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

January 9, 2015 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) issued the following statement today calling for meaningful cybersecurity reforms following the re-introduction of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA):

"I'm glad the House is demonstrating an interest in exploring ways in which the nation can better protect against cyber-attacks. This is, no doubt, a very important issue – and our nation faces a security threat that has been made even more apparent in light of highly publicized cyber-attacks in recent months.

December 10, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – A group of bipartisan lawmakers last week introduced H.R. 5800, the Secure Data Act of 2014, to protect Americans' privacy and data security by prohibiting surveillance agencies from requiring or compelling surveillance "backdoors" in products and services. A similar amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriations Act this year passed the House of Representatives by an overwhelming 293-123 vote, but it was not included in the Continuing Resolution (CR)/omnibus spending legislation.
November 20, 2014 Press Release
Lofgren: Tech sector will benefit from President's action

WASHINGTON, DC – Following the President's announced actions to administratively reform aspects of the nation's employment-based immigration system, U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, commended his progress and pushed for further actions to benefit the tech sector and the American economy.

October 9, 2014 Press Release

SAN JOSE, CA – In a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler yesterday, U.S. Rep. Zoe Logren (D-Calif.) laid out a path forward for strong net neutrality rules, including reclassifying broadband internet access service under Title II with regulation strictly limited to net neutrality.

July 31, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – A new surveillance reform bill introduced this week in the Senate makes significant improvements to bulk collections of business records and increases transparency, but falls short in reforming the oft-abused FISA section 702 authority program, said U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) today.

In particular, the bill would continue to allow warrantless searches of Americans' emails, photos, documents, or other files contained in communications swept up by intelligence agencies under section 702 authority.

May 29, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – The House Science, Space and Technology Committee yesterday approved an important bipartisan provision offered by Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) for speedier public access to basic scientific research that would have had lengthy delays imposed under H.R. 4186, the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology (FIRST) Act.
May 22, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-19), a senior Member of the House Judiciary Committee representing part of Silicon Valley, released the following statement today after voting against H.R. 3361, the USA FREEDOM Act, in the U.S. House of Representatives: 
"Across the country, many people were surprised to learn that the privacy rights they believed were protected under the 4th Amendment did not apply to NSA surveillance of their communications.
May 22, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-19), a senior Member of the House Judiciary Committee representing part of Silicon Valley, spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on her opposition to H.R. 3361, the USA FREEDOM Act (video is also available here): 
May 21, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-19), a senior Member of the House Judiciary Committee representing part of Silicon Valley, spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives about serious concerns with the latest version of the USA FREEDOM Act following a deal struck late last night replacing the original legislation introduced and later approved by the House Judiciary Committee: 
"Mister Speaker, I rise to express my serious concern about the USA FREEDOM Act.