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|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 1st district
January 3, 2013
|Member of the California State Senate
from the 4th district
December 6, 2010 - August 31, 2012
|Member of the California State Assembly
from the 2nd district
December 2, 2002 - December 1, 2008
July 2, 1960 |
Oroville, California, U.S.
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (BS)
Douglas L. LaMalfa (born July 2, 1960) is an American politician. A Republican, he has been the U.S. Representative for California's 1st congressional district, located in Northern California, since 2013. LaMalfa previously served in the California State Assembly, representing the 2nd district, from 2002 to 2008, and he served in the California State Senate, representing the 4th district, from 2010 to 2012. In the 2016 election, he defeated Democrat Jim Reed 
LaMalfa is a fourth-generation rice farmer and a lifelong Northern California resident. He graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor's degree in Ag/Business. He and his wife, Jill, along with their four children, make their home on the family rice farm in Richvale, an unincorporated suburban community south of Chico, that was founded by his great-grandfather in 1931.
LaMalfa is an owner and manager of the Dsl Lamalfa Family Partnership, which owns and operates the family farm.
In 2002, LaMalfa ran for the California Assembly in the 2nd District. He won the Republican primary with 59% of the vote, and the general election with 67%. He won re-election in 2004 (68%) and 2006 (68%).
LaMalfa worked with Bernie Richter as an early supporter of Proposition 209, which ended affirmative action in California. He worked for passage of the Protection of Marriage Act, Proposition 22, which banned Same-sex marriage in California, and after that initiative was overturned by the courts, he was an early supporter and active in the Proposition 8 campaign.
LaMalfa was a co-author of ACA 20, which, similar to Arizona's new law, would empower law enforcement to act as Immigration, Customs Enforcement Agents and would have cracked down on illegal immigration. ACA 20 failed to pass the first hearing by a 3-to-6 vote.
In 2007, he successfully passed AB 1645, a law that would prevent seizures of firearms in the event of an emergency or natural disaster. This was the first pro-gun legislation passed and signed into law in a decade. When LaMalfa was named the California Rifle and Pistol Association's "Legislator of the Year" for 2007, he said "Receiving this award today from the California Rifle and Pistol Association is a truly humbling honor."
In 2010, he ran for the California State Senate in the 4th District. In the Republican primary, he defeated State Representative Rick Keene 58%-42%. In the general election, he defeated Lathe Gill 68%-32%.
In November 2011, LaMalfa opposed a proposed bullet train. He did so, saying "In light of the High Speed Rail plan that was submitted and that the numbers still do not work, California in this dire fiscal crisis that we're in, we're going to introduce legislation to repeal the HSR Authority and the funding for that the state was going to put forward".
LaMalfa opposed a bill that would require history teachers in all California public schools to teach history of homosexuality and gay civil rights. LaMalfa stated the Governor Brown was "out of touch with what I think are still mainstream American values. That's not the kind of stuff I want my kids learning about in public school. They've really crossed a line into a new frontier."
LaMalfa strongly opposed the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which would eliminate the Electoral College. He argued "I think this is dangerous. It flies in the face of 220 years of election law. We have an electoral college; it was put there for a reason."
In January 2012, 2nd district Congressman Wally Herger announced that he was retiring after thirteen terms. Hours after Herger announced his retirement, Republican consultant Dave Gilliard told Flash Report that Herger had endorsed LaMalfa as his successor in the district, which was renumbered as the 1st District in the 2010 round of redistricting. LaMalfa finished first in the June 2012 primary election with 38% of the vote in an eight-person race, winning 10 out of the district's 11 counties.
LaMalfa voted in favor of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. According to LaMalfa, the bill will enable his constituents to save more money and provide them tax relief. He says that the tax bill will give a "booster shot to the U.S. economy". He believes that the bill enable businesses to hire more workers and that there will be more products made in the USA as a result, especially in Redding.
Oroville, which is in LaMalfa's district, experienced a severe crisis that resulted in an evacuation in February 2017. Although there had been warnings about the dam's safety and integrity for years, a report indicates federal officials "ignored warnings." During the crisis, he compared the dam to "a car that has a spare tire on it" and argued to evacuees that there was no "immediate danger."
In March 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released a report on the dam. According to experts, the dam is riddled with damage and design flaws and will take years to repair. Although LaMalfa had stated during the crisis that he would be focused "without delay" on "working on the infrastructure", news reports recently surfaced that repairs to the main spillway would be "nearly impossible" to complete by the deadline of November 1, 2017. There have been disputes over the right water level for the dam, with some experts stating less water should be stored.
From 1995 to 2016, LaMalfa was the recipient of the largest amount of money from agricultural subsidies: over $1.7 million. As a member of the House Agricultural Committee, he oversees farm subsidies. In 2017, his spokesman, Parker Williams, stated that LaMalfa "voted to end direct farm subsidy payments in the very first farm bill he worked on" and that a new farm bill proposed does not provide subsidies for rice grown in California, a crop that LaMalfa farms.
In 2014, LaMalfa was named one of the most "anti-LGBT" politicians in congress by the Human Rights Campaign. He does not believe in same-sex marriage and feared that legalizing it would "open the floodgates" for polygamy to be legalized. He believes marriage is "an institution created by God and supposed to be held up and respected by men. And women." He endorsed the First Amendment Defense Act.
LaMalfa has a "F" rating from NORML regarding his voting record on cannabis-related matters. He supports measures to keep marijuana as a controlled substance. He voted against allowing veterans access to medical marijuana, if legal in their state, per their Veterans Health Administration doctor's recommendation.
He stated that "California is just a sieve on its voter security" but does not think his own district had "illegal votes" because it does not "have the demographics that would be a really big push of that."
|California Assembly 2nd District Republican Primary Election, 2002|
|California Assembly 2nd District Election, 2002|
|California Assembly 2nd District Election, 2004|
|Republican||Doug LaMalfa (inc.)||115,651||64.90|
|California Assembly 2nd District Election, 2006|
|Republican||Doug LaMalfa (inc.)||95,723||68.10|
|Peace and Freedom||Phil Dynan||3,474||2.40|
|California Senate 4th District Republican Primary Election, 2010|
|California Senate 4th District Election, 2010|
|California 1st Congressional District Primary Election, 2012|
|Independent||Gary Allen Oxley||5,901||3.40|
|California 1st Congressional District Election, 2012|
|California 1st Congressional District Primary Election, 2014|
|Republican||Doug LaMalfa (inc.)||75,317||53.40|
|California 1st Congressional District Election, 2014|
|Republican||Doug LaMalfa (inc.)||132,052||61.00|
|California 1st Congressional District Primary Election, 2016|
|Republican||Doug LaMalfa (inc.)||86,136||40.80|
|Republican||Gary Allen Oxley||6,885||3.30|
|California 1st Congressional District Election, 2016|
|Republican||Doug LaMalfa (inc.)||185,448||59.05|
|California State Assemblymember
|California State Senator
December 6, 2010 - August 31, 2012
|U.S. House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 1st congressional district
January 3, 2013 - present
|Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)|
Ann McLane Kuster
|United States Representatives by seniority