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U.S. House District CA-25

Congressional District 25 sprawls across parts of northern Los Angeles County and Ventura County, taking in Palmdale, Lancaster, Simi Valley and Santa Clarita. Once solidly Republican, the demographics have shifted here in recent years. In 2016, the district voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump.

GOP incumbent Steve Knight faces a well-funded Democratic challenger, Katie Hill.

Katie Hill

Age 30

Non-profit executive

Lives in Agua Dulce

Katie Hill
Democrat

Steve Knight

Age 51

Incumbent

Lives in Palmdale

Steve Knight
Republican

Polls show a close race.

In a joint poll conducted by The New York Times and Siena College, 36,947 calls were made to residents of California's 25th Congressional District from Sept. 17-19 with 500 people responding to questions. Margin of error: +/- 5. See poll methodology here.

Katie Hill

45%

Steve Knight

47%

Undecided

7%

The poll's questions covered a variety of issues related to immigration, crime and approval or disapproval of the job President Trump is doing.

Do you approve or disapprove of the job Donald Trump is doing as president?
Approve
43%
Disapprove
52%
Don't know
5%
Would you prefer Republicans to retain control of the House of Representatives or would you prefer Democrats to take control?
Reps. keep House
46%
Dems. take House
49%
Don't know
5%

Click here to see the full list of questions and their responses.

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We sent each candidate a questionnaire to complete. Here's what they had to say.
NOTE: Responses were published verbatim as they were received with no edits for grammar, spelling, punctuation or clarity. Paragraph breaks were added in some cases for legibility.
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Hill
Knight
Candidate bio
Katie Hill

Before running for congress, Katie Hill was Executive Director of People Assisting the Homeless (PATH), overseeing 400+ employees and thousands of volunteers, helping grow yearly operations from $5m to $50m and receiving a California Non-Profit of the Year Award in 2016. Providing a broad range of services to the homeless in Los Angeles, San Jose, San Diego, and Santa Barbara, Katie’s leadership at PATH has helped more than 2,600 families, 2,100 veterans, and 1,800 chronically homeless individuals move into permanent housing in the last 4 years.

Having lived in the 25th District her whole life, raised by a nurse and a police officer in the Antelope and Santa Clarita Valleys, Katie’s been driven since childhood to serve her community. She put herself through Cal State Northridge for a BA and Masters in Public Administration, and began her career with LA Conservation Corps giving job training to young people improving neighborhoods.

Joining PATH in 2010, Katie was a leader in 2016’s successful Measure H and Prop HHH campaigns, securing the resources to address LA County’s homelessness crisis. Katie and her husband Kenny live on a small farm in Agua Dulce with their horses, goats, chickens, and rescue cats and dogs.

Pitch to voters
Katie Hill

I have spent my whole life in this district and I will work on behalf of all members of this community, not special interest groups or Washington insiders.

Top district problem
Katie Hill

When talking to the people of my district the issue I hear about over and over again is healthcare. I will fight to protect the Affordable Care Act, ensure that the estimated 24% of Californians with pre-existing conditions have access to care, and put the foundation in place to get to a system that prioritizes the needs of everyone in our community.

Constituent concerns
Katie Hill

We deserve a representative who is accessible and when in office I plan to make sure my constituents understand that their fight is my fight. I will hold town halls in all three valleys of the district to ensure I am always hearing from my community.

Sanctuary laws
Katie Hill

I support California’s immigration laws, but reject the conservative narrative about these policies. I’ve been explicit that we must secure our borders to stop the illegal trafficking of sex and drugs. At the same time, we cannot separate children from their families and we need to find a solution for Dreamers that has both compassion and common sense. Let's not spend needless resources implementing policies that are not only ineffective, but don't reflect our values as Americans.

Gas tax
Katie Hill

While we need to address our transportation infrastructure we should not be doing so on the backs of the middle and working class families in our district. This regressive tax puts undue burden on the people of the 25th district as many of us must commute several hours everyday for our jobs.

Housing crisis
Katie Hill

The growing homelessness crisis is a direct result of the shortage of affordable housing and skyrocketing rents in our communities. In my experience at PATH, I also know that homelessness disproportionately affects people of color, survivors of domestic violence, single-parent households and veterans – all populations we must do better in serving.

It is estimated that California has 1 million units of housing less than it needs, and therefore we must address our nation's housing crisis at the federal level. This can be done by providing funding and creating public-private partnerships to develop affordable units and necessary infrastructure.

Affordable health care
Katie Hill

I completely opposed the efforts of the Trump administration to undermine or destroy the ACA. In a country with this much wealth, we should have a system that ensures every American can get the health care they need. I’ve worked on the Medicaid expansion, that brought coverage to 13.5 million Californians, and I will use that experience to get us to a better, more equitable system. I am ready to take immediate steps to provide health care relief for the people who need it by strengthening the ACA and laying the foundation for a system that works for all of us.

Candidate bio
Steve Knight

After graduating from High School, I joined the Army. I felt my calling was to protect and serve our country. I later joined the Army Reserve, totaling 8 years of service. After my time serving abroad, I joined the Los Angeles Police Department, where I served for 18 years. I also served on the Palmdale City Council, the California State Assembly, and State Senate. I was elected to Congress in 2014 and currently live in Palmdale with my wife, Lily. We have two sons.

Pitch to voters
Steve Knight

I was raised locally and my experience in public service makes me the most qualified with the best track record to help the people in this district.

Top district problem
Steve Knight

My number one responsibility and goal is to always fight for my constituents. I will always be a champion for legislation that improves the quality of life and helps our community. I am responsible for a wide array of constituents, interests and needs. It is my job to balance these and find the best way to achieve the most gain for the most people. During my time in Congress, I have prioritized fully funding our military.

As an Army Veteran, I believe that we need to give our troops all of the resources they need to safely and effectively protect the United States. Anything other than fully funding is negligent. Protecting small businesses has always been a priority of mine. I have been recognized repeatedly for my strong support of small businesses. I am the Chairman of the House Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce. Finally, my record in support of our Veterans is unmatched by any elected official in the region. Some of the best constituent service my staff and I have done is taking care of those in need.

Constituent concerns
Steve Knight

I have served as an elected Member of Congress since 2014. In that time, my office has spent countless hours working with constituents and federal agencies to help navigate burdensome regulations and bureaucracies. In addition to basic constituent services, I will continue fighting for residents like David Brayton, an Air Force Veteran who was going to have to travel to Seattle in order to receive a lung transplant from the V.A. I was proud to step in and help find a solution that would let David stay close to home and receive the transplant. I am unmatched in my record as a Representative to deliver for constituents.

Sanctuary laws
Steve Knight

I am concerned that when California passes a sanctuary state law, it restricts federal authorities from working with local sheriffs and it ties the hands of the people we entrust to keep us safe from the most dangerous of criminals who need to be taken off our streets. I support a pathway to citizenship for those people who meet the requirements and go through the process the correct way.

Gas tax
Steve Knight

The Gas and Car Tax was passed by Sacramento politicians who misled the public on what the measure would do. On average, this will cost families an additional $779 a year in taxes. This money will do nothing to widen freeways, or reduce commute times so families can spend more time at home, doing what matters. Now, Caltrans is putting up taxpayer funded signage trying to fool hard working families that their money is being spent wisely. It is disappointing to see California spending money trying to continue fooling drivers across the state instead of reducing commute times and road conditions.

Housing crisis
Steve Knight

Homelessness is an issue that is increasingly taking more time and resources from cities. Without action, the problem is only going to get worse. Washington cannot unilaterally decide on a strategy that in reality needs to by hyperlocal. I have been in contact with cities in the district who know what they need and should be given the autonomy to decide what strategy works best for them. The work that Congress can do should include a multi-prong strategy that includes mental health options, encouraging housing development and smart growth. Once we establish a framework, I would support giving cities the tools and authority and funding to implement the strategy that best fits their needs.

Affordable health care
Steve Knight

Healthcare decisions should be left up to a patient and their doctor. Washington needs to stop getting in the middle of this relationship and picking winners and losers. Mandating that someone buy insurance and put more financial pressure on hard working families is not a real solution. Encouraging competition among providers and companies in order to bring down the cost of healthcare in general is just one direction that we could be focusing on.