Around the Capitol

Pope Visit

Last week Pope Francis paid a visit to Washington, D.C. My wife, Lily and I were fortunate enough to witness the Canonization Mass of Blessed Junipero Serra. The next day I attended the first ever Papal address to Congress. The Holy Father presented a simple message that has always been true, the Golden Rule: we must do unto to others as we would have them do unto ourselves. While sometimes my colleagues and I disagree on the best way to go about this, I believe it is crucial that we keep this rule in mind when crafting policy.
Lily and I in front of the crowd gathering to hear Pope Francis speak

Veterans Bills
This week the House passed several pieces of legislation that would go a long way in helping our nation’s veterans and their families, including H.R. 2835, the Border Jobs for Veterans Act of 2015, S. 136, the Gold Star Fathers Act, and H.R. 313, the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act. For more information, please visit here.

Meeting with the General
It was an honor to sit down with Brigadier General Carl Schaefer in my office yesterday to discuss the current status of my birthplace, Edwards Air Force Base. As a Member of Congress, I am dedicated to looking after the well-being of the service members stationed there and their families.

Brigadier General Schaefer & I in my Capitol Office

Touting Tours
Are you planning a visit to Washington, D.C. in the next year? My office would love to help you out. We can get you tours of the Capitol, White House, and more. For more information, visit here.

Around the District

AV Mall
On August 23rd the Antelope Valley Mall celebrated its 25th Anniversary. My office presented a certificate of recognition to Scott Cummings, the Mall’s General Manager. Congratulations on a great quarter of a century.
Celebrating 25 Years at AV Mall

Simi Valley Hospital Foundation Gala
Last Saturday was the Simi Valley Hospital Foundation Gala. My staff attended and celebrated Simi Valley Hospital, which has provided quality healthcare to the community for 50 years. 

Welcome to the Neighborhood
Last week the Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Physical Therapy and Sports opened its doors in the Santa Clarita Valley. Welcome to the neighborhood and good luck!
The Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Physical Therapy and Sports Grand Opening

Blue Ribbon
Our community continues its tradition of academic excellence- today the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognized two of our area's institutions as Exemplary High Performing Schools. Congratulations to Antelope Valley SOAR High School, Academy of the Canyons and Legacy Christian Academy on your achievements! To learn more about the award and the schools, visit here.


Around the Corner

Circus Vargas
October 1-5, 7:30 pm
Antelope Valley Mall, 1233 Rancho Vista Boulevard, Palmdale

2015 Relay for Life
October 3, 9am through October 4, 9am
Rancho Tapo Community Park, 3700 Avenida Simi, Simi Valley

Annual American Indian Celebration
October 3-4, 11am-4pm
Antelope Valley Indian Museum, 15701 East Avenue M, Lancaster

Bark at the Park
October 3, 10am-5pm; October 4, 10am-3pm
Lancaster City Park, 43063 10th Street West, Lancaster

SCV Leaders in Character Dinner 10th Anniversary Honoree Recognition Dinner
Friday, October 9 
To learn about sponsorship opportunities or to RSVP, call 661-284-6330 or email

A Cause for Paws Pet Expo
October 10, 10am-5pm
Rancho Simi Park, 1692 Sycamore Drive, Simi Valley

Business Mixer Expo Fundraiser
October 10
Palmdale Aerospace Academy, 38060 20th Street East, Palmdale

Circle of Hope's 12th Annual Afternoon Tea
October 10, 11:30am-3pm 
Robinson Ranch Golf Club, 27734 Sand Canyon Road, Santa Clarita

Hits for Heroes Softball Tournament
October 10, 8am
Big 8 Softball Complex, 43011 10th Street West, Lancaster

Loving Heart Hospice Foundation 5th Annual Golf Tournament
October 10, 7am-4pm
Buenaventura Golf Course, 5882 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura

Walk for Life
October 10, 8-11am
The Church On The Way, 23415 Cinema Drive, Valencia