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 21, 2017

Time to get serious about beating Tom McClintock

Dear friends and supporters, 

Thank you for your ongoing encouragement, and for your interest in my campaign. 

Tom McClintock does not share the values of his constituents, and he consistently undermines our interests. But as I told several groups at the California State Democratic Party Convention this weekend, Tom McClintock is not just a problem for California's 4th District. Rather, McClintock's actions in Congress have consequences for all of us. 

Every day he's in office is another day that the wealthiest Americans have an advocate in Washington, while working families struggle to make ends meet. 

Every day he's in office is another day that the urgent, practical needs of rural Americans go ignored, and the economic potential of rural America remains untapped.

Every day he's in office is another day that millions of Americans are in danger of losing their access to affordable health insurance. 

Every day he's in office is another day that our environment and our planet are at risk of imminent, irreversible harm. 

Every day he's in office is another day that the rights of women, children, immigrants, people of color, Muslim Americans, and the LGBTQ community are in jeopardy.

It is unconventional for a politician to promote her opponent's website, but I encourage you to visit www.mcclintock.house.gov . Watch McClintock's speeches. Read his press releases. And ask yourself -- does Tom McClintock speak for you? Is this a man you want in Congress? If the answer is no, please support my campaign to unseat him. 

Local activists in the 4th District are fired up and ready to mount a major ground operation against McClintock. But to have a real shot at beating him, we will ultimately need to attract outside help. To make that happen, we first need to show that I can raise enough money to be a serious, viable candidate. 

Unfortunately in politics, money talks. Activism and passion are important, but when the DCCC is deciding where to get involved, they place a lot of emphasis on fundraising. They want to see that a challenger can raise money on his or her own, and only after that will they jump into a race. The same goes for many other influential advocacy groups. 

So in that spirit, I am asking for your continued support. As we shift from "startup mode" to "campaign mode," I have increased our goal on Crowdpac to $50,000. I am so grateful for the first $20,000 that you've already contributed, and that seed money has been critical. But now it's time to get serious about building a campaign, hiring staff and consultants, and attracting attention from the outside world. 

Every donation helps in that effort. No amount is too small. And if you aren't in a position to donate, please help to spread the word. Send the Crowdpac site to your friends and relatives. Write letters to the editors of your local newspapers, highlighting McClintock's record and publicizing our campaign against him. Tom McClintock's presence in Congress is a threat to us all. Let's work together to defeat him in 2018. 

In solidarity, Regina

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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

  • Adam Bonica endorsed

  • Joseph Burns endorsed

  • LeeAnn Lacerte-Leventini endorsed

  • peter endorsed

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

  • Stephen endorsed

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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

  • Lawrence Andow endorsed

  • Daniel Wardlow endorsed

  • Dan endorsed

  • 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.”