Thomas Miller McClintock II (born July 10, 1956) is the U.S. Representative for California's 4th congressional district, serving since 2009. He is a member of the Republican Party. He is a former Assemblyman and state Senator. McClintock ran unsuccessfully ran for Governor of California in the 2003 California recall election and for Lieutenant Governor of California in the 2006 California lieutenant gubernatorial election.
Early life and career
McClintock was born on July 10, 1956 in White Plains, New York, McClintock graduated in 1978 from UCLA. He was elected Chairman of the Ventura County Republican Party at the age of 23 and served until 1981.
He was chief of staff to State Senator Ed Davis from 1980 to 1982. From 1992 to 1994, he served as director of the Center for the California Taxpayer. He was director of the Claremont Institute's Golden State Center for Policy Studies from 1995 to 1996.
McClintock was elected to the California State Assembly in 1982 at the age of 26. He was reelected in 1984, 1986, 1988, and 1990.
McClintock lost his bid to incumbent Anthony C. Beilenson for a seat in the United States House of Representatives representing California's 24th District.
McClintock ran for California State Controller but lost by 187,734 votes (2.3%) to the better-financed Kathleen Connell.
McClintock won the support of 3,792,997 (46.0%) Californians while Connell had the votes of 3,980,731 (48.3%) people. Three other candidates split the other 463,152 (5.7%) votes. Connell outspent McClintock by a 3-to-1 margin.
Voters in the 38th State Assembly District returned McClintock to the Assembly in 1996 by a 15.8% electoral margin. McClintock was supported by 71,597 (55.6%) voters, while Democrat Jon Lauritzen obtained 51,274 (39.8%) votes. Natural Law Party candidate Virginia Neuman garnered the remaining 6,021 (4.6%) votes.
In 1998, McClintock ran unopposed for reelection to the Assembly.
McClintock won a four-year term in the California Senate by a 15.2% margin in 2000. He won the support of 165,422 (57.6%) voters in the 19th State Senate District, while Daniel Gonzalez lost with 121,893 (42.4%) votes.
McClintock ran for State Controller again in 2002 and finished 22,730 votes behind eBay executive Steve Westly out of 7,258,758 votes cast. He logged 3,273,028 (45.1%) votes to Westly's 3,289,839 (45.4%); three other candidates won 695,891 (9.5%) votes. Westly outspent McClintock by a 5-to-1 margin. McClintock's campaigns for State Controller have focused on increasing accountability for the state budget. Angus McClintock, a fictional cousin and fellow Scottish American extolling Tom McClintock's virtues of thriftiness and accountability with low-budget fifteen-second ads.
His ads featured the character
In the 2003 Gubernatorial recall election, McClintock finished third with the support of 1,160,182 (13.5%) Californians. Fellow Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger won the election with support from 4,203,596 (48.6%) people while Democratic Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante won 2,723,768 votes (31.5%). Together, Republicans Schwarzenegger and McClintock were supported by 5,363,778 Californians (62.1%). 132 other candidates won the remaining 6.4% of the vote.
McClintock was re-elected to the California Senate in 2004, winning 61% of the vote.
He was the Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor in the 2006 elections. He ran for the Republican nomination virtually unopposed (Fresno realtor Tony Farmer gleaned 6.3% of the vote) but was defeated by State Insurance Commissioner Democrat John Garamendi by 49.1% to 45.1% (343,726 votes).
On March 4, 2008, McClintock announced his candidacy for the U.S.
House of Representatives in California's 4th congressional district, which is hundreds of miles away from the district McClintock represented in the state Senate. The district's nine-term incumbent, fellow Republican John Doolittle, did not seek re-election. Upon McClintock's entry into the race, fellow Republicans Rico Oller and Eric Egland withdrew from the Republican primary and endorsed McClintock.In the Republican primary, McClintock defeated former Congressman Doug Ose, Suzanne Jones, and Theodore Terbolizard. Ose formerly represented the neighboring 3rd District. The Democratic nominee was retired Air Force Lt. Col. Charlie Brown, who ran an unexpectedly strong race against Doolittle in 2006. In March 2008, Ose's campaign commercials criticized McClintock for receiving payments totaling over $300,000 in per diem living expenses during his time in the California State Senate, despite the fact that he lived in Elk Grove, near Sacramento, for most of the year. McClintock held that the payments were justified because his legal residence was in Thousand Oaks, in his State Senate district. He stated, "Every legislator's [Sacramento area] residence is close to the Capitol. My residential costs up here are much greater than the average legislator because my family is here." However, Ose's campaign commercials argued McClintock does not own or rent in home in the 19th district, but uses his mother's address. These attacks prompted a response from McClintock's wife, Lori, who said McClintock stays with his mother in order to better care for her after she fell ill and after the death of her husband. McClintock was endorsed by the Republican Liberty Caucus, a libertarian political action committee within the Republican Party, for his 2008 race for California's Fourth District Congressional seat. He was also endorsed by Ron Paul, who sent a fundraising email on McClintock's behalf. In the November 4, 2008 election, McClintock had a razor-thin lead over Brown and the race wasn't called by the end of the night. On November 23, 2008, McClintock led Brown by 1,566 votes (0.427% of the vote), 184,190 to 182,624. Subsequent returns expanded the margin slightly with the last returns coming in from El Dorado County shortly after Thanksgiving. Finally, on December 1, 2008, McClintock declared victory and on December 3, 2008, Brown conceded the race, with the final totals 185,790 for McClintock to 183,990 for Brown; a margin of 1,800 votes in the 807 precincts. McClintock ultimately prevailed by virtue of a 3,500-vote margin in Placer County, the largest county located entirely in the district. McClintock was unable to vote for himself in either the primary or the general election because the California Constitution required him to maintain his legal residence in his State Senate district until the end of his Senate term. Furthermore, in order to vote using a ballot in regards to a specific congressional district, one must live within that district. Because Thousand Oaks is outside of California's Fourth Congressional District, McClintock was therefore ineligible to vote for himself.
McClintock has a long history of opposing taxes. During the 2000 dot-com bubble, he was instrumental in proposing a two-thirds reduction in the vehicle license fee, or car tax. In 2003, when then-Governor Gray Davis attempted to rescind the rollback, McClintock led the effort to stop the repeal. McClintock has also opposed additional borrowing, making him odd bedfellows with liberal State Treasurer Phil Angelides, who opposed Proposition 57 as well. While McClintock argued for more spending cuts, Angelides favored increasing taxes instead of borrowing. McClintock has carried this dedication to the federal government as a signer of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.
September 5th, 2011