At a Glance
- Career History: Business -owner, Herger Gas Company (1969-1980); Owner, Herger Ranch (1969-1980); Member, East Nicolaus School Board (1976-1980); Assembly Member, California State Assembly (1980-1986)
- Birthday: May 20, 1945
- Hometown: Chico, California
- Alma Mater: American River Community College, A.A., 1969
- Spouse: Pamela
- Religion: Mormon
- Committees: House Ways and Means (ranking Republican, Health subcommittee)
- DC Office: 242 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515, (202) 225-3076
- District Offices: 410 Hemsted Drive, Suite 115, Redding, CA 96002, (530) 223-5898
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Path To Power
Herger was born in 1945 and raised on a cattle-ranch south of Yuba City, Calif. He maintained a farm and ranch in the area and also owned a propane-gas business.
After his first marriage ended, Herger married his second wife, Pamela, also a Mormon and previously married. The two raised nine children, six of which they had together. One died as a toddler.
Through August 2010, Herger voted with the majority of his House GOP colleagues 95.7 percent of the time. The American Conservative Union gives Herger a lifetime rating of 96 out of 100.
Herger voted to approve both versions of the $700-billion financial bailout bill in fall 2008, saying "non-action could bring about the seriousness we saw in 1929."
Though House Republicans chose Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) over Herger for the party's top perch on the House Ways and Means panel, Herger called Camp "a good friend" who shares his conservative views. In December 2007, Herger described their respective desires for the post as "a friendly, positive competition."
Herger has worked closely with Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) seeking to amend the Endangered Species Act. Both represent parts of the Klamath River Basin where farmers have had to compete for water with endangered species of fish.