Tom McClintock

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Tom McClintock
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 4th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2009
Preceded by John Doolittle
Member of the California State Senate
from the 19th district
In office
December 4, 2000 – December 1, 2008
Preceded by Cathie Wright
Succeeded by Tony Strickland
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 38th district
In office
1996–2000
Preceded by Paula Boland
Succeeded by Keith Richman
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 36th district
In office
1982–1992
Preceded by Charles R. Imbrecht
Succeeded by Nao Takasugi
Personal details
Born Thomas Miller McClintock II
(1956-07-10) July 10, 1956 (age 57)
White Plains, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Lori McClintock; 2 children
Residence Thousand Oaks, California, U.S. (1982–2009)
Elk Grove, California, U.S. (2009–present)
Alma mater University of California, Los Angeles
Profession Politician; political assistant
Religion Christianity (Baptists)[1]

Thomas Miller "Tom" McClintock II (born July 10, 1956), is the U.S. Representative for California's 4th congressional district, serving since 2009. He is a member of the Republican Party. He is a former Assemblyman and state Senator. McClintock unsuccessfully ran for Governor of California in the 2003 California recall election and for Lieutenant Governor of California in the 2006 California lieutenant gubernatorial election.

Early life, education, and early political career[edit]

McClintock was born in White Plains, New York and graduated in 1978 from UCLA. He was elected Chairman of the Ventura County Republican Party at age 23, and served until 1981. He was chief of staff to State Senator Ed Davis from 1980–82. From 1992–94, he served as director of the Center for the California Taxpayer.[2] He was director of the Claremont Institute's Golden State Center for Policy Studies from 1995–96.[3]

California Assembly (1982–1992, 1996–2000)[edit]

Elections[edit]

McClintock ran for California's 36th State Assembly district in 1982 at the age of 26 after redistricting. He defeated Democrat Harriet Kosmo Henson 56%–44%.[4] In 1984, he won re-election to a second term, defeating Tom Jolicoeur 72%–28%.[5] In 1986, he won re-election to a third term, defeating Frank Nekimken 73%–25%.[6] In 1988, he won re-election to a fourth term, defeating George Webb II 70%–29%.[7] In 1990, he won re-election to a fifth term, defeating Ginny Connell 59%–36%.[8]

After running for Congress in 1992 and for controller in 1994, he decided to run for the Assembly again in 1996. He ran for California's 38th State Assembly district and defeated Democrat Jon Lauritzen 56%–40% to win his sixth assembly term.[9] In 1998, McClintock won re-election to a seventh term unopposed.[10]

Tenure[edit]

He authored California’s lethal injection use for California's death penalty law. He also opposed tax increases and supported spending cuts. He was a strong proponent of abolishing the car tax.[11][12]

Committee assignments[edit]

California Senate (2000–2008)[edit]

Elections[edit]

In 2000, he decided to retire from the California Assembly to run for California's 19th State Senate district. He ranked first in the May 7th open primary with 52% of the vote. In November, he defeated Democrat Daniel Gonzalez 58%–42%.[13] In 2004, he won re-election to a second term, defeating Paul Joseph Graber 61%–39%.[14]

Tenure[edit]

McClintock has a long history of opposing various tax increases. During the 2000 dot-com bubble, he was instrumental in proposing a two-thirds reduction in the vehicle license fee, or car tax. In 2003, he opposed then-Governor Gray Davis's attempt to rescind a rollback of a vehicle license fee.[15] McClintock has also opposed deficit reduction efforts that would have increased taxes. He supported the Bureaucracy Reduction and Closure Commission and performance-based budgeting.[16]

Committee assignments[edit]

Statewide elections[edit]

1994 Controller election[edit]

He ran for California State Controller after incumbent Democrat Gray Davis retired. He won the Republican primary, defeating John Morris, 61%–39%.[17] In the general election, he faced Kathleen Connell, former Special Assistant to Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley and Director of L.A. Housing Authority. Despite the fact that Connell outspent McClintock by a 3-to-1 margin, he only lost by two percentage points, 48%–46%, with three other candidates receiving the other 6% of the vote.[18]

2002 Controller election[edit]

McClintock ran for State Controller again in 2002, facing Democratic nominee Steve Westly, an eBay executive. Westly outspent him 5-to-1. McClintock's campaigns focused on increasing accountability for the state budget. The ads featured the character Angus McClintock, a fictional cousin and fellow Scottish American extolling Tom McClintock's virtues of thriftiness and accountability with low-budget fifteen-second ads. He lost by a margin of just 0.2%, or 16,811 votes behind Westley, who won with a plurality of 45.3% of the vote. McClintock obtained 45.1% of the vote, while three other candidates obtained a combined 9.5% of the vote.[19]

2003 recall gubernatorial election[edit]

In 2003, he ran for the recall election against incumbent Democrat Gray Davis. Film actor, Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger won the election 49% of the vote. Democratic Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante finished second with 31% of the vote, which was about 17 points behind Schwarzenegger. McClintock finished in third place 14% of the vote, which was about 35 points behind Schwarzenegger. Together, Republicans Schwarzenegger and McClintock were supported by 5,363,778 Californians, or 62.1% of the vote. 132 other candidates obtained the remaining 6.4% of the vote.[20]

McClintock didn't do significantly well in his home county of Placer, where he obtained 16% of the vote. He performed the best in Stanislaus County, where he obtained 24% of the vote. He also cracked 20% or higher in several other counties: Mariposa (23%), Tuolumne (22%), Tehama (21%), Calaveras (20%), Madera (20%), Modoc (20%), Shasta (20%), San Joaquin (20%), and Ventura (20%).[21]

2006 gubernatorial election[edit]

He ran for Lieutenant Governor in the 2006 elections. He defeated Tony Farmer in the Republican primary, 94%–6%.[22] In the general election, he lost to Democratic State Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi 49%–45%.[23]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

1992

After redistricting, State Assemblyman McClintock decided to retire in order to challenge Democratic U.S. Congressman Anthony C. Beilenson in California's 24th congressional district. He won the nine-candidate Republican primary with a plurality of 34% of the vote, beating second place finisher Sang Korman by eleven percentage points.[24] Beilenson defeated McClintock 56%–39%.[25]

2008

On March 4, 2008, McClintock announced his candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives in California's 4th congressional district, which is hundreds of miles away from the district McClintock represented in the state Senate. The district's nine-term incumbent, fellow Republican John Doolittle, decided to retire. McClintock was unable to vote for himself in either the primary or the general election because the California Constitution required him to maintain his legal residence in his State Senate district until the end of his Senate term. Furthermore, in order to vote using a ballot in regards to a specific congressional district, one must live within that district. Because Thousand Oaks is outside of California's Fourth Congressional District, McClintock was thus ineligible to vote for himself.[26]

Upon McClintock's entry into the race, fellow Republicans Rico Oller and Eric Egland withdrew from the Republican primary and endorsed McClintock.[26][27] McClintock was endorsed by the Republican Liberty Caucus,[28] Club for Growth, and U.S. Congressman Ron Paul. McClintock faced former U.S. Congressman Doug Ose, a moderate represented the neighboring 3rd District from 1999 to 2005. Ose lived outside the district and was painted as a carpetbagger and a liberal who had voted to raise taxes and who voted for earmarks. McClintock defeated Ose 54%–39%.[29]

The Democratic nominee was retired Air Force Lt. Col. Charlie Brown, who ran an unexpectedly strong race against Doolittle in 2006. In March 2008, Ose's campaign commercials criticized McClintock for receiving payments totaling over $300,000 in per diem living expenses during his time in the California State Senate, despite the fact that he lived in Elk Grove, near Sacramento, for most of the year. McClintock maintained that the payments were justified because his legal residence was in Thousand Oaks, in his State Senate district. He stated, "Every legislator's [Sacramento area] residence is close to the Capitol. My residential costs up here are much greater than the average legislator because my family is here."[30] However, Ose's campaign commercials argued McClintock does not own or rent in home in the 19th district, but uses his mother's address. These attacks prompted a response from McClintock's wife, Lori, who said McClintock stays with his mother in order to better care for her after she fell ill and after the death of her husband.[31] McClintock ran ads attacking Brown’s participation at a 2005 protest by Code Pink, an infamous anti-war group, and argued Brown supported gay marriage but not the troops in Iraq. He also portrayed Brown as a clone of Speaker Nancy Pelosi.[32]

By November 23, 2008, McClintock led Brown by 1,566 votes (0.43% of the vote), 184,190 to 182,624. Subsequent returns expanded the margin slightly with the last returns coming in from El Dorado County shortly after Thanksgiving. On December 1, 2008, McClintock declared victory and on December 3, 2008, Brown conceded the race. McClintock defeated Brown by a margin of 0.5%, or 1,800 votes. He prevailed by a 3,500-vote margin in Placer County, the largest county in the district. Brown won just three of the district's nine districts: Sierra (49.8%), Plumas (47.9%), and Nevada (42.3%).[33][34]

2010

McClintock was challenged in the Republican primary again, this time by Michael Babich. He easily defeated Babich 78%–22%.[35] On November 2nd, he easily won re-election to a second term, defeating businessman Clint Curtis 61%–31%, winning all of the counties in the district.[36]

2012

After redistricting, he decided to run in the newly redrawn 4th, which was moved significantly down the state. Only three counties remained from his prior district: Nevada, Placer, and El Dorado. Despite this, he easily won re-election to a third term, defeating Democrat Jack Uppal 61%–39%. He won all but two of the district's ten counties: Nevada (37%) and Alpine (41%).[37]

Tenure[edit]

During the 112th Congress McClintock was one of 40 "staunch" members of the Republican Study Committee who frequently voted against Republican party leadership and vocally expressed displeasure with House bills.[38] In 2011, McClintock voted against the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 as part of a controversial provision that allows the government and the military to indefinitely detain American citizens and others without trial.[39] McClintock's Chief of Staff, Igor Birman, is currently running for Congress in California's 7th congressional district.

Legislation[edit]

McClintock supported the Water Rights Protection Act (H.R. 3189; 113th Congress), a bill that would prevent federal agencies from requiring certain entities to relinquish their water rights to the United States in order to use public lands.[40] The bill was a reaction to the United States Forest Service's decision to pursue a "new regulation to demand that water rights be transferred to the federal government as a condition for obtaining permits needed to operate 121 ski resorts that cross over federal lands."[41] McClintock supported the bill, saying that the Forest Service's regulation "illustrates an increasingly hostile attitude by this agency toward those who make productive use of our vast national forests, in this case by enhancing and attracting the tourism upon which our mountain communities depend."[41]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Electoral history[edit]

California State Assembly District 36 election, 1982[42]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom McClintock 60,702 55.9%
Democratic Harriet Kosmo Henson 47,932 44.1%
Totals 108,634 100%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold
California State Assembly District 36 election, 1984[43]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom McClintock (incumbent) 94,391 71.5%
Democratic Tom Jolicoeur 37,610 28.5%
Totals 132,001 100%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold
California State Assembly District 36 election, 1986[44]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom McClintock (incumbent) 77,132 73.3%
Democratic Frank Nekimken 26,208 24.9%
Libertarian H. Bruce Driscoll 1,875 1.8%
Totals 105,215 100%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold
California State Assembly District 36 election, 1988[45]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom McClintock (incumbent) 101,012 70.0%
Democratic George Webb II 39,539 27.4%
Libertarian H. Bruce Driscoll 3,782 2.6%
Totals 144,333 100%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold
California State Assembly District 36 election, 1990[46]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom McClintock (incumbent) 66,081 58.6%
Democratic Ginny Connell 40,356 35.8%
Libertarian David A. Harner 6,371 5.6%
Totals 112,808 100%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold
United States House of Representatives elections, 1992[47]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Anthony C. Beilenson (incumbent) 141,742 55.5%
Republican Tom McClintock 99,835 39.1%
Peace and Freedom John Paul Linblad 13,690 5.4%
Totals 255,267 100%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold
California State Controller election, 1994[48]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kathleen Connell 3,980,731 48.3%
Republican Tom McClintock 3,792,997 46.1%
Peace and Freedom Elizabeth A. Nakano 182,671 2.2%
American Independent Nathan Johnson 152,228 1.8%
Libertarian Cullene Lang 128,253 1.6%
Totals 8,236,880 100%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold
California State Assembly District 38 election, 1996[49]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom McClintock 71,596 55.5%
Democratic Jon Lauritzen 51,274 39.8%
Natural Law Virginia F. Neuman 6,021 4.7%
Totals 128,891 100%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold
California State Assembly District 38 election, 1998[50]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom McClintock (incumbent) 78,417 100%
Totals 78,417 100%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold
California State Senate District 19 election, 2000[51]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom McClintock 165,422 57.6%
Democratic Daniel Gonzalez 121,893 42.4%
Totals 287,315 100%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold
California State Controller election, 2002[52]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Steve Westly 3,289,839 45.4%
Republican Tom McClintock 3,273,028 45.1%
Green Laura Wells 419,873 5.8%
Natural Law J. Carlos Aguirre 179,999 2.4%
American Independent Ernest Vance 96,019 1.3%
Totals 7,258,758 100%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

For a complete list of all candidates who participated in the 2003 recall election, see California gubernatorial recall election, 2003.

California Gubernatorial Recall election, 2003[53]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger 4,206,284 48.6%
Democratic Cruz Bustamante 2,724,874 31.5%
Republican Tom McClintock 1,161,287 13.5%
Green Peter Camejo 242,247 2.8%
Independent Arianna Huffington 47,505 0.6%
Republican Peter Ueberroth 25,134 0.3%
Democratic Larry Flynt 17,458 0.3%
Independent Gary Coleman 14,242 0.2%
Totals 8,657,915 100%
Voter turnout  %
Republican gain from Democratic
California State Senate District 19 election, 2004[54]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom McClintock (incumbent) 233,365 60.8%
Democratic Paul Graber 151,085 39.2%
Totals 384,450 100%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold
California State Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2006[55]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Garamendi 4,189,584 49.2%
Republican Tom McClintock 3,845,858 45.1%
Green Donna J. Warren 239,107 2.8%
Libertarian Lynnette Shaw 142,851 1.6%
American Independent Jim King 86,446 0.8%
Peace and Freedom Stewart A. Alexander 43,319 0.5%
Totals 8,529,165 100%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold
United States House of Representatives elections, 2008[56]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom McClintock 185,790 50.3%
Democratic Charlie Brown 183,990 49.7%
Totals 369,780 100%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold
United States House of Representatives elections, 2010[57]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom McClintock 186,392 61.27%
Democratic Clint Curtis 95,653 31.44%
Green Benjamin Emery 22,179 7.29%
Totals 304,224 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold
United States House of Representatives elections, 2012[58]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom McClintock 197,803 61.1%
Democratic [Jack Uppal] 125,885 38.9%
Totals 323,688 100%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

References[edit]

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Doolittle
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 4th congressional district

2009–present
Incumbent
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Cynthia Lummis
R-Wyoming
United States Representatives by seniority
251st
Succeeded by
Pete Olson
R-Texas
California Senate
Preceded by
Cathie Wright
California State Senator
19th District

2000–2008
Succeeded by
Tony Strickland
California Assembly
Preceded by
Charles R. Imbrecht
California State Assemblyman
36th District

1982–1992
Succeeded by
Nao Takasugi
Preceded by
Paula Boland
California State Assemblyman
38th District

1996–2000
Succeeded by
Keith Richman