Alan Lowenthal is a Jewish American and Democratic politician and a U.S. congressman representing California’s 47th congressional district.
Lowenthal was born in New York City on March 8, 1941. He and his ex-wife Bonnie Lowenthal – who was elected to the California State Assembly in 2008 – have a son Daniel who serves as an elected judge to the Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Lowenthal earned his B.A. from Hobart College (in upstate New York) and earned a Ph.D. from Ohio State University. He was professor of community psychology at California State University in Long Beach, California from 1969 until his retirement recently.
Before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012, Lowenthal previously served in the California State Assembly (1998-2004) representing the 54th Assembly district, and also represented the 27th district (2004-2012).
Lowenthal officially became a U.S. congressman on January 3, 2013. He won his re-election campaign in 2014, defeating Republican candidate Andy Whallon in the general election.