Birthdate: June 21, 1947
Birth Place: Coronado, CA, United States
Residence: Costa Mesa, CA
First Elected: 1988
District: District 48
Dana Rohrabacher was born in Coronado, Calif., and now lives in Costa Mesa. He earned a bachelor's in 1969 from California State University-Long Beach and a master's in 1971 from the University of Southern California.
He worked as a journalist and was a White House speechwriter during President Ronald Reagan's administration. He is an avid surfer. He also sings and plays the guitar.
He was elected to the U.S. House in 1988.
Rohrabacher and his wife, Rhonda, who manages his congressional campaigns, have triplets.
Dana Rohrabacher has endeared himself to many in his conservative Orange County district by taking positions against taxes and government services for illegal immigrants.
After President Barack Obama approved the Dream Act in 2012 that would give amnesty to the undocumented children of illegal immigrants, Rohrabacher called it a betrayal to American youth. He vowed to garner support for the HALT Act, legislation that would bar illegal immigrants from receiving government benefits, especially health care and education.
Rohrabacher won 66 percent of the vote in the June 2012 primary, and will face Democrat Ron Varasteh in the November general election.
He has a strong libertarian streak and is one of a few Republicans in the U.S. House to argue passionately in favor of medical marijuana.
Shortly before the Iraq war was declared officially over in December 2011, Rohrabacher called the U.S. experience there a waste of American lives and money and that no more U.S. money should be spent there. "Who cares about whether their police are good or not? Let them determine whether their police are good or not, and let them spend the money and make the commitment to do that themselves," he said.
He was a critic of an April 2008 House vote that more than tripled _ to $50 billion over five years _ the funding for a program fighting AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis in Africa and other stricken areas. Rohrabacher called the plan "irrational generosity" and "benevolence gone wild."
He is among a shrinking minority of lawmakers who still disputes the existence of global warming.
Rohrabacher sponsored a bill in June 2010 calling for the establishment of what the bill calls a "planetary defense" commission to protect the planet from "near Earth objects."
Rohrabacher's longtime friendship with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff earned him a few headlines in 2005 and 2006. After Abramoff pleaded guilty to federal charges, Rohrabacher was the only member of Congress to write a letter to the court asking for leniency.
Rohrabacher was given the Family Research Council's True Blue Award for voting to ban so-called partial-birth abortions, fund programs that promote abstinence and marriage, prevent abortions in military hospitals and encourage faith-based initiatives.
Rohrabacher opposed the 2009 economic stimulus bill. He decried the 2010 health care reform bill and President Obama's immigration reform proposals. He called for the health care reform's full repeal after the Supreme Court upheld it in 2012.
Source: Associated Press