Representative Jeff Denham represents the 19th District of California in the U.S. House of Representatives. His district covers parts of Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, Tuolumne and Stanislaus counties. He was elected in November 2010.
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 gained renown 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 17 years, and they have two children.
In his new position as a U.S. Congressman, Rep. Denham will continue to focus 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.