More than a century ago, Regina's great-grandfather immigrated to the US from Sweden. He arrived with a box of carpentry tools, big dreams, and not much else. Three generations later, Regina has a PhD from Yale, and she's launched a serious campaign for Congress. 

Regina believes that with hard work and determination, every American should be able to build a prosperous, joyful life. But today, the American Dream is under assault. Millions of Americans may lose their health insurance, through no fault of their own. Climate change, wildfires, and water shortages threaten the financial solvency of our small businesses and local vineyards, ranches, and farms. Rural schools are facing steep cuts. Even the Pell Grant program is on the chopping block.

Regina is running for Congress because California's 4th District deserves a voice in Washington, DC. Our district has real needs, and we deserve real solutions. Regina is a pragmatic problem-solver who will fight for jobs, affordable healthcare, and the environment. 

Regina is running against incumbent Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Elk Grove). McClintock is an extreme Tea Partier who consistently votes against the interests and values of his district. For example, McClintock claims to be pro-business, yet he opposes the smart investments that are necessary for our region to thrive and grow. He's twice voted against federal support for rural broadband, even though large swathes of his district lack access to high-speed internet. 

McClintock treats his constituents with callous disregard, and incredibly enough, he has no roots in the district. He is not from here, and he does not live here. In 2008 McClintock promised to move to the 4th District -- but he's never done so. 

Regina, by contrast, is a proud native of the 4th District. She is an experienced public servant, an award-winning social scientist, and the devoted mother of three young boys. Regina was previously a Foreign Service Officer for the State Department, as well as a tenure-track professor at MIT.

Now more than ever, we need leaders in Congress with the courage and integrity to stand up for what's right. That's Regina. Please join our campaign and help send her to Congress.


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  • Tracy Skolnick endorsed

    “We need major changes”

  • Irina Zavina endorsed

    “Regina is a breath of fresh air in politics and she is what CA-4 needs!”

  • Ann Bowler endorsed

    “I support Regina Bateson because she is intelligent and pragmatic with first hand knowledge on our immigration system and foreign policy. She is a good listener who cares deeply about each individual in our district. Though I appreciate all Democratic candidates running in District 04, Regina's skills and background give her the best chance of beating McClintock.”

  • Kim Banner endorsed

    “I support Regina Bateson because she is extremely well qualified and cares about the issues that are important to me.”

  • Daniella Zimmerman endorsed

    “I support Regina Bateson because even though I live in CD#1, I know she will bring needed wisdom, values, commitment, and a strong work ethic to our Congress, and that will better all of our lives.”

  • Adam Younger endorsed

    “Excellent ideas, good character, and fascinting background. Good luck, Ms. Bateson!”

  • peter endorsed

    “She believes in the environment in Lake Thoe & the Placer area. Not a political attitude but a rational one.”

  • David Sligar endorsed

    “I support Regina because she understands that people, not corporations, are the constituents of government and therefore are its proper concerns. When education is withheld, when short term profits are worshipped at the expense of the environment, when government is about rewarding the privileged instead of protecting the interests of all, our nation and our civilization are destroyed. Best fortune, Regina!”

  • Lauren Burke endorsed

    “I support Regina because she believes in global warming and is running to enrich our community, not herself. Her values are in the right place.”

  • Ingrid Arndt endorsed

    “I endorse Regina Bateson because she is taking profound, principled action to ensure her children, Californians and Americans have the best future possible.”

April 22, 2017

Stand up for science and the environment

Thank you all for your continued support and encouragement! I am looking forward to meeting many of you in person at the Placer Women Democrats' Candidate Forum on Tuesday, and later this week as well. 

In recognition of the March for Science and Earth Day, this weekend I'll be tweeting about Tom McClintock's record on the environment and science, and the way he misrepresents scientific evidence in making his arguments. Follow me on Twitter to join in! @bateson2018

I've been getting a lot of questions about my stances on the environment, and climate change specifically. Let me be crystal clear. I believe that climate change is real, it poses a serious threat to us all, and we need to take action to curb greenhouse gas emissions. I also support regulations to protect our clean air and clean water. 

Many people live in our district precisely because they enjoy spending time outdoors. Some would consider themselves environmental activists; others simply enjoy hiking, biking, skiing, hunting, fishing, and camping. Still others depend on the natural environment for their livelihoods. But regardless of our motivations, most of us share some basic conclusions. 69% of adults in CA-04 believe that climate change is real. 68% believe that climate change will harm future generations greatly or moderately. 81% support funding for research on renewable energy. 72% say that carbon dioxide should be regulated as a pollutant, and 65% support strict limits on CO2 emissions from existing coal-fired power plants.* 

Tom McClintock is one of the most virulent climate change-deniers in Congress. He takes campaign contributions from Big Oil. He has an abysmal record on the environment. So why is he representing a district where so many voters love the great outdoors and are concerned about climate change? Why has he been entrusted to protect some of our most treasured natural spaces, like Yosemite and Lake Tahoe? There are no good answers to these questions.

If you live in CA-04 and you are concerned about the environment, please know that you are in the majority. Dare to discuss climate change with your neighbors! They likely already agree with you. 

In order to beat McClintock in 2018, we need to identify, energize, and mobilize each and every environmentally responsible voter in CA-04. The Marches for Science and Earth Day celebrations this weekend are the perfect place to start. 

Thank you again for your support, and have a wonderful weekend. 

Warmly, Regina

*This survey data comes from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication:

http://climatecommunication.ya...

I encourage you to explore their site, which includes colorful, interactive maps that are perfect for showing to your neighbors and friends. You can choose to view the data by county or by congressional district. 

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  • Tracy Skolnick endorsed

    “We need major changes”

  • Mark Gardner endorsed

  • Irina Zavina endorsed

    “Regina is a breath of fresh air in politics and she is what CA-4 needs!”

  • Ann Bowler endorsed

    “I support Regina Bateson because she is intelligent and pragmatic with first hand knowledge on our immigration system and foreign policy. She is a good listener who cares deeply about each individual in our district. Though I appreciate all Democratic candidates running in District 04, Regina's skills and background give her the best chance of beating McClintock.”

  • Kim Banner endorsed

    “I support Regina Bateson because she is extremely well qualified and cares about the issues that are important to me.”

  • Daniella Zimmerman endorsed

    “I support Regina Bateson because even though I live in CD#1, I know she will bring needed wisdom, values, commitment, and a strong work ethic to our Congress, and that will better all of our lives.”

  • Jeanine Burandt endorsed

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  • Adam Younger endorsed

    “Excellent ideas, good character, and fascinting background. Good luck, Ms. Bateson!”

  • Cynthia Nibler endorsed

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  • peter endorsed

    “She believes in the environment in Lake Thoe & the Placer area. Not a political attitude but a rational one.”

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  • David Sligar endorsed

    “I support Regina because she understands that people, not corporations, are the constituents of government and therefore are its proper concerns. When education is withheld, when short term profits are worshipped at the expense of the environment, when government is about rewarding the privileged instead of protecting the interests of all, our nation and our civilization are destroyed. Best fortune, Regina!”

  • Lauren Burke endorsed

    “I support Regina because she believes in global warming and is running to enrich our community, not herself. Her values are in the right place.”

  • Kelly Conley endorsed

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  • Ingrid Arndt endorsed

    “I endorse Regina Bateson because she is taking profound, principled action to ensure her children, Californians and Americans have the best future possible.”