Jimmy Panetta

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Jimmy Panetta

Jimmy Panetta won California Congressional District 20 in 2016. He is a son of Leon Panetta. He is married to Carrie McIntyre Panetta.


  • UC Davis, international relations B.A. 1992
  • Santa Clara University, J.D. 1996


  • Naval Reserve, 2003-11.


  • Deputy district attorney.

Political history

  • Monterey County Central Democratic Committee vice chairman, 2012-16.

Chacanaca connection

Unite Here Local 483 September 5, 2016


From Left to Right, Hector Azpilcueta, Robert Chacanaca, Jimmy Panetta, candidate for USA Representative, CA District 20, Robert Chacanaca, CLC president, Sergio Rangel, Local 483 president and David Kong.

Labor Day picnic

Sharing greetings, shaking candidates’ hands, shouting updates over hot dogs and burgers in a DeLaveaga Park picnic grove, Santa Cruz’s 2016 Labor Day Picnic made room for local workers and politics alike Monday.

Nearly 200 people, many of them running for local, state and federal offices in November, turned out for the annual event put on by the Monterey Bay Central Labor Council for the 64 unions it represents in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties. At least nine of the 11 Santa Cruz City Council candidates mingled with their Watsonville counterparts, while state Rep. Mark Stone and Jimmy Panetta, candidate for the 20th District U.S. Assembly both gave short speeches in front of those gathered.

“This is a who’s who of labor and politics and the symbiotic relationship that exists between labor and Democrats especially,” said Tony Russomanno, a Santa Cruz County Democratic Central Committee member. “Democrats need to stop taking our friends for granted. Labor is a friend of Democrats, so we need to renew that friendship all the time.”

Russomanno, who served as National Democratic Convention delegate for Hillary Clinton, commended the Monterey Bay Central Labor Council’s political coordinator Glen Schaller for bringing the six California Democrat delegates for both Clinton and Bernie Sanders together on labor-related slates while running for delegate positions.

“It’s a model for what other political organizers for other labor organizations should be doing around the state,” Russomanno said. “Glen realized we’re not just supporting Bernie, we’re supporting labor, so why not get labor people to vote Bernie and Hillary.”

Monterey Bay Central Labor Council President Robert Chacanaca was quick to point out that the celebration, and Labor Day in general, are good for the American people. He listed off some labor-earned working conditions ranging from weekends off and eight-hour workdays to child labor protections and more.

“If you ask, they’ll say Labor Day is us,” said Chacanaca, gesturing to the crowd in attendance. “If you ask a person on the street, if you ask some kid in school why. They know it. Like Veterans Day. And it still stands.”

California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird gave picnickers a highlights reel of November ballot measures he felt they should remember to vote on.

“Don’t forget, this isn’t just about dumping Trump,” Laird, of Santa Cruz, said. “This is about the ballot measures and local offices and the things where people will make decisions and money is appropriated. So make sure you vote, make sure tell everybody about it, make sure that they don’t get so tired they don’t vote appropriately on the 17 propositions.”

Marina Mayor Bruce Delgado wrapped a “living necklace” — his rescue 25-year-old pet gopher snake Rosco — around the necks of willing picnic attendees while a Donald Trump pinata was batted around with soft foam noodles by children nearby. Delgado said many people get caught up in thinking of Labor Day as a holiday for play.[1]

Pressuring Panetta

Sierra Club Santa Cruz Group Executive Committee Meeting Minutes, March 8th, 2017 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Louden Nelson, Santa Cruz, CA.

Attending: Gillian Greensite, Rick Longinotti, Greg McPheeters, Jane Mio, Jack Nelson, Ron Pomerantz, Erica Stanojevic, Alex Yasbek Celia Scott, Peter Scott, Morgan Eguia, Mary Odegaard, Faisal Sean Fazilat, Matt De Young, John Leckrone, Bob Strayer and Lynda Marin.

Guest – Bob Strayer and Lynda Marin, Citizens Climate Lobby.

Right now there are 26 members of the bipartisan House Climate Solutions Caucus working together because consequences of climate

change are real and happening in districts. Locally the Citizens Climate Lobby is working to pressure Jimmy Panetta to join this climate solutions caucus in the house.

Wants local groups to endorse carbon fee and dividend to reach out to Jimmy Panetta so he joins caucus and take leadership on this issue. [2]

Red Flags


UFW connection

Rep. Jimmy Panetta May 19, 2017:


Enjoyed meeting with Giev Kashkooli of the United Farm Workers to discuss the concerns of Central Coast farmworkers.

Albright connection

Rep. Jimmy Panetta June 21, 2017:


Huge thank you to Secretary Madeleine Albright for joining me and my National Security Task Force co-chairs, U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy and Congressman Seth Moulton for our inaugural meeting today. We had a great discussion on policies that will protect the United States’ leading role in the world and keep Americans safe.

Palestine delegation

Rep. Jimmy Panetta March 30 2018:

Our delegation held a roundtable with Palestinian youth in Jerusalem.


March 30, 2018 Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) returned today from a Congressional delegation visit to Afghanistan, Jordan, and Israel. The focus of the trip was on global and regional security and cooperation issues.

In Afghanistan, Congressman Panetta and the delegation traveled to Forward Operating Base (FOB) Lighting which is the temporary home to the Southeast Advisory Security Task Force under the command of Brigadier General David M. Hamilton. The visit to the FOB in the Paktia Provence allowed Congressman Panetta to talk to and thank the service members on the front line who are training and advising Afghan security forces. The delegation then traveled to Kabul and met with General John W. Nicholson, Jr., Commander, Resolute Support Mission and U.S. Forces Afghanistan, who briefed them on the current military strategy and security situation in Afghanistan. The delegation also met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah at the Presidential Palace.

In Jordan, the delegation met with His Royal Highness King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein, as well as other senior defense and foreign affairs leadership who shared their insight into the challenges facing Jordan and the region.

In Israel, the delegation discussed U.S.-Israel relations, the prospects for an Israeli-Palestinian peace process, and regional security issues with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. The delegation also met with Opposition Leader Isaac Herzog in Tel Aviv. Congressman Panetta and the delegation reiterated American support for a two-state solution and for peace in the region.

In addition to Congressman Panetta, the Members of the delegation included:

Laird connection

Climate change panel

Rep. Jimmy Panetta November 13, 2017:


Enjoyed participating in a climate change panel discussion with California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird and Supervisor Bruce McPherson, hosted by Temple Beth El on Friday. I spoke about my work on the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus and what I am doing to protect and preserve our environment.

California Leadership Series

Anna Eshoo and Jimmy Panetta with John Laird.


On May 31, (2018) Santa Cruz Indivisible is launching its California Leadership Series to bring prominent California leaders to Santa Cruz to discuss important issues facing California and the nation.

At our first event—A Conversation with Our Members of Congress—California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird will moderate a discussion with Congresswoman Anna Eshoo and Congressman Jimmy Panetta.

Peace Coalition connection

Rep. Jimmy Panetta July 2 2018:


Met with the Peace Coalition of Monterey County to discuss the Trump Administration's zero-tolerance immigration policy and global stability.

HR 109 endorser

By February 20 2019 endorsers of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's HR 109 (Green New Deal) included Jimmy Panetta.

Medicare for All Act

In February 2019 Rep. Pramila Jayapal introduced H.R.1384 - Medicare for All Act of 2019. By May 29 she had 110 co-sponsors including Rep. Jimmy Panetta.

Congressional Progressive Caucus

Shortly after the 2018 election Jimmy Panetta joined the Congressional Progressive Caucus.


  1. [Santa Cruz sentinel, Santa Cruz Labor Day picnic draws ‘who’s who’ of local Democrat politiciansBy Jessica A. York, Santa Cruz Sentinel POSTED: 09/05/16, 5:35 PM PDT ]
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