Fresno, California , United States
|| June 20, 1955
Feb 17, 2015 08:20pm
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|Info||Congressman George Radanovich (rah-DON-oh-vitch), a Republican, represents California?s 19th Congressional District and is currently serving his fifth term in Congress. |
The 19th District is located in the Central Valley of California and contains all or parts of Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, Stanislaus and Tuolumne counties. The 19th District is one of the most diverse in the country as it includes Fresno, California?s sixth largest city, the largest single agricultural county in the United States, parts of three National Forests and the crown jewels of the National Park System - Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon.
A California native, Radanovich was born in the Sierra foothills community of Mariposa in 1955 and is one of the eight children of Joan and George K. Radanovich, a Croatian immigrant. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural business management from California State Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo in 1978. Radanovich is married to the former Ethie Weaver, a California political consultant. Their first child, George King, was born in May of 1998.
Congressman Radanovich?s business background includes banking, building and substitute teaching. However, Radanovich is first and foremost a farmer. It was his observation of a microclimate in Mariposa that led the future Congressman to introduce grape growing to the area in 1982. Four years later he opened the region?s first winery. The Radanovich Winery produces now some 4,000 cases annually of sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, merlot, zinfandel and cabernet sauvignon. Radanovich is the first full-time winemaker to serve in Congress.
Congressman Radanovich was first elected to the House in 1994. Before coming to Congress his public service included elective office as a County Supervisor, as well as being a member of and chairing the Mariposa County Planning Commission. He was reelected for his fifth term in 2002 with 67% of the vote. Radanovich serves on the prestigious Energy and Commerce Committee, as well as the Resources Committee, and is Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Parks, Recreation, and Public Lands.
Radanovich served as president of the historic, 74-member, 1994 House Republican Freshmen Class. This was the class that, following the success of the Contract With America, propelled the Republicans to their first majority in Congress in 40 years. As president he authored and advanced the "New America" vision statement. This set of principles called for a smaller federal government with a simultaneous strengthening of society?s core: non-governmental institutions - Family, Religious and Civic Groups and Business Enterprise.
In 1998, Radanovich was elected Chairman of the Western Caucus after having served as Vice-Chairman in 1997. The nearly 60 Representatives in the Caucus work together to protect jobs and promote the quality of life in small communities through local empowerment, sound public land policy, property rights, and environmental conservation. In particular, they advocate a new environmentalism which provides incentives for private property owners and greater local control of the environmental decision making process, which will lead to a cleaner, healthier environment with less bureaucratic command and control. In 2001, Radanovich stepped down as Chairman of the Caucus when he assumed the Chair at the National Parks subcommittee.
Radanovich is a Rotarian who has been awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship, Rotary International?s highest award. He also is a member of the California Agricultural Leadership Program Class XXI. Other affiliations include the Congressional Wine Caucus, of which he is a Co-Chair, the Meth Caucus, and the Diabetes Caucus. He also serves as an Executive Committee Member of the National Republican Congressional Committee and as a Deputy Majority Whip.