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Rep. David Valadao

Former Representative for California’s 21st District

pronounced DAY-vid // vel-uh-DAY-oh

Valadao was the representative for California’s 21st congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2013 to 2018.

Photo of Rep. David Valadao [R-CA21, 2013-2018]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Valadao.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Valadao is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2018 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Valadao sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2013 to Dec 21, 2018. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

United States Chamber of Commerce: 100% Americans for Prosperity: 79% FreedomWorks: 55% The Club for Growth: 45% NumbersUSA: 28% Human Rights Campaign: 20% The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: D League of Conservation Voters: 11% American Civil Liberties Union: 4% NIAC Action: F

Enacted Legislation

Valadao was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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Does 1 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Valadao sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Water Resources Development (35%) Taxation (15%) Agriculture and Food (10%) International Affairs (10%) Crime and Law Enforcement (10%) Government Operations and Politics (10%) Armed Forces and National Security (10%)

Recent Bills

Some of Valadao’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Valadao voted Nay

Passed 217/185 on Dec 20, 2018.

This bill is the vehicle for passage for government funding to avert a partial government shutdown on Friday, December 21, 2018. On December 19, the ...

Valadao voted No

Failed 193/231 on Jun 21, 2018.

This bill would make sweeping changes to laws governing legal and illegal immigration. For legal immigration, it would end the diversity program and chain migration ...

Valadao voted Aye

Passed 218/208 on Jun 18, 2015.

This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. ...

Valadao voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

Valadao voted Nay

Valadao voted Nay

Valadao voted Yea

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

Valadao voted Nay

Valadao voted Aye

Valadao voted Nay

Valadao voted Nay

Passed 217/210 on Sep 19, 2013.

This evening’s House vote on the food assistance program SNAP is significant not only in the size of the cuts proposed but also by separating ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2013 to Dec 2018, Valadao missed 38 of 3,739 roll call votes, which is 1.0%. This is better than the median of 2.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2018. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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