At a Glance
- Career History: Real- estate broker (1980-1992); Chairman, Riverside County Republican Party (1984-1988); Restaurant owner/manager (1975-1980); Intern/campaign worker, Rep. Victor Veysey (R) (1970-1973)
- Birthday: June 8, 1953
- Hometown: Corona, Calif.
- Alma Mater: Chaffey College, A.A., 1973; San Diego State University, B.A., 1975
- Spouse: Divorced
- Religion: Protestant
- Committees: Appropriations
- DC Office: 2201 Rayburn House Office Building, 202-225-1986
- State/District Office: Riverside, 951-784-4300; Las Flores, 949-888-8498
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Path to Power
Born in 1953 in Corona, Calif., Calvert spent his childhood helping his father elect candidates to the city council.
While a student in high school and Chaffey College, Calvert worked on the 1970 and 1972 House campaigns of Victor Veysey (R). In 1973, he interned for Veysey on Capitol Hill during the Senate Watergate hearings.
During the 110th Congress (2007-2009), Calvert voted with House Republicans 94.4 percent of the time. Calvert has a lifetime rating of 89.1, according to the American Conservative Union.
Previously the chairman of the House Science and Technology Space and Aeronautics subcommittee, Calvert negotiated 2005 legislation that formally endorsed a plan for NASA to return man to the moon.
Calvert's mentor has been Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.). Lewis, the ranking Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, and Calvert have been known for their aggressive efforts to bring federal funds back to their districts.
Calvert has reached out to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to extend the E-verify program. As the former Democratic governor of Arizona, Napolitano signed legislation requiring all Arizona employers to use the system.