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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 53

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John Brooks

Retired Special Agent
2,808 votes (1.4%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Implementing a national climate correction protocol, so that the USA takes a leadership role against global warming.
  • Creating sustainable communities in the district to boost the economy and combat the climate crisis.
  • Funding light and high speed rail systems as job creator and to confront our changing environment.



Profession:Retired federal special agent, wildlife biologist.
Founder, Lead Biologist, The Nepal Tiger Project (2011–current)
Special Agent, United States Fish and Wildlife Service , Office of Law Enforcement (1984–2009)
Computer Forensic Specialist, United States Fish and Wildlife Service , Office of Law Enforcement (2006–2008)
Senior Special Agent, International Affairs, United States Fish and Wildlife Service , Office of Law Enforcement (1992–1995)
Wildlife Inspector, United States Fish and Wildlife Service , Division of Law Enforcement (1981–1984)


University of Montana Bachelor of Science, wildlife biology (1981)

Community Activities

Self Defense Instructor, Self Defense for Women (2015–current)
Previous Board President, current board member, Moxie Theatre (2008–current)
Volunteer, Voices of Our City Choir for the homeless (2018–current)
Advisory Board, Japanese Gardens, Balboa Park (2018–2019)
Artist in Residence, Southern California jazz Society (2018–2019)


My passion in life has always been to help people and keep the environment clean. Whether protecting the airways as a U.S. Air Marshal, or working alongside U.S. Customs/Homeland Security to prevent the unlawful trafficking in live exotic wildlife, the “public” in public servant has always come first. As a graduate of The University of Montana, I learned early that understanding the views of others could be the key to prosperity for all. My 30 years of public service with the U.S. Department of the Interior spanned the country from California to Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, Texas, Illinois, Ohio, Virginia/Washington D.C., and New Jersey. In all my travels and through all my encounters with people, whether as Refuge Manager, Wildlife Inspector, Special Agent, Computer Forensics Specialist or augmented Federal Air Marshal, I've understood that the average person's hopes and desires boils down to happiness, freedom, and fairness. Although I retired from civil service in 2008, I continue to stress the importance of education through my work as an author, filmmaker, musician and community volunteer. I believe that education is the key to a healthy society.

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 John Brooks:

As the representative for district 53, I would, again, present all the facts of the situation to my constituents and discuss any Bills being presented before casting a vote. The community I represent will need to be involved with all legislation which may impact them. This is the only way we’ll be able to progress as a nation through democracy.


We are a nation of immigrants who fear immigration.  The why of this question needs to be addressed before any legislation is enacted upon.

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

When people bring up topics that will help society, the conversation invariably turns towards "raising taxes."  Personalizing the negative costs to the individual of something good for society is the simplest way to kill a productive society.  Therefore, I would go over the facts of the situation. As with most established businesses, and start ups, a cost analysis must be done to show the "shareholders" the risks involved with establishing programs, such as universal health care.

The facts are that caring for the uninsured in this country costs taxpayers over $3 trillion despite the fact that we visit the doctor less often than developed nations that have government health care coverage. The facts are, we subsidize the oil industry in this country to the tune of $5.3 trillionThe facts are that many large American based companies do not pay their fair share of taxes. So, for a low- to middle-income taxpayer to automatically think that the cost of implementing such a program will come from their pockets means these people are not being represented properly.

If voters stay engaged in how their money is being allocated through the system, and the representative is keeping the community informed about the facts surrounding legislation, we would be able to pass legislation beneficial to the public, without negatively impacting taxpayers.

Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the House of Representatives.
Answer from John Brooks:

Theres a few points I need to make, here. Migration is a natural occurrence for all beings on this planet, and borders are artificial. 

Besides the fact that the global warming crisis will increase the amount of “illegal” immigration into the USA via refugee status, the current land use practices by the United States, such as violation for water treaties with Mexico and Canada, creates a shortage of water flowing to Mexico, causing economic and environmental shortcomings in that country, which increases the likelihood of Mexican citizens seeking employment in the USA.   Furthermore, it is a little known fact that the legal immigration system is not ranked in favor of Latin American countries, making it more difficult for people of those countries to obtain legal work permits.

 In addition to addressing the climate crisis here at home, we need to study the data in order to determine which countries are likely to be impacted first, and the most, and  provide assistance to those nations before disaster strikes. All foriegn aid needs to be tied towards developing nation's willingness to implement climate correction measure in their countries.  It is time to build partnerships, not walls.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $12,000

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

John Brooks

More information about contributions

By State:

California 100.00%

By Size:

Large contributions (100.00%)
Small contributions (0.00%)

By Type:

From organizations (0.00%)
From individuals (100.00%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Beyond being your advocate for the right to live healthy, prosperous lives, i want to represent you and the community, not dictate to the community. 

I am 62 years old and have lived a full life and learned many things from people around the world. Even with those expereinces, I am limited to prospective of life. But together we are stronger.

A representative of the House was not meant to be a career position.  It was meant to stay fresh, reducing the opportunity for individuals to cease power. In order to have a true democracy in the USA, we need to have a true representative government.  This can not occur when people make a career out of a public seat. As your representative, you will convey our needs and i will relay the needs of the community to the government. It is that simple. A representative needs to be a community advocate have life expereinces of the community, and be able to communicate effectively with others.  I exceed in all of these categoies, having served this country for 30 years, and three years of Washington Office expreience for the Department of the Interior.

Videos (3)

— January 23, 2020 John Brooks for Congress Committee

We have been made to fear the loss of things that we perceive will reduce our quality of life and we, therefore, tend to cling to those items. We are a nation of immigrants fearing immigration. We are a nation born of violence that can not understand why individual acts of violence continue. Fear has kept the nation voting into office individuals who continue to be the problem and not the solution. Individuals who put self interest over the public's interest.A vote for John Brooks will insure that community will always come first. I believe if civic duties and societal needs were required learning in schools, we would be in a far greater position on accomplishing goals our community desires to move forward and that everyone would want to be a part of the political process. Please have a look at my background and reasons for wanting to represent District 53. ( I am sure you will agree that I am more than capable and trustworthy to execute the duties of this office. Thank you for your support

— January 23, 2020 John Brooks for Congress Committee

I believe money is corrupting our political structure and that we need to move towards public funded elections. I am running a "No Money Campaign" to set this movement into motion. I am financing my Congressional run on my own money and keeping my expenditures below $5,000.00. I am using social media and the "word of month" method to introduce myself to voters. Truly "Grass-Roots." Why? Because... The time is now. Tomorrow is too late. John Brooks for Congress. District 53. @2020JohnBrooks @JohnBrooksforCongress

— January 23, 2020 John Brooks For Congress Committee

There is a growing homeless population in San Diego. The people without shelter find themselves in this position for a variety of reasons. I spoke with a few of them about the state of homelessness in San Diego, and this is what they had to say. Ignoring or putting "band-aids" on the issue will not solve the issues of people without shelter. Making the shift to a sustainable economy will go a long way in addressing the inequality that exists in are communities. Vote for John Brooks on March 3rd and let's tackle this issue, together. Remember, We are Stronger Together.

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