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Ken Calvert

Ken Calvert
Ken Calvert

Early life and education
Calvert was born in Corona, California to Marceline Hamblen and Ira D. Calvert, Jr.,[1] and still lives in Corona. In 1970, shortly after high school, he joined the campaigns of former state legislator Victor Veysey. Calvert worked in Veysey’s Washington, D.C., office as an intern after a 1972 victory. Calvert received an associate of arts degree from Chaffey Community College in 1973 and a bachelors of arts degree San Diego State University in 1975. After graduation, he managed his family’s restaurant, the Jolly Fox, in Corona for five years. He then entered the real estate industry and ran Ken Calvert Real Properties until he was elected to Congress.

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California’s 44th district Incumbent Assumed office January 3, 1993 Preceded by Born Political party Spouse Residence Alma mater Occupation Religion Mary Bono June 8, 1953 (1953-06-08) Corona, California Republican Divorced Corona, California Chaffey Community College, San Diego State University small business owner, real estate agent Protestant

Congressional career
Elections
In 1982, the 29 year old Calvert ran for the United States House of Representatives to represent a newly drawn district. He narrowly lost the Republican primary to Riverside County Supervisor Al McCandless, who had been the choice of the Republican establishment. McCandless went on to win the general election. Calvert was first elected to the House in 1992, when McCandless decided to retire. Calvert won the general election with 47% of the vote (a plurality, but he was the highest vote-getter), defeating Democrat Mark A. Takano by 519 votes. In 1994, he was challenged in the Republican primary by Joe Khoury and won renomination by only 51% to 49%. He was re-elected in the 1994 general election with 55 percent, again defeating Takano. In 1996, he was re-elected with 54 percent of the vote, defeating Democrat Guy Kimbrough. In 1998 he defeated Democrat Mike Rayburn with 55 percent of the vote. Calvert won again in 2000 with 74 percent of the vote, facing no major-party opposition. Calvert was re-elected in 2002, defeating Louis Vandenberg with 64 percent of the

Kenneth Stanton (Ken) Calvert (born June 8, 1953), an American politician, has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives since 1993, representing California’s 44th congressional district. The district is part of the Inland Empire and south Orange County areas of Southern California.

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vote. He defeated Vandenberg again in 2004 with 61 percent of the vote. Vandenberg, a college administrator, was again Calvert’s opponent in the November 2006 election.[2] Calvert won with 59.6 percent of the vote; Vandenburg got 37.5 percent.[2] In 2008, he had a surprisingly close race. He ran against Democratic candidate Bill Hedrick, receiving 51.8% of the vote.[3] Calvert declared victory immediately, but Hedrick waited three weeks before conceding, due to higher than normal turnout prolonging the vote-counting process.[4]

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and reliability. The bill became Public Law 108-361 [9]

The NASA Reauthorization Act of 2005
In the 109th Congress, Rep. Calvert served as the Chairman of the Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee which oversees NASA. As Chairman Rep. Calvert introduced and passed into law the NASA Authorization Act of 2005 (P.L. 109-155), the first reauthorization bill of civilian space and aeronautics agency in five years. The reauthorization provided NASA with the direction and tools to implement President Bush’s Vision for Space Exploration while stressing the importance of their earth and space science and aeronautics work.[10]

Legislative accomplishments
E-Verify
Rep. Calvert is the original author of E-Verify, the only employment verification program available to employers to check the work authorization status of newly hired employees. In 1995, Rep. Calvert introduced H.R. 502, which was later included in the immigration reform bill, H.R. 2202. [5] The immigration reforms were later wrapped into the FY1997 Omnibus Appropriations Act. [6] The original program, known as the Basic Pilot Program, was only available to five states and employers used a call in system. In the 12 years since its implementation, the Basic Pilot Program, now known as E-Verify, has expanded nationwide and has over 100,000 employers using the system. Two states, Arizona and Mississippi, have made use of E-Verify mandatory. E-Verify is 99.6% accurate, free to employers, web-based and 96.1% of checks to the system receive an instant "green light" to work. Rep. Calvert has introduced legislation in the 111th Congress to make use of EVerify mandatory. [7]

Real estate investments
A map of Calvert’s recent real estate holdings and those of a partner, Woodrow Harpole Jr., show many of them near the transportation projects he has supported with federal appropriations. For example, Calvert and Harpole own properties close to a bus depot in Corona for which Calvert sought funding. According to development experts, improvements to the transportation infrastructure have contributed to the area’s explosive growth. Calvert said he had used earmarking solely to benefit his district. Those appropriations, he said, have had nothing to do with his investments or financial gains. Noting that property values have climbed throughout the Inland Empire, he added: "They haven’t passed a law against investing yet." Calvert’s May 2005 financial disclosure statement showed that he owned eight parcels of land, most in Riverside County, as of December 31, 2004.[11] On May 19, 2006, The Riverside Press-Enterprise, the sixth largest newspaper in California, editorialized that The Los Angeles Times got the facts wrong and in fact, there was no impropriety on the part of Rep. Calvert [12]. Rep. Calvert has stated that all requests for federal funding come from local entities.

CALFED
As Chairman of the Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power, Rep. Calvert introduced H.R. 2828, The Water Supply, Reliability, and Environmental Improvement Act, which reauthorizes the CALFED Bay-Delta program. The CALFED Bay-Delta Program is a unique collaboration among 25 state and federal agencies that came together with a mission: to improve California’s water supply and the ecological health of the San Francisco Bay/ Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. [8] H.R. 2828 provides a long-term federal authorization for the western region for water supply

March Air Reserve Base
In 2005, Calvert and Harpole paid $550,000 for a 4.3-acre (17,000 m2) parcel just south of

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March Air Reserve Base. Calvert’s real estate firm, where Calvert’s brother, Quint, is the president,[13] and Halpole is vice president, received brokerage fees from the seller, Rod Smith of Greeley, Colorado, for representing both buyer and seller in the deal. Less than a year later, Calvert and Harpole sold the property for nearly $1 million. During the time he owned the land, Calvert used the earmarking process to secure $8 million in federal funds for a freeway interchange 16 miles (26 km) from the property, and an additional $1.5 million to support commercial development of the area around the base.

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documents, as was the updated appraisal that McGreevy said was done in May 2005. The land could have served as a community park in a predominately Hispanic, lower-income neighborhood in Mira Loma. The Calvert partnership plans to build a ministorage business.[13]

Committee assignments
• • Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development • Subcommittee on Homeland Security • Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies

Cajalco and I-15 interchange
In early summer 2005, Harpole bought property with a group of investors at 20330 Temescal Canyon Road, a few blocks from the site of the what was then a proposed interchange at Cajalco and I-15. The purchase price was $975,000. Within six months, after the bill passed that provided federal funding for the interchange, they sold the parcel for $1.45 million. Calvert’s firm took a commission on the sale.[11]

Caucus membership
• Republican Main Street Partnership • Caucus to Fight and Control Methamphetamine (Co-Chairman) • Generic Drug Equity Caucus (CoChairman) • Manufactured Housing Caucus (CoChairman) • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Beef Caucus Boating Caucus Canada Caucus Coastal Caucus Goods Movement Caucus Hydrogen Caucus International Conservation Caucus Congressional Internet Caucus Native American Caucus Real Estate Caucus Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus Specialty Crop Caucus Sportsmen’s Caucus Suburban Agenda Western Caucus Wine Caucus Armenian Caucus Baltic Caucus Hellenic Caucus Human Rights Caucus India Caucus International Anti-Piracy Caucus Moroccan Caucus Travel and Tourism Caucus Zero Capital Gains Tax Caucus Congressional Diabetes Caucus Cong. Missing and Exploited Children’s Caucus

Jurupa CS District
In the spring of 2006, Calvert and Harpole purchased 4 acres (16,000 m2) of land from Jurupa Community Services District, a water and sewer district in northwestern Riverside County, for $1.2 million, along with five investment partners who jointly had a one-third interest. A newspaper investigation reported in August 2006 that the district apparently never first offered the land to other public agencies, a requirement of state law intended to provide more recreational land. The district’s general manager said other agencies were notified, but representatives of those agencies said they received no such notice. The district could not provide evidence of the notification, saying relevant files had been misplaced. The community services district did not advertise or list the land for sale, a practice required by counties and many other public agencies seeking top dollar on behalf of taxpayers. District general manager Carole McGreevy, who is stepping down from that position in late 2006 and retiring in late 2007, said the district proclaimed the land surplus in the early 1990s after it was no longer needed for flood control. The record of that decision was among the missing

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• Coalition on Autism Research and Education • 2015 Caucus (House Cancer Caucus) • Fire Caucus • Medical Technology Caucus • Electronic Warfare Caucus • Modeling & Simulation Training Caucus • National Guard and Reserve Components Caucus • Navy-Marine Corps Caucus • Shipbuilding Caucus • Special Operations Forces Caucus • U.S. House Law Enforcement Caucus • STEM Caucus • Congressional Missing and Exploited Children Caucus • Immigration Reform Caucus • Congressional Border Caucus • Congressional Internet Caucus • Congressional Diabetes Caucus • Coalition on Autism Research and Education • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Caucus • Congressional Alzheimer’s Taskforce • Heart and Stroke Coalition • Cystic Fibrosis Caucus

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at the same time it pulled the records of Representative Jerry Lewis, who is at the center of the Copeland Lowery lobbying controversy. Calvert helped pass through at least 13 earmarks sought by Copeland Lowery in 2005, totalling over $91 million.[15]

Earmarks for the Corona Transit Center
In May 2007, the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct of the U.S. House of Representatives sent Calvert a letter stating that his earmark request for $5.6 million for the Corona Transit Center did not, in the committee’s opinion, constitute a "financial interest". The transit center, a hub for rail commuters and an a transfer point for bus connections, is in the vicinity (from .1 miles to 1.7 miles) of seven properties in which Calvert has an ownership interest. Calvert had successfully obtained earmarks of $700,000 in 2004 and $500,000 in 2006 for the transit center. [17]

Personal
In 1993 Calvert was arrested for soliciting a prostitute.[18][19] The Riverside Press-Enterprise went to court to force the Corona police to release the police report. Also in 1993, Calvert and his former wife, Robin, were divorced after 15 years of marriage. His exwife later accused him of not paying the alimony arranged. In addition, his father committed suicide. After these experiences, Calvert said that the experiences "have helped me mature greatly... and become a better person."[20]

Controversies
In September 2006 (and again in 2007 & 2008), Calvert was named one of the "20 Most Corrupt Members of Congress" in a report by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. The organization, which was created by the Democracy Alliance and partially funded by liberal activist George Soros [14], said "His ethics issues stem from his use of earmarks for personal gain and his connections to a lobbying firm under investigation."[15]

References
[1] calvert [2] California Secretary of State, 2006 general election results, U.S. Congress District 44, accessed November 14, 2006 [3] California Secretary of State, 2008 general election results, U.S. Congress District 44, accessed December 8, 2008 [4] Riverside Press-Enterprise, [1], accessed December 8, 2008 [5] 1996 Congressional Quarterly Almanac [6] http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/ D?c104:15:./temp/~c1049CzcDF [7] http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/ z?c111:H.R.19.IH

Connections to lobbyists
Calvert went with businessman Thomas Kontogiannis and now-convicted Congressman Randy Cunningham on a December 2004 trip to Saudi Arabia. They were accompanied by Rancho Santa Fe businessman Ziyad Abduljawad, who paid for the trip. Kontogiannis is currently an unindicted co-conspirator (#3) in the Cunningham scandal.[16] The activities of lobbying firm Copeland, Lowery, Jacquez, Denton and White (now dissolved) is currently under investigation by a federal grand jury. On May 23, 2006, the FBI obtained publicly available financial records

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United States House of Representatives Preceded by Ron Packard Preceded by Mary Bono

Ken Calvert

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Succeeded by from California’s 43rd congressional district Joe Baca 1993–2003 Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Incumbent from California’s 44th congressional district 2003 – present money, blowjobs", Orange County Weekly, February 16, 2006 [19] http://www.redstate.com/files/ calvertarrest.jpg [20] Robinson, Jack. "Two years have brought Calvert crises, lessons." Riverside Press Enterprise. November 3, 1994. Page B01.

[8] http://www.calwater.ca.gov/calfed/about/ index.html [9] http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/ z?d108:HR02828:@@@D&summ2=m& [10] http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/ D?d109:10:./temp/~bdynlx::|/bss/ d109query.html [11] ^ Tom Hamburger, Lance Pugmire and Richard Simon, "Rep. Calvert’s Land of Plenty: He has earmarked funds for Riverside County projects near properties he sold for a profit.", Los Angeles Times, May 15, 2006 [12] The Riverside Press Enterprise Editorial "False Alarm" May, 19, 2006 [13] ^ David Danelski and Sandra Stokely, "Sale of park site draws questions", Press-Enterprise, August 17, 2006 [14] http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/ content/article/2006/07/16/ AR2006071600882_pf.html [15] ^ CREW summary of ethics issues of Calvert, September 2006 [16] Joe Cantlupe, "Ex-congressman’s friend emerges as mystery man", Copley News Service, April 15, 2006 [17] Committee on Standards of Official Conduct of the U.S. House of Representatives, letter to Representative Ken Calvert, May 3, 2007 [18] Alex Brant-Zawadzki, Of Pork and Ken: Local congressman likes toll roads,

External links
• U.S. Congressman Ken Calvert official House site • Ken Calvert at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress • Federal Election Commission — Mr Ken Calvert campaign finance reports and data • On the Issues — Ken Calvert issue positions and quotes • OpenSecrets.org — Ken Calvert campaign contributions • Project Vote Smart — Representative Ken S. Calvert (CA) profile • SourceWatch Congresspedia — Ken Calvert profile • Washington Post — Congress Votes Database: Ken Calvert voting record • Re-Elect Ken Calvert Congressman official campaign site • Associated Press profile • Calvert’s Arrest Report

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