David Valadao

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David Valadao
David Valadao, official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 21st district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded byDevin Nunes
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 30th district
In office
December 6, 2010 – November 30, 2012
Preceded byDanny Gilmore
Succeeded byRudy Salas
Personal details
BornDavid Goncalves Valadao
(1977-04-14) April 14, 1977 (age 36)
Hanford, California
NationalityAmerican
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Terra Valadao
ResidenceHanford, California
Alma materCollege of the Sequoias
ProfessionDairy Farmer
WebsiteRepresentative David Valadao
 
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David Valadao
David Valadao, official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 21st district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded byDevin Nunes
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 30th district
In office
December 6, 2010 – November 30, 2012
Preceded byDanny Gilmore
Succeeded byRudy Salas
Personal details
BornDavid Goncalves Valadao
(1977-04-14) April 14, 1977 (age 36)
Hanford, California
NationalityAmerican
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Terra Valadao
ResidenceHanford, California
Alma materCollege of the Sequoias
ProfessionDairy Farmer
WebsiteRepresentative David Valadao

David Goncalves Valadao (born April 14, 1977) is an American politician who has been a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing California's 21st congressional district, since 2013. Prior to that, he served one term in the California State Assembly from the 30th district. He is a member of the Republican Party.

Early life, education, and farming career[edit]

Valadao was born and raised in Hanford, California. His parents are Portuguese immigrants. He graduated from Hanford High School in 1995, and attended the College of the Sequoias in Visalia. He currently serves as the managing partner of Valadao Dairy, which he owns with his brothers.[1] He has also been a member of the California Milk Advisory Board, Western States Dairy Trade Association, and Regional Leadership Council Chairman for Land O' Lakes.[2]

California Assembly[edit]

2010 election[edit]

Valadao announced his candidacy for California's 30th State Assembly district following the retirement of Republican Assemblyman Danny Gilmore in 2010. He defeated Stephanie Campbell in the Republican primary 78%-22%.[3] In the general election, he defeated Shafter Mayor Fran Florez 61%-39%.[4][5]

Committee assignments[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

2012 election[edit]

Valadao announced in August 2011 that he would seek the Republican nomination for California's 21st congressional district.[6] In the June 5 open primary, he ranked first with 57% of the vote, ahead of Democrat John Hernandez - the head of the local Hispanic Chamber of Commerce - and Fresno city councilman Blong Xiong.[7] In the November 6 election, he defeated Hernandez by a margin of 58%-42%.[8] His campaign victory in a district that had long been held by Democrats was cited in an op-ed article in the Wall Street Journal as a potential template for the GOP, while other analysts cited his opponent's "weakness as a candidate and a campaigner" as playing a major role.[9]

Tenure[edit]

In July 2013, the non-profit group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed an ethics complaint against Valadao with the Office of Congressional Ethics for allegedly failing to disclose the impact that his opposition to proposed high-speed rail routes would have on the value of Valadao Dairy properties.[10][11]

In September of 2013, in response to threats of a government shutdown over defunding of the Affordable Care Act, Valadao cosponsored the Government Shutdown Fairness Act, which would prevent all members of Congress from receiving their salaries if a shutdown occurred.[12] Valadao himself is the poorest member of Congress, with over $12 million in loans to his family's dairy farm.[13]

2014 election[edit]

Valadao is running for reelection in November of 2014. His primary challenger is Democrat Amanda Renteria, a former political aide for Dianne Feinstein and Debbie Stabenow.[14]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Electoral history[edit]

California's 30th State Assembly district, 2010 (Republican primary):[15]

California's 30th State Assembly district, 2010[16]

California's 21st congressional district, 2012 (Republican primary):

California's 21st congressional district, 2012:

Personal life[edit]

Valadao lives in Hanford with his wife, Terra, and their three children.[1]

References[edit]

External links[edit]


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Devin Nunes
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 21st congressional district

January 3, 2013 – present
Incumbent
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Mark Takano
D-California
United States Representatives by seniority
423rd
Succeeded by
Juan Vargas
D-California