Women to Watch: Cristina Osmeña, Candidate for California’s Fourteenth District
This profile is part of Republican Women for Progress’ Women to Watch series, which highlights Republican women running for office in 2018 who are committed to working through the legislative process in a bipartisan way in order to create effective policy at the local, state, and national levels.
Cristina Osmeña is running for Congress to unseat Democrat Jackie Speier and represent California’s 14th district. An immigrant to the U.S. by way of the Philippines, Osmeña grew up in California and is the epitome of the American Dream. After putting herself through college at UC Berkeley, she began a career spanning 20 years in investment management before transitioning to the solar industry as Vice President of Corporate Development at SunPreme.
Immigration reform is of utmost importance to Osmeña as a result of her experiences immigrating to the U.S. as a child as her family fled the Marcos regime. Osmeña takes a moderate approach to reform, believing in both a path to citizenship for law-abiding Dreamers as well as strengthening our borders to decrease gang-related criminal activity. She also believes that children should not be separated from their parents at the border.
Another issue area Osmeña feels passionate about is energy and the environment. With her experience in the solar industry, she understands the need for clean, renewable energy through the implementation of solar, wind, hydro and other technologies. Furthermore, she believes that eliminating tax breaks and other government incentives spanning all of these technologies is fair.
In regards to the Second Amendment, Osmeña supports a bipartisan approach to reform. She believes in banning assault weapons and advocates for the implementation of Gun Violence Restraining Orders (GVROs). As a Republican, she also supports the rights of law-abiding gun owners.
Her other priorities include tackling the cost of living in the Bay Area, reforming human trafficking laws, and making the individual tax cuts in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 permanent. Osmeña was recently featured in Glamour Magazine in a piece regarding running as a woman amidst the #MeToo movement, as well as on Wonder Media Network’s most recent podcast “Let’s Talk About the Elephant in the Room.”
To learn more about Cristina Osmeña and her platform, visit her website.
Disclaimer: Inclusion of a candidate in RWFP’s Women to Watch series does not constitute an endorsement by the organization or its members.