David Dreier

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David Dreier
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U.S. House, California, District 26
Former member
In office
1981-January 3, 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 4, 1980
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sClaremont McKenna College, 1975
Master'sClaremont Graduate University, 1976
Date of birthJuly 5, 1952
Place of birthKansas City, Missouri
ReligionChristian Scientist
David Dreier (b. July 5, 1952) is a former Republican member of the U.S. House representing California's 26th Congressional District from 1981 to 2013

Dreier chose to retire rather than seek re-election in 2012.[1] Due to redistricting, Dreier would have sought re-election in the 31st District.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Dreier was a "centrist Republican."[2]

Dreier was considered a potential candidate for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer in 2016. However, he decided against running.[3][4]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Dreier's academic, professional and political career:[5]

  • 1975: Graduated from Claremont Men’s College with B.A.
  • 1976: Graduated from Claremont Graduate School with M.A.
  • 1975-1979: Director, Corporate Relations, Claremont McKenna College
  • 1976-1980: Delegate, Republican National Conventions
  • 1978: Unsuccessful candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives
  • 1981-2013: U.S. Representative from California

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Dreier served on the following committees:[6]


Fiscal Cliff

Yea3.png Dreier voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[7]



See also: United States Senate election in California, 2016

Dreier was a potential candidate in the 2016 election for the U.S. Senate, to represent California.[3] However, he decided against running for election to the Senate.[4]


See also: California's 31st Congressional District elections, 2012

Dreier chose to retire rather than seek re-election in 2012. Due to redistricting, Dreier would have sought re-election in the 31st District. Gary Miller (R) defeated Bob Dutton (R) in the general election to win the seat.


On November 2, 2010, Dreier won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Russ Warner, David L. Miller, and Randall Weissbuch in the general election.[8]

U.S. House, California District 26 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Dreier Incumbent 54.1% 112,774
     Democratic Russ Warner 36.5% 76,093
     American Independent David L. Miller 6.1% 12,784
     Libertarian Randall Weissbuch 3.2% 6,696
Total Votes 208,347

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Dreier's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Dreier won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Dreier's campaign committee raised a total of $1,243,191 and spent $1,391,076.[9]

His top five contributors between 2009-2010 were:


Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Dreier paid his congressional staff a total of $909,963 in 2011. He ranked 126th on the list of the lowest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranked 155th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, California ranked 5th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[10]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Dreier was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Dreier's staff was given an apparent $1,710.00 in bonus money.[11]

Net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Dreier's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $4,212,087 and $12,780,000. That averages to $8,496,043.50, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[12]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Dreier ranked 188th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[13]


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Dreier ranked 176th in the conservative rankings in 2011.[14]

Political positions

Voting with party

November 2011

David Dreier voted with the Republican Party 93.2 percent of the time, which ranked 102 among the 242 House Republican members as of 2011.[15]


Dreier is single.

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Political offices
Preceded by
James F. Lloyd
U.S. House of Representatives - California District 26
Succeeded by
Julia Brownley