Doug LaMalfa

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Doug LaMalfa
Doug LaMalfa 113th Congress official photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 1st district
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded byMike Thompson
Member of the California State Senate
from the 4th district
In office
December 6, 2010 – August 31, 2012
Preceded bySam Aanestad
Succeeded byJim Nielsen
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 2nd district
In office
December 2, 2002 – December 1, 2008
Preceded byRichard Dickerson
Succeeded byJim Nielsen
Personal details
Born (1960-07-02) July 2, 1960 (age 58)
Oroville, California, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Jill LaMalfa
EducationButte College
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (BS)
WebsiteHouse website

Douglas L. LaMalfa (born July 2, 1960) is an American politician. A Republican, he has been the U.S. Representative for California's 1st congressional district, located in Northern California, since 2013. LaMalfa previously served in the California State Assembly, representing the 2nd district, from 2002 to 2008, and he served in the California State Senate, representing the 4th district, from 2010 to 2012.

Early life, education and career[edit]

LaMalfa is a fourth-generation rice farmer and a lifelong Northern California resident. He graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor's degree in Ag/Business. He and his wife, Jill, along with their four children, make their home on the family rice farm in Richvale, a rural unincorporated community south of Chico, that was founded by his great-grandfather in 1931.

LaMalfa is an owner and manager of the Dsl Lamalfa Family Partnership, which owns and operates the family farm.[1]

California Assembly[edit]


In 2002, LaMalfa ran for the California Assembly in the 2nd District. He won the Republican primary with 59% of the vote,[2] and the general election with 67%.[3] He won re-election in 2004 (68%)[4] and 2006 (68%).[5]


LaMalfa worked with Bernie Richter as an early supporter of Proposition 209, which ended affirmative action in California. He worked for passage of the Protection of Marriage Act, Proposition 22, which banned Same-sex marriage in California, and after that initiative was overturned by the courts, he was an early supporter and active in the Proposition 8 campaign.[6]

LaMalfa opposed Mike Feuer's microstamping bill, AB 1471, which was signed into law by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on October 13, 2007.[7]

LaMalfa was a co-author of ACA 20, which, similar to Arizona's new law, would empower law enforcement to act as Immigration, Customs Enforcement Agents and would have cracked down on illegal immigration.[8] ACA 20 failed to pass the first hearing by a 3-to-6 vote.[citation needed]

In 2007, he successfully passed AB 1645, a law that would prevent seizures of firearms in the event of an emergency or natural disaster. This was the first pro-gun legislation passed and signed into law in a decade. When LaMalfa was named the California Rifle and Pistol Association's "Legislator of the Year" for 2007, he said "Receiving this award today from the California Rifle and Pistol Association is a truly humbling honor."[9]

Committee assignments[edit]

  • Joint Committee on Legislative Audit[10]
  • Public Safety[11]
  • West Nile virus[12]

California Senate[edit]

2010 election[edit]

In 2010, he ran for the California State Senate in the 4th District. In the Republican primary, he defeated State Representative Rick Keene 58%–42%.[13] In the general election, he defeated Lathe Gill 68%–32%.[14]


In November 2011, LaMalfa opposed a proposed bullet train. He did so, saying "In light of the High Speed Rail plan that was submitted and that the numbers still do not work, California in this dire fiscal crisis that we're in, we're going to introduce legislation to repeal the HSR Authority and the funding for that the state was going to put forward".[15]

LaMalfa opposed a bill that would require history teachers in all California public schools to teach history of homosexuality and gay civil rights. LaMalfa stated the Governor Brown was "out of touch with what I think are still mainstream American values. That's not the kind of stuff I want my kids learning about in public school. They've really crossed a line into a new frontier."[16]

LaMalfa strongly opposed the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which would eliminate the Electoral College. He argued "I think this is dangerous. It flies in the face of 220 years of election law. We have an electoral college; it was put there for a reason."[17]

Committee assignments[edit]

  • Agriculture
  • Budget and Fiscal Review
  • Elections and Constitutional Amendments (Vice Chair)
  • Governance and Finance
  • Natural Resources and Water (Vice Chair)
  • Veterans Affairs
  • Joint Committee on Legislative Audit
  • Joint Committee on Fairs, Allocation, and Classification (Chair)
  • Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture[18]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]



In January 2012, 2nd district Congressman Wally Herger announced that he was retiring after thirteen terms. Hours after Herger announced his retirement, Republican consultant Dave Gilliard told Flash Report that Herger had endorsed LaMalfa as his successor in the district, which was renumbered as the 1st District in the 2010 round of redistricting.[19] LaMalfa finished first in the June 2012 primary election with 38% of the vote in an eight-person race, winning 10 out of the district's 11 counties.[20]

On November 6, 2012, LaMalfa defeated Democratic Party candidate Jim Reed 57%–43%.[21]


LaMalfa defeated Democrat Heidi Hall in the general election with 61% of the vote.[22]


In the 2016 general election, LaMalfa defeated Democratic nominee Jim Reed with 59.1% of the vote.[23]


LaMalfa is running for re-election. He will face Democrat Audrey Denney in the general election.[24] In the hotly contested race, his campaign sent out an attack mailer showing a falsified picture of Denney signing a document supposedly endorsing Nancy Pelosi and liberal Democrats. Denney uploaded the original photograph to her campaign website in February 2018 to show her signing a promise to oppose campaign contributions from the petroleum industry. LaMalfa's campaign altered the wording on the document for their mailer.[25]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Political positions[edit]


From 1995 to 2016, LaMalfa was the recipient of the largest amount of money from agricultural subsidies (over $1.7 million) in the history of congress. As a member of the House Agricultural Committee, he oversees farm subsidies. In 2017, his spokesman, Parker Williams, stated that LaMalfa "voted to end direct farm subsidy payments in the very first farm bill he worked on" and that a new farm bill proposed does not provide subsidies for rice grown in California, a crop that LaMalfa farms.[1]


LaMalfa has an A+ rating from NumbersUSA, an organization that opposes illegal immigration.[29]

LGBT rights[edit]

In 2014, LaMalfa was named one of the most "anti-LGBT" politicians in congress by the Human Rights Campaign.[30] He does not believe in same-sex marriage and feared that legalizing it would "open the floodgates" for polygamy to be legalized. He believes marriage is "an institution created by God and supposed to be held up and respected by men. And women."[31] He endorsed the First Amendment Defense Act.[32]

Voter fraud[edit]

He stated that "California is just a sieve on its voter security" but does not think his own district had "illegal votes" because it does not "have the demographics that would be a really big push of that."[33]

Gun policy[edit]

LaMalfa's website states that he is "proud to have earned an A rating and the endorsements of the NRA and Gun Owners of America."[34] He has received $13,500 from the NRA.[35]


LaMalfa voted in favor of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.[36] According to LaMalfa, the bill will enable his constituents to save more money and provide them tax relief. He says that the tax bill will give a "booster shot to the U.S. economy". He believes that the bill enable businesses to hire more workers and that there will be more products made in the USA as a result, especially in Redding.[37]

Electoral history[edit]

California Assembly 2nd District Republican Primary Election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Doug LaMalfa 32,004 58.80
Republican Pat Kight 12,467 22.90
Republican John Byrne 8,131 14.90
Republican Dan Ryhal 1,863 3.40
California Assembly 2nd District Election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Doug LaMalfa 79,361 67.40
Democratic Doug Kinyon 34,524 29.30
Libertarian Pete Bret 3,996 3.30
California Assembly 2nd District Election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Doug LaMalfa (inc.) 115,651 64.90
Democratic Barbara McIver 62,643 35.10
California Assembly 2nd District Election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Doug LaMalfa (inc.) 95,723 68.10
Democratic Mel Smith 41,425 29.50
Peace and Freedom Phil Dynan 3,474 2.40
California Senate 4th District Republican Primary Election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Doug LaMalfa 72,742 57.80
Republican Rick Keene 53,129 42.20
California Senate 4th District Election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Doug LaMalfa 226,239 68.30
Democratic Lathe Gill 105,460 31.70
California 1st Congressional District Primary Election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Doug LaMalfa 66,527 37.90
Democratic Jim Reed 43,409 24.80
Republican Sam Aanestad 25,224 14.40
Republican Michael Dacquisto 10,530 6.00
Republican Pete Stiglich 10,258 5.80
Democratic Nathan Arrowsmith 8,598 4.90
Independent Gary Allen Oxley 5,901 3.40
Republican Gregory Cheadle 4,939 2.80
California 1st Congressional District Election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Doug LaMalfa 168,827 57.40
Democratic Jim Reed 125,386 42.60
California 1st Congressional District Primary Election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Doug LaMalfa (inc.) 75,317 53.40
Democratic Heidi Hall 42,481 30.10
Republican Gregory Cheadle 13,909 9.90
Democratic Dan Levine 9,213 6.50
California 1st Congressional District Election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Doug LaMalfa (inc.) 132,052 61.00
Democratic Heidi Hall 84,320 39.00
California 1st Congressional District Primary Election, 2016
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Doug LaMalfa (inc.) 86,136 40.80
Democratic Jim Reed 59,665 28.30
Republican Joe Montes 35,875 17.00
Democratic David Peterson 13,430 6.40
Republican Gary Allen Oxley 6,885 3.30
Independent Jeff Gerlach 4,958 2.30
Republican Gregory Cheadle 4,217 2.00
California 1st Congressional District Election, 2016
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Doug LaMalfa (inc.) 185,448 59.05
Democratic Jim Reed 128,588 40.95
California 1st Congressional District Primary Election, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Doug LaMalfa (inc.) 98,354 51.7
Democratic Audrey Denney 34,121 17.9
Democratic Jessica Jones Holcombe 22,306 11.7
Democratic Marty Walters 16,032 8.4
Republican Gregory Edward Cheadle 11,660 6.1
Democratic David Peterson 5,707 3.0
Green Lewis Elbinger 2,191 1.2


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California Assembly
Preceded by
Richard Dickerson
Member of the California Assembly
from the 2nd district

Succeeded by
Jim Nielsen
California Senate
Preceded by
Sam Aanestad
Member of the California Senate
from the 4th district

Succeeded by
Jim Nielsen
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Mike Thompson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 1st congressional district

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Ann McLane Kuster
United States Representatives by seniority
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Alan Lowenthal