Innovation and Technology

Innovation is the driving force behind a strong and growing economy, and nowhere is that better exemplified than in Silicon Valley, America’s hub of innovation. As a recognized leader and respected voice on technology issues, Zoe advocates strongly for Silicon Valley in Washington, D.C.

Advancing Internet Freedom 

A longtime champion of a free and open Internet, she supports free expression, universal network access, and privacy protection.  Recognizing that technology and Internet services are thriving components of our economy and culture, she is an advocate for multi-stakeholder Internet governance and removing barriers to innovation.

Leadership in the Digital Age

Among her colleagues in Congress, she is valued for her thoughtful insight and the forward-leaning policies she advances to spur the development of new technologies and the growth of America’s economy in the Digital Age.  Zoe was also instrumental in the selection of Silicon Valley for a new regional patent office so startups and inventors can have direct access to the services they need to thrive and innovate. Zoe’s Committee assignments on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Science, Space and Technology Committee provide strong platforms to advocate for issues that are key to Silicon Valley.

Government Surveillance  

Patent Reform



Net Neutrality

Free Expression

More on Innovation and Technology

May 11, 2016 Blog Post

Exciting new developments are underway which will soon allow federal agencies to construct power charging stations for employees with electric vehicles at no cost to the taxpayer. I recently received an update from the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) assuring me that encouraging progress is being made in implementing my recently passed legislation – the EV-COMUTE Act – and that concrete steps are being taken towards fostering more environmentally conscious transportation options for the federal workforce.

February 11, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) and Mike Honda (D-Silicon Valley) today submitted a regulatory comment on the notice of proposed rulemaking affecting high-skilled nonimmigrant workers, a centerpiece of the President's executive actions on employment-based immigration.

December 18, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) issued the following statement today after voting against the Fiscal Year 2016 Omnibus Appropriations Act:

"I was unable to vote for the Omnibus spending bill today because it included an extraneous provision purported to facilitate cybersecurity information sharing that – in effect – will function as a surveillance tool. 

December 17, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) introduced the Wireless Tax Fairness Act, a bipartisan, consumer-friendly bill to place a 5-year moratorium on new taxes and fees for wireless services.

December 2, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As high-stake negotiations to reach a new global climate accord unfold in Paris, U.S. Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D- Calif.) and Doris Matsui (D- Calif.) introduced legislation today to spur American investment in clean energy projects, create jobs, support the rapidly growing field of clean energy technologies needed to combat climate change, and help the U.S. achieve energy security. 

October 27, 2015 Blog Post
My colleague, Congressman Mike Honda and I had a very encouraging meeting today with scientists, researchers, and entrepreneurs conducting research at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab's Molecular Foundr.
September 10, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Mike Honda (D-Calif.) applauded new procedures announced yesterday to allow employment and family-based immigrants to start their green card process earlier. The new procedures, issued by the State Department and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, will allow tens of thousands of would-be immigrants to begin benefitting from important rights and protections that are afforded to Lawful Permanent Residents. 

July 30, 2015 Blog Post
Provides much needed reforms to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program and creates a new green card category for entrepreneurs who establish start-up businesses, create jobs for American workers and benefit the American economy.
June 11, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed an amendment by Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) to defund two surveillance "backdoors" that currently allow intelligence agencies access to Americans' private data and correspondence without a warrant. The amendment, which is part of the Fiscal Year 2016 Department of Defense appropriations bill (H.R. 2685), passed by a vote of 255-174.

May 21, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.Leading privacy advocates in the House of Representatives urged House Leadership today to stand firm against a short-term extension of Section 215 authority.