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.”

May 3, 2017

We're off and running!

Thank you all for supporting my nascent campaign!

Buoyed by your enthusiasm, I mailed off my FEC forms this past Saturday, April 29. My older son did the honors and dropped the envelope into the mail slot at the post office in Old Roseville, accompanied by friends, supporters, and my husband and our babies (yes, we have twins!). We decorated our double stroller with American flags, and we had a small celebration to mark the occasion. You can see some photos from the day on Facebook, at https://www.facebook.com/pg/ba... When my forms reach Washington, DC, I will become an official candidate! 

Last week, I met with groups in Cameron Park, Roseville, Auburn, Truckee, and Moke Hill, and I attended a dinner in Lincoln. I also participated in a candidates' forum hosted by the Placer Women Democrats. More than 200 people attended the forum, and the room was full to the brim. The evening concluded with a straw poll, which I won by a significant margin. To those who attended: thank you for the vote of confidence!

At 7 pm on Thursday, May 4, I'll be participating in another candidates' forum sponsored by Indivisible Roseville. If you are in the area, I hope you will attend. The address is 699 Washington Blvd. in Roseville. For those scattered across the US and around the world, you can watch online! Indivisible Roseville plans to live-stream the event on their Facebook page, which is https://www.facebook.com/indiv... Tomorrow night I will be thinking of you all, and I will do my best to make you proud.

Starting a political campaign is absolutely nerve-wracking, especially for a normal person like me. Trust me, since my website first went viral, I've had many moments of self-doubt and anxiety. But even at this early stage, this campaign has also brought me great joy. I've reconnected with friends, mentors, and colleagues from every phase of my life, from my childhood in Roseville to my career as a political scientist. I've also made new friends, kindred spirits who I never would have encountered otherwise. Come whatever may, I will always be grateful for these relationships.

I hope you are feeling optimistic and empowered as well. In many ways, the world is a dark and depressing place right now. The Affordable Care Act is in imminent jeopardy. Our president is offering to meet with dictators and and human rights abusers. Yet we have already shown that by banding together, ordinary people can still have a voice in politics. We may not be able to change everything overnight. But right here, in California's 4th District, we are already making a real difference.   

Warmly, Regina

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  • George Mellen endorsed

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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.”