23rd District of California
Over 700,000 people reside in California's 23rd Congressional District, which covers most of Kern and Tulare Counties, and northeastern Los Angeles County. The district includes the cities of Bakersfield, California City, Frazier Park, Kernville, Lake Isabella, Lancaster, Mojave, Porterville, Ridgecrest, Taft, and Tehachapi. The 23rd District also encompasses the Sequoia and Los Padres National Forests.
The three largest industries in the 23rd District are agriculture, energy, and defense. It is one of America's top agricultural districts, producing over $3 billion annually in crops such as: cotton, citrus, grapes, stone fruits, pistachios, wine grapes, almonds, olives, tomatoes, onions, garlic, carrots, alfalfa, cattle and sheep. In addition, Kern County makes a large contribution to American energy independence, producing more oil annually than the entire state of Oklahoma, and the district. It is also a leader in wind, solar, and geothermal energy production. Northeastern Los Angeles County and eastern Kern County are the sites of Edwards Air Force Base, the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division at China Lake, the Mojave Air & Space Port, and NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center, respectively.