Doug LaMalfa

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Doug LaMalfa
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U.S. House, California, District 1
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorMike Thompson (D)
California State Senate Minority Whip
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$872,995
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
California State Senate District 4
December 6, 2010-August 31, 2012
California State Assembly
Bachelor'sCalifornia Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, 1982
Date of birthJuly 2, 1960
Place of birthOroville, California
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Net worth$3,432,003
Office website
Campaign website
Doug LaMalfa (b. July 2, 1960) is a Republican member of the U.S. House representing California's 1st congressional district. He was first elected in 2012.[1] He and Jim Reed (D) advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, 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 November 6, 2012, general election.[2][3]

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.[4]

LaMalfa also served in the California State Assembly.

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 BS 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:[5]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


LaMalfa serves on the following committees:[6]

  • 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


High-Speed Rail

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?"[7]

His office released a statement that said:

" 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."[7]

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."[7]


See also: Redistricting in California and California Proposition 40, Referendum on the State Senate Redistricting Plan (2012)

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.[8] Four other GOP senators immediately contributed more than $5,000 to the referendum group FAIR:[9]



See also: California's 1st congressional district elections, 2012

LaMalfa won the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 1st District.[1] He and Jim Reed (D) advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, 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 November 6, 2012, general election.[10][11]

U.S. House, California District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDoug La Malfa 57.4% 168,827
     Democratic Jim Reed 42.6% 125,386
Total Votes 294,213
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

U.S. House, California District 1 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDoug LaMalfa (R) 37.9% 66,527
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Reed (D) 24.8% 43,409
Sam Aanestad (R) 14.4% 25,224
Michael Dacquisto (R) 6% 10,530
Pete Stiglich (R) 5.8% 10,258
Nathan Arrowsmith (D) 4.9% 8,598
Gary Allen Oxley (NPP) 3.4% 5,901
Gregory Cheadle (R) 2.8% 4,939
Total Votes 175,386


See also: California State Senate elections, 2010

La Malfa advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Rick Keene in the June 8 primary. He then defeated Lathe Gill in the November 2 general election.[12][13]

California State Senate, District 4 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Doug La Malfa (R) 226,239
Lathe Gill (D) 105,460
California State Senate, District 4 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Doug La Malfa (R) 60,460
Rick Keene (R) 43,873

Campaign donors

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.[14]

Doug LaMalfa's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (California, District 1) Won $872,995
Grand Total Raised $872,995


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

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.[15]


In 2010, La Malfa raised $564,432 in contributions. [16]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
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

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, LaMalfa is a "centrist Republican follower" as of June 4, 2013.[17]

Lifetime voting record

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

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.[18]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[19]

Voting with party


The website Open Congress 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.[20]


LaMalfa and his wife, Jill, have four children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mike Thompson
U.S. House, California, District 1
January 3, 2013-Present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Samuel Aanestad
California State Senate District 4
2010-August 31, 2012
Succeeded by
Jim Nielsen (R)