California Democrat Katie Hill defeats Rep. Steve Knight


LOS ANGELES (AP) – Democrat Katie Hill captured the last Republican-held House seat anchored in Los Angeles County on Friday, padding the Democrats’ advantage in the chamber next year.

Hill ousted Republican Steve Knight, who was seeking a third term in the 25th District that cuts through suburbs, horse ranches and high desert in northern Los Angeles County and a slice of Ventura County.

Knight conceded the race Wednesday, saying “the voters have spoken.” Hill maintained her election night lead after further vote counts were released Friday.

A political newcomer, Hill promised to end politics as usual and stressed her centrist politics: She’s a gun owner and her Republican father is a police officer who had never voted for a Democrat before her primary. Her mother, a Democrat, is a nurse.

Hill, 30, who worked as an executive for a group providing services for the homeless, supports universal health care and counts Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a liberal favorite, among her supporters. But she also highlighted her family’s military service and says immigration policy must start with securing the nation’s borders, echoing a familiar Republican refrain.

Her endorsements run from firefighters to unions to Equality California, an LGBT advocacy organization. Hill is married and openly bisexual.

Katie Hill, a Democratic Party candidate from California’s 25th congressional district speak waves at supporters during an election watch party Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Santa Clarita, Calif. Hill is running against Republican incumbent Steve Knight. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)