Residents of California’s 25th Congressional District have chosen Katie Hill to represent them in Congress, ousting two-term Congressman Steve Knight and bringing change to the district.
“I entered this race to serve our community and bring our voice and priorities to Washington,” Hill said in a statement. “I look forward to working on behalf of everyone in this district to ensure we all have access to quality health care, housing we can afford, and a representative and transparent government which truly serves the people.”
Knight called Hill on Wednesday to concede the race. Although some ballots remain to be counted, Knight stands very little chance of overcoming the 2 percent lead Hill had at the time her campaign announced her victory.
Knight, who was often listed as one of the country’s most vulnerable Republicans, faced an uphill struggle the entire campaign. In a district that supported Hillary Clinton in 2016, Knight nonetheless fully embraced Trump and the Trump agenda.
Knight’s votes against the Affordable Care Act, and his decision to oppose protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions, were central to his campaign.
Hill heads to Congress as part of a reclaimed Democratic majority intent on protecting and strengthening the nation’s health care laws.
In addition to health care, Hill ran a campaign focused on helping middle class families, not wealthy Wall Street executives.
“Congresswoman-Elect Katie Hill has made history — as one of the youngest women ever elected to Congress, and a proud member of the LGBTQ community, she represents a new generation that is leading our party into the future,” said DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Luján in a statement. “I am excited to congratulate Katie and honored to call her a colleague,” he added.
“Our goal from day one was to empower this community to have a voice — and with more than 4,000 volunteers and 500,000 doors knocked, we delivered,” Hill said in a statement.
“This is just the beginning.”