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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 39

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Andy Thorburn

Nonprofit Advisor/Businessman
12,990 votes (9.2%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Medicare for All - We spend more money on healthcare than any other nation, but have significantly worse outcomes. A single payer system guarantees universal health care, lowers the cost of procedures and medications, and I strongly support it.
  • Education - Debt free 2 and 4 year public colleges. I’d also like to develop a national occupational/workplace training program to provide education for the 75% of students who do not go to college.
  • Immigration - Reforming immigration means passing a clean DREAM Act, but also fixing our immigration system and creating a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million who are already in our country.



Profession:Non-Profit Advisor, Businessman
Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International Clubs — Appointed position (not availa–current)
Corporate Partners, University of Irvine Paul Merage School of Business — Appointed position (not availa–current)
CEO and Director of Strategic Initiatives, Global Benefits Group (1999–2017)
High School English Teach, Newark Public Schools (Essex County, NJ) (1965–1970)


Wilks University, Wilks-Barre Pennsylvania. Bachelor of Arts, English Literature

Community Activities

Founder, Congress of Racial Equality - Wilks Bare, Pennsylvania (not availa–not availa)
Member, Los Amigos (not availa–current)
Member, Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (not availa–current)
Founder, Global Benefits Group Development Fund (not availa–current)
Member, Orange County Philharmonic Society & Youth Symphony (not availa–current)


Democrat Andy Thorburn is a former classroom teacher and workers’ rights advocate, running for Congress to fight for social and economic justice for all.

Andy is endorsed by Bernie Sanders’ organization Our Revolution, by the California Nurses Association, and students and teachers across the district because he has dedicated his whole life to fighting for social and economic justice.

As a young teacher Andy spent 30 days in jail for peacefully protesting education cuts and advocating for safer schools.

A healthcare educator, Andy is fighting for Medicare for All. Andy has worked in healthcare in over 150 countries, and he knows that the only way to fix our broken healthcare system is to ensure care for everyone and lower the prices of prescription drugs.

Andy does not accept money from PACs or corporations. He’ll close corporate tax loopholes, fight against Wall Street greed, and advocate for debt-free public college.

As a member of an interracial and multicultural family, Andy believes America’s diversity is our strength. In Congress, Andy will combat the racism of the Trump administration and fight to protect DACA. A passionate advocate for social justice, he will work to fully fund planned parenthood, support the LGBTQ community and fight for common sense gun laws that protect our kids.

Andy has been married to his wife, Karen, for 37 years, and they have two adopted children together. The Thorburns have lived in Orange County for the past 18 years. Vote for Andy Thorburn for social and economic justice.

Andy Thorburn

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $3,133,171

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

Andy Thorburn
Employees of Global Benefits Group
Employees of Se
Employees of Gbg
Employees of Bank of America
Employees of Los Angeles County
Employees of Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Employees of Seligson & Giannattasio
Employees of SVZ Interior Design
Employees of Trawick International

More information about contributions

By State:

California 95.88%
Florida 0.90%
New Jersey 0.71%
Massachusetts 0.47%
Other 2.05%

By Size:

Large contributions (98.92%)
Small contributions (1.08%)

By Type:

From organizations (0.16%)
From individuals (99.84%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Videos (4)

"Guaranteed" — May 8, 2018 Campaign

How many people die each year because they can’t afford health insurance? Healthcare should never be a privilege of the wealthy. In Congress, I won't just vote for Medicare for All, I'll fight to pass it.

My Rock — May 8, 2018 Campaign

Karen and I have been married for 37 years. Every day I fall more in love with her and realize just how lucky I am to be her husband.

Red Alert — May 8, 2018 Campaign

"Climate change is humanity's greatest challenge. Lets send Andy Thorburn to Congress to fight it," says "Ed Begley Jr., an actor and environmental leader featured in this ad.

Trump's America — May 8, 2018 Campaign

Donald J. Trump is a threat to the health, safety, and security of this country. In Congress, I will vote to impeach him.

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