|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, representing the 30th district. He is a member of the Republican Party. In Congress, Valadao has gained a reputation as one of the Republican Party's leading advocates of comprehensive immigration reform.
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.
Valadao is running for reelection in November 2014. His challengers were Democrat Amanda Renteria, a former political aide for Dianne Feinstein and Debbie Stabenow, and John Hernandez, the Democratic nominee whom he defeated in 2012. In the June 3 primary, he ranked first once again with 63% of the vote, and received majorities of 60% or higher in every county except for Kern. In the November 4 general election, Valadao won reelection to his second term with nearly 60% of the vote.
Valadao was one of the first House Republicans to publicly fight for comprehensive immigration reform. In August 2014, Valadao broke ranks with the Republican Party and voted against a bill that would have dismantled the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
In July 2013, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed an ethics complaint against Valadao 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 November 2013, the Office of Congressional Ethics voted 6-0 to recommend that the House Ethics Committee dismiss the allegation “because there is not a substantial reason to believe that a violation of House rules and standards of conduct occurred.” In February 2014, the House Ethics Committee formally dismissed the complaint.
In September 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.
On July 31, 2014, Valadao, along with Stevan Pearce of New Mexico, co-sponsored H.R. 5328 by representative Mike Coffman of Colorado, which aimed at prohibiting application of preexisting condition exclusions, under the Public Health Service Act.
In September 2014, Valadao formally invited Vice President Joe Biden to come to the valley and survey the damage caused by a severe drought. Instead, Biden came on October 7 to hold a fundraising rally for Valadao's opponent, Amanda Renteria.
- 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%)
California's 21st congressional district, 2014 (Republican primary):
- David Valadao - 28,773 (63.0%)
- David Valadao - 45,907 (57.8%)
- Amanda Renteria - 33,470 (42.2%)
Valadao lives in Hanford with his wife, Terra, and their three children.
- Finnegan, Michael (3 September 2014). "How the California GOP Can Benefit from Low Voter Turnout". Governing Magazine. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
- Joseph, Cameron (2014-08-25). "Chamber gives pro-immigration Rep. Valadao its top award". The Hill. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
- "About David". Valadao for Congress. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
- Our Campaigns - CA State Assembly 30- R Primary Race - Jun 08, 2010
- Our Campaigns - CA State Assembly 30 Race - Nov 02, 2010
- 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.
- Our Campaigns - CA - District 21 - Open Primary Race - Jun 05, 2012
- Our Campaigns - CA - District 21 Race - Nov 06, 2012
- Nidever, Seth (23 November 2012). "Valadao win a 'template' for GOP?". Hanford Sentinel. Retrieved 30 November 2012.
- Valadao, Vidak, Cannella off to strong fundraising start | Elections | FresnoBee.com
- Election notebook: GOP releases poll showing Valadao well ahead - BakersfieldCalifornian.com
- Foley, Elise (1 August 2014). "House Votes To Strip Deportation Relief From Dreamers". Huffington Post. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
- 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.
- Ellis, John (2014-02-21). "Group's high-speed rail ethics complaint against Valadao dismissed". Fresno Bee. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
- Rep. Valadao Cosponsors Government Shutdown Fairness Act | Congressman David Valadao
- Majority of Congress members now millionaires - Jan. 9, 2014
- Doyle, Michael (2013-09-29). "Congressional hopeful Amanda Renteria wants to give Valley ‘a strong voice’". The Fresno Bee. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
- Congressman David Valadao official U.S. House website
- David Valadao for Congress
- David Valadao at DMOZ
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile 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