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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 22

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Bobby Bliatout

Nonprofit Healthcare Executive
22,078 votes (13.1%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Medicare for All to provide every American high-quality and low-cost health care
  • Grow the middle class with a fairer tax system and increasing investment in education and green jobs
  • Combating the climate crisis while cleaning the Central Valley's air and water

Experience

Experience

Profession:Nonprofit Healthcare Executive
Chief Executive Officer, Greater Fresno Health Organization, Inc. (G.F.H.O) (2011–current)
Co-Founder / Chief Information & Financial Officer, Health and Life Organization, Inc. (H.A.L.O) (2003–current)
Commissioner, Fresno City Housing and Community Development Center — Appointed position (2010–2011)
Information Technology Help Desk Manager, University of California, Merced (2002–2009)

Education

California State University, Bakersfield Bachelor of Arts, Major: Theatre Arts Minor: Computer Science (2004)

Biography

A cancer survivor, former farmer, and current nonprofit healthcare leader, Bobby is a practical progressive who was raised in the Central Valley and understands firsthand the unique culture and needs of the community.

The son of Hmong refugees, Bobby Bliatout's family fought alongside American soldiers to combat communism during the Secret Wars of Laos. With the help of the refugee resettlement program, Bobby's family sowed its roots in California when he was four years old.

When Bobby was growing up, his father worked hard to provide for his family–taking a variety of jobs to make ends meet-from a Greyhound bus station janitor to a restaurant manager while he worked his way through college. Eventually, both of Bobby's parents saved enough money to open their own small business.

As a young man, street gangs and violence plagued his community. Bobby found his refuge in nature and education. He became an avid hunter and fisherman. As much as time would allow, Bobby took off into the Sierra foothills to hunt mule deer and fish for bass and trout. Bob also dedicated himself to his education, attending community college and eventually graduating from Cal State Bakersfield.

After graduating from Cal State University, Bakersfield, Bobby did what many Central Valley residents have done for generations–he became a farmer. While Bobby eventually realized full-time farming wasn't his passion, he still leases his farmland and has deep appreciation for agriculture.

Now, Bobby is the Chief Executive Officer of Fresno-based community clinics and a founder and Chief Information and Financial Officer of Sacramento-based community clinics. His clinics provide medical, dental, behavioral health and many other services to more than 100,000 patients and employs nearly 300 people.

But life was not always easy for Bobby and his wife Mouang -- a registered nurse. As they worked their way through school and began a family, Bobby and Mouang found it necessary to ask for government assistance to help feed their family for a short time. And shortly after starting the community clinics, Bobby tragically developed cancer.

While he is now blessed to be 5 years cancer-free, this experience shaped Bobby’s sensible and compassionate approach to public policy.

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $511,934

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

1
Bobby Bliatout
$216,171
2
Employees of Health And Life Organization
$12,674
3
Employees of Halo
$7,400
4
Employees of Crmc
$6,700
5
Employees of State of California
$6,120

More information about contributions

By State:

California 90.01%
Minnesota 2.61%
District of Columbia 1.91%
New York 0.81%
Other 4.66%
90.01%

By Size:

Large contributions (86.80%)
Small contributions (13.20%)
86.80%13.20%

By Type:

From organizations (2.14%)
From individuals (97.86%)
97.86%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

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