At a Glance
- Career History: State senator (2002-2011); Owner, almond ranch (2004-2011); U.S. Air Force (1984-2000); Project manager, Fresh Express (1992-1998); Owner, Denham Plastics (1998-present);
- Birthday: July 29, 1967
- Hometown: Atwater, Calif.
- Alma Mater: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (1991)
- Spouse: Sonia Denham
- Religion: Presbyterian
Transportation and Infrastructure
Natural Resources Committee
, and the House Veterans' Affairs Committee
- DC Office: 1605 Longworth HOBWashington, DC 20515Phone: (202) 225-4540
- District Office: 1040 E Herndon Avenue #201Fresno, CA 93720Phone: (559) 449-2490
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Path To Power
Denham was born July 29, 1967, to teenage parents near Los Angeles, but spent most of his childhood in Pescadero in northern California. His mother worked for car dealerships and his father had a series of jobs as a farmer, construction worker and meat cutter.
After Denham's parents divorced while he was in high school, he spent much of his time with his grandparents. At 17, Denham joined the Air Force, following the influence of his grandfather who had served in World War II and the Korean War. He was on active duty for nearly four years before he joined the Air Force Reserves, where he continued his job to prepare and maintain aircraft.
As a California lawmaker for eight years, Denham said he has the experience and conservative record needed to represent the district in Washington.
He said the biggest issue Congress needs to tackle is the national debt.
Retiring Rep. George Radanovich (R-Calif.) diligently campaigned for Denham throughout the rough-and-tumble 2010 primary. "My first concern when looking for a qualified candidate to support was an ability to keep this district in Republican hands without having to spend large amounts of funds," he said.
Denham pledged his support to Republicans, helping to raise money for the National Republican Congressional Committee. "He's demonstrating to the caucus that he's interested in being a team player," said Ted Maness, Radanovich's chief of staff. "He does realize that he has an obligation as an incoming member."