|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 21st district
January 3, 2013
|Preceded by||Devin Nunes|
|Member of the California State Assembly
from the 30th district
December 6, 2010 – November 30, 2012
|Preceded by||Danny Gilmore|
|Succeeded by||Rudy Salas|
|Born||David Goncalves Valadao
April 14, 1977
|Alma mater||College of the Sequoias|
|Website||Representative 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.
- 1 Early life, education, and farming career
- 2 California Assembly
- 3 U.S. House of Representatives
- 4 Electoral history
- 5 Personal life
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Early life, education, and farming career
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. 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.
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%. In the general election, he defeated Shafter Mayor Fran Florez 61%-39%.
- Assembly Agriculture Committee (Vice Chairman)
- Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee
- Assembly Budget Committee
U.S. House of Representatives
Valadao announced in August 2011 that he would seek the Republican nomination for California's 21st congressional district. 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. In the November 6 election, he defeated Hernandez by a margin of 58%-42%. 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.
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.
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. Valadao himself is the poorest member of Congress, with over $12 million in loans to his family's dairy farm.
- Committee on Appropriations
- American Sikh Congressional Caucus (Co-chair)
- David Valadao - 11,296 (77.86%)
- Stephanie Campbell - 3,213 (22.15%)
California's 30th State Assembly district, 2010
- David Valadao - 37,392 (60.53%)
- Fran Florez - 24,386 (39.47%)
California's 21st congressional district, 2012 (Republican primary):
- David Valadao - 27,251 (57%)
- David Valadao - 49,205 (59.9%)
- John Hernandez - 32,967 (40.1%)
Valadao lives in Hanford with his wife, Terra, and their three children.
- "About David". Valadao for Congress. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
- Wenner, Gretchen (3 November 2011). "Florez loss bucks state trend". Bakersfield Californian. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
- Nidever, Seth (2 August 2011). "Valadao says he’s running for Congress". Hanford Sentinel. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
- Nidever, Seth (23 November 2012). "Valadao win a 'template' for GOP?". Hanford Sentinel. Retrieved 30 November 2012.
- Sheehan, Tim (July 23, 2013). "Watchdog questions ethics of Valadao's opposition to high-speed rail". The Fresno Bee. Retrieved August 7, 2013.
- "CREW Renews Request for OCE to Investigate Rep. David Valadao (R-CA)". Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. January 27, 2014. Archived from the original on February 10, 2014. Retrieved February 10, 2014.
- Congressman David Valadao official U.S. House website
- David Valadao for Congress
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at The Library of Congress
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 21st congressional district
January 3, 2013 – present
|United States order of precedence (ceremonial)|
|United States Representatives by seniority