Harley Rouda

Congressman Harley Rouda releases statement on election results

Congressman Harley Rouda released the following statement reacting to the November 3rd election results.

“When I ran for Congress in 2018, it was the first time I’d ever run for political office. But after creating thousands of jobs in a lifetime in business, I couldn’t stand by any longer as our political system tore itself apart. Thanks to the incredible energy brought by our thousands of grassroots volunteers, I was proud to be the first Democrat ever to represent California’s 48th Congressional District. Serving the people here has been the honor of my life, but the truth is, it’s never been about political parties for me.

There’s a reason I was the most productive new Member of Congress:

  • Returning over $2 million to Orange County seniors, veterans, and working families
  • Securing over $1 billion to support our small businesses during the pandemic
  • Passing a law to stop taxpayer dollars from going to China, and a bill to cut taxes on Orange County residents by five billion dollars
  • Working to create a bipartisan deficit commission to finally tackle our nation’s out of control spending
  • Stopping off-shore drilling and working to remove radioactive waste from San Onofre
  • Passing more bills in two years than my predecessor did in thirty

It’s because we worked with Republicans instead of demonizing them and refused to give in to partisan politics.

I thought that was the right thing to do. I still feel that way. I will always feel that way. Country comes first.

We did not win this election. And while it isn’t the outcome we had hoped for, it’s never been more important for our leaders to hear the voice of the people, and to accept their judgement. I do.

But I also believe there’s something bigger at stake here than this one election.

There is a toxicity to American politics threatening the very democracy that sets us apart from the rest of the world. That has to change.

Politics that tears America apart and turns us against each other is unsustainable. We saw it firsthand in this election. My opponent made allegations about me that were complete fabrications–some totally made up, others wild distortions, and still others torn from the darkest corners of the Internet. Either we change the way we do politics, or it will forever change us and this country we call home.

We are not Republicans. We are not Democrats. We are not enemies. We are Americans. All of us. Even when we disagree. And we ought to have a political system that is built on facts, rewards honesty, and strengthens the bonds that tie us to each other, rather than ripping them to shreds.

While one campaign ends today, another is just beginning. I look forward to having voters compare my opponent’s two years in Congress with my accomplishments on November 8, 2022.

There is surely more work to do. Let’s do it together.”

This article was released by Harley Rouda for Congress.


  1. As a Republican, I really appreciate and align with your sentiment and couldn’t agree more that we need to move past the partisan bickering and name calling and return to a time of statesmanship and acknowledgement of the good in each of us. Then we can truly start to drive this country away from the sheer intolerance and vitriol (on both sides) as well as back from what feels like the brink financially

  2. STOP THE STEAL! Amazing how Democrat governors in states that President Trump was leading in ALL STOPPED THE VOTE COUNTING AT THE SAME TIME. Then magically during the down time, all ballots for Biden were found.

    Saturday, Nov. 14
    Los Alamitos Blvd. – by Vons
    12:30 PM

  3. The winners of this election got there because of turnout, not stealing or cheating. Steel had a better turnout compared to Rouda. Biden had a better turnout than Trump. Go ahead and drown yourself in another conspiracy and waste your time. Sign one of those famous election fraud affidavits for Trump’s people to wave in front of the TV cameras. It is odd that the only place they steal votes are in states that Republicans lost in.

  4. Rep Rouda – nice statement but you lost because Your Democrat Party wants to defund the police, continues to keep quiet about all the BLM/Antifa rioting and now the massive fraud they did in the presidential election. I am busy but am finding time to go to Stop the Steal rallies.

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