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California - 26th District

Incumbent -- David Dreier (R) ; Will retire at end of current term (announced Feb. 29, 2012)

Safe Republican
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Updated June 24, 2009

Democratic strategists have put Dreier on their target list for 2010, prompted by the 4 percentage-point edge that voters gave to Barack Obama as the 2008 Democratic presidential nominee in this usually Republican suburban Los Angeles district. Though Dreier didn't have a very close race, his 53 percent vote share was his lowest in any of his 14 re-election campaigns, and Democratic challenger Warner -- the owner of a magazine distribution company -- is seeking a rematch.

But Dreier, who is rounding out a full three decades in Congress, has the advantages of incumbency, including seniority that gives him clout as the ranking Republican (and former chairman) of the powerful Rules Committee.


District Information

District Profile from Politics in America

Set along the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, the 26th District is a mix of Los Angeles bedroom communities and the mountainous Angeles National Forest, which makes up its northern half. The commuter-heavy district takes in middle- to upper-class suburbs, many of which have retained their own identities and quaint downtowns.

In the far western part of the 26th, a high-tech flavor is set by La Caņada Flintridge and Pasadena (in the neighboring 29th), which is home to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology. Monrovia boasts engineering firms and start-up technology companies that employ a highly educated workforce. The Santa Anita racetrack in Arcadia draws visitors and continues to contribute tax revenue to the local economy, but the area's thoroughbred racing industry faces uncertainty.

Rancho Cucamonga, in the 26th's chunk of San Bernardino County, is a destination for young, middle-class families and a distribution hub. Technology firms dot the San Bernardino Inland Valley suburbs, and small defense subcontractors also provide jobs. Traffic congestion caused by district residents who commute to Los Angeles or technology jobs in the areas surrounding the 26th continues to be a hot issue locally.

While not as diverse as most of its neighbors, the 26th has significant Hispanic and Asian communities, notably in Arcadia. Rapid development in communities surrounding Pasadena and in other Los Angeles County cities -- particularly Arcadia, Glendora, Monrovia and San Dimas -- brought young, wealthy, fiscally minded, socially moderate Republicans to the district, and the GOP carries a slight edge in party registration here. The 26th swung narrowly for Democrat Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election (51 percent), but gave GOP candidate Meg Whitman a nearly 7 percentage point win in the 2010 gubernatorial race.

Major Industry

Service, manufacturing, health care, biotech


Rancho Cucamonga, 165,269; Upland, 73,732; Arcadia, 56,364; Glendora, 50,073; Montclair, 36,664; Monrovia, 36,590; Claremont, 34,926


The collection at the Huntington Library in San Marino includes Thomas Gainsborough's painting "The Blue Boy" and a Gutenberg Bible.




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