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Elton Gallegly

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 24th district
Assumed office 
January 3, 1987
Preceded by Bobbi Fiedler

In office
1980 – 1986

In office

Born March 7, 1944 (1944-03-07) (age 65)
Huntington Park, California
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Janice Shrader
Residence Simi Valley, California
Alma mater California State University, Los Angeles
Occupation real estate broker
Religion Non-denominational Protestant

Elton W. Gallegly (born March 7, 1944), an American politician, has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives since 1987, currently representing the 24th District of California (map).

Born in Huntington Park, California on March 7, 1944, Gallegly graduated from high school and attended California State University, Los Angeles but did not graduate. He worked as a real estate broker before entering politics. Gallegly is a former member of the Simi Valley, California City Council. He became Simi Valley's first elected mayor in 1982, a position that he held before the House. Gallegly is married to the former Janice Shrader, and has four children.

Gallegly is a member of the Resources Committee, the International Relations Committee, and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.


Attempted retirement

On March 10, 2006, Gallegly announced his intent to retire from the House of Representatives after the 2006 mid-term elections, citing health concerns. He had already filed nomination papers to seek another term, however, and attempted to have his name removed from the Republican primary ballot. California election law, though, makes it clear that a candidate's name can only be withdrawn in the case of their death and, as a result, that Gallegly's name would have to remain on the ballot.

The following week, after learning that he could not have his name removed from the ballot and that no new challengers would be allowed to enter the race, Gallegly changed his mind and decided to seek what he said would be his final term.

In late April, 2007, however, Gallegly announced his intention to seek yet another term in 2008.

2008 Election

Gallegly was challenged by Republican Michael Tenenbaum in the June, 2008 primary. The Democratic primary opposed Mary Pallant, Jill Martinez and Marta Jorgensen.

Gallegly and Jorgensen faced off in the general election. The incumbent won 58% to 42%.

Committee assignments

Voting Record

Representative Elton Gallegly has typically voted along ideological party lines. He has voted to make abortion an illegal expenditure under current health care revisions, and receives consistently high ratings from pro-life interest groups [1]. He has also supported bills increasing the amount of emergency funding available to farmers and the agricultural industry [2]. However, Republican agricultural interest groups give him the highest ratings for these votes. The National Council of Agricultural Employees, a conservative interest group focused on the management of farmers rather than individual labors and their rights, has given Representative Gallegly a rating of 100%, whereas more liberal groups have given him minimal ratings [3]. Similarly, education-focused interest groups rate Mr. Gallegly along party lines. English First, which focuses on making English language courses available to all children, supports the Representative’s votes, while other more moderate teachers’ and students’ organizations do not [4].

In general, Representative Gallegly’s votes support Conservative legislation. He voted against the 2009 Economic Package, which would increase tax deductions for married people and individuals with lower income, while voting for other tax legislation which would simplify tax collection [5]. As a result, American for Tax Reform, an interest group working to decrease the complexity of taxes, often gives Gallegly high ratings. The Representative’s support of increased defense spending and increased border protection has further polarized interest group ratings; international rights’ groups and multilateralists—proponents of internationally collaborative politics—do not support Gallegly’s votes [6].

Recent Activism: Animal Rights

Representative Gallegly’s most recent activism is focused on the issue of animal rights. In an earlier bill passed by Congress, he authorized a law making animal abuse—when, according to the bill, animals are “intentionally maimed, mutilated, tortured, wounded, or killed”—illegal [7]. However, exceptions for religious, political, scientific, educational, journalistic, and artistic expression may have provided too many loopholes within the legislation. Bob Stevens was convicted of committing animal cruelty as defined by the law, but claimed that his rights to free speech and artistic expression protected him against prosecution. Representative Gallegly objected to Stevens’ defense, claiming that the videos “promote violence and, as such, are not protected by the Constitution.” [8].


  1. ^ "Representative Elton W. Gallegly CA." Project Vote Smart. )
  2. ^ "Representative Elton W. Gallegly CA." Project Vote Smart. )
  3. ^ "Representative Elton W. Gallegly CA." Project Vote Smart. )
  4. ^ "Representative Elton W. Gallegly CA." Project Vote Smart. )
  5. ^ "Representative Elton W. Gallegly CA." Project Vote Smart. )
  6. ^ "Representative Elton W. Gallegly CA." Project Vote Smart. )
  7. ^ Representative Elton Gallegly. "Animal Cruelty Leads to Crimes Against Humans." The Hill. )
  8. ^ Representative Elton Gallegly. "Animal Cruelty Leads to Crimes Against Humans." The Hill. )

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Bobbi Fiedler
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 21st congressional district

Succeeded by
Bill Thomas
Preceded by
Anthony C. Beilenson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 23rd congressional district

Succeeded by
Lois Capps
Preceded by
Brad Sherman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 24th congressional district

Succeeded by

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