Sara Jacobs
Representative Sara Jacobs full portrait.jpg
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from California
Assumed office
January 3, 2021
Preceded bySusan Davis
Constituency53rd district (2021–2023)
51st district (2023–present)
Personal details
Sara Josephine Jacobs[1]

(1989-02-01) February 1, 1989 (age 34)
Del Mar, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
RelativesGary E. Jacobs (father)
Irwin M. Jacobs (grandfather)
Paul E. Jacobs (uncle)
Residence(s)Bankers Hill, San Diego, California, U.S.
EducationColumbia University (BA, MIA)
WebsiteHouse website

Sara Josephine Jacobs (born February 1, 1989) is an American politician serving as the U.S. representative for California's 51st congressional district, previously representing the 53rd congressional district from 2021 to 2023. Her district includes central and eastern portions of San Diego, as well as eastern suburbs such as El Cajon, La Mesa, Spring Valley, and Lemon Grove. A member of the Democratic Party, she is the youngest member of California's congressional delegation.[2]

Early life and education

Jacobs was born in Del Mar, California, on February 1, 1989, and raised in San Diego.[3][4] She is the granddaughter of businessman and Qualcomm founder Irwin M. Jacobs, and the daughter of Jerri-Ann and philanthropist Gary E. Jacobs. Her uncle, Paul E. Jacobs, was the former CEO and chairman of Qualcomm. Jacobs graduated from Torrey Pines High School and Columbia University, earning a bachelor's degree in political science in 2011 and a master's degree in international relations in 2012.[5][6][7]

Early career

After earning her master's degree, Jacobs worked for the United Nations and UNICEF. In February 2014, she began working as a contractor to the United States Department of State. During her later congressional campaign, Jacobs drew attention for falsely claiming to have been a "policymaker" at the State Department. Jacobs did not make policy for the State Department, instead working at a junior level for a contractor, not for the Department itself.[8] She then served as a policy advisor on Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign.[9][10] After the election, Jacobs formed a nonprofit called San Diego for Every Child: The Coalition to End Child Poverty.[11]

U.S. House of Representatives



See also: 2018 United States House of Representatives elections in California § District 49

Jacobs ran as a Democrat in the 2018 elections for the United States House of Representatives in California's 49th congressional district. In the blanket primary election, she finished third, behind Diane Harkey and Mike Levin.[12] A Super PAC affiliated with EMILY's List launched a media blitz right before the primary after Jacobs's grandfather donated $250,000 to the organization. This led primary opponents to accuse her of "buying" endorsements.[13]


See also: 2020 United States House of Representatives elections in California § District 53

In 2020, Jacobs ran in California's 53rd congressional district.[14] She finished first in the top-two primary, and defeated San Diego City Council President Georgette Gómez in the November general election.[15] She became the youngest United States Representative from California when she assumed office on January 3, 2021.[16]

During her political campaigns, Jacobs has received significant funding from her grandfather.[17][18][19] According to OpenSecrets, Jacobs was the 5th most self-funded candidate in the 2020 United States elections. She financed $6,921,255 to her campaign, constituting 90.32% of total campaign contributions.[20]


See also: 2022 United States House of Representatives elections in California § Distrct 51

Following redistricting from the 2020 United States census, Jacobs ran in California's 51st congressional district.


In 2022, Jacobs authored legislation to regulate the collection of personal reproductive health data, as in period-tracking apps.[21][22] Mazie Hirono and Ron Wyden introduced a version in the U.S. Senate.[23][24]

Along with 16 other members of Congress, Jacobs was arrested at a demonstration in support of abortion rights outside the United States Supreme Court Building on July 19, 2022.[25][26]

Committee assignments

For the 118th Congress:[27]

Caucus memberships

Political positions

Climate change

Jacobs calls climate change "one of the biggest threats facing humanity". She wants a zero-carbon, clean energy economy by 2030.[34]

Democratic Party leadership

In 2022, Jacobs said she supported Nancy Pelosi remaining Democratic leader.[35]

Health care

Jacobs supports Medicare for All.[34]


Jacobs called the Trump administration's response to COVID-19 "horribly mishandled". She wants to hold businesses and individuals accountable for price gouging related to personal protective equipment and health care supplies during the pandemic.[34]


Jacobs supports including a provision to grant citizenship for undocumented immigrants residing in the U.S., and passing the DREAM Act. She supports increasing funding for the immigration-related court system, and reducing backlogs. She supports modernizing border security and improving transit times. She opposes the Trump administration family separation policy, and wants to end funding on privatized detention facilities. Jacobs wants the U.S. to accept at least 95,000 refugees annually and protect individuals with Temporary Protected Status.[34]

Families and children

Jacobs supports the Child Care is Essential Act, which aims to pay child care workers a good wage and helps pay for child care for working families.[34]

Tax reform

Jacobs wishes to repeal the tax cuts for the wealthy in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. She wants "to increase the highest marginal tax rate and ensure capital gains rates match that, close loopholes in our tax code, and make sure everyone, including corporations, pays their fair share".[34]

Foreign affairs

In a December 2022 Foreign Policy article, Jacobs criticized the United States' counterterrorism strategy in Africa, writing that good governance is needed in Africa instead of guns.[36] In March 2023, Jacobs was among 56 Democrats to vote in favor of a resolution which directed President Joe Biden to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria within 180 days.[37][38]

Personal life

Jacobs lives in the Bankers Hill neighborhood of San Diego.[2] She is Jewish.[39] She has been in a relationship with Ammar Campa-Najjar (a former Democratic candidate for a neighboring congressional district) since 2019.[40]

See also


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  3. ^ "The Voter's Self Defense System". Vote Smart.
  4. ^ "Q&A: Sara Jacobs, candidate for the 53rd Congressional District". San Diego Union-Tribune. January 30, 2020. Retrieved June 3, 2020.
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  7. ^ "AitN: December 4, 2017". Columbia College Today. December 4, 2017. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
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  10. ^ "Sara Jacobs, Georgette Gómez Officially Headed for Runoff in 53rd District". NBC 7 San Diego. Retrieved June 3, 2020.
  11. ^ Sklar, Debbie L. (January 16, 2020). "Local Coalition Forms to End Child Poverty in San Diego". Times of San Diego. Retrieved March 7, 2020.
  12. ^ Jennewein, Chris (June 9, 2018). "Sara Jacobs Concedes to Mike Levin in 49th District Congressional Race". Times of San Diego. Retrieved March 7, 2020.
  13. ^ Stewart, Joshua (April 9, 2018). "Super-PAC launched media blitz for congressional candidate Sara Jacobs after her family gave major donation". San Diego Union-Tribune.
  14. ^ "Sara Jacobs running for 53rd Congressional District seat". The San Diego Union-Tribune. September 7, 2019. Retrieved March 7, 2020.
  15. ^ "Sara Jacobs, Georgette Gomez Headed for Runoff in 53rd District – NBC 7 San Diego". March 4, 2020. Retrieved March 21, 2020.
  16. ^ "Democrat Sara Jacobs, 31, elected as youngest U.S. House representative in California". KTLA. November 6, 2020. Retrieved November 10, 2020.
  17. ^ Schleifer, Theodore (March 4, 2020). "A tech billionaire spent millions to elect his granddaughter. It's working". Vox. Retrieved November 5, 2020.
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  19. ^ Dozier, David (April 19, 2018). "The 49th as a birthday gift". The Coast News Group. Retrieved November 8, 2020.
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  21. ^ "Analysis | Period apps gather intimate data. A new bill aims to curb mass collection". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved June 15, 2022.
  22. ^ "Democrat introduces bill to protect women from 'period tracking apps'". Washington Examiner. June 3, 2022. Retrieved June 15, 2022.
  23. ^ Sullivan, Mark (June 28, 2022). "Congresswoman Sara Jacobs explains why we need to protect reproductive health data". Fast Company. Retrieved July 20, 2022.
  24. ^ Klar, Rebecca (June 21, 2022). "Democrats introduce bill to ban collection of reproductive health data". The Hill. Retrieved July 20, 2022.
  25. ^ Service • •, City News. "Sara Jacobs, AOC and 15 More Members of Congress Arrested at Abortion Rights Protest". NBC 7 San Diego. Retrieved July 20, 2022.
  26. ^ "San Diego Rep. Jacobs arrested at Capitol reproductive rights protest". KGTV. July 19, 2022. Retrieved July 20, 2022.
  27. ^ "Sara Jacobs". Clerk of the United States House of Representatives. Retrieved April 6, 2023.
  28. ^ "Members". LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus. Retrieved February 22, 2023.
  29. ^ "Leadership | New Democrat Coalition". Retrieved January 6, 2021.
  30. ^ "Congressional LGBTQ Caucus Members". Retrieved December 19, 2021.
  31. ^ "Caucus Membrs". US House of Representatives. Retrieved January 3, 2021.
  32. ^ Stone, Ken (March 27, 2021). "Sara Jacobs Joins Congressional Progressive Caucus, Her 9th, But Trails Other Dems". Times of San Diego. Retrieved May 25, 2022.
  33. ^ "Committees and Caucuses | Congresswoman Sara Jacobs". Retrieved May 25, 2022.
  34. ^ a b c d e f "2020 election: Q&A with Sara Jacobs, candidate in the 53rd Congressional District". San Diego Union-Tribune. September 24, 2020.
  35. ^ "Progressive Rep. Sara Jacobs thinks Pelosi should remain Democratic leader - "The Takeout"". Retrieved July 20, 2022.
  36. ^ Jacobs, Sara (December 12, 2022). "A New U.S. Approach in Africa: Good Governance, Not Guns". Foreign Policy. Archived from the original on April 2, 2023. Retrieved May 3, 2023.
  37. ^ "H.Con.Res. 21: Directing the President, pursuant to section 5(c) of … -- House Vote #136 -- Mar 8, 2023".
  38. ^ Freking, Kevin (March 8, 2023). "House votes down bill directing removal of troops from Syria". Washington. Associated Press. Archived from the original on April 3, 2023. Retrieved May 3, 2023.
  39. ^ Kampeas, Ron (October 28, 2020). "Meet the 11 Jewish Democrats vying in 2020 to join Congress for the first time". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Retrieved November 22, 2020.
  40. ^ Stone, Ken (October 14, 2020). "OMG or Meh? Democratic Gossip: Sara Jacobs Dating Ammar Campa-Najjar". Times of San Diego. Retrieved January 20, 2021.