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Scripps Economics Professor Sean Flynn is taking a semester away from Claremont for a very unique purpose: he is spending the semester focusing on his campaign for the United States House of Representatives.

According to Flynn’s campaign website, it has been his dream since childhood to run for Congress. Flynn was born on an Air Force base in the Philippines. Flynn’s family moved to the United States in the late 1970s, landing in Sacramento, California. During their first few years in California, Flynn and his family struggled to make ends meet. Flynn’s mother was in medical school and his father could not find employment, resulting in the Flynns spending their first several years in America living off food stamps. After his mother finished medical school, the Flynns moved to Los Angeles. After working his way through the Los Angeles Public School system, Flynn went on to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in economics at the University of Southern California and a doctorate degree in economics from UC Berkeley.

With great passion for economics and a knack for teaching, Flynn wrote Economics for Dummies, which gained worldwide attention. He then went on to teach at Vassar College and is now currently a professor at Scripps College. Known around campus as very smart, engaging and charismatic, Flynn has an impressive ability to convey complex material in a relatable manner. Flynn is hoping to harness this capability to empower citizens across San Bernardino County through increased access to education, healthcare and employment.

Flynn will bring his immense passion to a competitive race for the 31st Congressional District. Currently, Representative Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands) holds the seat, but Republican Paul Chabot has already entered the race against Aguilar. While Flynn is also a Republican, he thinks he can reconcile the sides of his opponents by presenting positions that appeal to both the left and the right.

At the moment, what really sets the candidates apart is campaign financing. In 2014, Aguilar’s campaign, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the House Majority PAC spent $3.5 million supporting Aguilar. Both Flynn and Chabot are hoping to raise at least $100,000 to qualify for the National Republican Congressional Committee’s “Young Guns” program, which would give them further publicity among national donors. Flynn’s campaign has just started up, but he has already loaned himself $50,000 and has raised about $50,000. With great confidence in his fundraising abilities and passion in his work, Flynn looks to create a promising campaign. For more information about Professor Flynn’s campaign, visit his campaign website at