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Dennis A. Cardoza


Picture of Dennis A. Cardoza
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-05-1996 Democratic AD-26 46648 Win
11-03-1998 Democratic AD-26 53059 Win
11-07-2000 Democratic AD-26 66595 Win
11-05-2002 Democratic CD-18 56181 Win
11-02-2004 Democratic CD-18 103732 Win
11-07-2006 Democratic CD-18 71182 Win
11-04-2008 Democratic CD-18 130192 Win
11-02-2010 Democratic CD-18 72853 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: March 31, 1959 in Merced, CA
Married: Dr. Kathleen McLoughlin
Children: Joey, Brittany Mari, and Elaina

Previous: Intern, Congressman Martin Frost [Texas]
1984-1987: Member, Atwater City Council
1994-1996: Member, Merced City Council
2008: Delegate, Democratic National Convention
2012: Resigned from the United States House of Representatives on August 15.

  • QUOTABLE: "After nearly 20 years in elected office, I offer this advice: Voters need to reward statesmanship. Too many Americans are losing faith in our government and our democracy.  For our country to change course, voters must aggressively punish extreme partisanship and rhetoric when they cast their ballots." (Source: LA Times Blog, see below)
  • QUOTABLE: "The real honor of serving in Congress is not working in historic buildings, but in laboring with so many unbelievably talented and dedicated individuals who serve our nation daily." (Source: Resignation announcement)

Source: California Blue Book (2000)
Source: "Rep. Dennis Cardoza says he won't run again" by Richard Simon, LA Times PolitiCal blog (10/20/2011)
Source: "Congressman Dennis Cardoza Announces Retirement from Congress, Effective Midnight August 15th", Press Release (8/14/2012)