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U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 45

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Brian Forde

Science Technology Educator
10,107 votes (6%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • COMBATING CLIMATE CHANGE: Rejoin the Paris Climate Accord, Achieve 100% renewable energy by 2050, Divest of all federal funds from the fossil fuel industry, Prevent offshore oil drilling, Transition immediately to a clean energy economy.
  • PROVIDING A MODERN HEALTHCARE SYSTEM: Expand Medicare for all, Expand Title X family planning funding, Create an Open Source Electronic Medical Record system.
  • PASSING COMPASSIONATE IMMIGRATION REFORM: Support a clean DACA bill that provides a path to citizenship for DREAMers, Provide a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million hardworking and tax-paying undocumented immigrants in the U.S.



Profession:Technology lecturer, businessman
Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management (2016–current)
Director, Digital Currency Initiative, MIT Media Lab (2015–2016)
Senior Advisor for Mobile and Data Innovation, The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (2011–2015)
President and Cofounder, Llamadas S.A. (2005–2010)
Business Technology Volunteer, United States Peace Corps (2003–2005)


London Business School MBA (current)
UCLA B.A., Sociology (2002)


Raised in Tustin, California, Brian Forde developed an interest in technology at an early age. He built his first computer by hand and took advanced technology courses at Irvine Valley College and UC Irvine while still in high school. After graduating from UCLA, Forde served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua and co-founded a telecom business that reduced the cost of international calls by 90% for rural Nicaraguans.

Forde went on to serve in the Obama White House as a Senior Advisor for Mobile and Data Innovation, where he worked to prepare American workers for 21st century jobs and apply technology to critical national priorities. After serving more than three years in the Obama administration, Forde joined the renowned MIT Media Lab as Director of the Digital Currency Initiative.


A native of Orange County, Forde lives with his wife, Alison, in the city of Lake Forest.

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (5)

Question 1

What financing method(s) would you support to repair or improve roads, rails, ports, airports, the electrical grid and other infrastructure in the U.S.?

No answer provided.
What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages secure affordable health care?
Answer from Brian Forde:

Healthcare is a human right -- that's why I believe in Medicare for everyone. I've lived under a single-payer healthcare system and I know the good and the bad. I also know what it's like to get denied health insurance for a pre-existing condition. I'll never forget going to the pharmacy without health insurance and trying to buy an inhaler – health insurance or not I needed to breathe – and being charged $400 instead of the $7 everyone else was paying.

In Congress, I will fight to:

  • Expand Medicare for all – limiting excess spending and curbing cost overages while providing exceptional healthcare for all Americans
  • Expand Title X family planning funding
  • Create of an Open Source Electronic Medical Record system
Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the House.
Answer from Brian Forde:

More than 30% of our friends and neighbors in the 45th district are foreign born – including my mom. As the son of an immigrant, I understand the important contributions immigrants make to our nation – and the sacrifices they make. I'll work towards compassionate and comprehensive reform of our immigration system.

As a member of Congress, I will:

  • Support a clean DACA bill that provides a path to citizenship for DREAMers
  • Provide a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million hardworking and tax-paying undocumented immigrants in the U.S.
  • Work to reduce the fraud and abuse of H-1B and L1 visas fraud that enables companies to underpay foreign workers and replace American workers
  • Propose the Keep Families Together Act which will prevent immigration authorities from separating undocumented parents from their children
Question 4

What programs or legislation would you support to meet the water needs of Californians and the federal water project infrastructure in California?

No answer provided.
Question 5

According to a "Civility In America” survey, 75% of Americans believe that the U.S. has a major civility problem. If you are elected what will do to address this?

No answer provided.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $1,698,404

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

Coinbase and employees
Employees of Netflix
Employees of Refereum
Employees of Stanford University
Employees of Wachsman Pr Llc

More information about contributions

By State:

California 62.39%
New York 12.56%
Massachusetts 5.38%
District of Columbia 3.94%
Other 15.73%

By Size:

Large contributions (94.67%)
Small contributions (5.33%)

By Type:

From organizations (10.54%)
From individuals (89.46%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

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