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Dan Lungren
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U.S. House, California, District 3
Former member
In office
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2004
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
California Attorney General
Bachelor'sUniversity of Notre Dame, 1968
J.D.Georgetown University Law Center, 1971
Date of birthSeptember 22, 1946
Place of birthLong Beach, California
Campaign website
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Dan Lungren (b. September 22, 1946) was a Republican member of the U.S. House representing California's 3rd Congressional District from 2005 to 2013.

Due to redistricting, Lungren ran for re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 7th District as a Republican. The open primary election took place on June 5, 2012.[1]

Lungren was defeated by challenger Ami Bera (D) in the 2012 U.S. House elections. The race was too close to call for more than one week after the election.[2][3]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Lungren was a "moderate Republican leader."[4]


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

  • 1968: Graduated from Notre Dame University with B.A.
  • 1971: Graduated from Georgetown University Law Center with J.D.
  • 1977-1978: Cochairman, National Congressional Council
  • 1979-1989: U.S. Representative from California
  • 1991-1999: Attorney General of California
  • 1998: Unsuccessful run for governor
  • 2005-2013: U.S. Representative from California


Campaign themes


Lungren's campaign website listed the following issues:[6]

  • Job Creation
Excerpt: "This country is facing what most economists consider to be the most serious and the most dangerous economic situation in our lifetime. Government must create policies that allow small and large businesses to put Californians to work and keep our economic engine moving."
  • Federal Deficit
Excerpt: "We must balance the budget in Washington—government consistently spends more than it has and the American people have made it clear they have no appetite for new taxes."
  • Education
Excerpt: "The first and most important role of government in providing an education is to guarantee a safe environment for our students. We must also ensure that our schools are held accountable, are held to the highest standards possible, and that we are giving local districts local control."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "Government health care rationing would be a catastrophe for the quality of health care in the United States. I believe we can look to proposals that would create healthcare associations allowing people to pool together to explore healthcare options within their state or even across state lines, rather than imposing a government-run option that reads like a one-size-fits-all approach."
  • Flood Control
Excerpt: "We need to create 500-year flood protection in the Sacramento area. Astoundingly, our region currently has roughly 85-year flood protection, and though I continue to support improvements to our levees and Folsom Dam, these improvements will only get us to near 250-year flood protection."

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Lungren 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]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Lungren served on the following committees:[8]


House Judiciary Committee

In his former tenure in Congress, Lungren was appointed to the House Judiciary Committee in 2007.[9] The Congressman was re-appointed to the committee in 2009.[10]

Lungren served on the House Judiciary Subcommittees on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security and Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law.[11][12]



See also: California's 7th Congressional District elections, 2012

Due to redistricting, Lungren ran for re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 7th District as a Republican. He and Ami Bera (D) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Douglas Arthur Tuma (L) and Curt Taras (Ind). Bera defeated Lungren in the general election on November 6, 2012.[13][14]

U.S. House, California District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAmi Bera 51.7% 141,241
     Republican Dan Lungren Incumbent 48.3% 132,050
Total Votes 273,291
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, California District 7 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDan Lungren (R) Incumbent 52.7% 63,586
Green check mark transparent.pngAmi Bera (D) 41% 49,433
Curt Taras (NPP) 3.2% 3,854
Douglas Arthur Tuma (L) 3.1% 3,707
Total Votes 120,580


On November 2, 2010, Lungren won re-election to the United States House. He advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Ami Bera, Jerry L. Leidecker, Douglas Arthur Tuma, and Mike Roskey in the general election.[15]

U.S. House, California District 3 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDan Lungren Incumbent 50.1% 131,169
     Democratic Ami Bera 43.2% 113,128
     American Independent Jerry L. Leidecker 2.5% 6,577
     Libertarian Douglas Arthur Tuma 2.4% 6,275
     Peace and Freedom Mike Roskey 1.8% 4,789
Total Votes 261,938



Dan Lungren V. Ami Bera
Poll Dan Lungren Ami BeraUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
(October 25-26, 2012)
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Campaign donors


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

Lungren did not win election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Lungren's campaign committee raised a total of $2,702,536 and spent $2,716,574.[16]


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

Lungren won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Lungren's campaign committee raised a total of $2,025,541 and spent $1,974,501.[17]

His top 5 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. Lungren paid his congressional staff a total of $976,458 in 2011. He ranked 177th on the list of the lowest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranked 237th 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.[18]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Lungren was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Lungren's staff was given an apparent $12,000.00 in bonus money.[19]

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, Lungren's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $2,003 and $70,000. That averages to $36,001.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[20]

Dan Lungren Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2004 to 2012:-86%
Average annual growth:-11%[21]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[22]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

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. Lungren ranked 181st in the conservative rankings in 2012.[23]


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Lungren ranked 126th in the conservative rankings.[24]

Political positions

Voting with party

November 2011

Dan Lungren voted with the Republican Party 93.0% of the time, which ranked 104 among the 242 House Republican members as of 2011.[25]


Lungren and his wife, Bobbi, have three children.

Recent news

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External links


  1. "Dan Lungren won't challenge Tom McClintock for Congress,", September 7, 2011
  2. Modesto Bee, "Outcome in tight Lungren-Bera contest could take weeks," November 8, 2012
  3. Sacramento Bee, "Ami Bera ousts Rep. Dan Lungren in congressional race" November 15, 2012
  4. GovTrack, "Lungren" accessed May 15, 2012
  5. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Daniel Edward Lungren," accessed November 2, 2011
  6. Campaign website, Issues
  7. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  8. Congressman Dan Lungren, Representing the Sacramento Region, "Committees"
  9. Government Printing Office, "Proposed Immigration Fee Increase," February 14, 2007(See Page II)
  10. House Judiciary Committee, "111th Congress Committee Members"
  11. House Judiciary Committee, "Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security Membership, 111th Congress"
  12. House Judiciary Committee, "Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law Membership, 111th Congress"
  13. California Secretary of State, "Official primary candidate list," accessed March 13, 2014
  14. California Secretary of State, "Unofficial election results," November 6, 2012
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  16. Open Secrets, "Dan Lungren 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 19, 2013
  17. Open Secrets, "Dan Lungren 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 2, 2011
  18. LegiStorm, "Dan Lungren"
  19. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  20. OpenSecrets, "Lungren, (R-California), 2010"
  21. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  22. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  23. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  24. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  25. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Doug Ose
U.S. House of Representatives - California, District 3
Succeeded by
John Garamendi
Preceded by
California Attorney General
Succeeded by