Dennis Cardoza

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Dennis Cardoza
Dennis Cardoza.jpg
U.S. House, California, District 18
Former member
In office
2003 - August 15, 2012
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
California State Assembly
Merced City Council
Atwater City Council
Bachelor'sUniversity of Maryland-College Park, 1982
Date of birthMarch 31, 1959
Place of birthMerced, California
Dennis Cardoza (b. March 31, 1959) was a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing California's 18th Congressional District. Cardoza was first elected to the House in 2002. Cardoza suddenly resigned from the position citing family needs, effective August 15, 2012, at midnight.[1]

Cardoza did not seek re-election in 2012.

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


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

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Cardoza served on the following committees:[4]


Specific votes

Rep. Cardoza voted for TARP.[5] According to a Gallup poll from September 13, 2010, 61 percent of Americans disapproved of TARP, while 37 percent approved.[6]

Cardoza also supported the stimulus bill.[7] Fifty-seven percent of U.S. voters believed that the stimulus had either hurt the economy (36 percent) or had no impact (21 percent). Thirty-eight percent believed the stimulus helped the economy.[8]

In addition, Cardoza voted for the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.[9] According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54 percent of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35 percent supported it.[10]

Cardoza supported the "Cap and Trade" bill.[11] Just after the bill’s passage, 42 percent of likely U.S. voters said that cap and trade would hurt the economy, while 19 percent believed that it would help. Another 15 percent said that the bill would have no impact.[12]

Finally, Cardoza also voted for the health care reform bill.[13] Fifty-seven percent of likely voters at least somewhat favored repeal of the health care reform bill, including 46 percent who strongly favored repeal. Thirty-five percent of likely voters opposed repeal. Fifty-one percent of likely voters believed the health care reform bill would be bad for the country, while 36 percent believed it would be beneficial.[14]



See also: California's 21st Congressional District elections, 2012

Cardoza did not seek re-election in 2012.[15] David Valadao (R) defeated John Hernandez (D) in the general election.


On November 2, 2010, Cardoza won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Michael Clare Berryhill, Sr. in the general election.[16]

U.S. House, California District 18 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDennis Cardoza Incumbent 58.5% 72,853
     Republican Michael Clare Berryhill, Sr. 41.5% 51,716
Total Votes 124,569

Campaign donors


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

Cardoza won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Cardoza's campaign committee raised a total of $1,180,308 and spent $1,420,230.[17]

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. Cardoza paid his congressional staff a total of $1,126,159 in 2011. He ranks 156th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranks 44th overall of the highest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, California ranks 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]

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, Cardoza's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $519,024 and $1,410,000. That averages to $964,512, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[19]

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. Cardoza's vote ratings are unavailable for 2012.[20]


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Cardoza ranked 174th in the liberal rankings in 2011.[21]

Political positions

Voting with party

November 2011

Dennis Cardoza voted with the Democratic Party 72.0 percent of the time, which ranked 183 among the 192 House Democratic members as of 2011.[22]

Recent news

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Cardoza and his wife, Kathleen McLoughlin, have three children.

External links


  1. The Sacramento Bee, "Rep. Dennis Cardoza announces resignation," August 14, 2012
  2. GovTrack, "Cardoza" accessed May 15, 2012
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Dennis A. Cardoza," accessed November 3, 2011
  4. Congressman Dennis Cardoza, Representing the 18th District of California, "Committee on Rules"
  5. U.S. House Clerk, "Roll Call 681," October 3, 2008
  6. Gallup, "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," September 13, 2010
  7. US House Clerk, "Roll Call 46," January 28, 2009
  8. Rasmussen, "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," August 24, 2010
  9. US House Clerk, "Roll Call 314," June 9, 2009
  10. Rasmussen, "54% Oppose “Cash for Clunkers” Plan To Spur Purchase of Greener Cars," June 23, 2009
  11. US House Clerk, "Roll Call 477," June 26, 2009
  12. Rasmussen, "42% Say Climate Change Bill Will Hurt The Economy," June 30, 2009
  13. US House Clerk, "Roll Call 165," March 21, 2010
  14. Rasmussen, "61% Favor Repeal of Healthcare Law," September 20, 2010
  15. Record Net, "Cardoza getting out of politics," October 21, 2011
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. Open Secrets, "Dennis Cardoza 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 3, 2011
  18. LegiStorm, "Dennis Cardoza"
  19. OpenSecrets, "Cardoza, (D-California), 2010"
  20. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  21. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  22. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Gary Condit
U.S. House of Representatives - California, District 18
Succeeded by
Anna Eshoo
Preceded by
California State Assembly
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Merced City Council
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Atwater City Council
Succeeded by