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 45) 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[edit]

2012 election[edit]

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

2014 election[edit]

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

2016 election[edit]

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

2018 election[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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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