California’s new 19th Congressional District encompasses all of south Santa Clara County – including parts of San Jose, most of Gilroy, and all of Morgan Hill and San Martin. Santa Clara Valley is formerly known as the Valley of the Heart’s Delight due to its lush agriculture – but today it is also the incubator and home for the nation’s foremost high-tech companies, earning it’s current world-known nickname, Silicon Valley.
Over the last half-century, Santa Clara Valley has been the leader in the development of the integrated circuit, chip manufacturing, defense technology, software, personal computers, communications, the Internet, and most recently biotech. It is home to many of the world’s great high-tech companies – and is also a center for the venture capital industry, which finances the development of products from the new idea stage to the marketplace.
In addition to today’s high-tech focus in many parts of the district, it’s southernmost communities continue to enjoy it’s agricultural roots.
Partly as a result of technologists and engineers who have been drawn here by the high-tech opportunities, and partly as a result of historic immigration trends, Santa Clara Valley and the 19th District are highly diverse communities. Nearly half of Santa Clara County’s residents speak a language other than English at home. The County has the largest Latino and Asian populations in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is home to the second largest Vietnamese community in the United States.
The melding of cultures and ideas makes the 19th District one of the most vibrant areas of the United States.
Longtime local landmarks in California’s new 19th District include San Jose University; the Norman Mineta–San Jose International Airport; Henry W. Coe State Park; History Park in San Jose; Japantown; Happy Hollow Park and Zoo; Coyote Lake County Park; South County Airport; Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park; the San Jose Museum of Art; Mount Madonna County Park; Reid-Hillview of Santa Clara County Airport; The Tech Museum; Sierra Vista Open Space Preserves; Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum & Planetarium; the Wings of History aviation museum in San Martin; Anderson Lake County Park; and Joseph D. Grant County Park.