By Gennady Sheyner
U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, a Democrat who has been representing Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley, Woodside and other cities in the 18th Congressional District for nearly two decades, announced Monday (Aug. 29) her plans to seek another term.
Rep. Eshoo, 68, a Menlo Park resident who was first elected to Congress in 1992, issued a statement declaring her intention to seek re-election in the recently redrawn 18th District.
She said her priorities would remain keeping jobs in Silicon Valley and supporting technologies that will create the next generation of high-tech jobs.
"For the past 19 years, I've had the privilege of representing the exceptional people of Silicon Valley in Congress," she said in the statement. "Today, I'm announcing that I will be a candidate for reelection in the newly drawn 18th Congressional District.
"While the redistricting process shifted some cities out of the district that I have represented for decades and added new ones, my work has always had its roots in our regional strengths and needs, and those will not change."
Her new district continues to include Menlo Park, Atherton, Woodside, Portola Valley, Palo Alto, Los Altos and other cities between Redwood City and San Jose. It also now includes Los Gatos, Campbell and several neighborhoods in San Jose.
Rep. Eshoo currently serves on the Communications and Technology Subcommittee and on the Energy and Commerce Committee. She has been a staunch advocate of improving and expanding the nation's Internet infrastructure and a proponent of "net neutrality," a policy that prohibits Internet service providers from restricting access.
She also introduced a bill last month that would make $250 million available to state and local governments to upgrade 9-1-1 centers to "next generation" technologies.
Rep. Eshoo also emerged last year as a leading proponent of a "blended" rail system under which high-speed rail and Caltrain would share tracks on the Peninsula. She joined state Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, and state Assemblyman Richard Gordon, D-Menlo Park, last year in proposing such a system.
"This is no time to stand down or step back," she said in her statement. "For those of us who believe government can be a source of solutions and a vehicle for progress, we must make it so.
"I will use all that I've accomplished and learned to meet that responsibility."