|Assumed office |
January 5, 1981
|Preceded by||James F. Lloyd|
|Born||July 5, 1952 |
Kansas City, Missouri
|Residence||San Dimas, California|
David Timothy Dreier (born July 5, 1952), American politician, has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives since January 1981, representing California's 26th congressional district . The United States House of Representatives is one of the two chambers of the United States Congress; the other is the Senate. California ( is a US state on the West Coast of the United States, along the Pacific Ocean. The California 26th Congressional District spans the foothills of the San Gabriel Valley from La Cañada Flintridge to Rancho Cucamonga. Events 1477 - Battle of Nancy: Charles the Bold is killed and Burgundy becomes part of France. Year 1981 ( MCMLXXXI) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 James Fredrick Lloyd (born September 27, 1922, Helena Montana) was a California Democratic politician and United States Representative Events 1295 - Scotland and France form an alliance the beginnings of the Auld Alliance, against England. Year 1952 ( MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Kansas City Missouri only Items for the metro area Kansas City Kansas or North Kansas City MO should go on their respective pages San Dimas is a city located in Los Angeles County California. Christian Science is believed by its supporters to be a system of spiritually scientific truths which are summed up in the two commandments having one God one Mind one Life Truth Events 1295 - Scotland and France form an alliance the beginnings of the Auld Alliance, against England. Year 1952 ( MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the The United States House of Representatives is one of the two chambers of the United States Congress; the other is the Senate. Year 1981 ( MCMLXXXI) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 The California 26th Congressional District spans the foothills of the San Gabriel Valley from La Cañada Flintridge to Rancho Cucamonga. He was first elected to the U. S. House in 1980.
Dreier was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, where his family continues to be active in real estate development; he is Vice President of Dreier Development Company in Kansas City. Kansas City Missouri only Items for the metro area Kansas City Kansas or North Kansas City MO should go on their respective pages Real estate is a legal term (in some jurisdictions notably in the USA, United Kingdom He graduated with a B.A. from Claremont Men’s College (now Claremont McKenna College) in 1975 and an M.A. from the Claremont Graduate School in 1976. Claremont McKenna College (CMC is a private Coeducational, liberal arts college and a member of the Claremont Colleges located in Claremont Claremont Graduate University (CGU is a private graduate-only university He was director of corporate relations for Claremont McKenna College before entering the House.
Dreier claims to be a distant relative of Richard Bland Lee, a Democratic congressman from Missouri who served on the first Rules Committee empaneled by the House of Representatives. Richard Bland Lee ( January 20, 1761 – March 12, 1827) was a planter jurist and politician from Fairfax County Virginia. The Democratic Party is one of two major Political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. A Member of Congress is a Politician who is a member of a Congress. Missouri ( or) is a state in the Midwestern region of the United States bordered by Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee 
Dreier served as chairman of the powerful House Rules Committee from 1999 until 2007. The Committee on Rules, or (more commonly Rules Committee, is a committee of the United States House of Representatives. He has also served as chairman of California's Republican Congressional Delegation since 2001. Dreier was a major player in helping elect Arnold Schwarzenegger in California's 2003 recall election, and is a frequent guest on the political talk show circuit. Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger ( German ˌaɐnɔlt aloʏs ˈʃvaɐtsənɛɡɐ born July 30 1947 is an Austrian American Bodybuilder, Actor Whenever Dreier recognizes his colleagues to yield time, he usually mentions the hometown of the member, not just the state that member represents as all other representatives do.
Throughout his early Congressional service, Dreier established a record as a strong supporter of tax cuts and of President Reagan's anti-Communist foreign policy. Communism is a Socioeconomic structure that promotes the establishment of an egalitarian, classless, stateless Society based Foreign Policy is a bimonthly American Magazine founded in 1970 by Samuel P One of the youngest as well as the first Californian Rules Chairman in history, Dreier plays a pivotal role in fashioning legislation promoting Republican Party positions on Social Security, child education, taxes, and national security. Social Security, in the United States currently refers to the federal Old-Age Survivors and Disability Insurance ( OASDI) program National security is the entire scope of measures undertaken by the Governments of Nation-states in providing assurance of national Sovereignty
Locally, Dreier is well known for supporting local institutions such as the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Metro Gold Line, and advocates for transportation improvements such as railroad grade separations and highway expansion. The Metro Gold Line of the Los Angeles County Metro Rail is a Light rail line in Los Angeles County. He supported bipartisan efforts to create legislation to remedy the California and the U. S. film industry's "runaway film production" problem. A Runaway production is a term used by the Film industry to describe Motion picture productions and Television shows that are "intended for initial
Dreier has served for many years as a trustee of Claremont McKenna College. Claremont McKenna College (CMC is a private Coeducational, liberal arts college and a member of the Claremont Colleges located in Claremont According to Roll Call magazine, Dreier has a personal fortune in excess of $7. 5 million. 
Dreier is a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership. The Republican Main Street Partnership ( RMSP) is a group of Moderate members of the United States Republican Party.
Dreier was also involved in proposing the Peace Officer Justice Act. This federal legislation would, in effect, override the death sentences issued by state courts. Capital punishment, the death penalty or execution, is the Killing of a person by judicial process as Punishment. This legislation was strongly opposed by Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley. Stephen Lawrence ("Steve" Cooley (born May 1, 1947 in Los Angeles California) is a veteran Prosecutor who was elected as .
In 2004, Dreier faced strong criticism on his stances on illegal immigration from opponent Cynthia Matthews. Illegal immigration refers to Immigration across National Borders in a way that violates the Immigration laws of the destination Country  Dreier was accused of not supporting reimbursement of expenses incurred by state and local governments to serve illegal immigrants, supporting increases in the numbers of H1B visas allowed for skilled workers, not acting effectively enough in obtaining the extradition of a suspect who allegedly killed a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputy, and supporting amnesty for illegal immigrants. The H-1B is a non-immigrant visa in the United States under the Immigration & Nationality Act section 101(a(15(H Extradition is the official process by which one nation or state requests and obtains from another nation or state the surrender of a suspected or convicted criminal Amnesty (from the Greek amnestia, oblivion is a legislative or executive act by which a state restores those who may have been guilty of an offense against it to The immigration attacks were especially damaging.
The National Republican Congressional Committee filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) against The "John and Ken Show" on Los Angeles station KFI) alleging that the hosts, employees of Clear Channel Communications, were engaging in an illegal contribution to Matthews' campaign. "NRCC" redirects here For the organization of Canadian collectives see Neighbouring Rights Collective of Canada. The Federal Election Commission (or FEC) is an independent regulatory agency that was founded in 1975 by the United States Congress to regulate the John Chester Kobylt and Kenneth Robertson Chiampou, known professionally as John and Ken are American Talk radio hosts of a four-hour radio For other stations which used the KFI callsign please see KFI (disambiguation. Clear Channel Communications is a media conglomerate company based in the United States. The hosts held regular anti-Dreier rallies at his Glendora field office, had Matthews on frequently to discuss her positions on immigration, and dissected statements made by Dreier to other media outlets. Glendora is a municipality in Los Angeles County, California, United States. While Dreier was not the originator of the complaint, and disavowed orchestrating the complaint, many political analysts suspected Dreier's involvement as an attempt to muzzle two critical talk radio hosts. The hosts continued the allegedly infringing activity through the election and on February 24, 2006, the FEC declared that the charges were without merit. Events 303 - Galerius, Roman Emperor, publishes his edict that begins the persecution of Christians in his portion of the Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. In an interview on KABC's Doug McIntyre program, Dreier denied the charges regarding immigration. KABC 790 AM is a Los Angeles radio station and a West Coast flagship station for the Citadel Broadcasting company Doug McIntyre (born November 11, 1957) is the morning host on Los Angeles California talk radio station KABC radio. 
In spite of outspending his opponent by nearly 30-1 , having his opponent ostracized by the Democratic Party, and representing a Republican-leaning district, Dreier won his 2004 race with 54 percent of the vote, the lowest incumbent win for any U. The Democratic Party is one of two major Political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. S. representative from California  in the 2004 election and Dreier's worst total since 1980.
Following the indictment of Tom DeLay on September 28, 2005, Dreier was widely expected to temporarily assume the position of House Majority Leader. Thomas Dale DeLay (born April 8 1947 is a former member of the United States House of Representatives from Sugar Land, Texas. Events 48 BC - Pompey the Great is assassinated on orders of King Ptolemy of Egypt after landing in Egypt. Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Party leaders of the United States House of Representatives are elected by their respective parties in a closed-door (private Caucus. . Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert favored Dreier for the position, presumably because Dreier has consistently adhered to the views of the Republican leadership and would have been willing to relinquish the title immediately should DeLay be able to return to the Majority Leader position. Speaker of the House is a political term referring to a number of people In the United Kingdom and Canada, the Speaker of the House See also Illinois's 14th congressional district special election 2008 John Dennis "Denny" Hastert (born January 2, 1942) is an However, a conference of rank-and-file Republican representatives disapproved of the choice of Dreier in such a senior position largely because many conservative Republican House members believe that Dreier is too politically moderate. In Politics and Religion, a moderate is an individual who holds an intermediate position between two viewpoints neither to be extreme or radical by those applying According to Dreier spokeswoman Jo Maney, Dreier declined the temporary Majority Leader position because he "would have had to give up his chairmanship of the Rules Committee to move to another position, and that's not something that he wanted to do. " 
The position instead went to then Majority Whip Roy Blunt, though both Dreier and then Deputy Majority Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia shared in some duties. Whip is a role in party-based politics whose primary purpose is to ensure control of the formal decision-making process in a parliamentary legislature Roy D Blunt (born January 10, 1950) is a Republican Politician from Missouri, representing ( map Eric Ivan Cantor was born in Richmond Virginia on June 6 1963 The Commonwealth of Virginia ( is an American state Rep. John Boehner was later elected House Majority Leader. John Andrew Boehner ˈbeɪnɚ born November 17, 1949, is an American politician of the Republican Party who is currently serving as the
On October 2, 2005, Dreier announced he would be running for re-election. Events 1187 - Siege of Jerusalem: Saladin captures Jerusalem after 88 years of Crusader rule Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Flanked by the mayor of the city of San Dimas and the Los Angeles County Sheriff, Dreier said he would campaign on a platform of being tough on illegal immigration, supporting the "war on terror", and supporting harsher penalties for those who commit crimes against law enforcement. San Dimas is a city located in Los Angeles County California. The War on Terrorism (also known as the War on Terror) is the common term for the military political and legal, and ideological conflict and specifically for U La Cañada businessman Sonny Sardo challenged Dreier for his seat in the June 6, 2006, Republican Primary. La Cañada Flintridge is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. Events 1508 - Maximilian I Holy Roman Emperor, is defeated in Friulia by Venetian forces; he is forced to sign a three-year Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. Dreier received 65 percent of the vote, while Sardo received 27 percent of the vote and Melvin Milton 8 percent of the vote.
Russ Warner and Dreier's former opponent Cynthia Matthews, both Democrats, ran for the right to oppose Dreier in the general election. Russ Warner is the 2008 Democratic Party Congressional candidate in California's 26th congressional district, running against incumbent David Dreier. Matthews won the election with 47 percent of the vote compared to 38 percent for Warner and Hoyt Hilsman with 15 percent of the vote. Hoyt Hilsman is a director at the Hope Street Group, a bipartisan think tank of professionals who are committed to the equality of opportunity and economic growth On November 7, 2006, Dreier defeated Matthews, receiving 57. Events 1492 - The Ensisheim Meteorite the oldest Meteorite with a known date of impact strikes the Earth around noon in a Wheat Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. 0 percent of the total votes to her 37. 9 percent, with 3. 3 percent going to Ted Brown (Libertarian Party) and 1. Ted Brown (born February 15, 1957 in High Point North Carolina) is an American and former collegiate and professional football The Libertarian Party is a United States political party founded on December 11 1971 8 percent to Elliott Graham (American Independent Party). The American Independent Party is a California Political party.
In the fall of 2004, journalist Doug Ireland claimed to "out" Dreier in print in L.A. Weekly, in its issue of September 24–September 30, 2004. Doug Ireland (born 1946 is an American Journalist and blogger who writes about politics power media and also about gay issues In the late twentieth century outing became a common term for taking someone "out of The closet "—that is publicising that someone is Gay. LA Weekly is a free weekly Tabloid -sized Newspaper (a so-called " Alternative weekly " in Los Angeles California Events 622 - Prophet Muhammad completes his hegira from Mecca to Medina. Events 1399 - Henry IV is proclaimed King of England. 1744 - France and Spain defeat the "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again "  The L. A. Weekly printed that Dreier has had a romantic relationship with his longtime chief of staff, Brad W. Smith, who collects a $156,600 government salary. Smith collects the highest possible salary allowed by law for a committee staff member and is reportedly the highest-paid chief of staff working for any House of Representatives committee chair. ("By comparison," wrote Ireland, "the chief of staff to the chair of the House Judiciary Committee makes $126,000, while the chief of staff to the chair of the House Ways and Means Committee makes just $100,696. ")
The alleged "outing" was a result of Dreier coming under increasing scrutiny from gay rights groups because of his voting record, which includes support of the Defense of Marriage Act, as well as votes against gay adoption, and against inclusion of homosexuals as a protected class in hate crime and employment discrimination legislation. Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender social movements share related goals of social acceptance of Homosexuality, Bisexuality and Transgenderism Lesbian The Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, is the short title of a Federal law of the United States passed on September 21 1996 as Public Law No LGBT adoption refers to the Adoption of children by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgendered people Hate crimes (also known as bias motivated crimes) occur when a perpetrator targets a victim because of his or her membership in a certain Social group, usually defined Employment discrimination refers to discriminatory employment practices such as bias in hiring promotion job assignment termination and compensation and various types of
Dreier's 1998 and 2000 Democratic opponent, Janice Nelson, alleged that his relationship with Smith had been an open secret for many years. His 2004 opponent, Cynthia Matthews, came out of the closet and demanded that Dreier do the same. Closeted Coming out (that is " coming out of the closet " describes the voluntary public announcement of one's Sexual orientation and/or Gender identity Dreier did not publicly respond to these charges, which were discussed on local radio programs in his district. At the time, the mainstream U. S. print media did not cover the story (although the controversy was later, in June 2005, addressed in the British press after it was announced that British prime minister Tony Blair's son Euan would work as an unpaid intern for Dreier's committee during the summer of 2005). 2005: January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October Anthony Charles Lynton "Tony" Blair (born 6 May 1953 is a British Politician who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 2 May 1997 to Euan Anthony Blair (born 19 January 1984, London) is the eldest son of Cherie Blair and former British Prime Minister
Amid the controversy, Dreier voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment on September 30, 2004. The Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA (also referred to by proponents as the Marriage Protection Amendment) is a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution Events 1399 - Henry IV is proclaimed King of England. 1744 - France and Spain defeat the "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again " He explained his opposition to the amendment by stating that he felt the Constitution was not the appropriate tool for restricting rights. The Constitution of the United States of America is the supreme Law of the United States. He also has voted against the Flag Desecration Amendment. The Flag Desecration Amendment, often referred to as the flag burning amendment, is a controversial proposed Constitutional amendment to the United States Constitution
On September 6, 2007, blogger Mike Rogers outed Dreier on Talk of the Nation on NPR. Events 3114 BC - According to the Proleptic Julian calendar the current era in the Maya Long Count Calendar started Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. A blog (a contraction of the term " Web log " is a Web site, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary descriptions of Mike Rogers is an American Blogger and Gay activist in the Washington D Talk of the Nation is a Talk radio program based in the United States, produced by National Public Radio, and is broadcast nationally from 2 The topic of the program was, "The Ethics of Outing. "
Dreier has yet to publicly comment on his sexual orientation.
Dreier's behavior during his visit to Colombia's Capitolio Nacional on August 29, 2007 caused outrage among the nation's politicians and media. Dreier sat on the podium (literally) during a hearing before the Chamber of Representatives of Colombia, seen by many as a sign of disrespect towards his Colombian counterparts. The Chamber of Representatives (Spanish Cámara de Representantes) is the lower house of the Congress of Colombia. 
Dreir also publicly supported a provision in the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 that excludes many US troops and legal immigrants from receiving federal funds and resulted in the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funds that would have flowed into the California economy. The Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 ( is an Act of Congress providing for several kinds of economic stimulus intended to boost the United States 
As of 2002, there are 639,088 people in the 26th District of California. The California 26th Congressional District spans the foothills of the San Gabriel Valley from La Cañada Flintridge to Rancho Cucamonga.
In the 2000 general election, the voters of the 26th District of California voted:
In the 2004 general election:
Median Household Income: $58,968
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