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California - 24th District

Incumbent -- Elton Gallegly (R) ; Will retire at end of current term (announced Jan. 7, 2012)

Safe Republican
Race Ratings Key

CQ Politics rates this race as "Safe," meaning the incumbent party is virtually certain to win the seat.


District Information

District Profile from Politics in America

North and west of the close-in Los Angeles suburbs, the 24th includes ski-friendly mountains, fertile valleys and a slice of coastline with excellent surfing. The district takes in nearly all of Ventura County and inland Santa Barbara County.

Ventura County, where most district residents live, is a mix of lower-income farming communities -- many workers in the local agricultural industry are immigrants -- and more-upscale residential areas. But some cities, particularly Moorpark, Fillmore and Camarillo, have experienced high home-vacancy rates and slow economic growth. Ventura's biotech, insurance, finance and electronics sectors supported what had been a steady economy before the housing market began struggling and unemployment rates began rising.

Citrus fruit thrives in the sunshine and fertile soil of Ventura County, while the central and western portions of the 24th in Santa Barbara County produce grapes, broccoli and strawberries. Western Ventura includes most of the Los Padres National Forest. San Nicolas Island, the Anacapa Islands and part of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area also fall within the 24th's boundaries.

Interior areas of Santa Barbara County, military families and retirees, and southern Ventura cities such as Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks form a Republican base. Despite that GOP lean, Barack Obama eked out a slim 51 percent win here in the 2008 presidential race. GOP candidate Meg Whitman won 54 percent of the district's 2010 gubernatorial vote.

Major industry

Aeronautics, biotech, service, agriculture

Military bases

Naval Base Ventura County, 6,500 military, 4,400 civilian (2011) (shared with the 23rd); Vandenberg Air Force Base, 2,798 military, 4,072 civilian (2010) (shared with the 23rd)


Thousand Oaks, 126,683; Simi Valley, 124,237; Ventura (pt.), 85,226; Camarillo, 65,201; Lompoc, 42,434; Moorpark, 34,421


The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is in Simi Valley.




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