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 7, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representatives Zoe Lofgren (CA-19) and Eric Swalwell (CA-15) applauded a decision by the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) to remove a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would cut funding and reduce academic access to the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and the Z-machine at Sandia National Laboratories. An amendment to restore access and funding was led by HASC members Representatives Loretta Sanchez (CA-46) and John Garamendi (CA-3).
April 25, 2014 Press Release
SAN JOSE, CA – Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), a senior Member of the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement regarding Net Neutrality and the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) draft Open Internet Notice of Proposed Rulemaking:
"From the beginning, the internet and its users have flourished with ‘net neutrality.'  Internet providers can't accelerate content for a price or discriminate against content that did not pay.  Unlike radio and television, users of the system can decide for themselves what they want to see and do on the internet.
April 23, 2014 Press Release

SAN JOSE, CA – Nearly all of California's Democratic Congressional Delegation have joined their voices together in an effort to urge University of California President Janet Napolitano to reconsider a recent decision to close the Lick Observatory located on Mt. Hamilton.

April 15, 2014 Press Release
SAN JOSE, CA  Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-19) today issued the following statement today on the San Jose City Council vote unanimously approving the terms and conditions for the federal government to lease 35,149 square feet of space in the City Hall Wing as a permanent location of the Silicon Valley U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO):
April 8, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reps. Zoe Lofgren (CA-19) and Doris Matsui (CA-06) introduced the Clean Energy Victory Bonds Act today, legislation allowing Americans to invest in clean energy technologies and projects around the country that will create jobs and spur the rapidly growing field of clean energy technologies that will be needed to increase U.S.

March 25, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-19), a senior member of the House Science Committee and a long time supporter of robust U.S scientific research, testified before the House Budget Committee on March 25, 2014, advocating for fully funding U.S. fusion research.  Rep.

February 21, 2014 Press Release

SAN JOSE, CA – U.S. Representatives Zoe Lofgren (CA-19) and Eric Swalwell (CA-15) led a letter (pdf) to President Barack Obama urging strong and sustained funding for the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) as he prepares his FY 2015 budget. The NIF is the world's most powerful laser and the preeminent research tool in the world for inertial confinement fusion research.

February 11, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-19), a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee and an original sponsor of the bipartisan USA FREEDOM Act [hyperlink], released the following statement today in support of "The Day We Fight Back" protest against overreaching government surveillance programs: