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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 31

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Sean Flynn

Business Owner/Economist
40,622 votes (45.1%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Create more high-paying jobs by cutting taxes and regulations for small businesses.
  • Improving public safety by fighting for more resources and homelessness prevention programs.
  • Reforming healthcare by advocating for market based solutions that would create price transparency and personalized healthcare plans.



Congress has a lot to learn about running the economy, and who better to teach them than the author of Economics for Dummies? Sean Flynn has grown businesses, taught college students, and even become a champion martial artist. Now, America’s leading economic educator is dedicating his life to bringing good jobs, world-class schools, and high-quality, affordable healthcare to the Inland Empire.


Sean was born in 1973 on Clark Air Force base in the Philippines. His father, Thomas, a WWII combat veteran, was the vice-principal of the base high school. His mother, Mikiko, an immigrant from Japan, was a full-time college student.


When Sean was four, the Flynn family moved to Sacramento so that Mikiko could begin medical school at U.C. Davis. During their first years in California, the Flynn family struggled to get by. Mikiko was still a student, and Thomas struggled to find work. It was the late 1970s and jobs were in short supply as inflation raged and the second oil crisis pushed the economy toward recession.


The family got by on food stamps until Thomas found work as a teacher and Mikiko won a U.S. Navy scholarship. After she completed her medical degree and the internship, the Flynn family moved to Los Angeles, where Mikiko served as a Lieutenant Commander in the Medical Corps of the United States Navy after completing her residency in ophthalmology.


Sean’s parents were always serious about academics and they encouraged him to understand the economic and social forces that create jobs, opportunity, and prosperity—especially for the vulnerable and disadvantaged.


After attending public schools in Los Angeles, Sean completed both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in economics at the University of Southern California. Still fascinated by the economy, Sean won a scholarship to U.C. Berkeley, where he earned a doctorate in economics in 2002, studying under Nobel Laureates George Akerlof and Daniel McFadden.


Throughout graduate school, Sean also practiced and taught the martial art of aikido, eventually becoming a U.S. national champion before coaching five of his students to national championships.


While still only in his early 30s, Sean’s skill at explaining the economy gained worldwide attention after he wrote the international best seller Economics for Dummies. Just two years later, Sean became the co-author of the world’s best-selling economics textbook.


Sean has had a successful teaching career, first at Vassar College in New York and since 2009 at Scripps College in Claremont. Sean believes economics should always be translated into entrepreneurship and practical solutions to real problems.


Among other ventures, Sean co-founded the first company to offer student loan default protection to America’s college students and is currently one of the principals of FuzeUs, a start-up devoted to improving the effectiveness of philanthropic and volunteer activities both here in America, as well as around the world. He is also a founding board member of Employment Means Success, an Inland Empire non-profit that helps discouraged and disabled workers find jobs.


Sean is not a politician: he’s an educator and an entrepreneur. He understands America’s economic role in the world, and how empowering individuals and small businesses is the key to prosperity here in San Bernardino County.


Sean believes that prosperity starts with world-class public schools. It extends to affordable college and vocational training, lifting the burden of student loan debt, creating jobs by cutting red tape, and delivering quality, affordable healthcare to every member of our community.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $1,242,174

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Sean Flynn
Employees of Bel-air Swap-meet, Inc.
Employees of Gridiron Communications
Majority Committee PAC (MCPAC)
Employees of Ach Mechanical Contractors
Employees of D&R Investments, Llc
Employees of Henehan, Susan Y.
Employees of Henry, Carol
Employees of Henry, Warner
Employees of The Henehan Co.
Employees of Vargas, Antonia

More information about contributions

By State:

California 95.05%
Virginia 1.62%
Nevada 0.70%
Pennsylvania 0.45%
Washington 0.45%
Other 1.73%

By Size:

Large contributions (96.92%)
Small contributions (3.08%)

By Type:

From organizations (3.53%)
From individuals (96.47%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I believe that the American people are good and decent and thus capable of governing themselves. The job of our American government is to help them fulfil their right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. 

In far too many countries, both in the past and also today, the government has been the exclusive tool of the wealthy and powerful, who use the government to line their own pockets at the expense of everyone outside the inner circle.  Our Constitution and our Bill of Rights are precious because they limit powerful interests.  With powerful interests held in check, our good and decent people are afforded the chance to work together for our mutual benefit.  

I am thus a traditionalist in that I will at all times work to uphold the Constitution, but also an innovator in that I believe firmly that our Republican form of government gives us the opportunity to make sure that the will of average, ordinary citizens gets translated into high-paying jobs, safe streets, great schools, and the right to think and speak freely and to worship (or not) according to one’s own conscience.  

I deeply admire President Ronald Reagan.  Not only did he always stand up for freedom and liberty, he did so--every single time--with grace and class.  We could use a lot more of that today.  


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