Napolitano began her political career as a member of the Norwalk, California, City Council. She served on the council from 1986 to 1992 and served as the Mayor of Norwalk from 1989 to 1990. Napolitano then served in the California State Assembly from 1992 until her election to the U.S. House in 1998.
Napolitano is the highest-ranking California member and Hispanic member of the U.S. House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure where she currently serves as Chairwoman on the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, which oversees EPA’s Clean Water Act and US Army Corps of Engineers water programs
On healthcare . . .
Representative Napolitano has worked during her Congressional career to protect patients rights. To help during the current Pandemic, she's joined her Democratic colleagues in calling on the Administration to halt construction of the border wall in order to focus all resources on combating COVID-19. “The Department of Homeland Security and the Army Corps of Engineers are the primary federal agencies currently assisting healthcare workers and patients by building much-needed temporary medical facilities . . . The Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Homeland Security should not be sidetracked in their mission to support local healthcare providers by having to devote resources to border wall construction.”
On the environment . . .
Representative Napolitano sees that a successful future for California includes water security for its residents. On her Congressional website, she writes, “It’s a no-brainer; we have to explore new ways to expand our water portfolio. . . Congress must address the nearly $1 billion backlog of congressionally approved Title XVI projects and work to provide more drought protection for California and other western states.”
Plans for Economy
Representative Napolitano has always focused on jobs and the economic stability within her District. As the highest-ranking California member on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, she used her influence to "secured over $37 billion for California in the surface transportation portion of the bill—INVEST in America Act."
Representative Napolitano has been fighting the current Administration's 'guns for teachers' plan. Per her Congressional website, she "joined more than 170 of her House Democratic colleagues in sending a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos calling on the Department to issue formal guidance prohibiting the use of federal education funding to buy guns for teachers and school staff." “Students, parents, and school leaders across the country are calling out, demanding action to prevent gun violence and keep our communities safe, yet President Trump and Secretary DeVos only hear the voices of the NRA and gun manufacturers,”