|U.S. Representative from California's 10th Congressional District|
From: January 3, 2019 – present
|Successor||Incumbent (no successor)|
Joshua Keck “Josh” Harder (born August 1, 1986 in Turlock, California (age 35)) is a venture capital investor and freshman liberal Democrat currently representing California's 10th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives. Harder was elected to the position in the 2018 midterm elections, defeating Republican then-incumbent Jeff Denham by just under 5% of the vote.
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Harder in early May 2017 his run for the U.S. House from California's 10th district to challenge Republican Jeff Denham for the latter's seat. In the primary election held on June 5, 2018, Denham finished in first place with a plurality of 37.5% of the votes casted, while Harder finished second place with 17%. Under current California state law, all candidates for congressional races compete in a single primary, with the top two performers facing off in the general election.
Having relied heavily on the San Francisco Bay Area for donations and volunteers, it was reported in mid-October 2018 that less than 1% of Harder's campaign donations came from the district he was running in. Harder also indirectly took corporate PAC money for his campaign despite saying in an ad that he would refuse money from corporate donors. He ultimately defeated Rep. Denham by a close margin after the latter had pushed for DACA amnesty vote despite opposition to such by constituents. Although Denham initially held a lead, Harder was declared the winner after suspicious "late votes" were counted; similar situations occurred for several other congressional races in California where Republican candidates who initially held leads later "lost".
In July 2019, Harder co-sponsored a Democrat-led resolution to condemn Donald Trump's supposedly "racist" tweets toward the Squad, a clique of four far-left representatives known for bigotry and advocating extreme policies.
Rep. Harder voted against the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019.
Harder voted in favor of the impeachment coup against Donald Trump. In his remark on voting for the sham articles, he claimed to have been "disappointed" in doing so. This was after he and five other Democrats attended an annual White House Christmas party that Trump invited all members of Congress to, including those who had been extremely obsessed with impeaching and removing him.
- Religious affiliation of members of 116th Congress
- California House Election Results 2018: Live Midterm Map by District & Analysis - Politico
- Central Valley's Jeff Denham gets new 2018 challenger
- California's 10th Congressional District election (June 5, 2018 top-two primary)
- Democrat Josh Harder Depends on Cash, Volunteers from Bay Area
- Bay Area Dumps Another $500K to Help Democrat Josh Harder in Rural Seat
- Denham Campaign: Only 1% of ‘Bay Area’ Josh Harder’s Donations Come from 10th District
- Is it Legit? Fact-checking the Denham vs. Harder race
- Rep. Jeff Denham Pushes for DACA Amnesty Vote
- Poll: Half of Jeff Denham’s Hispanic Constituents Oppose DACA Amnesty
- Josh Harder has won his congressional race to become the only venture capitalist in the House of Representatives
- STUNNING! California Republicans Face More Losses as Late Votes for Democrats Continue to Trickle In #StopTheSteal
- HR 5 - Equality Act - National Key Vote
- H Res 489 - Condemning President Trump's Racist Comments Directed at Members of Congress - National Key Vote
- HR 3877 - Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 - National Key Vote
- HR 3 - Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019 - National Key Vote
- H Res 755 - Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors - National Key Vote
- Harder Statement on Impeachment Vote
- Why Democrat Josh Harder attended White House Christmas party during impeachment
- H J Res 79 - Removing the deadline for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment - National Key Vote
- HR 1957 - Great American Outdoors Act - National Key Vote