I believe in the American People. I know that the future of America is brighter than we have yet imaged. Some foretell a decline of America. The end of a Pax Americana. I don't think much of these naysayers. I know that the American people will overcome as they have countless times before, and that together, we will a build a new America that is inclusive, free, and fair, and that is more prosperous than any nation before.
I grew up outside the small town of Barneveld, WI. My father, Jonathan, owned and operated a woodworking business. My dad always made sure his employees had health insurance and he paid them a living wage. From my dad, I learned that decency and community is more important than profit.
"From my dad, I learned that decency and community is more important than profit."
My mom, Morgan, writes fiction and poetry. My mom encouraged me to make art from an early age, and would also take our family for long walks in the countryside. These experiences fostered my passion for music, and my love for the sights, scents, and sounds of nature.
As a boy, I loved sports, most of all football. I would also spend long days composing music. My passion for music composition led me to being recognized by the State of Wisconsin for writing the best instrumental ensemble among high school students. Two years later, as a high school senior, my orchestral composition "Yangzi" was premiered by the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra. I worked hard for the Obama campaign in 2008, and developed a passion for public policy. On election day, I canvassed every door in my small town. The following year, I attended American Legion Badger Boys State and was nominated for Governor there by my peers. Later that summer, I interned with State Senator Dale Schultz for several months. Dale is the politician I admire most. He had the courage, as a Republican, to stand up to Gov. Scott Walker and the entire Republican establishment in Wisconsin, and he cast the sole Republican vote against many of Walker's bills. Dale believes that government should work for its people, and he could not support politicians turned indifferent to their constituents by special interests.
In 2010, I moved to the Bay Area to study at Stanford. I quickly fell in love with the Bay Area for the great people who live here, for our stunning vistas, and for all the amazing natural places just a short drive away.
"I quickly fell in love with the Bay Area for the great people who live here, for our stunning vistas, and for all the amazing natural places just a short drive away."
At Stanford, I earned my B.S. in Physics. During my summers, I explored many areas of science and tech. One summer, I built an Android app that communicates with a wireless sensor network to keep Army Corp of Engineers safe during search and rescue missions. Another summer, I worked for Technicolor, and built research tools to investigate and make sense of audience reactions to movies. Another summer, I did research in Stanford's biochemistry department and designed an electro-mechanical device that the Stanford Office of Technology Licensing filed a provisional patent on.
During my college days, I also became an avid outdoorsman. I climbed all 14,000' of Mount Shasta in the summer of 2012 and I hiked the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim-to-rim in the Spring of 2013.
In Congress, I will draw on these varied experiences and interests, and on advice from the diverse group of friends I've met through the years, to work productively with my constituents and with my fellow legislators towards finding creative public policy solutions for a multi-disciplinary era.
Mandatory Empathy Training for Police Officers
Many police officers in the United States are psychologically unfit to have power over others. I want police officers to undergo mandatory empathy training during which they will be made to feel as many poor people of color do in an immersive, role playing simulation. During this week long process, they will be continuously evaluated. At the end of the process, they will undergo an intensive psychological evaluation. If they raise any warning flags, they are out of the police force for good. We need empathetic, community oriented officers protecting our communities. Police departments are no place for psychopaths.
I am very proud that 2 of the 25 top ranked schools districts - Palo Alto Unified School District and Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High School District - are in our congressional district. At the same time, I am deeply concerned that nationally, our kids are not getting the opportunities they need to succeed. Whereas the top 25 schools districts spend an average of $20,076 per student per year, American school districts nationwide spend an average of $10,700 per student. In California, the average is $9,220. If we are going to prepare our kids to thrive in their careers, we critically need a surge in k-12 education. We CAN afford to educate our kids. That is why I propose federal assistance to struggling schools districts to achieve a national average of $15,000 per student.
Treat Rooftop Solar Fairly
Many Americans who install rooftop solar are not treated fairly by utilities. We ought to make it law that utilities are required to reimburse rooftop solar the the most favorable rate they offer to any power provider. Additionally, let's end all subsidies to fossil fuel companies so that everyone is playing on a level field.
Investing in Basic Research
Investing in game changing technologies of the future is critical to our future prosperity. I want to triple the National Science Foundation budget from $5.6 billion to $16.8 billion. For comparison, we spend $637 billion dollars a year on defense. Other nations are starting to beat us at innovation. I don't want to see the next "Apple" built in China. I want to see it built right here in the United States. And I want the wealth it generates to be felt by Americans.
News and Events
The 2016 CA18 Congressional Debates - 1. Innovation and Technology
The 2016 CA18 Congressional Debates - 2. Domestic Policy
The 2016 CA18 Congressional Debates - 3. Stated Positions
Q&A with Bob Harlow, a Stanford student running for Congress - Fangzhou Liu, The Stanford Daily
Twenty-four-year-old Bob Harlow '16 is running for Congress in California's 18th district after having completed his physics degree just last quarter. At Stanford, he played in the orchestra before taking the time to write music and explore the outdoors on his own. He is as much his own person when it comes to politics, denouncing corporate lobbyists and declining to identify on the political spectrum. The Daily sat down with Harlow to find out about him and his political ambitions... http://www.stanforddaily.com/2016/05/04/qa-with-bob-harlow-a-stanford-student-running-for-congress/
Incumbent Rep. Anna Eshoo faces two opponents in District 18 congressional race - Samantha Clark, Santa Cruz Sentinel
New to the race, Harlow is a 24-year-old Wisconsin native who describes himself as a progressive pragmatist. He became involved in politics when campaigning for President Barack Obama in 2008 and then went on to intern for former Republican Wisconsin state Sen. Dale Schultz... http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/article/NE/20160501/NEWS/160509986