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CA21 - David Valadao (R) v. TJ Cox (D)

The Democratic Challenger: TJ Cox

TJ CoxTJ Cox is a professional engineer who started a business providing home energy-saving devices. He obtained his Bachelor's of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nevada, Mackay School of Mines and received his MBA from Southern Methodist University. After college, he founded the Central Valley NMTC Fund (CVNF) which invests in disadvantaged communities in the Central Valley. Cox has created more than 1,500 jobs in the region. In CA-21, he invested in community health clinics in Fowler, Mendota, Parlier and Sanger, creating more than 450 jobs. His campaign focuses on clean air and water in the Central Valley.

His top issues include: Support immigrants, strengthen Affordable Care Act, clean air and clean water, jobs in the Central Valley

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The Republican Incumbent: David Valadao

It’s a miracle Congressman Valadao is still in the House. This is the most Democratic district in California represented by a Republican, and it’s not even close. Clinton beat Trump by more than 15 points in this district, and Democrats vastly outnumber Republicans here. Valadao voted against protecting LGBT Americans from workplace discrimination, and he’s consistently voted for cuts in the Medicaid program despite almost half of his constituents depending on it for their health care needs. It should come as no surprise that he’s afraid of his constituents, as he’s refused to hold a town hall this year.





Congressman Valadao has consistently voted against Medicaid, yet:

  • 64% of the children in CA-21 are on Medicaid or CHIP, and
  • 33% of the adults in CA-21 are on Medicaid

Congressman Valadao has consistently voted against the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which helps families in need provide healthy food for children and seniors, yet:

  • 46,566 households in CA-21 receive SNAP, and 16.8% of them have a senior 60 or older in the household and 82.8% of them have a child under 18

Congressman Valadao voted dozens of times to repeal the Affordable Care Act, even though it has contributed to a substantial increase in the number of insured CA-21 residents:

  • Drop In Uninsured Rate Thanks to the Affordable Care Act in CA-21: 52%, from 25.4% to 12.2%
  • Number of CA-21 Residents Covered Under the ACA’s Medicaid Expansion: 115,600
  • Number of CA-21 Residents Covered Through the ACA’s Marketplace Under Covered California: 15,800

Congressman Valadao has accepted $49,200 from the NRA.

Other CA-21 Demographics:

  • Total Population: 716,371
  • Population 65 and Over: 61,354
  • White Population: 525,154
  • Hispanic Population: 535,377
  • Asian American Population: 22,610
  • Black and African American Population: 27,358
  • Native American Population: 8,395
  • Multiracial Population: 16,511
  • Foreign Born Population: 212,051
  • Veteran Population: 20,241
  • Disabled Population: 62,981
  • Democrats: 103,186 (46.04%)
  • Republicans: 64,611 (28.83%)
  • Decline to State: 47,448 (21.17%)
  • Third Party: 8,895 (3.97%)
  • Cook Partisan Voting Index (PVI): D+5
  • 2016 Congressional Election Results: Valadao (R) 75,126 (56.7%), Huerta (D) 57,282 (43.3%)
  • 2014 Congressional Election Results: Valadao (R) 45,907 (57.8%), Renteria (D) 33,470 (42.2%)
  • 2012 Congressional Election Results: Valadao (R) 67,164 (57.8%), Hernandez (D) 49,119 (42.2%)
  • 2016 Presidential Election Results: Clinton 73,773 (55.2%), Trump 52,972 (39.7%), Other 6,799 (5.1%)
  • 2014 Gubernatorial Election Results: Brown 41,407 (52.4%), Kashkari 37,650 (47.6%)
  • 2012 Presidential Election Results: Obama 65,146 (54.6%), Romney 51,917 (43.5%), Other 2,169 (1.9%)

How You Can Reach Congressman Valadao:

Washington, DC Office: (202) 225-4695
Bakersfield District Office: (661) 864-7736
Hanford District Office: (559) 582-5526
Facebook Accounts: Government Page, Campaign Page (He is very account on his government account and posts occasionally on his campaign account)
Twitter Accounts: Government Page, Campaign Page (He is very account on his government account and posts occasionally on his campaign account)

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