. In 2020, he was reelected by a significantly larger margin than in 2018.
Early life and education
Harder was born in Turlock, California, and graduated from Modesto High School. He earned political science and economics undergraduate degrees from Stanford University and a joint MBA/MPP from Harvard Business School and Kennedy School of Government.
In 2014, Bessemer Venture Partners hired Harder in its New York office. He moved back to San Francisco and became a vice president of the company. In 2017, Harder left Bessemer to campaign full-time. He moved back to Turlock and taught business at Modesto Junior College.
U.S. House of Representatives
In May 2017, Harder announced his candidacy, joining three other Democrats to challenge Republican Jeff Denham, who had represented the 10th district since 2013 and represented the 19th district from 2011 to 2013. As a result of California's top-two primary system, Denham and Harder advanced to the general election, with Denham taking 37.5% of the primary vote and Harder 16.7%.
California's 10th district was included on the list of Republican-held seats being targeted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2018. On election night and for days after the election, Denham led in the reported results. On November 9, Harder pulled ahead as absentee ballots were counted. Days later, news outlets projected Harder's victory, and on November 14, Denham conceded.
Harder ran for reelection in 2020, finishing first in the top-two open primary with 44% of the vote. He bested Republican opponents Ted Howze and Bob Elliott. Harder and Howze advanced to the general election on November 3, which Harder won with 55.2% of the vote to Howze's 44.8%. In 2020, former President Barack Obama endorsed Harder.
Harder has represented California's 10th congressional district since 2019.
After Trump supporters stormed the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021, Harder received hate mail intended for Josh Hawley, a United States senator with a similar last name who objected to certifying Joe Biden's Electoral College victory.
- Committee on Agriculture
- Committee on Education and Labor
|Republican||Jeff Denham (incumbent)||45,719||37.5|
|Republican||Ted D. Howze||17,723||14.6|
|Democratic||Michael J. "Mike" Barkley||2,904||2.4|
|Democratic||Dotty Nygard (withdrawn)||1,100||0.9|
|Republican||Jeff Denham (incumbent)||105,955||47.7|
|Democratic gain from Republican|
|Democratic||Josh Harder (incumbent)||69,668||44.1|
|Democratic||Michael J. "Mike" Barkley||5,561||3.5|
|Republican||Marla Sousa Livengood||5,270||3.3|
|Democratic||Josh Harder (incumbent)||166,865||55.2|
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Harder, who turned 32 Wednesday...
- "Central Valley Democrats fighting to unseat Republican Jeff Denham spar over local ties". The Mercury News. May 31, 2018. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
Despite the fact that he was born in and grew up in Turlock, Harder’s rivals are attacking him as a carpetbagger and Bay Area outsider.
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- "Josh Harder is in a dead heat in his congressional race to become the only venture capitalist in the House of Representatives". Recode. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
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- "Democrat Harder ousts California GOP US Rep. Denham". AP NEWS. November 14, 2018. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
- Eric Bradner. "Democrats pick up two more House seats as Denham, MacArthur concede". CNN. Retrieved November 15, 2018.
- "California Results - US Election 2020". BBC News. Retrieved February 7, 2021.
- "First Wave of 2020 Endorsements". September 25, 2020.
- "California Rep. Josh Harder faces anger intended for Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley". February 6, 2021.
- Bycoffe, Anna Wiederkehr and Aaron (April 22, 2021). "Does Your Member Of Congress Vote With Or Against Biden?". FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved September 14, 2021.
- "Members". New Democrat Coalition. Archived from the original on February 8, 2018. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
- "Featured Members". Problem Solvers Caucus. Retrieved March 28, 2021.
- "2018 California primary election results" (PDF). Retrieved June 10, 2019.
- "STATEMENT OF VOTE PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTION MARCH 3, 2020" (PDF). California Secretary of State Alex Padilla. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 17, 2020. Retrieved May 3, 2020.
- "U.S. House of Representatives Results of All Districts". California Secretary of State. Retrieved December 5, 2020.
- "Pamela Sud, Joshua Harder - The New York Times". The New York Times. August 12, 2018. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Josh Harder.|
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
- Appearances on C-SPAN