Cal Dooley

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Cal Dooley
Chair of the New Democrat Coalition
In office
January 3, 1997 – January 3, 2001
Serving with Jim Moran, Tim Roemer
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byJim Davis
Ron Kind
Adam Smith
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California
In office
January 3, 1991 – January 3, 2005
Preceded byChip Pashayan
Succeeded byJim Costa
Constituency17th district (1991–1993)
20th district (1993–2005)
Personal details
Born (1954-01-11) January 11, 1954 (age 70)
Visalia, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseLinda Phillips
EducationUniversity of California, Davis (BS)
Stanford University (MA)

Calvin M. Dooley (born January 11, 1954), American politician, was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from 1991 to 2005, representing the 17th and 20th districts of California.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Visalia, California, he grew up on his parents' farm several miles east of Hanford and graduated from Hanford Union High School in 1972. Dooley earned his bachelor's degree in agricultural economics from the University of California, Davis in 1977 and a master's degree in Management from Stanford University in 1987.


Dooley worked as a rancher and then as an administrative assistant for California State Senator Rose Ann Vuich from 1987 to 1990.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

In 1990, Dooley won the Democratic primary for what was then the 17th District and faced six-term Republican Chip Pashayan in November. Although Pashayan had been reelected with 71 percent of the vote in 1988, he was bogged down by the House banking scandal, and Dooley defeated him by just over 9 points. In 1992, his district was renumbered as the 20th District and drawn as a Latino-majority district. He was easily reelected that year and five more times after that. He faced only one truly serious contest, when Republican Rich Rodriguez managed to hold him to 53 percent of the vote. A "New Democrat," his voting record was considered moderate, as is typical for Democrats from the Central Valley.[1]

Dooley announced his retirement in 2004 and endorsed his chief of staff, Lisa Quigley, as his successor. However, most of the rest of the state Democratic establishment endorsed Jim Costa, a former state legislator from the Fresno area. This touched off a contentious primary battle which was won by Costa, all but assuring him of victory in November. On October 10, 2002, Cal Dooley was among the 81 House Democrats who voted in favor of authorizing the invasion of Iraq. He has later said that he regrets this vote.[citation needed]

Later career[edit]

Having served as the president and CEO of the Food Products Association (FPA), Dooley assumed the same roles at the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), following a merger with the FPA. GMA is a Washington-based trade association representing food manufacturers.

In September 2008, Dooley assumed the position of CEO of the American Chemistry Council, the trade association for American chemical companies. He announced his retirement in 2018.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Dooley is married to the former Linda Phillips, who heads the Bryce Harlow Foundation in Washington DC. The couple have two daughters, one of whom is on the Charlottesville City School Board.[3]


  1. ^ Conservation of exotic wild birds : hearing before the Subcommittee on Environmental Protection of the Committee on Environment and Public Works, United States Senate, One Hundred Second Congress, second session, on S. 1218 and S. 1219. Washington: For sale by the U.S. G.P.O., Supt. of Docs., Congressional Sales Office. 1992. doi:10.5962/bhl.title.36946. ISBN 0-16-039280-2.
  2. ^ "American Chemistry Council's Dooley Announces Retirement". American Chemistry Council. April 26, 2018. Archived from the original on December 8, 2020. Retrieved April 13, 2020.
  3. ^ "Emily Dooley- Charlottesville- Nest Realty". Nest Realty. Retrieved September 25, 2018.

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Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 17th congressional district

Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 20th congressional district

Succeeded by
Party political offices
New office Chair of the New Democrat Coalition
Served alongside: Jim Moran, Tim Roemer
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