Congressman David G. Valadao was born and raised in Hanford, California in the center of the agriculturally rich 21st Congressional District. As a lifelong resident of the Central Valley, he has been active in agriculture and dairy industry groups, as well as many local causes including Children's Hospital Central California, 4-H, Future Farmers of America, and various Catholic Charities.
The Valadao family immigrated from the Azores Islands of Portugal to the United States in 1969. After settling in the Central Valley, Valadao's father started a small dairy farm in Kings County in 1973. Valadao was born April 14, 1977.
The business now consists of two dairies, as well as over 1,000 acres of farmland in Kings and western Tulare County, on which Valadao and his family grow alfalfa, corn and wheat as dairy feed stock.
Intimately involved in the dairy industry, Valadao has taken on leadership roles within the California Milk Advisory Board, Western States Dairy Trade Association, and was elected as Regional Leadership Council Chairman for Land O' Lakes Inc., a Fortune 200 Company.
Valadao attended local schools, graduating from Hanford High School in 1995. David later attended the College of the Sequoias in Visalia. Now he serves as the managing partner of Valadao Dairy.
Valadao married his high school sweetheart, Terra, in 1999. Together, they have three beautiful children, their most recent born April 2010.
Congressman David G. Valadao is proud to serve on the House Appropriations Committee, specifically the Agriculture, Interior, and Legislative Branch Subcommittees.