David Valadao

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David Valadao
David Valadao, official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg
Former U.S. Representative from California's 21st Congressional District
From: January 3, 2013 – January 3, 2019
Predecessor Devin Nunes
Successor T.J. Cox
Party Republican
Spouse(s) Terra Valadao
Religion Roman Catholic[1]

David Goncalves Valadao (born April 14, 1977, age 46) is a former member of the United States House of Representatives from California, having served from the 21st congressional district from 2013 to 2019. However, despite being defeated for re-election in 2018, he won a rematch in 2020 to serve for the 117th Congress.

U.S. House of Representatives

2012 election

Valadao won election to the United States House of Representatives in 2012, defeating Democrat John Hernandez by 15% of the vote.[2]

2014 election

Rep. Valadao handily won re-election in 2014 with 57.8% of the vote.[3]

2016 election

Valadao won re-election in 2016, defeating Democrat Emilio Huerta by over 10% of the vote.[4]

2018 election

Due to a blue wave in the 2018 midterm elections, Valadao lost his re-election bid to Democrat T.J. Cox by less than 1% of the vote.[5]

2020 election

Valadao ran in the 2020 U.S. House elections to gain back his old seat.


In the primary held on March 3, 2020 (in California state law, a single primary is held for all candidates regardless of party affiliation), Valadao finished first place with just over 50% of the vote, while Cox finished second with less than 40%.[6]

General election

The general election was rated by Inside Elections as "tilt" Democrat,[7] while Politico and The Cook Political Report have rated it as a "tossup".[8][9]

Valadao defeated Rep. Cox by a narrow margin to take back the House seat.[10]

Political positions

Ranked overall as a relatively strong conservative by GovTrack,[11] Valadao's only notable liberal position is on immigration, being an outspoken advocate of immigration “reform”[12][13] and having received a “D+” rating from NumbersUSA.[14] He supports mass-amnesty for illegal aliens.[15]

He voted for Trump's second impeachment along with 9 other House Republicans. He also voted for Pelosi's witch-hunt Commission.[16]

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