Ammar Campa-Najjar

U.S. House, California 50

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Ammar is the son of a Mexican American mother and a Middle Eastern immigrant father, Ammar was raised in San Diego until the family moved to Gaza for four years. When war broke out and it became unsafe to remain, Ammar, his mother and brother returned to San Diego. The family struggled, and Ammar sought work as a janitor in a church, where he later became a youth leader. He attended community college and graduated from San Diego State University, after taking time off to help reelect the president.

In 2012, Ammar served as Deputy Regional Field Director for President Obama’s reelection campaign, where he helped oversee Southern California’s grassroots operations from a headquarters in San Diego. Ammar worked alongside thousands of people, who in the spirit of public service, volunteered their labor and love in advocacy of a common cause. Following the election, Ammar secured a White House position in the Executive Office of President Obama. When he was unable to afford the move to Washington, DC, he secured a loan to serve on the team that selected the 10 letters that the president read every night. Ammar read thousands of letters from citizens, learning much about the hopes, fears and daily struggles of the American people. Ammar has worked at the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) as Communications and Marketing Director, promoting the economic growth of more than 4 million Hispanic-owned small businesses. While serving at the USHCC, Ammar supported efforts to help small businesses secure federal contracts as well as procurement opportunities with larger companies seeking to diversify their supply chains with minority-owned firms who reflect the communities they serve.

At the U.S. Department of Labor, Ammar led the Office of Public Affairs for the Employment and Training Administration (ETA). In this role, Ammar was instrumental in promoting a nationwide effort to double and diversify the number of Registered Apprenticeships in America, an “an earn while you learn job” that pays workers an average of $60,000 a year. Ammar also supported: the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program (TAA) in helping American workers who were laid off due to unfair trade deals; expanding aid for farm workers; launching youth summer jobs programs; advancing veteran employment opportunities; providing vocational training and rehabilitation services to those in the criminal justice system; improving reemployment services; and cracking down on unemployment fraud.

Ammar will be a champion for the struggling and the working people of CA-50; fighting for sensible gun laws, protecting our environment, supporting humane and sensible immigration reform, improving access to debt free and affordable education, Ammar is also a proud supporter of Medicare for All. Ammar is running a people powered campaign fighting to unseat a Republican incumbent and if elected Ammar will bring real change and a progressive voice to the 50th Congressional District in California.

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