Corona, California , United States
|| June 08, 1953
Sep 03, 2020 04:13pm
Divorced - Protestant -
|Info||Ken Calvert, a lifelong resident of Riverside County and 17-year small business owner in the restaurant and real estate industries, represents the new 44th Congressional District of southern California. Calvert was born on June 8, 1953 and attended neighborhood public schools, graduating from Corona High School in 1971. He proceeded then to attend two years at Chaffey College, in Alta Loma, and then enrolled at San Diego State University, where he graduated in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. |
The 44th District is one of the most diverse, encompassing western Riverside County and parts of Orange County; including Riverside, Corona, Norco, San Clemente, and San Juan Capistrano.
Calvert was first elected to serve the 43rd District in 1992, however as a result of reapportionment the 43rd District has been renamed. Congressman Calvert now represents California's 44th Congressional District, while maintaining representation of some of the 43rd's largest cities. During his freshman term, Calvert served as an active Member of the Resources Committee and Science Committee. The next two years in office Calvert's ability to work in a bipartisan fashion was rewarded with the Chairmanship of the Energy and Mineral Subcommittee on the Resources Committee. While unusual for a sophomore Member to be given a Chairmanship after only one term in Congress, Calvert served on two other Committees: maintaining his seat on the Science Committee and gaining a seat on the Agriculture Committee. Calvert maintained these Committee slots over six years enabling him to address issues critical to Riverside County, California and the nation. Issues such as the Endangered Species Act, agriculture, energy, water and much more.
In the 108th Congress (2003-2004), Calvert will be serving on the Armed Services Committee, Resources Committee and Science Committee following his return to the U.S. House of Representatives for his sixth term after receiving 63% of the votes cast during the November 7, 2002 election. On the Resources Committee, Calvert will serve as Chairman of the Water and Power Subcommittee overseeing federal water rights in the west, including hydro-power generated from federal water projects. He will also be serving a second two-year term as the California Republican Delegation's voice on the House Steering Committee, which decides what committees republican members will serve on in the 108th Congress.
Calvert has worked during his past 5 terms to secure federal funds for critical projects in Riverside County including: March Air Reserve Base; research into the grapevine killing Pierce's Disease scourging California's wine industry; expansion of the Janet Goeske Center for Senior and Disabled Citizens; cutting edge clean air technology at the University of California at Riverside; and, various environmental restoration and flood control efforts critical to Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.
Calvert has played an instrumental role in advancing legislation passed into law that protects against identity theft by prohibiting the appearance of Social Security account numbers on or through unopened mailings of checks issued by the Treasury Department, providing additional educational dollars to states through a simplified collection process of oil and gas royalties, increasing the penalties for desecrating our national cemeteries, establishing the Medal of Honor Memorial at the Riverside National Cemetery as a "national" memorial, and reducing or eliminating the use of animals to test product and chemical safety by establishing alternative test methods throughout a coalition of federal agencies.
Additionally, his legislative work has received top ratings from the Americans for Tax Reform, Christian Coalition, League of Private Property Voters, National Federation of Independent Businesses, 60 Plus Association, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Survival Committee and Citizens for a Sound Economy.
In the 108th Congress, Calvert's legislative plan includes: working for long term solutions to California's energy and water problems; working towards the implementation and funding of Riverside County's Integrated Plan (RCIP), especially new transportation corridors vital to Riverside's future; continuing oversight and fixes to the Fish & Wildlife Office's enforcement of the Endangered Species Act; and, much more.