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Douglas L LaMalfa
Birthdate: July 2, 1960
Birth Place: Oroville, CA, United States
Residence: Richvale, CA
District: District 1
Undergraduate: California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo
Doug LaMalfa, a fourth generation rice farmer, grew up in Oroville, Calif., and lives in Richvale. He earned a bachelor's in agriculture and business from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo.
LaMalfa has lived in California's agricultural Central Valley for most of his adult life. He was elected to the California Assembly in 2002 and left in 2008 due to term limits. In 2010 he was elected to the state Senate.
He and his wife, Jill, have four children.
Doug LaMalfa, who often appears in a cowboy hat and button-down work shirt, is a staunch Republican with deep roots in California's agricultural Central Valley.
He was elected to the State Assembly in 2002 and left in 2008 due to term limits. In 2010 he was elected in a landslide to the state Senate.
In 2012, long-time congressional representative Wally Herger announced that he was retiring and endorsed LaMalfa as his successor. He previously endorsed LaMalfa for his state Senate seat, saying the rice farmer "epitomizes the values we share" because of his agricultural ties.
LaMalfa won the congressional primary handily in June 2012 and continued campaigning on a platform of small government and protection of agricultural interests.
During the primary campaign, LaMalfa's Republican opponents attacked him for accepting more than $4 million in federal subsidies for his rice farm.
An active leader in Northern California agriculture, Doug has served on numerous rice and agricultural boards and commissions.
During his time in the Legislature, LaMalfa consistently fought new taxes and defended Proposition 13, which limits property taxes. He worked to pass an anti-affirmative action ballot measure and a measure banning same-sex marriage.
LaMalfa also helped place initiatives on the ballot to protect Californians from eminent domain.
He has opposed environmental regulations that he characterizes as burdensome. He has been especially outspoken against regulation that reduces water supply to farms in order to protect threatened species. He has advocated for developing more water storage.
LaMalfa has signed a pledge to repeal the Affordable Care Act if elected. During his time in the Legislature, he opposed a state bill that would have required some business owners to provide their workers with health insurance. He has also picked a fight with Democrats in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., over high-speed rail.
Source: Associated Press
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