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Jeff Denham
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U.S. House, California, District 10
Incumbent
In office
2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorGeorge Radanovich (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$4,013,333
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
California State Senate
2002-2010
Education
Bachelor'sCalifornia Polytechnic State University
Associate'sVictor Valley Junior College
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service1984-1988
Personal
BirthdayJuly 29, 1967
Place of birthHawthorne, California
ProfessionBusinessman
Net worth$3,200,000
ReligionPresbyterian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Jeffrey John "Jeff" Denham (b. July 29, 1967) is a Republican member of the U.S. House representing California's 10th congressional district. Denham was first elected to the House in 2010.

Denham won re-election[1] in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 10th District. He defeated Jose Hernandez (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2] He was displaced from the 19th district by redistricting.

Denham's political career began with his service in the California State Senate from 2002 to 2010.

Denham filed a "Statement of Intention" to run for Lieutenant Governor of California in the 2014 elections.[3]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Denham is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Denham was born in Hawthorne, California. He earned his A.A. from Victor Valley Junior College in 1989 and a B.A. from California Polytechnic State University in 1992.[4]

Career

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

  • 1984-1988: United States Air Force
  • 1988-2000: United States Air Force Reserve
  • 2002-2010: California State Senate
  • 2011-Present: U.S. House of Representatives

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Denham serves on the following committees:[6]

2011-2012

Denham served on the following committees:[7]

State Senate

2009-2010


Senator Denham announces his run for Lt. Governor

Denham served on these legislative committees:

Issues

Legislative scorecard

Capitol Weekly, California's major weekly periodical covering the state legislature, publishes an annual legislative scorecard to pin down the political or ideological leanings of every member of the legislature passed on how they voted on an assortment of bills in the most recent legislative session. The 2009 scores were passed on votes on 19 bills, but did not include how legislators voted on the Proposition 1A (2009). On the scorecard, "100" is a perfect liberal score and "0" is a perfect conservative score. [13],[14]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Denham ranked as a 17. [15]

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Jeff Denham endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [16]

Campaign themes

2012

Denham's campaign website listed the following issues:[17]

  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "Americans need improved access to greater quality and more affordable healthcare. While we have the best trained medical professionals and the most technologically advanced facilities and equipment, our health care system is too complex and exclusive, and many individuals fall through the cracks."
  • Protecting Medicare Benefits For Our Seniors
Excerpt: "I won’t support any plan that will rob our seniors of the Medicare benefits they have paid into for their entire lives. They have earned those benefits. I want to guarantee that anyone over the age of 55 will see the benefits they deserve."
  • Economy and Jobs
Excerpt: "Currently, the unemployment rate in the San Joaquin Valley rests at an unacceptable 17 percent. We can turn this around and restore jobs to the Valley but it will require the adoption of pro-growth policies."
  • Veterans
Excerpt: "I am proud to have served my country in the United States Air Force, and I have tremendous respect for America’s military men and women who have consistently served our country with honor and valor."
  • Defense
Excerpt: "The most important duty of Congress is to provide for the defense of our nation. We must be prepared to fully support the needs of our troops in the field while preparing to meet future threats. These threats will come from other nations as well as terrorist networks that continue to threaten our way of life."

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Denham 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 one 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.[18]

King Amendment

Voted "No" 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.[19][20][21]

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.[21]Denham was one of the six Republican members who voted against the amendment.[20]

The amendment would effectively demand the government force out "Dreamers" who came to the U.S. as children.[21] 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.[22] 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.[23][21]

Elections

2014

See also: California lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2014

Denham filed a "Statement of Intention" to run for Lieutenant Governor of California in the 2014 elections.[24]

Denham 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.[25]

2012

See also: California's 10th congressional district elections, 2012

Denham won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 10th District as a Republican.[1][26] He was displaced from the 19th district by redistricting. He and Jose Hernandez (D) advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Mike Barkley (D), Chad Condit (Ind), and Troy Wayne McComak (Ind). They faced off in the November 6, 2012, general election.[27][28]

U.S. House, California District 10 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Denham Incumbent 52.7% 110,265
     Democratic Jose Hernandez 47.3% 98,934
Total Votes 209,199
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


U.S. House, California District 10 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Denham (R) Incumbent 49.2% 45,779
Green check mark transparent.pngJose Hernandez (D) 28% 26,072
Chad Condit (NPP) 15% 13,983
Michael Barkley (D) 5.4% 5,028
Toroy Wayne McComak (NPP) 2.3% 2,114
Total Votes 92,976

Full history


2006

In 2006 Denham was elected to the California State Senate, District 12. He finished with 90,288 votes while his opponent Wiley Nickel (D) finished with 65,130 votes.[30] Denham raised $2,372,472 in campaign funds.

California State Senate, District 12
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png Jeff Denham (R) 90,288
Wiley Nickel (D) 65,130

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Denham is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Denham raised a total of $4,013,333 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[31]

Jeff Denham's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (California, District 10) Won $2,756,588
2010 US House (California, District 19) Won $1,256,745
Grand Total Raised $4,013,333

2012

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

Denham won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Denham's campaign committee raised a total of $2,756,588 and spent $2,647,697.[32]

2010

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

Denham won election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Denham's campaign committee raised a total of $1,256,745 and spent $1,208,461.[33]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House, California District 19, 2010 - Jeff Denham Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,256,745
Total Spent $1,208,461
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $44,492
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $46,862
Top contributors to Jeff Denham's campaign committee
Copart Inc$19,200
RC Farms$14,400
Tanimura & Antle$14,400
Blue Cross/Blue Shield$10,000
Every Republican is Crucial PAC$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Crop Production & Basic Processing$152,864
Casinos/Gambling$73,200
Leadership PACs$56,756
Automotive$47,800
Real Estate$44,991

2006

In 2006 Denham raised $2,372,472 in campaign donations. His top four donors are listed below.[34]

Donor Amount
Merced County Republican Party $148,010
Stanislaus County Republican Central CMTE $139,500
Monterey County Republican Party $125,000
California Republican Party $102,500

2008 recall

Main article: Jeff Denham recall

Denham faced a recall election in 2008 on June 3, which he overwhelmingly survived.

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Denham is a "rank-and-file Republican" as of June 2013.[35]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Denham missed 33 of 1,695 roll call votes from January 2011 to March 2013. This amounts to 1.9%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[36]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Denham paid his congressional staff a total of $907,508 in 2011. He ranked 123rd on the list of the lowest paid Republican Representative Staff Salaries and he ranked 152nd 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.[37]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Denham's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,000,002 and $5,399,999. That averages to $3,200,000, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth did not change from 2010.[38]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Denham's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,000,002 and $5,399,999. That averages to $3,200,000.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[39]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Denham ranked 163rd in the conservative rankings in 2012.[40]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Denham ranked 71st in the conservative rankings.[41]

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Jeff Denham has voted with the Republican Party 96.4% of the time, which ranked 139th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[42]

Personal

Denham and his wife, Sonia, have two children.

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External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
  2. Roll Call "Astronaut Challenging Freshman Jeff Dunham," Accessed March 3, 2012
  3. California Secretary of State, "Campaign Finance:Statement of Intention," accessed November 27, 2012
  4. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Jeff Denham"
  5. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Jeff Denham"
  6. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  7. United States Representative Jeff Denham, Proudly Serving You in Congress "Committees and Caucuses"
  8. Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development committee membership list
  9. Senate Education committee membership list
  10. Senate Standing Committee on Food and Agriculture
  11. Senate Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs
  12. Senate Standing Committee on Government Organization
  13. Capitol Weekly, "Capitol Weekly's Legislative Scorecard", December 17, 2009
  14. Fox and Hounds Daily, "Random Thoughts on the Political Scene", December 18, 2009
  15. Capitol Weekly", Downloadable 2009 Capitol Weekly State Legislative Scorecard
  16. The Hill, "Romney earns endorsement of freshman Rep. Jeff Denham," March 27, 2012
  17. Campaign website, Issues
  18. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  19. LA Times "GOP rejects Dream Act-like deportation deferrals" accessed June 10, 2013
  20. 20.0 20.1 U.S. House "Final Vote Results" accessed June 10, 2013
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 Huffington Post "Steve King Amendment Passes House To Deport More Dreamers" accessed June 10, 2013
  22. Fox News "House votes to resume deporting young DREAM Act immigrants" accessed June 10, 2013
  23. Huffington Post "Steve King's Amendment To The Immigration Bill Worsens The GOP's Latino Problem " accessed June 10, 2013
  24. California Secretary of State, "Campaign Finance:Statement of Intention," accessed November 27, 2012
  25. The Washington Post, "11 House Republicans named to incumbent-protection program," April 22, 2013
  26. Roll Call "Astronaut Challenging Freshman Jeff Dunham," Accessed March 3, 2012
  27. California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
  28. Unofficial election results
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. California State Senate official election results
  31. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Jeff Denham," Accessed March 22, 2013
  32. Open Secrets "Jeff Denham 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  33. Open Secrets "Jeff Denham 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 3, 2011
  34. Campaign donors
  35. Gov Track "Jeff Denham," Accessed June 7 2013
  36. GovTrack, "Jeff Denham," Accessed April 2, 2013
  37. LegiStorm "Jeff Denham"
  38. OpenSecrets.org, "Denham, (D-Cali), 2011"
  39. OpenSecrets.org, "Denham, (D-Cali), 2010"
  40. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  41. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  42. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
George Radanovich
U.S. House of Representatives - California
2011-Present
Succeeded by
'
Preceded by
'
California State Senate, District 12
2002-2010
Succeeded by
Anthony Cannella