Jeff Denham

Jeff Denham

CALIFORNIA's 10th DISTRICT

Executive action

2014/11/21

Dear Friend, Last night, President Obama announced his decision to bypass Congress and take executive action on immigration. Our broken immigration system desperately needs to be permanently and statutorily fixed. I have long and actively supported an immigration solution that will secure our border, strengthen our economy, reduce our debt, create safer communities and end the de facto amnesty we have today. That’s why I’ve cosponsored and introduced legislation to do just that and driven this message home among my colleagues on both sides of the aisle. The President’s decision to bypass Congress and ignore the U.S. Constitution will only further erode trust and create greater obstacles to a lasting fix. Congress must be involved in fixing our broken system. His actions last night deal a harsh blow to our efforts to establish real solutions. Our focus this week on the House floor was on a series of key bills designed to increase transparency at the EPA. I voted for three bills that are now being sent to the Senate: one designed to reduce delays in Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) permitting for manufacturers; one to ensure that the science behind proposed rules and guidance from the EPA is made available for independent review; and, one to require greater transparency in the selection process of the EPA’s Science Advisory Board. Here in the Valley, our farmers have seen the EPA’s overreach, whether it’s trying to regulate ponds and ditches or standing in the way of ag and manufacturing job creation. The politicized EPA has been responsible for far too many delays and breaches of the public trust. The bills I voted for this week are common-sense solutions that force the EPA to provide you with clear and transparent information. I’m sure many of you have heard Senator Feinstein’s announcement that she’s giving up on trying to pass water legislation this year.  While it’s discouraging, the horrific drought the Valley faces doesn’t allow for further delay. I will continue to work with my colleagues in the House to increase supplies, build new storage and improve the regulatory environment our water systems rely upon to make the best use of our limited supplies. This crisis demands we work until a solution is at hand and I pledge to continue to do so with anyone willing.   Yesterday I met with Ted and Bonnie Elness, who traveled from Hughson to D.C. to attend the Friends Committee on National Legislation’s Quaker Public Policy Institute. I also met with Anthony Foxx, the Secretary of Transportation, on Wednesday to discuss ways we can work together on transportation and rail issues presently at hand and in the next Congress. I appreciate the Secretary’s efforts to find common ground. Wishing you and your family a happy Thanksgiving! JEFF DENHAM Read More

Denham Statement on the President’s Executive Action

2014/11/21

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) issued the following statement on President Obama’s decision to bypass Congress and take executive action on immigration:   "Our broken immigration system desperately needs to be permanently and statutorily fixed. I have long and actively supported an immigration solution that will secure our border, strengthen our economy, reduce our debt, create safer communities and end the de facto amnesty we have today. That’s why I’ve cosponsored and introduced legislation to do just that and driven this message home among my colleagues on both sides of the aisle. “The President’s decision to bypass Congress and ignore the U.S. Constitution will only further erode trust and create greater obstacles to a lasting fix. Congress must be involved in fixing our broken system. His actions today deal a harsh blow to our efforts to establish real solutions.” Read More

Denham Votes to Keep the EPA Transparent

2014/11/20

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) today voted with the U.S. House of Representatives to increase transparency at the EPA through a bill designed to reduce delays in Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) permitting for manufactuers. Earlier this week, he voted for two bills to ensure that the science behind proposed rules and guidance from the EPA is made available for independent review and require greater transparency in the selection process of the EPA’s Science Advisory Board. “Valley farmers have seen the EPA’s overreach, whether it’s trying to regulate ponds and ditches or standing in the way of ag and manufacturing job creation,” said Rep. Denham. “The politicized EPA has been responsible for far too many delays and breaches of the public trust. The bills I’ve voted for this week are common-sense solutions that force the EPA to provide clear and transparent information to the American people.” The three bills now being sent to the Senate with Rep. Denham’s support are the Promoting New Manufacturing Act, which increases transparency and reduces permitting delays for air permits required under the Clean Air Act’s New Source Review preconstruction permitting program; the Secret Science Reform Act, which gives independent scientists a fair chance to validate the studies the EPA uses to make new regulations; and the Science Advisory Board Reform Act, which strengthens public participation and expands transparency requirements in the board member selection process.  Read More

Making Sure Girls Count

2014/11/19

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) today supported the Girls Count Act of 2014, a bill authorizing the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development to provide assistance to improve birth registration programs worldwide, prevent discrimination against girls and women and work with developing countries to help them ensure equitable treatment of women and girls. There are nearly 230 million children under the age of five across the globe who have no birth certificate and have never been registered. Each year 51 million children are added to that number, and a disproportionate percentage of these children are girls. Without a birth certificate, girls especially in developing nations begin life at a disadvantage. Lack of documentation can make it more difficult or even impossible for a girl to receive an education, get a job or access social services. “As a father, I want my own daughter to be able to have every opportunity in the world to succeed,” said Rep. Denham. “Those opportunities that only come with documentation – like receiving health care, attending school, voting, or earning her driver’s license – should be available to girls worldwide. Our young women face terrible barriers to achievement, too often becoming victims of human trafficking, domestic slavery or forced child labor. The least we can do is give them a legal voice through registration at birth.” Read More

42,100 jobs

2014/11/14

Dear Friend, Today I joined the House is voting yet again to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. It’s past time to build. State Department estimates show that construction on the pipeline would create over 42,100 jobs. As part of an all-of-the-above energy strategy, the pipeline will help us move towards North American energy independence and boost our economic growth. TransCanada has agreed to measures that will make this the safest pipeline in history. Building is simple common sense, and it’s time for Democratic-controlled Senate to stop standing in the way of jobs for tens of thousands of Americans. Click above to view my remarks about Keystone XL pipeline safety.  I spoke on the House floor last night about some of the safety procedures TransCanada has agreed to. You can view my short speech with details on these measures here. The State Department’s most recent environmental impact statement, the second issued on the Keystone XL pipeline, concludes that not building the pipeline creates greater safety and environmental risks than building, since the necessary oil would be transported through other means if not through the pipeline. Announcements emerged this week that the President is considering taking sweeping executive action on immigration reform. Finding a real and long term solution to our broken immigration system is a priority I share with the President, but an executive order isn't real leadership and it's not a lasting reform that will give certainty to a land of immigrants. We need an American solution, not a purely political move. The President should be working with members of Congress like myself to find common legislative ground. Carolina Gonzalez has been interening in my office for the past several months and has been a great help to my staff.  It was an honor to join one of my interns, Carolina Gonzalez, at her graduation ceremony last night from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. Carolina has been a great asset to my office this semester, answering phone calls, assisting with tours and flags, and helping draft letters. My purple tie was in recognition of World Pancreatic Cancer Day and Pancreatic Cancer Action Network's Purple for a Purpose campaign. As the fourth leading cause of cancer death in men and women, we should all do everything we can do to raise awareness and contribute to efforts to fight this disease. Congratulations are in order to several Hughson High School students on their first place win in the poultry judging contest at the FFA convention in Louisville, Kentucky last month! Read more on the four-person team from Hughson here. JEFF DENHAM Read More

Denham Votes to Build Keystone Pipeline, Create Jobs

2014/11/14

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Next Congress

2014/11/07

Dear Friend, After Tuesday’s election results, I’m honored to have your support in continuing to represent the Valley. We have a lot of work ahead of us to help strengthen our economy and get our country on track to a brighter and better future. Over 300 bills focused on creating jobs, lowering energy costs and encouraging economic growth are currently languishing in the Senate after passing the House. Next Congress we’ll have an opportunity to come together on many of these solutions, passing them through both chambers and sending them to the President’s desk. I’ll keep my focus on some of the Valley’s top priorities – like long-term water solutions, helping our veterans, and jobs – going forward. I also look forward to taking on some of the country’s most pressing challenges, including:  Passing meaningful tax reform for our insanely complicated code that will make our system flatter, fairer, and easier for both businesses and families to understand; Halting the EPA’s proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule, which would give them jurisdiction to regulate miniscule bodies of water, adding another layer of bureaucracy between our farmers and their water; Reining in our runaway spending, which has brought our national debt to almost $18 trillion, by implementing responsible reforms; Harnessing our domestic energy resources by pursuing an all-of-the-above approach, lowering energy costs across the country; Fixing our broken immigration system, which has been hurting American families and businesses for generations now; Stopping the reckless spending on California’s high-speed rail system that stumbles along without a viable funding plan and ridership numbers, times and costs that match what voters approved in 2008; And putting in the long-term work it’ll take to ensure the policies and resources put in place at the VA with August’s reform law will give our veterans the care and benefits they deserve. Most of all, I intend to continue working with a bipartisan coalition of local, state and federal officials to craft and support legislation that best serves the Valley. Washington should work for you, not against you. Many of you have heard me say that my top priority for my office is customer service. My number one goal, along with my staff, is serving you. I hope you will continue to reach out to us for assistance with federal agencies, questions about how laws impact you, and feedback about how you feel about the legislation being considered in Congress. We can also help you arrange tours during visits to Washington, D.C., assist you in applying to military academies, or offer guidance on any other issue you may have. You can reach my D.C. office at 202-225-4540 and my Modesto office at 209-579-5458, and you can email me any time through my website. I’m also on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram, and I love to hear from you on other channels. Wishing you and your families a happy Veterans Day on Tuesday. JEFF DENHAM  Read More

Happy Halloween

2014/11/01

Dear Friend, I began this week seeing off several dozen veterans on their way to Washington, D.C. as part of an Honor Flight leaving Castle Airport. These men, part of the greatest generation, and their families were a pleasure to meet. Their service and sacrifice are inspiring, and it is a joy to see them visit the memorials dedicated to them. You can view more photos of the veterans and their families through my Facebook page. On Tuesday, I hosted the Honorable Han Dong-man, consul general of the Republic of Korea, for a Korean War Medal Presentation at CSU Stanislaus in Turlock. The Consul General and I awarded “Ambassador for Peace” medals and certificates to over a hundred Korean War vets. Some received medals posthumously, with family members accepting the awards in their place. Young cadets from the Stanislaus Military Academy served as escorts to help the Korean War vets across the stage and many of the veterans brought children and grandchildren with them. It was an honor to be with so many brave men and women who served our nation in Korea, and to see young people showing appreciation for their service. The Turlock Journal’s story about the presentation has more details from several of the vets in attendance. It was great to visit with the Korean War veterans at Tuesday's ceremony.  I donated a new flag, first flown over the U.S. Capitol, to the Ripon Chamber of Commerce this week. Thanks to the Ripon Fire Department for letting me borrow their ladder to hang the flag! I spoke to members of the Modesto Rotary Club about some of the most pressing issues to our area – alleviating our water crisis and creating jobs here at home were two topics of interest. My staff, my wife Sonia and I visited the Modesto Gospel Mission bright and early on Wednesday morning to provide breakfast for the center’s occupants. We enjoyed meeting many of the people staying at the center and serving them a square meal to start the day. I visited Walnut Elementary Education Center in Turlock to honor Brett Sutterly, who in August received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Education (PIAEE) for his contribution to environmental protection and helping the school go green. On Wednesday I stopped by Daniel Savage Elementary School to talk to their 6th grade social studies classes about life as a Congressman. I’m looking forward to another busy week at home. Don’t forget to go to the polls on Tuesday! Happy Halloween! JEFF DENHAM P.S. Congrats to the San Francisco Giants on their World Series win! Read More

Denham Announces November 2014 Mobile District Office Hours

2014/10/29

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) today announced Mobile District Office Hours for the month of November 2014. Mobile District Office Hours are an opportunity for 10th district residents to meet with the congressman and staff to hear more about his work in Washington, D.C. and the Central Valley, have their questions answered or get help with specific casework. MDOs are hosted by staff and when possible by Rep. Denham. Staff members are available to assist 10th district residents with casework on matters including Medicare, Veteran’s Affairs, Social Security, the Internal Revenue Service and other federal legislation. Additional information is available through Rep. Denham’s website and the schedule for the month is provided below. Regular office hours are open to the public and no appointment is necessary. Schedule is subject to change throughout the year; any alterations will be posted online. For more information, please contact Rep. Denham’s Modesto district office at (209) 579-5458. Wednesday, November 5 and Wednesday, November 19 – Tracy 1-2:30 p.m. Tracy City Hall 333 Civic Center Plaza, Rm 216, Tracy, CA 95376 Thursday, November 6 – Turlock 9-10 a.m. Turlock Chamber of Commerce Conference Room 115 S. Golden State Boulevard, Turlock, CA 95380 Friday, November 7 – Oakdale 9:30-11 a.m. Oakdale Chamber of Commerce 590 N. Yosemite Avenue, Oakdale, CA 95361 *Held in conjunction with Assemblymember Kristin Olsen’s office. Friday, November 7 – Waterford 2-3:30 p.m. City of Waterford 101 E Street, Waterford, CA 95386 *Held in conjunction with Assemblymember Kristin Olsen’s office. Friday, November 7 and Friday, November 21 – Manteca 10-11:30 a.m. Manteca Chamber of Commerce 183 W. North Street #6, Manteca, CA 95336 Thursday, November 13 – Hughson 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. City of Hughson 7018 Pine Street, Hughson, CA 95326 *Held in conjunction with Assemblymember Kristin Olsen’s office. Friday, November 14 – Newman 9-10:30 a.m. City of Newman 938 Fresno Street, Newman, CA 95360 *Held in conjunction with Senator Anthony Cannella, Assemblyman Adam Gray and Supervisor Jim DeMartini’s offices. Friday, November 14 – Patterson 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. City of Patterson 1 Plaza, Patterson, CA 95363 *Held in conjunction with Senator Anthony Cannella, Assemblyman Adam Gray and Supervisor Jim DeMartini’s offices. Tuesday, November 18 – Riverbank 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Riverbank City Hall 6707 3rd Street, Riverbank, CA 95367 *Held in conjunction with Senator Cathleen Galgiani and Assemblymember Kristin Olsen’s offices. Thursday, November 20 - Modesto 2-3:30 p.m. Maddux Youth Center 615 Sierra Drive, Modesto, CA 95351 *Held in conjunction with Senator Anthony Cannella’s office. Friday, November 21 – Ceres 1-2:30 p.m. Ceres American Legion Hall 2609 Lawrence Street, Ceres, CA 95307 *Held in conjunction with Senator Anthony Cannella, Assemblyman Adam Gray and Supervisor Jim DeMartini’s offices. Tuesday, November 25 – Ripon 1-2 p.m. Ripon Chamber of Commerce 929 W Main Street, Ripon, CA Read More

The Turlock Journal: Local Korean veterans honored with Peace medal

2014/10/28

It is sometimes referred to as the “forgotten war” but on Tuesday the sacrifices of those that served during the Korean War was brought front and center for a special recognition and the awarding of Ambassador for Peace Medals to almost a hundred local veterans. The ceremony at California State University, Stanislaus brought out around 90 veterans, and a large contingency of widows, families, friends and dignitaries seeking a chance to honor the individuals who served during the Korean War. “We are here to thank the selfless commitment of those who were willing to sacrifice so much,” said Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Turlock), who hosted the ceremony. The Ambassador for Peace Medal is given to veterans in appreciation from the South Korean government. It was initially presented beginning in 1975 to veterans as a memento for those who returned to South Korea through the Revisit Program, but since that time has expanded to veterans who cannot travel to South Korea. To be eligible for the medal the veterans must have served in Korea from June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953, it is also available to veterans who have participated in United Nations peacekeeping operations until the end of 1955. “Without the sacrifice of the Korean War veterans, Korea would not be enjoying the democracy we have,” said Han Dong-Man, the Consul General of the Republic of Korea in San Francisco. Dong-Man was at the ceremony to hand out the medals and told the crowd how much the country has changed because of the service of the veterans, but that one thing would remain constant — their gratitude. “Your sacrifice and devotion will forever be recorded in history,” Dong-Man said. Eighty-three year-old John Gibson was at the ceremony to receive his well-earned medal. From 1951 to 1953, Gibson served as an ambulance driver in Korea, shuttling the wounded and dying from the front lines to the mobile hospitals. “It’s been a long time, but being here around all these guys brings up some memories,” Gibson said. “I’m glad they got around to giving us these medals. It’s been a long-time coming, and it’s something special.” The ceremony was both an honor and a sad reminder for Raymond Algeo, who served on the front lines from 1951 to 1954. “The ones that aren’t here are the ones that deserve what I got, “Algeo said of the more than 36,000 soldiers killed during the Korean War. Read More

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Congressman Jeff Denham represents the 10th District of California in the U.S. House of Representatives. His district includes all of Stanislaus County and part of San Joaquin County. He was first elected to Congress in 2010, and is currently serving a second term in the 113th Congress.

Rep. Denham’s public service career began with the U.S. Air Force, where he served for 16 years between active duty and reserve status. He fought in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Restore Hope in Iraq and Somalia, respectively.

After graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Rep. Denham worked in the agriculture industry as an almond rancher and entrepreneur. He understands the critical importance of agriculture business in cultivating California’s economy and maintaining employment.

In his work as a California State Senator from 2002-2010, Rep. Denham focused on balancing run-away spending in California and protecting taxpayer dollars from wasteful state projects. He was a proven and courageous leader in the California Senate, where he was the subject of an unsuccessful recall attempt for his refusal to vote on irresponsible budget proposals.

First and foremost, Rep. Denham is a family man. Jeff and Sonia Denham have been married for 20 years, and they have two children, Austin, 17, and Samantha, 15.

In his position as a U.S. Congressman, Rep. Denham remains focused on representing the long-term interests of California’s agricultural businesses, finding a solution to the long struggle over water storage and conveyance, transportation interests in California and fighting for the rights, protections and benefits America’s brave and heroic veterans deserve. He is also an advocate for a top-to-bottom approach to reform for our broken immigration system.


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