Andrew Janz is a Deputy District Attorney with the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office. Andrew has prosecuted a number of high-profile cases including those against gang members, career criminals, and would-be murderers. He has risen quickly through the ranks of the District Attorney’s office and is currently assigned to the Violent Crimes Unit. In January 2019, Andrew founded an organization aimed at promoting voting rights called the Voter Protection Project.
Andrew attended California State University, Stanislaus where he was awarded a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. While attending CSU Stanislaus, he was a student leader on campus and worked on a number of issues to improve the quality of student life on campus. Specifically, Andrew focused on reducing the cost of higher education, expanding recreational programs, and promoted alcohol safety and education.
In 2007, Andrew was appointed by then Chancellor Charles Reed to a statewide strategic planning commission tasked with mapping the future of higher education in California. Also in 2007, as part of his public policy education, Andrew was selected to attend the prestigious Panetta Institute for Public Policy founded by former CIA Director Leon Panetta. In 2008, he helped coordinate a statewide voter registration campaign with the California State Student Association where 20,000 new students were registered to vote. The Student Association received the National Secretaries of State Medallion Award for their 2008 voter registration efforts.
After leaving CSU Stanislaus, Andrew attended Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles where he earned his law degree. While there, he was selected to be a member of Law Review and elected by his peers to be the President of the Student Bar Association. Outside of the classroom Andrew was a research assistant to Justice Earl Johnson, Jr. who was instrumental in the creation of the Legal Services Program under President Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty”. After law school, Andrew clerked for District Court Judge Carolyn Ellsworth in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Andrew is a registered Democrat. He has lived in California Congressional District 22 for most of his life and is a graduate of Redwood High School. Andrew’s father worked in local food processing plants and his mother worked in a local hospital. Andrew entered into public service because of his late father’s influence. Andrew’s father was a Peace Corps volunteer in the late 1970s and early 1980s and stationed to Southeast Asia.
Andrew is a member of the Downtown Fresno Rotary Club and the Fresno County Prosecutor’s Association. He is married to Heather Walker Janz who is a small business owner and the Past President of the Central Valley Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Heather and Andrew have two dogs.
In 2018, Andrew challenged the eight-term Republican Devin Nunes for his congressional seat in one of the most watched House races in the country. Andrew raised over $9.2 million, the most of any House-side challenger in the country, in his bid to unseat the former House Intelligence Committee Chairman. He campaigned on ending corruption in Washington, expanding access to clean drinking water for Valley residents, the need for comprehensive immigration reform, and increasing federal funding for local infrastructure projects. Nunes narrowly defeated Andrew by a margin of 53 percent to 47 percent.
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