Josh and his wife, Pam, live in Turlock, where Josh grew up and delivered newspapers for the Turlock Journal. Josh is currently serving his first term in Congress on behalf of families in the Central Valley where he’s fighting to protect our access to health care, create good-paying jobs, and reform our broken immigration system. He’s also focused on securing and growing the Valley’s water supply. Josh is inspired by his parents, Mark and Linda, who met on a mission trip, and have lived a lifetime of service to their community. Josh picked up the family torch to bring the same spirit of service to Washington – where it’s desperately needed.

Working Harder for the Central Valley.

The Harder family came to Manteca five generations ago and worked their land. Both of Josh’s grandfathers served in World War II. Josh learned those values of hard work and service from his parents, who are active in their church.

When Josh’s adopted brother was born 10 weeks premature and spent months in and out of the hospital, Josh’s family received a bill for $2 million. Thankfully, Josh’s father had insurance and now David’s pre-existing conditions are covered.

Josh started working as a paperboy at the Turlock Journal, graduated from Modesto High School, and worked his way through Stanford. Josh then went to work helping small businesses grow and create jobs.

After coming home to the Valley, Josh began teaching students at Modesto Junior College how to start their own successful small businesses. And when protections for people with pre-existing conditions like his brother came under attack, he stepped up to run for Congress.


Josh has taken his Valley values to Congress and serving in a key position on the Agriculture Committee, he has worked to forge bipartisan solutions that get results for our farm economy.

Josh ran for Congress because corruption in Washington has prevented the important progress that families like his are counting on. Josh’s brother David was born with a pre-existing condition, and threats to our health care system from Washington Republicans could have left David without the care he needed. Josh wasn’t going to let that happen. He ran for Congress on a promise to protect people with pre-existing conditions and make health care a universal right.

Josh has immediately gotten to work – within weeks of being sworn in Josh voted to protect our health care and helped lead the most sweeping anti-corruption bill since Watergate. He is the lead author on bills to crack down on lobbying and prevent pay raises for Members of Congress. He is also a leader on water issues with his S.A.V.E. Water Resources Act serving as a framework for a 21st Century solution by increasing our water storage, upgrading our failing water infrastructure, and spurring innovation.

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