Brian Daniel Whelan

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Brian Daniel Whelan
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Candidate for
U.S. House, California, District 16
High schoolSan Joaquin Memorial High School
Bachelor'sUC Berkeley
J.D.Rutgers University Law School
ProfessionFarmer and attorney
Campaign website
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Brian Daniel Whelan was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 16th Congressional District of California. He lost in the general election.[1]



  • San Joaquin Memorial High School, Fresno
  • UC Berkeley
  • Rutgers University Law School


Whelan is a farmer and attorney.[2]


Campaign themes


Whelan's campaign website listed the following issues:[3]

  • Jobs & the Economy
Excerpt: "Bringing jobs back to the Central Valley is my top priority. Fresno County ranks as the poorest county in the state and Merced County is not far behind in fourth place. With a double-digit unemployment rate, we have to reward businesses that provide economic opportunity instead of taxing and regulating them out of the state."
  • Balanced Budget
Excerpt: "Government spending, crushing levels of taxes, and unsustainable debt are only getting worse. Our government’s expansion into the auto industry, financial sector, energy sector, and the health care industry cannot continue. Future generations will be crippled by the debt if we do not confront the problem now."
  • Water & Agriculture
Excerpt: "Bad water policy that refuses to balance human suffering against environmental concerns is hurting us. It’s time we carry the message of common sense solutions to Washington: improved water storage, infrastructure and conveyance equals jobs."
  • Healthcare Security
Excerpt: "We already spend more than two and a half times what other industrialized nations spend on health care. Health care decisions need to be left in the hands of patients and doctors, not unelected bureaucrats."
  • High Speed Rail
Excerpt: "Prop 1A (The California High Speed Rail Initiative) passed with only 52.7% of the votes in 2008. Voters now know it was a mistake. This is a boondoggle which will have massive cost overruns. Ridership estimates were highly inflated and don’t take into account what competing carriers (airlines, etc.) will do."



See also: California's 16th Congressional District elections, 2012

Whelan ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 16th District. He and incumbent Jim Costa (D) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Loraine Goodwin (D), Mark Garcia (R), and Johnny Tacherra (R). They faced off in the general election on November 6, 2012, and Costa won.[1][4][5]

U.S. House, California District 16 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Costa Incumbent 57.4% 84,649
     Republican Brian Daniel Whelan 42.6% 62,801
Total Votes 147,450
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Whelan's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Whelan did not win election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Whelan's campaign committee raised a total of $511,449 and spent $499,864.[6]

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