Jeff Denham

Jeff Denham


Denham Announces May 2016 Mobile District Office Hours


WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) today announced Mobile District Office Hours for the month of May 2016. 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, May 4 and May 18 – Tracy
1-2 p.m.
Tracy City Hall
333 Civic Center Plaza, Rm 216, Tracy, CA 95376

Friday, May 6 and May 20 – Manteca
10-11 a.m.        
Manteca Chamber of Commerce
183 W. North Street #6, Manteca, CA 95336
*Held in conjunction with Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen’s office.

Friday, May 6 – Waterford
2-3 p.m.           
City of Waterford
101 E Street, Waterford, CA 95386
*Held in conjunction with Senator Tom Berryhill and Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen’s offices.

Friday, May 6 – Oakdale
3:30-4:30 p.m.
State Senator Tom Berryhill's Office
102 Grove Avenue, Suite B, Oakdale, CA 95361
*Held in conjunction with Senator Tom Berryhill and Assemblywoman Olsen’s offices.

Tuesday, May 10 – Escalon
10-11 a.m.
Escalon City Hall
2060 McHenry Avenue, Escalon, CA 95320
*Held in conjunction with Senator Cathleen Galgiani and Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen’s offices.

Thursday, May 12 – Hughson
11-12 p.m.
City of Hughson
7018 Pine Street, Hughson, CA 95326
*Held in conjunction with Senator Tom Berryhill and Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen’s offices.

Thursday, May 12 – Modesto
2-3 p.m.
Housing Authority of Stanislaus County
1701 Robertson Road, Modesto, CA 95351

Friday, May 13 – Newman
9-10 a.m.
City of Newman
938 Fresno Street, Newman, CA 95360
*Held in conjunction with Senator Anthony Cannella and Assemblyman Adam Gray’s offices.

Friday, May 13 – Patterson
10:30 –11:30 a.m.
City of Patterson
1 Plaza, Patterson, CA 95363
*Held in conjunction with Senator Anthony Cannella and Assemblyman Adam Gray’s offices.

Thursday, May 19 – Riverbank
4-5 p.m.
Riverbank City Hall
6707 3rd Street, Riverbank, CA 95367
*Held in conjunction with Senator Cathleen Galgiani and Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen’s offices.

Friday, May 20 – Ceres
1-2 p.m.
State Senator Anthony Cannella’s Office
2561 Third Street, Suite A, Ceres, CA 95307
*Held in conjunction with Senator Anthony Cannella and Assemblyman Adam Gray’s offices.

Tuesday, May 24 – Ripon
1-2 p.m.
Ripon Chamber of Commerce
929 W Main Street, Ripon, CA

Wednesday, May 25 – Turlock
11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Turlock Chamber of Commerce Conference Room
115 S Golden State Blvd, CA 95380

Thursday, May 26 – Denair
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Denair Community Services District
3850 North Gratton Road, Denair, CA 95316

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Dear Friend,

This week I had the distinct honor of meeting a group of proud veterans, who visited D.C. as part of the Central Valley Honor Flight, at Arlington National Cemetery. If you’re not familiar with the tradition of honor flights, the trips are arranged to give our vets the opportunity to tour some of the monuments and memorials erected to mark their service. Meeting these vets is one of my favorite parts of the job.

This is Wayne, a WWII vet and Patterson resident.

The sacrifices these men and women have made for our country are indescribable, which is part of why it’s such a great experience to watch them experience firsthand the memorials millions of Americans have visited to remember their service and that of their fallen comrades.

As a vet myself, I am always disturbed by the failures of the VA to provide the care our vets deserve. Despite billions that I and other members of Congress have voted to allocate, and many years of effort to try to improve, we continue to fall short of President Lincoln’s mission for the VA: “to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan' by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.”

I introduced a bipartisan bill this week specifically designed to increase the level of care for disabled veterans. My bill extends a mandate, which has previously been law, that the VA report to Congress its capacity for the specialized treatment and rehabilitative needs of disabled veterans. This is a method of ensuring the VA is providing the comprehensive care our disabled vets need, since severely disabled veterans suffer from a range of issues – spinal cord injury/dysfunction (SCI/D); blindness; traumatic brain injury (TBI); mental health disorders and others. Many of these vets require specialized care, including prosthetic, orthotic and sensory aids.

My legislation is supported by Paralyzed Veterans of America, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled Americans Veterans. You can read more about this bill, including full bill text, here.

This week I voted with the House to strengthen internet privacy by requiring law enforcement to get a warrant before they can access your emails. I believe you deserve to feel that your information is secure, and this represents the first update to our privacy laws on this topic since 1986 – a time when we were all pretty sure that one computer company called Apple was going nowhere and the Berlin Wall was still in place. It's clearly time to modernize, and this bill means our texts and emails will have the same protection as our paper mail.  

On Tuesday, TID Director of Water Resources and Regulatory Affairs Steve Boyd testified in front of the Natural Resources water subcommittee about ways to harness hydropower as a clean, renewable domestic energy source.

On Wednesday I met with a group representing United Steelworkers including Jim Gulbronson, Ricardo Arias, Tommy Marsh and Alberto Romero from Modesto. We discussed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the need for smart trade policies that support American workers.

I also met with representatives of Valley Children’s Hospital to discuss issues important to children's health care and ways to ensure our kids are getting the best possible care.

As always, I’m happy to connect with you on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or Instagram. It’s great to get your feedback online, and you can always email me here or call either my D.C. (202-225-4540) or Modesto (209-579-5458) offices.

I’m looking forward to spending time at home next week – here’s hoping for rain!


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Denham, Maloney Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Aid Disabled Veterans


WASHINGTON — U.S. Representatives Jeff Denham (R-CA) and Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) today introduced a bill to ensure that the VA is taking the best possible care of disabled veterans. Their bill, H.R. 5091, extends a mandate, previously signed into law, that the VA report to Congress its capacity for the specialized treatment and rehabilitative needs of disabled veterans. 

“The number of disabled veterans nationwide has been increasing at an alarming rate,” said Rep. Denham. “This common-sense bill requires the VA to provide the comprehensive care they so clearly deserve.”

“As the son of a Navy veteran who was injured while serving our country, I know how critical it can be for our veterans to receive the best possible care when they come home,” said Rep. Maloney. “This commonsense bill will ensure we hold the VA accountable for doing their job and delivering on their promise – providing top-notch comprehensive and specialized care for our veterans who have sacrificed so much in defense of our freedoms.”

Severely disabled veterans suffer from a range of issues – spinal cord injury/dysfunction (SCI/D); blindness; traumatic brain injury (TBI); or mental health disorders. They require specialized care, including prosthetic, orthotic and sensory aids.  To ensure their needs were met, in 1996 Congress mandated that the VA maintain its capacity for the specialized treatment and rehabilitative needs of disabled veterans based on a number of specific measurements. For spinal cord injuries in particular, this capacity was to be measured by the number of staffed beds and the number of full-time employee equivalents available to provide care. The VA was also required to report this information to Congress after it was reviewed by the VA’s Office of the Inspector General.

This reporting requirement has since lapsed. This bill reinstates the requirement and encourages the VA to fulfill President Lincoln's promise “to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan' by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.”

"VA is currently not required to tell Congress how or if it has adequate capacity to provide care for catastrophically disabled veterans,” said Carl Blake, Associate Executive Director of Government Relations at Paralyzed Veterans of America. “In the eight years since the report’s expiration, bed closures, staff shortages, and denied access to care have been continuously reported. Reinstating this report will provide Congress with the information necessary to conduct thorough oversight of VA specialized services. This is a high priority for PVA and we applaud Rep. Denham for taking up such a critical issue." 

This bipartisan legislation has also earned the support of Disabled American Veterans (DAV), and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).

Rep. Denham previously introduced this bill in the 113th Congress as H.R. 4198, the Appropriate Care for Disabled Veterans Act. Full bill text is available here

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Denham Honored with Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute Award


WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) was honored this week by the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) with their 2016 Leadership in Public Service Award. Rep. Denham accepted the award during a ceremony on Wednesday, April 20 at the 12th Annual CHLI Gala.  

“I am honored to accept this award from the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute,” said Rep. Denham. “I share their commitment to advocating for the Latino community and ensuring the success of Hispanic families in California and across the country, and it was great to be with so many national leaders who have fought tirelessly for the advancement of Hispanics. I look forward to continuing to work with members of the Latino community on our many shared priorities, including access to higher education, creating jobs, and reforming our broken immigration system.”

The CHLI Leadership in Public Service Award was established to recognize truly exceptional leaders who serve as role models for the Hispanic community in the United States. Past CHLI honorees include Alvaro Uribe Velez, former President of Colombia; Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar of Spain; President Felipe Calderon of Mexico; President Porfirio Lobo of Honduras; Senator John Cornyn and Governor Jeb Bush. At this year’s ceremony, Leopoldo Lopez, a Venezuelan opposition leader who is currently a political prisoner, was recognized along with Rep. Denham and Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL).

“CHLI is privileged to be honoring U.S. Congressmen Jeff Denham and Mike Quigley, and Venezuelan pro-democracy leader Leopoldo Lopez. Our three honorees truly embody the spirit of democracy, and make us all proud,” said Lincoln Diaz-Balart, former Member of Congress and CHLI Chairman.

ABOUT CHLI: CHLI is the premier organization founded by Members of Congress to advance the Hispanic Community’s economic progress with a focus on social responsibility and global competitiveness. Founded in 2003, CHLI is dedicated to fostering a broad awareness of the diversity of thought, heritage, interests and views of Americans of Hispanic descent. CHLI programs strengthen the U.S. Hispanic community by promoting the advancement of Hispanics in all sectors of the U.S. and global economy, and it has focused its efforts on developing and strengthening tomorrow’s leaders. More information about the award is available here

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Time for transparency


Dear Friend,

This week, the House voted on a slate of bills to hold the IRS accountable and improve the customer service experience. One of the first ways we can improve the IRS is to ensure that the agency maintains a staff that delivers exceptional customer service. A Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration report found that between 2010 and 2013, the IRS had rehired hundreds of employees who had been previously fired for misconduct. This is unacceptable. This is part of why 62 million phone calls from average Americans seeking help went unanswered last year. We cannot allow the IRS to continue this mismanagement, and this is why the House voted this week to ensure that the IRS discontinues this unethical rehiring practice.

The additional IRS oversight bills that the House passed with my support include prohibiting the IRS from hiring individuals who have delinquent tax debts, restricting the IRS’ expenditure of fees for services without congressional approval, and freezing bonuses for employees of the IRS until there is a comprehensive customer service action plan reviewed and approved by Congress. I shared more of my thoughts on the kind of tax system overhaul we need in an op-ed in the Modesto Bee this week– read it here. With the 2015 tax season behind us, we can look forward to simplifying the process for everyday citizens and holding the IRS accountable, starting with the package of bills that I was proud to support this week.

On Tuesday, the Transportation and Infrastructure committee marked up my legislation to reauthorize pipeline safety programs for the next four years. The bill also closes gaps in federal safety standards and strengthens processes for pipeline projects in the future. I am happy to report that it passed the committee with bipartisan support and now heads to the floor for a vote.

Another one of my bills, the Save our Salmon (SOS) Act, received the support of the Department of Interior during a hearing with the Natural Resources committee. The SOS Act seeks to amend outdated rules and decrease the number of predator fish that eat endangered salmon species. Click here to learn more about this common sense legislation.

You may have heard about yet another EPA misuse of taxpayer dollars – recently the EPA gave federal funds to an advocacy campaign that encouraged stricter regulations on farmers. This is an outrageous misuse of your money, and I joined 144 colleagues in sending a letter to EPA Administrator McCarthy this week expressing my deep concerns about the agency’s ethics. I support ongoing investigations into the EPA’s recent engagements in lobbying and propaganda. These incidents are yet another example of the agency’s abuse of taxpayer dollars and blatant disregard for federal laws. The American people deserve transparency, cooperation and answers. I look forward to the agency’s response and hope that it is held accountable for its actions.

On Monday before votes, I joined House colleagues on a trip to visit wounded warriors at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The patriotism and sacrifice of the men and women who serve our country is unparalleled and I always appreciate spending time with our veterans. 

The San Joaquin Council of Governments was in D.C. this week and I had many meetings with them to hear from them. We discussed my priorities for 2016 and the issues affecting the Central Valley, including the need for water solutions as well as the expansion of transportation and infrastructure projects. I also brought several of my colleagues, who chair the committees on some of the most important topics for the Valley, in to speak with the group.

It’s always great to meet with Valley advocates here in D.C.

I met with Kathleen Kearns, a Turlock resident and family physician in Modesto, to discuss issues in the medical field, including mental health.

I look forward to spending some time at home this weekend before heading back to D.C. for another full week of work.

Enjoy your weekend!


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Denham Urges Investigation into EPA Abuse of Taxpayer Dollars


WASHINGTON — In a letter sent to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy this week, U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) joined colleagues in expressing his extreme concern with recent revelations that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) spent federal taxpayer dollars on a billboard accusing farmers of water pollution in Washington state.

In their letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, Rep. Denham and 144 other members of the House requested answers regarding the EPA’s decision to allocate funds to the campaign in what amounts to a clear violation of federal laws pertaining to propaganda, advocacy and lobbying efforts. The letter also expresses support for an EPA Office of Inspector General investigation into the incident as well as oversight activities conducted by the House Committee on Agriculture.

“The EPA’s blatant disregard for federal laws is extremely disturbing and should warrant a thorough investigation,” said Rep. Denham. “The American people deserve transparency, cooperation and answers.”

Using funds allocated by EPA Region 10, an advocacy group erected two billboards in Washington state directing people to a website that encouraged visitors to lobby legislators for stricter regulations on farmers and ranchers. The agency’s entanglement comes on the heels of a December investigation by the Government Accountability Office, which found the EPA guilty of “covert propaganda” and engagement in lobbying efforts while promoting its controversial “Waters of the U.S.” rule on social media.

Rep. Denham has been an outspoken critic of the EPA’s “Waters of the U.S.” rule, which would subject even the most miniscule bodies of water to federal regulation and threaten the livelihoods of thousands of Central Valley farmers and ranchers. He co-sponsored and voted in favor of H.R. 1732, the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act, and H.R. 5078, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act. Most recently, Rep. Denham cast his vote in support of S.J. Res. 22, a joint resolution between the House and Senate that nullifies the “Waters of the U.S.” rule. The rule was struck down by a federal court in October 2015.

Full text of the letter can be found here

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Denham Pipeline Safety Bill Passes Committee with Bipartisan Support


Rep. Denham on PIPES pipeline safety
Click here to view remarks online.

WASHINGTON — Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee Chairman Jeff Denham’s (R-Turlock) Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (PIPES) Act of 2016 today passed through the Transportation and Infrastructure committee with bipartisan support. Chairman Denham introduced the PIPES Act with Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA), Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR), and Railroads Subcommittee Ranking Member Michael Capuano (D-MA).

The PIPES Act, which was introduced on April 14, reauthorizes the Department of Transportation’s pipeline safety program for four years, closes gaps in federal safety standards and strengthens the rulemaking process for the the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).

“We have a responsibility and opportunity to ensure the efficiency and safety of the 2.6 million miles of pipelines transporting energy resources to Americans across the country,” said Chairman Denham. “This bipartisan legislation requires PHMSA to complete mandated safety requirements and to evaluate and report to Congress on their rulemaking process, making our pipelines safer than ever before. I’m pleased to see so much support in the committee for this bill.”

DOT’s PHMSA oversees the federal program for the safety of the nation’s gas and hazardous liquid pipelines, which account for the transportation of 64 percent of the energy commodities consumed in the United States. The previous pipeline safety authorization, which expired last year, included 42 specific directives for PHMSA to carry out to improve pipeline safety, half of which PHMSA has completed. The PIPES Act of 2016 ensures PHMSA finishes out the 2011 Act requirements.

More information, including a one-pager and full bill text of the PIPES Act, H.R. 4937, is available here

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Department of Interior Supports Denham Predation Bill


WASHINGTON — Today in testimony in front of the House Natural Resources Committee, the Department of the Interior announced support for Rep. Jeff Denham’s (R-Turlock) SOS Act, which eliminates the counterintuitive doubling requirement for predator fish created by the 1992 Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA).

In his written testimony, Tom Iseman, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science at the U.S. Department of the Interior, announced support for both the SOS Act and further modifications to the CVPIA.

“Reclamation and the Department appreciate the interest in reducing threats to the survival of listed fish in the Bay Delta,” said Iseman. “We believe that the CVPIA provides a useful framework for promoting the recovery of fish species in the Bay Delta, and its tributaries, and with the changes noted above, the Department would be pleased to support the CVPIA amendment provided by HR 4582.”

“This is bipartisan and common-sense legislation that means less money, time, and water wasted,” said Rep. Denham. “I’m pleased to see the Department of the Interior and the Obama Administration recognize its value and look forward to seeing this bill enacted into law.”

Since its introduction in February 2016, the SOS Act has received support from 15 water agencies and irrigation districts throughout California. A list of those supporting agencies can be found here.

More information, including full bill text of the SOS Act, H.R. 4582, is available here.

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Valley Water Districts Offer Support for Denham Predation Bill


WASHINGTON — Since introducing the SOS Act of 2016 in February, U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) has received support from water districts and organizations across the Valley focused on delivering water to families and farms. Rep. Denham’s bill, which eliminates the counterintuitive doubling requirement for predator fish created by the 1992 Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA), is scheduled for a hearing in the House Natural Resources committee next week.

Agencies in support of Rep. Denham’s SOS Act include the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), Friant North Authority, Friant Water Authority, Kern County Water Agency, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Modesto Irrigation District (MID), the Northern California Water Association (NCWA), Oakdale Irrigation District (OID), San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority, SJR Exchange Contractors, South San Joaquin Irrigation District (SSJID), South Valley Water Association, the Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority (TCCA), Turlock Irrigation District (TID) and Westlands Water District.

“This bill is common-sense,” said Rep. Denham. “These supporting organizations and water districts know the ins and outs of providing water to Valley families and farms and have seen firsthand the impact of our devastating drought. They recognize that the current law is counterproductive because it requires the doubling of federally protected endangered fish while also requiring the doubling of the very non-native predator species that hunt them. Ultimately, this means less water for people and more dead fish.”

Rep. Denham has previously introduced two other pieces of predation-related legislation: a bill to establish a pilot program to study predator fish on the Stanislaus River in 2013, and an amendment to make salmon and steelhead recovery plans more effective by ensuring focus on predation control efforts in 2015. Both years, his legislation passed the House.

More information, including full bill text of the SOS Act, H.R. 4582, is available here. More information on the House Natural Resources Committee hearing is available here.

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24 hours


Dear Friend,

The average American spends eight hours and over $100 filing their taxes each year. These numbers more than triple for business owners, who spend an average of twenty four hours and more than $400 to file. The term “business owners” doesn’t simply refer to large corporations, it includes small local businesses and anyone with income from freelance work or a rental property.

I don’t know about you, but I can think of a lot of other ways I could use those twenty four hours instead of filing taxes for my plastics business and or my almond farm. That’s an extra day I could spend meeting with the Central Valley residents I represent, helping veterans in our community or taking questions at townhall meetings. I could even use those hours watching my son and daughter’s sports games, spending time with my wife, or riding my Harley. My point is it’s time we all value and would prefer not to use buried in reams of paperwork.

I’ve long said that our tax code is badly in need of reform. It’s too long, too complicated and too confusing. In the last few months I’ve been proud to vote to make permanent some of the most crucial tax credits your families and businesses rely on, like the R&D tax credit and the state and local income tax credit. But ultimately our system needs a full overhaul so that our tax system is fairer, flatter and easy to decipher. Tax rates cannot simply go up forever – that’s why I’m fighting the culture of spending in Washington.

Next week I’ll be voting on a series of bills to make the IRS more accountable and improve their customer service. This is a step in the right direction and one that has the power to make the tax filing process a little less awful. And if you’re working right up to the deadline to file, here are some resources that can help.

This week brought progress on several of my legislative priorities:

  • My FAST Act, which has the potential to eliminate billions in government spending by encouraging the selling off of un-used and under-utilized federal properties, was passed through the Oversight and Government Reform committee, teeing it up to move to the full House floor.
  • My SOS Act, which eliminates the counterintuitive doubling requirement created by a 1992 Central Valley water law that forces us to spend money to save predator fish, is scheduled for a hearing in the Natural Resources committee next week.
  • I introduced a new pipeline safety bill with colleagues on the Transportation and Infrastructure committee. Pipelines represent a crucial part of our national infrastructure, and millions of American families depend on safe pipelines for transportation of the critical energy resources that fuel our homes, businesses and transportation systems. The PIPES Act will help create the safest pipeline system in history by closing gaps in federal standards and improving our ability to make effective safety rules.
  • My colleagues on the Appropriations committee released their Energy and Water appropriations bill for the next fiscal year, which provides funding for national defense nuclear weapons activities, the Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Energy (DOE) programs, and other related agencies. We succeeded in including several provisions to increase water deliveries and storage for California families and farms. Congress cannot make it rain but we can enact policies that expand our water infrastructure, allow for more water conveyance, and utilize legitimate science to ensure a reliable water supply for farmers and families.

With my support, the House passed a bill to make drugs that could potentially offer prevention or treatment for the Zika virus eligible for expedited review by the FDA. This disease, which was recently designated as a public health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organization, presents major health concerns and much about the virus is still unknown. I am praying for those who have already been affected by the virus and hope that we can find a way to prevent or cure it as soon as possible.

It was a busy week for meetings as well.

I met with representatives from DaVita Dialysis, including Lisa Callahan Hodgdon (pictured center), whose business is in Turlock, to discuss access to Medicare for dialysis patients.

I had the pleasure of meeting Dominique German, a Ceres native who was in Washington this week serving as the National 4-H Conference Collegiate Facilitator for the a roundtable meeting in the Agriculture committee. The meeting brought 16 young people from across the nation to present their experiences and ideas about 4-H. Dominique, who led the group, is a junior at California State University, Fresno, majoring in Agricultural Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations.

My staff gave the Evermans, in D.C. from Ripon this week, a Capitol tour.

Looking forward to a great weekend before the busy week ahead! As always, you can connect with me online for more frequent updates and more information. I’m on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.


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Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-4540
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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 third term in the 114th 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 21 years, and they have two children, Austin, 18, and Samantha, 16.

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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