The Hill’s 2012 New Members Guide: Page 9 of 93

Rep. David Valadao (R-Calif.-21)

DATE OF BIRTH: April 14, 1977

BIRTHPLACE: Hanford, Calif.

RESIDENCE: Hanford, Calif.

OCCUPATION: Farmer/small-business owner

EDUCATION: Attended College of the Sequoias

PREVIOUS OFFICE HELD: California State Assembly

FAMILY: Wife; three children

David Valadao won the newly drawn 21st district in the central valley of California, running on his credentials in the dairy industry.

Since 2010, he has been a member of the state assembly, where he is vice chairman of the Agriculture Committee. He has been an advocate for updates to California’s water infrastructure.

As the managing partner of his family’s dairy company, he has led a regional leadership council for Land O’Lakes and taken a leadership role with the Milk Advisory Board. 

Valadao’s parents are immigrants from Portugal who moved to the area in the 1960s and soon started the business that Valadao manages today.

The only candidate that actually lived in the district, Valadao held on to this safe Republican district. Democratic Rep. Jim Costa, who had held the seat, ran in a different one following the redistricting process.