Congresswoman Jackie Speier on Surviving Jonestown and Fighting Back from Personal and Political Losses

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Congresswoman Jackie Speier with Political Breakdown hosts Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos.  (Guy Marzorati/KQED)

The blue wave crashes in California in the week after the election, nearly wiping out the GOP in Orange County and giving Democrats a supermajority in the state legislature.  Then, 40 years after the Jonestown massacre, Congresswoman Jackie Speier tells Scott and Marisa that she "didn't want to be a survivor the rest of my life." She talks about her first work in politics (in go-go boots!), her hesitancy about the fateful trip to Guyana, being a new mom in the state legislature, and eventually winning a seat in Congress.