ELK GROVE, CA - Today, the Sacramento Bee endorsed Dr. Ami Bera for Congress in California’s 7th Congressional district, stating he is a “hardworking and thoughtful member of Congress who has shown he is willing to find common ground with Republicans.”
The Bee's editorial board pointed to Bera's record and expertise, given the problems officials will have to tackle in the next Congress.
Rep. Ami Bera is a hardworking and thoughtful member of Congress who has shown he is willing to find common ground with Republicans, to the extent possible in these partisan times. We recommend voters return the Elk Grove Democrat to Washington for a third term.
Although Jones could be a capable representative, Bera has an unusually impressive résumé. As a physician, Bera can offer expertise and insight into the Affordable Care Act and how best to mend it, an issue that should be a focus of the next Congress.
A former chief Sacramento County medical officer, Bera can help focus attention on health care threats, including the spread of the Zika virus. He also served as associate dean for admissions at UC Davis medical school, and intends to engage in efforts to curb the rising cost of college.
In Congress, he was one of the early Democratic co-sponsors of legislation by Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., to aid severely mentally ill people. That stand put him at odds with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and most other Democrats.
Bera, the only member of Congress who is the son of immigrants from India, sits on the Foreign Affairs Committee, where he has focused on trade, which benefits the Central Valley.
“I’m honored to be endorsed by the Sacramento Bee. As a doctor, I’ve lived a life committed to service, and I’d be honored to continue serving the people of Sacramento County in Congress for another two years,” said Rep. Ami Bera.