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|U.S. House, California, District 1|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||2|
|Predecessor||Mike Thompson (D)|
|California State Senate Minority Whip|
|Elections and appointments|
|Cost per vote||$4.60 in 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|California State Senate District 4|
|December 6, 2010-August 31, 2012|
|California State Assembly|
|Bachelor's||California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, 1982|
|Date of birth||July 2, 1960|
|Place of birth||Oroville, California|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 4.1.1 113th Congress
- 4.1.2 National security
- 4.1.3 Economy
- 4.1.4 Immigration
- 4.1.5 Healthcare
- 4.1.6 Social issues
- 4.2 High-Speed Rail
- 4.3 Redistricting
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Personal
- 9 Recent news
- 10 External links
- 11 References
LaMalfa began his political career as a member of the California State Assembly. He was a member of the assembly from 2002 to 2008. He also previously served as a member of the California State Senate from from 2010 until his resignation on August 31, 2012. During the 2012 session he served as State Senate Minority Whip.
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, LaMalfa is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.
LaMalfa earned his B.S. in Agriculture/Business from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, in 1982. He then worked as a self-employed rice farmer from 1982 to 1990. He has been owner/partner of DSL Farms since 1990.
Below is an abbreviated outline of LaMalfa's academic, professional and political career:
- 1980: Graduated from Butte College with A.A.
- 1982: Graduated from California Polytechnic State University with B.S.
- 2002-2008: California State Assembly
- 2010-2012: California State Senate
- 2013-Present: U.S Representative from California
LaMalfa serves on the following committees:
- Agriculture Committee
- Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
- Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture
- Natural Resources Committee
- Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs
- Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation
- Subcommittee on Water and Power
California State Senate
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, La Malfa served on these committees:
- Subcommittee on State Administration and General Government
- Elections and Constitutional Amendments, Vice Chair
- Fairs, Allocation, and Classification Committee, California Legislature, Chair
- Fisheries and Aquaculture Committee, California Legislature
- Governance and Finance Committee, California Senate
- Audit Committee, California Legislature
- Natural Resources and Water Committee, California Senate, Vice Chair
- Veterans Affairs Committee, California Senate
The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session. For more information pertaining to LaMalfa's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
National Defense Authorization Act
LaMalfa voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.
Department of Homeland Security Appropriations
LaMalfa voted for HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.
Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act
LaMalfa voted for HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.
Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination
LaMalfa voted for HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.
Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition
LaMalfa voted for House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.
Health Care Reform Rules
LaMalfa voted for House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.
LaMalfa voted for HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.
LaMalfa sponsored a bill in the California State Senate in 2012 that would put Proposition 1A, the 2008 High-Speed Rail $9.95 Billion Bond Act, back before the state's voters. He said, "Moving forward with just the first $2.7 billion in bonds to fund the ‘train to nowhere’ section of rail will cost California taxpayers $180 million a year just to service that debt. That is less than 3 percent of the total cost to build the project. Are the supporters of this project willing to lay off teachers, cops and firefighters to pay for an unusable section of track?"
His office released a statement that said:
- "...in the past year the California Supreme Court ruled that Proposition 1A’s ballot language was misleading, the High Speed Rail Authority admitted to using government funds to lobby Congress and the State Legislature, Congress has withdrawn future funds from the project, the Legislative Analyst Office has called into question the legality of the financing for the proposed first leg of construction, and the High Speed Rail Peer Review recommended not building the project."
LaMalfa also said, "This thing you voted on in 2008 is not what was described at that time. The price is a whole lot different. Now that everyone is seeing reality, they need to have another shot at whether they spend the money. It is time the voters got a do over. If the legislature acts quickly this measure can be on the November ballot and voters can have their say."
In August 2011, the California Citizens Redistricting Commission completed the new Congressional and state legislative maps for the 2012-2020 elections. A referendum began in August 2011 to repeal the Senate map. Supporters had until November 13, 2011, to collect the 504,760 signatures that were required to qualify the measure for the ballot. Among the drive supporters were former Governor Pete Wilson and State Senate Minority Leader Bob Dutton. Four other GOP senators immediately contributed more than $5,000 to the referendum group FAIR:
LaMalfa won the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 1st District. He and Jim Reed (D) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Samuel Aanestad (R), Gregory Cheadle (R), Michael Dacquisto (R), Nathan Arrowsmith (D), Pete Stiglich (R) and Gary Allen Oxley (Ind). LaMalfa then defeated Reed in the general election on November 6, 2012.
|U.S. House, California District 1 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Doug La Malfa||57.4%||168,827|
|Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
- See also: California State Senate elections, 2010
|California State Senate, District 4 General Election (2010)|
|Doug La Malfa (R)||226,239|
|Lathe Gill (D)||105,460|
|California State Senate, District 4 Republican Primary (2010)|
|Doug La Malfa (R)||60,460|
|Rick Keene (R)||43,873|
Comprehensive donor information for LaMalfa is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, LaMalfa raised a total of $872,995 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.
|Doug LaMalfa's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (California, District 1)||$872,995|
|Grand Total Raised||$872,995|
|Doug LaMalfa (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$97,053.73||$50,680.87||$(87,195.54)||$60,539.06|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$59,539.06||$101,042.17||$(29,977.47)||$130,603.76|
LaMalfa won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, LaMalfa's campaign committee raised a total of $872,995 and spent $775,942. This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.
Cost per vote
LaMalfa spent $4.60 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, California District 1, 2012 - Doug LaMalfa Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$178,730|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$178,979|
|Top contributors to Doug LaMalfa's campaign committee|
|American Financial Services Assn||$15,000|
|American Medical Assn||$10,000|
|Continuing a Majority Party Action Cmte||$10,000|
|Credit Union National Assn||$10,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Crop Production & Basic Processing||$93,632|
In 2010, La Malfa raised $564,432 in contributions. 
His four largest contributors were:
|California Association Of Realtors||$7,800|
|California Dental Association||$6,400|
|California Association Of Health Facilities||$4,900|
|Colusa Industrial Properties Inc||$4,900|
Ideology and leadership
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.
LaMalfa most often votes with:
LaMalfa least often votes with:
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, LaMalfa 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.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, LaMalfa's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,268,007 and $5,596,000. That averages to $3,432,003, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232.
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, LaMalfa has voted with the Republican Party 98.1% of the time. This ranked 69th among the 233 House Republicans as of June 2013.
LaMalfa and his wife, Jill, have four children.
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- Media coverage:
- Environmental Working Group Farm Subsidy Database for Dsl Lamalfa Family Partnership.
- CNN "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
- California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
- Unofficial election results
- Times Standard, "Del Norte state Sen. Doug LaMalfa resigns, special election to be held," September 5, 2012
- Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Doug LaMalfa," Accessed June 12, 2013
- CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Hometown Station, "High Speed Rail Project Could Be Back On The Ballot", January 30, 2012
- Los Angeles Times "Former Gov. Pete Wilson joins effort to upset redistricting plan," August 24, 2011
- Sacramento Bee "Drive to repeal Senate maps gets boost from four GOP senators," August 26, 2011
- California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
- Unofficial election results
- California Senate primary results
- Sacramento Bee, California State Senate election results
- Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Doug LaMalfa," Accessed March 22, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Doug LaMalfa Summary Report," Accessed July 23, 2013
- 'Federal Election Commission "Doug LaMalfa April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
- 'Federal Election Commission "Doug LaMalfa July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
- Open Secrets "Doug LaMalfa 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
- 2010 contributions
- Gov Track "Doug LaMalfa," Accessed June 4, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Doug LaMalfa," Accessed July 31, 2013
- GovTrack, "Doug LaMalfa," Accessed April 2, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org, "LaMalfa, (R-Cali), 2011"
- OpenCongress "Voting With Party," Accessed June 4, 2013
|U.S. House, California, District 1
January 3, 2013-Present
| Succeeded by|
|California State Senate District 4
2010-August 31, 2012
| Succeeded by|
Jim Nielsen (R)
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