Simi Valley, California 93094, United States
|| March 07, 1944
May 05, 2016 03:26am
|Info||Congressman Elton Gallegly has represented his neighbors in Congress for more than 16 years. On November 5, 2002, voters elected him to his ninth term in the U.S. House of Representatives with more than 65 percent of the vote. Even though he returns home virtually every weekend, he has maintained a better than 98 percent voting attendance record during his tenure in Congress. |
On the home front, Congressman Gallegly has been the primary leader in saving Naval Base Ventura County from closure and in establishing the Port of Hueneme as the only deepwater port between Los Angeles and San Francisco. He has worked hard to protect the health and safety of his constituents through such projects as the Santa Paula Flood Control Project. He has been in the forefront of deciding whether or not the Matilija Dam should be removed and has pushed relentlessly for a health study of residents near Rocketdyne�s Santa Susana Field Laboratory.
At the beginning of the 108th Congress, Congressman Gallegly was tapped by House Speaker Dennis Hastert to serve on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. International Relations Committee Chairman Henry Hyde also asked Congressman Gallegly to chair the Subcommittee on International Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Human Rights. The appointments place Congressman Gallegly in the forefront of the United States� war against terrorism and homeland security.
Congressman Gallegly�s long and established record as an outspoken and proven leader on national security issues led Speaker Hastert and Chairman Hyde to appoint him for the posts.
During the 107th Congress, Congressman Gallegly chaired the Subcommittee on Europe and worked with our European allies to fight terrorism here and abroad. He met with more than 50 heads of state, government delegations, or members of foreign legislative bodies here and abroad. He introduced and passed major NATO expansion legislation and represented the House of Representatives at the NATO summit in Prague at the request of President Bush.
Congressman Gallegly is also a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee and its Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims, and has actively worked to increase our ability to stop terrorists and foreign criminals from entering the United States.
While working on those important issues, Congressman Gallegly has also focused his energies on improving education, securing Social Security and reforming health care, issues he has championed since he entered Congress in 1987. He introduced several education and health care reform bills in past Congresses, and for years has called for removing Social Security from the general budget process. He has championed targeting federal funding to the classroom and giving school districts more flexibility to spend the money according to local needs. He is working to ensure Americans have access to affordable health care from providers who are held accountable.
Crime, taxes and providing for our nation�s veterans are other issues Congressman Gallegly is championing. In addition to securing more than $12 million for Naval Base Ventura County and other local defense projects in 2002, two of Congressman Gallegly�s bills were signed into law. In October, President Bush signed Congressman Gallegly�s Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Boundary Adjustment Act. That bill adds 3,492 acres of public and private lands to the recreation area at no cost to the taxpayer and enhances and protects an important wildlife corridor. In December, the President signed the National Defense Authorization Act, which, among other things, directs the Department of Defense to issue a Korea Defense Service Medal to U.S. military personnel who served in the Korea Theatre since July 1954. The language directing the DOD to issue the medal comes from Congressman Gallegly�s Korea Defense Service Medal Act, which he introduced in 2001. Congressman Gallegly worked closely with Sen. Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico to ensure the language was included in the Defense Authorization Act.
During his tenure, Congressman Gallegly has also compiled a strong record of constituent service. Whether it be a city official seeking federal help for a project, a senior needing assistance in solving a Social Security concern, or a citizen seeking immigration status for a relative, Congressman Gallegly and his staff have consistently won praise for their problem-solving abilities.
In addition to his service on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the International Relations and Judiciary committees, Congressman Gallegly also serves Resources Committee. He also serves on eight subcommittees. In addition to chairing the International Terrorism subcommittee, Congressman Gallegly is the senior California Republican on the Judiciary Committee�s Courts and Intellectual Property Subcommittee, where he has taken the lead on issues involving the entertainment and biotechnology industries. In addition to his role as a senior member of the House Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims, he sits on the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere (which he chaired in the 105th and 106th Congress) and the Subcommittee on National Parks and Public Land. He serves on three Intelligence subcommittees: Technical & Tactical Intelligence, Intelligence Policy & National Security, and Terrorism & Homeland Security.
Congressman Gallegly has earned several Guardian of Seniors� Rights Awards from The 60 Plus Association, several Golden Bulldog Awards from Watchdogs of the Treasury, Inc., and has been named a Champion of Small Business by the Small Business Survival Committee. He earned several Spirit of Enterprise Awards from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; the 1998 Pro-Senior Tax Cut Award and Senator George L. Murphy Award for Best Supporting Member for Senior Americans from United Seniors Association, Inc.; and was named to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Honor Roll for the 105th Congress.
Congressman Gallegly was born on March 7, 1944, in the Los Angeles suburb of Huntington Park. After attending what is now California State University, Los Angeles, he became a successful businessman and real estate broker. He settled in the Ventura County community of Simi Valley in 1968.
He entered public life in 1979 with his election to the Simi Valley City Council and, in 1982, became the City�s first directly elected mayor. He held that post until he ran for Congress in 1986 when the incumbent ran for the Senate. Outspent 2-1, Congressman Gallegly�s local ties gave him a landslide victory in the 1986 primary over Tony Hope, son of comedian Bob Hope.
Congressman Gallegly and his wife, Janice, have four children and four grandchildren. The couple makes their home in Simi Valley.