Congressman Harley Rouda defeated 15-term incumbent Dana Rohrabacher in one of the most high-profile races of 2018 to represent California’s 48th Congressional District. Rep. Rouda is lawyer and businessman who has spent his career at his family’s real estate company, and this was his first run for office. In Congress, he sits on the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, where he is also on the Subcommittee on National Security.
In Congress, Rep. Rouda has said he will be a strong advocate for a US-Israel relationship. He believes that Israel’s security should be a top priority to the US because the two nations have shared values and a mutual interest in regional peace in the Middle East. Rep. Rouda believes that ultimately, the two-state solution is the only answer to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and that it is within US and Israeli values to recognize a homeland for the Palestinian people. Rep. Rouda also believes that the United States should continue providing financial support to Israel and reinstate aid to the Palestinian people and that settlement development in the West Bank is an obstacle to peace. He is a cosponsor of House Resolution 326, which reaffirms Congress’s commitment to two-state solution and opposes settlement expansion and annexation.