US Rep. for California's 48th district.
Democrat vs. Republican?
Raised by Republican parents, he first registeredas a Republican in his youth until 1997, when he became an independent as he felt the GOP moving into the "wrong direction" when it comes to social issues. Since the 2004 elections he would always vote for the Democratic presidential nominees, however Rouda donated only to Republican congressional candidates during the same period before 2007. Shortly before registering as a Democrat, Rouda donated to the John Kasich 2016 presidential campaign. John Kasich would suspend his campaign shortly before he was defeated by Donald J. Trump in the California primaries. Due to these donations he was criticized by Democrats as insufficiently loyal to the party or being a "Republican in disguise" during the campaign.