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Dan Lungren

Daniel Edward (Dan) Lungren (born September 22, 1946), is a Republican of the United States House of Representatives representing California's 3rd congressional district (see map) since 2005. The district is located in the southwestern suburbs of Sacramento. He'd previously represented the Long Beach area from 1979 to 1989.

Biography

Lungren was born in Long Beach, California of Irish and Swedish extraction. Lungren's father was the long-time personal physician, beginning in 1952 when Lungren was a child, and a close friend of President Richard Nixon. He is married to Bobbi Lungren and has three children and five grandchildren.

After graduating from St. Anthony High School in 1964, Lungren earned a A.B. with honors in English from the University of Notre Dame in 1968, upon which he returned to California to chair Youth for Nixon during Nixon's first successful run for the presidency.

Lungren began law school at the University of Southern California and later transferred to Georgetown University Law Center from which he earned his J.D. in 1971. During his years at Georgetown, Lungren worked on the staff of U.S. Senators George Murphy (R-CA) and Bill Brock (R-TN). He also was special assistant to the Co-Chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC) from 1971 to 1972. In addition, during his period of time in Washington, Lungren's wife worked in the White House.

Lungren later returned to Long Beach, where he joined a law firm and practiced civil trials for a short time before running for congress in 1976 and losing.

House of Representatives (1979-1989) and California Attorney General (1991-1999)

Lungren first served in the House of Representatives from 1979 to 1989, representing portions of Long Beach and Orange County. He was one of Newt Gingrich's chief lieutenants during this time, and was a founding member of the Conservative Opportunity Society. He served on the House Judiciary Committee, where he pushed for sanctions against employers who hired illegal immigrants, but supported a temporary guest-worker program. He was the principal House cosponsor of the Simpson-Mazzoli immigration bill, which became the Immigration Reform Act of 1986. He also independently sponsored a "guest worker" bill, designed to allow for importation of "temporary" immigrant laborers.

Lungren left the House when California Governor George Deukmejian appointed him as California's acting State Treasurer, but was never confirmed. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Democrats "praised Lungren's integrity, but said they were unwilling to vote for a Republican whose congressional voting record was so conservative." However, Lungren was later elected as California Attorney General in 1990 and served from 1991-1999. Lungren worked in passing such legislation as "Megan's Law," "3-Strikes-and-You're-Out," "Sexual Anti-Predator Act," and the "California's Safe Schools Plan." From 1993 to 1998, California saw a 30 percent decrease in crime. In 1996, he was considered as a possible running mate for Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole.

In 1998, Lungren ran as the Republican candidate for governor against Democratic Lieutenant Governor Gray Davis. Davis received 57.9% of the votes, while Lungren got 38.4%. During the campaign, Davis maintained that Lungren was too conservative for California. Davis also criticized Lungren's hesitancy, as California Attorney General, to enforce laws restricing assault weapons and his procrastination to become part of a class action lawsuit against the cigarette industry.

Congressional career since 2005

Lungren has said his desire to serve in Congress again was rekindled by the September 11, 2001 attacks. In 2004, Lungren moved to Gold River in Sacramento County and ran in the 3rd Congressional District after six-year incumbent Congressman Doug Ose announced he wouldn't run again. He also left his job as a lobbyist with the Washington, DC firm Venable, Baetjer, Howard and Civiletti.

Lungren won a closely contested three-way primary, coming from behind to best Mary Ose and Rico Oller The 3rd District had been in Democratic hands for 36 years after its creation in 1963 (it was the 4th District from 1963 to 1993), most notably under Congressman Vic Fazio from 1979 to 1999. The district went to Ose after it was redrawn during the 2000 census to be much friendlier to Republicans. Lungren won in November 2004, returning to Congress after a 16-year absence.

Lungren was reappointed to the Judiciary Committee based on his previous five terms of seniority, and also serves on the Budget and Homeland Security committees. He has expressed an interest in becoming involved in immigration issues again. In 2005, Lungren supported the "USA PATRIOT and Terrorism Prevention Reauthorization Act" , which renewed the Federal Government's ability to perform secret surveillance including wiretaps of citizens and monitoring of public and private computer packet-switched networks to prevent terrorism from hitting the United States. In 2006, Lungren and Congresswoman Jane Harman (D-CA) authored the SAFE Port Act, which improves security at the ports including additional requirements for maritime facilities, foreign port assessments, container security initiatives and Customs Trade Partnership against Terrorism. The bill passed the House with bipartisan support.

Lungren was one of the first Members of Congress to introduce "tele-town halls," which the congressman would call constituents throughout the district to invite them to engage in a discussion and forum on legislation, policies and events facing the nation. It is way to connect with constituents in the district while the Members are back in Washington, DC.

In 2006, Lungren was reelected to Congress with 59.5% of the vote. His opponent was Marine combat veteran Bill Durston (M.D.) Following his reelection, in addition to the Judicial, Budget and Homeland Security committees, Lungren was appointed to the House Administration Committee.

On April 4th, 2007, Lungren cosponsored a bill indicating that U.S. citizenship is a privilege and should be granted to children born to U.S. citizens or residents with legal immigration status in the U.S., not grant automatic citizenship to children born in the U.S. to illegal aliens

On July 29, 2008, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 6295, introduced by Lungren. This legislation is to stop the use of submersible and semi-submersible vessels used to transport drugs and other contrabands, which pose a threat to communities and national security

2008 Campaign

In January 2008, Marine-combat veteran and Sacramento-area emergency room physician Bill Durston, a Democrat, announced that he would run a second time against Lungren for California's 3rd Congressional District seat. He is an opponent of the Iraq War, and a critic of the Bush administration's overall response to the attacks on America in 2001.

In April 2008, Vice President Dick Cheney was the guest of honor at a fundraiser in the Sacramento area which raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Lungren's reelection campaign .

Significant House votes since 2005

Here is a selection of House votes deemed significant by an anonymous individual on the California State University, Sacramento computer network.

ABORTION:

On April 27, 2005, Lungren voted YES on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions (the bill passed the House 270 to 157).

ECONOMY:

On November 15, 2007, Lungren voted YES on regulating subprime mortgages (the bill passed the House 291 to 127).

ENERGY:

On October 7, 2005, Lungren voted YES on permitting construction of new oil refineries (the bill passed the House 212 to 210).

On June 7, 2006, Lungren voted YES on scheduling permitting for additional oil refineries (the resolution passed the House 221 to 192).

On June 29, 2006, Lungren voted NO on maintaining a moratorium on offshore oil drilling (the House defeated the bill 170 to 249).

On January 18, 2007, Lungren voted NO on eliminating oil and gas exploration subsidies (the bill passed the House 264-163).

On May 22, 2007, Lungren voted NO on criminalizing oil cartels such as OPEC (the bill passed the House 345 to 72).

On August 4, 2007 Lungren voted NO on investment in homegrown biofuel (the bill passed the House 241 to 172).

On June 21, 2008, Lungren voted NO on tax preferences for energy production and conservation (the bill passed the House 263 to 160).

FOREIGN POLICY:

On June 17, 2005, Lungren voted YES on reforming the UN by placing restrictions on US funding of the UN (the bill passed the House 221 to 184).

On July 14, 2005, Lungren voted YES on deterring foreign arms trade to China (the bill failed to pass the House 215 to 203, with two thirds for required to pass).

GAY RIGHTS:

On July 18, 2006, Lungren voted YES on Constitutionally defining marriage as between a man and a woman (the vote was 237 to 187, thus failing to get the two thirds of votes required for the resolution to pass).

GOVERNMENT/ELECTIONS:

On February 17, 2005, Lungren voted YES on limiting lawyer's fees in class action lawsuits (the bill passed the House 279 to 149).

On April 5, 2006, Lungren voted YES on restricing independent grassroots political committees (the bill passsed the House 218 to 209)

On September 20, 2006, Lungren voted YES on requiring a photo ID to vote in federal elections (the bill passed the House 228 to 196).

On April 19, 2007, Lungren voted NO on granting Washington, DC an electoral vote and a congressional vote (the bill passed the House 241 to 177).

On May 24, 2007, Lungren voted YES on requiring lobbyists to disclose bundled donations (the bill passed the House 396 to 22).

GUN CONTROL:

On October 20, 2005, Lungren voted YES on prohibiting incorrect use lawsuits directed against the gun industry (the bill passed the House 283 to 144).

HEALTH CARE:

On January 12, 2007, Lungren voted NO on requiring negotiated prescription drug prices for Medicare part D (the bill passed the House 255 to 170).

On January 23, 2008, Lungren voted NO on attempt to override the President's veto of bill extending SCHIP to cover six million more children (260 voted YES and 152 NO, thus the veto override failed to get the required 2/3 of votes cast).

On March 5, 2008, Lungren voted NO on giving mental health full equity with physical health (the bill passed the House 268 to 148).

IMMIGRATION:

On June 6, 2006, Lungren voted YES on preventing tipping off illegal aliens about Minuteman Project (the amendement passed 293 to 107).

On September 14, 2006, Lungren voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border (the bill passed the House 283 to 138).

INTERNATIONAL TRADE:

On July 28, 2005, Lungren voted YES on the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) (the bill passed the House 217 to 215).

SECURITY/MILITARY

On February 2, 2005, Lungren voted Yes on maintaining military recruitment on college grounds (the bill passed the House 327 to 84).

On February 10, 2005, Lungren voted YES on establishing federal standards for driver licenses so as to make terrorist activity more difficult (the bill passed the House 261 to 161).

On April 26, 2006, Lungren voted YES on maintaining intelligence procurement without a civil oversight mechanism (the bill passed the House 327 to 96).

On September 28, 2006, Lungren voted YES on permitting electronic surveillance abroad under FISA without obtaining a warrant (the bill passed the House 232 to 191).

On March 15, 2007, Lungren voted NO on limiting no-bid defense contracts (the bill passed the House 347 to 73).

On August 4, 2007, Lungren voted YES on eliminating requirement for FISA warrants for wiretapping outside the US (the bill passed the House 227 to 183).

On March 11, 2008, Lungren voted NO on override of veto of congressional oversight of CIA interrogations (the House vote was 225 for and 188 against, so that the override attempt failed to get the two thirds required).

On March 14, 2008, Lungren voted NO on requiring FISA warrants for wire surveillance in the United States, but not outside the United States (the bill passed the House 213 to 197).

On June 20, 2008, Lungren voted YES on giving retroactive immunity to telecommunication companies for engaging in warrantless surveillance activity (the bill passed the House 293 to 129).

STEM CELL RESEARCH:

On May 24, 2005 Lungren voted NO on allowing human embryonic stem cell research (the bill passed the House 238 to 194).

On January 11, 2007, Lungren voted NO on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines (the bill passed the house 253 to 174).

STOCKHOLDER VOTING:

On April 20, 2007, Lungren voted NO on allowing stockholder voting on executive compensation (the bill passed the House 269 to 134).

TAXATION:

On December 8, 2005, Lungren voted YES on maintaining a reduced taxations of capital gains and dividends (the bill passed the House 234 to 197).

On December 12, 2007, Lungren voted NO on compensating for Alternative Minimum Tax relief by closing loopholes utilized by offshore businesses (the bill passed the House 226 to 193).

On June 25, 2008, Lungren voted NO on prolonging Alternative Minimum Tax exemptions to protect middle-income individuals (the bill passed 233 to 189).

UNIONS:

On March 1, 2007, Lungren voted NO on restricting employer interference in union organizing (the bill passed 241 to 185).

Committee assignments

  • House Judiciary Committee
    • Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law
    • Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security
    • Antitrust Task Force and Competition Policy
  • Homeland Security Committee
    • Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection (Ranking Member)
    • Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology
  • Budget Committee
  • House Administration Committee

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