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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 48

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James Brian Griffin

Real Estate Broker
2,714 votes (1.3%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Helping the Homeless and those with Mental Health Issues with affordable housing programs that provide sanitary conditions, health care and job training
  • Tax Reductions and cut out Redundency in Government Spending across the Board
  • Revise the Affordable Care Act to make Health Insurance Affordable again for all with 25 - 40% lower premiums

Experience

Experience

Profession:Real Estate Broker
Business Owner, JBGMG (1999–current)

Education

California State University Los Angeles Bachelor of Science, Industrial Technology (1977)

Community Activities

Co-Founder, Sunset Beach Business Association (2010–current)
President, Fellowship Of Christian Athletes Pasadena Adult Chapter (1986–1988)
President, Printing Industries for Southern California Sales Club (1980–1981)
President, South Pasadena San Marino Jaycees (1979–1980)
Board of Directors, Pasadena Jaycees (1978–1979)

Biography

Native of Southern California born in Los Angeles, CA . Baby Boomer Generation. Raised in South Pasadena Ca from Kindergarten through High School. Graduate of South Pasadena High School 1973. Attended Pasadena City College, Rochester Institute of Technology, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Cal State Los Angeles . Earned a BS degree from Cal State Los Angeles in 1977 in Industrial Technology with an option in Printing Management. Majority of career was in Sales and Sales Management in the Printing and Packaging Industry. In 2002 became a public school teacher for 2 years. Licensed Real Estate Agent in 1999 and Real Estate Broker since 2008 and small business owner. Married with 3 grown children and 4 grandchildren.

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Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California (3)

What financing method(s) would you support to repair or improve roads, rails, ports, airports, the electrical grid, and other infrastructure in the U.S.?
Answer from James Brian Griffin:

I would take money from other redundant government programs or cut out money for programs in affect to suppport the transportation and roadway infratructure in the US 

What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages to secure affordable health care?
Answer from James Brian Griffin:

The Affordbale Care Act hurt the Middle America Blue Collar population in the pocketbook.  The Affordable Care act caused Heath Insurance for individuals to go up as high as 300% in some cases for indivduals. This increase in premiums allowed subsidies for the  Premium Tax Credits given to those at poverty level who were subsidized by the middle class who paid higher premiums thus providiing funds for the providers to offset the tax credits insursance companies forked out for those who could not afford health insurance. 

Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the House of Representatives.
Answer from James Brian Griffin:

To give all Illegal Immigrants currently living in the USA the opportunity to become Citizens of the USA within a certain time frame. We cannot afford to have illegal immigrants taking advantage of our system and not paying taxes to support the government programs that they are currently taking advanatge of. 

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Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Revise the Affordable Care Act to Lower premiums

Mental Health Centers and Homeless Shelters

Traffic and Transporation Solutions

What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about?

Revitalization and Economic development, Helping Small Businesses and working with Helping the Homeless and those with Mental illness with centers, Honoring and serving Veterans. Supporting Individuals with Disabilities with programs, Health Care, Physical Fitness Awareness and Illness Prevention, Traffic and Transportation Studies for reducing congestion, Public Safety and Education. Reduce Taxes. Passionate about the US Constitution the history of the USA. One Nation under God a nation that serves and respects each individuals faith beliefs.

 

Who do you look up to? Whose example would you like to follow, and why?

I look up to all the mentors in my life who taught me about trust, hard work, integrity and doing the right thing. The examples of I would like to follow are my Dad who taught me about business and gave me an opportunties to succeed and do the right thing always and Mom who believed in me and said you an do anything you set you mind to.

 

Is there a book, essay, film, or something else you would recommend to someone who wants to understand your political philosophy?

Work is my play by Wallace E Johnson .. Living the American Dream. Wallace was a common who balanced his life and served many in the process with his hard work and perserverance. .

 

What characteristics or principles are most important for an elected official?

Honesty, Integrity, heart for service.

 

What qualities do you possess that you believe would make you a successful officeholder?

Faith, hard worker, early to rise, dedicated, honest, sincere. Experience in multiple areas from Public Education to Small Business , Insurance, Real Estate and more!

 

What do you believe are the core responsibilities for someone elected to this office?

Be available to all. Serving in Congress is an honor and priviledge not a career . The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators should serve their term(s), then go home and go back to work ... not get all kinds of freebies. I feel the core responsibilities are to Listen, explore, analyze and respond to all issues and write new bills as needed while supporting bills measures that work for the best of the people we serve in our districts

 

That legacy would you like to leave?

That my service made an impact of those served on a local and national level.

 

What is the first historical event that happened in your lifetime that you remember? How old were you at the time?

The Assassination President of John F. Kennedy in 1963. I wlll always remember. A sad time in American History. I was 8 at the time

 

What was your very first job? How long did you have it?

My 1st job was working as an order taker at Mcdonalds in South Pasadena, CA . I held the job for 6 months

 

What is your favorite book? Why?

57 Jobs and Counting a career passion less traveled which I wrote, It is my favorite book because I grew threw the process of writing the book and it encourages me tho this day to keep growing and experiencing new opportunities one day at a time and to continue to put your faith above all and let the Lord direct your paths.

 

If you could be any fictional character, who would you want to be?

Gum Gummy. Gum is a World Traveler who travels in search of interesting people, places and events from Antarctica to Zambia and then returns to share his story to all

 

What is something that has been a struggle in your life?

The greatest struggle i had to overcame was developing confidence. I went through several experiences that raised my belief in myself and that nothing was impossible through faith, hard work and determination.

 

What qualities does the U.S. House of Representatives possess that makes it unique as an institution?

It is a fingerprint of the USA with representatives from every states and repesents the interests of the the people who the representative serves in the district the he or she is elected .. Government for the people by the people.

 

Do you believe that it's beneficial for representatives to have previous experience in government or politics?

No I do not . I think the most important thing is the person has the passion and interest to serve the District by proposing changes and policies that will represent the district motions and proposed bills

 

What do you perceive to be the United States’ greatest challenges as a nation over the next decade?

Terrorism, Public Safety, Illegal immigrants not paying taxes or supporting our government and obeying the Laws, Affordable Housing. Affordable Health Care, ongoing funding for Social Security, Education, Military, Police, Fire and and Government Services.

 

If you are not a current representative, are there certain committees that you would want to be a part of?

Defense, Health, Housing Transportation , Technology

 

If you are a current representative, why did you join your current committees?

NA

 

Do you believe that two years is the right term length for representatives?

Yes

 

What are your thoughts on term limits?

I think the maximum term should be 2 terms

 

 

Both sitting representatives and candidates for office hear many personal stories from the residents of their district. Is there a story that you’ve heard that you found particularly touching, memorable, or impactful?

 

I think the best story was from a lady and her son who I met several years ago when they were homeless and was able to help them with a gift card to Boston Market, While collecting singatures for my campaign and ran into both the Mother and the son , It was a nice reunion and great to see that they are no longer homeless and doing well ..

Position Papers

Affordable Healh Care for All

Summary

Affordable Health Care for all is subject that I am very concerned about . When the ACA became law during the Obama Administration Health Care Cost for Individual Plans for millions of Americans became unaffordable. The Govenment forced every American to purchase Health Care at these higher rates or face fines. This was unconstitutional  and left millions in a dillemna forced to pay in some case a 350% increase in Health Insurance Premiums or go without Health Insurance to be able to afford rent or mortgage payments and pay the fine. Many chose to drop their health insurance due to the steep increases casused by Obama Care and the ACA which should have been called the Unaffordable Care Act for Blue Collar Americans. 

If Elected I wil bring the ACA to light and will support new laws to make affordable health care a reality again to all americans and citizens, By Giving Free Subsidized Health Care at the expense of the middle class was outrageous and must be reversed I am all in favor of helping those in need, povery, etc with Health Car but not forcing citizens to pay for this out through inflated Health Medical  Insurance Premiums 

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