|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from California's 1st district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2013
|Preceded by||Mike Thompson|
|Member of the California State Senate|
from the 4th district
December 6, 2010 – August 31, 2012
|Preceded by||Sam Aanestad|
|Succeeded by||Jim Nielsen|
|Member of the California State Assembly|
from the 2nd district
December 2, 2002 – November 30, 2008
|Preceded by||Richard Dickerson|
|Succeeded by||Jim Nielsen|
Douglas Lee LaMalfa
July 2, 1960
Oroville, California, U.S.
|Political party||California Republican|
|Residence||Richvale, California, U.S.|
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (BS)
Douglas Lee LaMalfa (born July 2, 1960) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for California's 1st congressional district since 2013. A member of the Republican Party, his district, the second-largest in the state after the 8th, covers nearly all of interior Northern California, including Chico, Redding, Susanville and Truckee.
A native of Oroville, LaMalfa was the California State Assemblyman for the 2nd district from 2002 to 2008 and California State Senator from the 4th district from 2010 to 2012.
LaMalfa is a fourth-generation rice farmer and lifelong Northern California resident. He graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor's degree in ag/business. He, his wife, Jill, and their four children make their home on the family rice farm in Richvale, a rural unincorporated community south of Chico.
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 was reelected 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 the courts overturned that initiative, he was an early supporter of and active in the Proposition 8 campaign.
LaMalfa opposed Mike Feuer's microstamping bill, AB 1471, which Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law on October 13, 2007.
LaMalfa was a co-author of ACA 20, which 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, LaMalfa 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, LaMalfa 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, 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. He said that Governor Jerry 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 bypass the Electoral College, saying, "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 13 terms. Hours after his annoucement, Republican consultant Dave Gilliard told Flash Report that Herger had endorsed LaMalfa as his successor. Herger's district was renumbered the 1st in the 2010 round of redistricting. LaMalfa's state senate district covered much of Herger's congressional district's western portion.
LaMalfa finished first in the June 2012 Republican primary election with 38% of the vote in an eight-person race, winning 10 of the district's 11 counties.
On November 6, 2012, LaMalfa defeated Democratic Party nominee Jim Reed 57%–43%.
LaMalfa defeated Democratic nominee Heidi Hall in the general election with 61% of the vote.
In the 2016 general election, LaMalfa defeated Democratic nominee Jim Reed with 59.1% of the vote.
LaMalfa defeated Democratic nominee Audrey Denney in the general election. In the hotly contested race, his campaign sent out an attack mailer showing a falsified picture of Denney signing a document supposedly endorsing Nancy Pelosi and liberal Democrats. Denney uploaded the original photograph to her campaign website in February 2018 to show her signing a promise to oppose campaign contributions from the petroleum industry. LaMalfa's campaign altered the wording on the document for their mailer.
In 2012, LaMalfa said, "I think there's a lot of bad science behind what people are calling global warming." In 2014, during a candidate forum where the previous speaker stated that once we get past the debate about climate change, a debate about solutions can start, LaMalfa said, "The climate of the globe has been fluctuating since God created it".
in 2017, LaMalfa said, "I don’t buy the idea that manmade activity is responsible." In 2018, in the midst of wildfires, LaMalfa said, "I'm not going to quibble here today about whether it's man, or sunspot activity, or magma causing ice shelves to melt.”
During President Donald Trump's first impeachment, LaMalfa voted against impeachment, believing that Trump did not do anything that warranted impeachment, including during his phone call with the president of Ukraine.
After Trump lost the 2020 election and refused to concede, LaMalfa falsely claimed that "the circumstances surrounding this presidential election point to a fraudulent outcome." In December 2020, LaMalfa was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives who signed an amicus brief in support of Texas v. Pennsylvania, a lawsuit filed at the United States Supreme Court contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which Joe Biden defeated Trump. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case on the basis that Texas lacked standing under Article III of the Constitution to challenge the results of an election held by another state.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement that called signing the amicus brief an act of "election subversion." She also reprimanded LaMalfa and the other House members who supported the lawsuit: "The 126 Republican Members that signed onto this lawsuit brought dishonor to the House. Instead of upholding their oath to support and defend the Constitution, they chose to subvert the Constitution and undermine public trust in our sacred democratic institutions." New Jersey Representative Bill Pascrell, citing section three of the 14th Amendment, called for Pelosi to not seat LaMalfa and the other Republicans who signed the brief supporting the suit, arguing that "the text of the 14th Amendment expressly forbids Members of Congress from engaging in rebellion against the United States. Trying to overturn a democratic election and install a dictator seems like a pretty clear example of that."
On January 7, 2021, following the storming of the U.S. Capitol building by Trump supporters, LaMalfa and six other California representatives voted to reject the certification of Pennsylvania's electoral votes in the 2020 presidential election.
From 1995 to 2016, LaMalfa received the largest amount of money from agricultural subsidies (over $1.7 million) in the history of Congress. As a member of the House Agricultural Committee, he oversees farm subsidies. In 2017, his spokesman, Parker Williams, said 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.
LaMalfa has a B+ rating from NumbersUSA, an organization that opposes illegal immigration.
In June 2021, LaMalfa was one of 14 House Republicans to vote against legislation to establish June 19, or Juneteenth, as a federal holiday.
In 2014, the Human Rights Campaign named LaMalfa one of the most "anti-LGBT" politicians in Congress. He does not support same-sex marriage and has said that legalizing it would "open the floodgates" for polygamy to be legalized. He has said that 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 said, "California is just a sieve on its voter security" but denied that his own district had "illegal votes" because it does not "have the demographics that would be a really big push of that."
LaMalfa's website states that he is "proud to have earned an A rating and the endorsements of the NRA and Gun Owners of America." He has received $13,500 from the NRA.
LaMalfa voted in favor of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. According to him, the bill will enable his constituents to save more money and give them tax relief. He said that the bill will give a "booster shot to the U.S. economy", enable businesses to hire more workers, and cause more products to be made in the USA, especially in Redding.
|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 1st Congressional District Primary Election, 2018|
|Republican||Doug LaMalfa (inc.)||98,354||51.7|
|Democratic||Jessica Jones Holcombe||22,306||11.7|
|Republican||Gregory Edward Cheadle||11,660||6.1|
|California 1st Congressional District Election, 2018|
|Republican||Doug LaMalfa (inc.)||160,046||54.9|
LaMalfa is married to Jill LaMalfa. They have three children. LaMalfa commutes weekly from California to Washington, D.C. He is an owner and manager of the Dsl Lamalfa Family Partnership, which owns and operates the family rice farm in Richvale, California. LaMalfa and Jill run the farm, with Jill taking lead when LaMalfa is in Washington.