MODESTO — United States Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA) today announced his candidacy for reelection to the House of Representatives. Denham is running in the new 10th congressional district, which includes all of Stanislaus County and part of San Joaquin County.
“It has been a tremendous privilege to serve as the Valley’s representative in the House of Representatives for the last year,” said Denham. “With the support of the people of the 10th district, I look forward to continuing my work to improve our economy, protect our farms and small businesses, increase water storage and delivery and reduce debt and wasteful spending.”
Denham is a Valley almond farmer, small businessman and Air Force veteran who was first elected to Congress in 2010. In Congress, he has emerged as a leading voice for fiscal responsibility and debt reduction, according to a news release from his office. His “Civilian Property Realignment Act” is a significant piece of legislation that will improve the management of federal property, shrink the federal government’s footprint and save taxpayers billions of dollars.
“I believe the federal government is too big, too intrusive and out of touch with the needs of the people,” Denham said in the release. “The greatness of America does not come from our institutions in Washington, it comes from the goodness, hard work, innovation and patriotism of the American people.”
Denham has proven to be a strong campaigner with wide appeal across party lines, the release said. In his first State Senate election, Denham won a seat that had a 15 percentage point Democratic advantage. In 2008 he handily beat back an attempt by liberal special interests to recall him after he refused to support a state budget that was out of balance and spent too much.
Denham said that the Valley’s economy will continue to be a focus of his efforts.
“The federal government’s tax and regulatory policies hamper economic growth and are especially harmful to small businesses and farmers, who provide most of the jobs in the Central Valley,” said Denham. “No nation in history has taxed or regulated itself to prosperity.”
Denham serves on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure where he chairs the Subcommittee on Economic Development. He also sits on the Natural Resources Committee, and the Veterans’ Affairs Committee. He and his wife, Sonia, have been married for 17 years and they have two children.