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James Lopez is a the only Republican challenger in the 2008 congressional elections for the 20th Congressional District (map) of California. He won the Republican nomination in the June 2008 primaries, so he will go on in to challenge incumbent Jim Costa (R) in the November 2008 U.S. congressional elections.
Positions, record and controversies
I am against the inheritance or "death" tax. It has been slated to go to 55% by 2011 if it is not eliminated.
Lopez is the only Republican candidate in the 2008 congressional election.Jim Lopez Combat veteran and businessman. Served his country in the armed forces for 22 years. Vietnam veteran, awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal, 16 Air Medals, Cross of Gallantry with Crossed Palms. Both the Marine and Air Force Presidential Citations. Owner of an advertising products business. Awarded the U.S. Small Business Minority Business Advocate of the year. Past State Vice President of California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, former member Board of Equalization Tax Advisory Committee, State Chairman of Republican National Hispanic Assembly, Former National President of WWII, Korea & Vietnam Airlifters Association. Deputy Commander of Cadets, Squadron 121 Civil Air Patrol.
Married to Dolores Lopez, Principal of Myrtle Avenue School in Lamont, California. 6 children and 10 grandchildren. "It has been said that 'all politics is local' and I have identified with this political adage for many years. It is for this reason that I have decided to run for the 20th Congressional District. Having been raised in the valley, I have seen and felt the local needs of the 20th Congressional District and those who have suffered for so long. It is time for a non-political to attempt to make the difference that career politicians have been unable to make. I will not have to travel to foreign lands to look for problems. I am committed to pursuing solutions we have here in the valley. Immigration, Homeownership & bankruptcy, Education and Economic Development and Veteran Healthcare. I invite you to join me on this journey. 
Money in politics
Committees and affiliations
Lopez will be assigned committees if and when he is elected to Congress.
More background data
Jim Lopez for Congress
11418 San Miniato Ave
Bakersfield, CA 93312
Articles and resources
- 2008 U.S. congressional elections
- Portal:California and the U.S. Congress
- ↑ 2008 Race Tracker page on California’s 20th Congressional District
- ↑ California's official primary election results
- ↑ California’s primary election results according to the Green Papers