David Valadao

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David G. Valadao
David Valadao.jpg
U.S. House, California, District 21
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorDevin Nunes (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,315,897
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
California State Assembly
High schoolHanford High School (1995)
Date of birthApril 14, 1977
Place of birthHanford, California
ProfessionManaging Partner, Valadao Dairy
Net worth-$15,625,001
Office website
Campaign website
David G. Valadao (b. April 14, 1977 in Hanford, California) is a Republican member of the U.S. House, representing the 21st Congressional District of California. He was first elected in 2012. Valadao defeated John Hernandez (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.

He is a former member of the California State Assembly, representing the 30th district from 2010 to 2012. [1]

Valadao is a member of the National Republican Congressional Committee's Patriot Program. The program is designed to assist vulnerable Republican incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Valadao is a more moderate right of center Republican Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Republican Party line more than his fellow members.


Valadao received his diploma from Hanford High School in 1995. He then attended College of the Sequoias.

Valadao is managing partner of Valadao Dairy. He has also worked as regional leadership council chairman for Land O'Lakes Inc.


Below is an abbreviated outline of Valadao's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 1996-1998: Attended College of the Sequoias
  • 2010-2012: California State Assembly
  • 2013-Present: U.S Representative from California

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Valadao serves on the following committees:[4]

  • Appropriations Committee
    • Subcommittee on Agriculture and Rural Development
    • Subcommittee on Interior, Environment
    • Subcommittee on Legislative Branch

California General Assembly


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Valadao served on these committees:


Political positions

Immigration reform

Several Republican members of the U.S. House may have faced a tougher path to re-election in 2014 because immigration reform did not pass in the House in 2013, according to a Public Policy Poll released in July 2013.[5]

According to the poll, a majority of voters in seven Republican congressional districts said they were less likely to vote for their representative if he failed to support immigration reform. Voters also reported in the poll that they were less likely to support Republican candidates in the 2014 general election if the Republican House members blocked immigration reform proposals.[5] Valadao was one of the seven representatives who served in a district that had overwhelming support for the Senate’s immigration reform plan.[5]

Campaign themes


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

  • Build More Reservoirs Now
Excerpt: "The state’s $35 billion agriculture industry and our Central Valley is wholly dependent on a stable supply of water, so no one will fight harder than farmer David Valadao to improve our aging water infrastructure."
  • Bullet Train Hurts Taxpayers
Excerpt: "David Valadao strongly opposes the construction of a high speed rail system and that’s why he co-authored legislation that would allow California voters to stop the project dead in its tracks."
  • Needless Regulations Kill Jobs
Excerpt: "To help businesses stay in California and create new jobs, David Valadao wrote a bill requiring government agencies to make public the economic impact of new regulations before they are implemented."
  • Gasoline Prices Slamming Families
Excerpt: "David Valadao will not only vote to expand domestic oil production so we end our dependence on Middle East oil, but he also supports constructing the Keystone oil pipeline from Canada to Texas."
  • Reduce The National Debt
Excerpt: "A $15 trillion black hole that increased 42% in the past three years is one reason David Valadao favors cutting government spending and supports a strict two-thirds vote requirement before Congress can hike taxes."

Specific votes

King Amendment

Nay3.png In June 2013 the House approved an amendment to the Department of Homeland Security spending bill that would end the department's discretion policies by cutting off funding for the proposed DREAM Act, which would have temporarily halted the deportations of young immigrants if they have served in the military or are attending college. This vote overturns an executive order signed by President Obama that formalized a process for the "Dreamers" to remain in the U.S.[7][8][9]

The amendment, offered by Rep. Steve King (R) of Iowa, passed the House by a vote of 224-201 and was approved mostly along party lines. However, three Democrats supported the amendment and six Republicans opposed it, while nine members did not vote.[9]Valadao was one of the six Republican members who voted against the amendment.[8]

The amendment would effectively demand the government force out "Dreamers" who came to the U.S. as children.[9] It contrasts with comprehensive immigration reform efforts, including proposed DREAM Act style legislation, and would resume the deportation of hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought illegally to the United States as children.[10] The amendment was the first immigration-related vote in either chamber of Congress in 2013, and blocks many of the provisions that are mirrored in the Senate’s Gang of Eight bill.[11][9]



See also: California's 21st congressional district elections, 2014

Valadao is a member of the National Republican Congressional Committee's Patriot Program. The program is designed to assist vulnerable Republican incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[12]


See also: California's 21st congressional district elections, 2012

Valadao won election to the U.S. House in 2012.[1] He and John Hernandez (D) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Blong Xiong (D). Valadao went on to defeat Hernandez in the November 6, 2012, general election.[13][14]

U.S. House, California District 21 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid G. Valadao 57.8% 67,164
     Democratic John Hernandez 42.2% 49,119
Total Votes 116,283
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

U.S. House, California District 21 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid G. Valadao (R) 57% 27,251
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Hernandez (D) 22.1% 10,575
Blong Xiong (D) 20.9% 9,990
Total Votes 47,816


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

Valadao advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Stephanie Campbell in the June 8 primary. He then advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Democrat Fran Florez in the November 2 general election.[15][16]

California State Assembly, District 30 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png David G. Valadao (R) 37,392
Fran Florez (D) 24,386
California House of Representatives, District 30 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png David G. Valadao (R) 12,431
Stephanie Campbell (R) 3,528

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Valadao is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Valadao raised a total of $1,315,897 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[17]

David Valadao's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (California, District 21) Won $1,315,897
Grand Total Raised $1,315,897


Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Valadao's reports.[18]

David Valadao (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[19]April 15, 2013$134,784.29$88,403.65$(86,386.36)$136,801.58
July Quarterly[20]July 15, 2013$136,801.58$375,691.29$(63,678.14)$448,814.73
Running totals


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

Valadao won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Valadao's campaign committee raised a total of $1,315,897 and spent $1,181,113.[21] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[22]

Cost per vote

Valadao spent $17.59 per vote received in 2012.


In 2010, Valadao raised $1,076,460 in contributions. [23]

His two largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
California Republican Party $286,177
Tulare County Republican Central Cmte $17,000


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Valadao is a "centrist Republican follower" as of June 4, 2013.[24]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[25]

Valadao most often votes with:

Valadao least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Valadao missed 0 of 89 roll call votes from January 2013 to March 2013. This amounts to 0.0%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[26]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Valadao's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between -$30,099,998 and -$1,150,005. That averages to -$15,625,001, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232.[27]

Voting with party


The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Valadao has voted with the Republican Party 96.8% of the time. This ranked 121st among the 233 House Republicans as of June 2013.[28]


Valadao and his wife Terra have three children.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
  2. The Washington Post, "11 House Republicans named to incumbent-protection program," April 22, 2013
  3. [bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=V000129 Biographical Director of the United States Congress "David G. Valadao," Accessed June 13, 2013]
  4. CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Politico, "7 GOPers who need immigration vote," accessed July 9, 2013
  6. Campaign website, Issues
  7. LA Times, "GOP rejects Dream Act-like deportation deferrals," accessed June 10, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 U.S. House, "Final Vote Results," accessed June 10, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Huffington Post, "Steve King Amendment Passes House To Deport More Dreamers," accessed June 10, 2013
  10. Fox News, "House votes to resume deporting young DREAM Act immigrants," accessed June 10, 2013
  11. Huffington Post, "Steve King's Amendment To The Immigration Bill Worsens The GOP's Latino Problem," accessed June 10, 2013
  12. The Washington Post, "11 House Republicans named to incumbent-protection program," April 22, 2013
  13. California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
  14. Unofficial election results
  15. California House primary results
  16. Sacramento Bee, California Assembly General election results
  17. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for David Valadao," Accessed March 22, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission "David Valadao Summary Report," Accessed July 23, 2013
  19. 'Federal Election Commission "David Valadao April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  20. 'Federal Election Commission "David Valadao July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  21. Open Secrets "David Valadao 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  22. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  23. 2010 contributions
  24. Gov Track "David G. Valadao," Accessed June 4, 2013
  25. OpenCongress, "David Valadao," Accessed July 31, 2013
  26. GovTrack, "David Valadao," Accessed April 2, 2013
  27. OpenSecrets.org, "Valadao, (R-Cali), 2011"
  28. OpenCongress "Voting With Party," Accessed June 4, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Devin Nunes
U.S. House, California, District 21
January 3, 2013-Present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Danny Gilmore
California Assembly District 30
Succeeded by
Luis Alejo (D)