Entering the race with the endorsement of retiring Congressman Buck McKeon, former California State Senator Tony Strickland will vie for the newly opened spot in the U.S. House of Representatives.
To validate his strength in the race, Strickland points to his experience in the State Legislature, where he represented much of the same district.
“I was raised in Simi Valley and this area is my home,” said Strickland. “Here, I played basketball for Royal High School and learned what a wonderful place it is to live. It’s also the place where I learned the conservative principles and values that have made this country great.”
Last week, longtime Congressman Buck McKeon announced his retirement, and also announced his decision to endorse Strickland to replace him.
“I support Tony Strickland because he shares our conservative values and he’s effective. Tony is exactly the type of leader we deserve in Congress. I trust Tony, he has earned it,” said Congressman McKeon.
Strickland continued to share his vision.
“Congress is in need of strong conservative leaders who will work hard for the people they represent. We need to get Washington back to working for us and we need leaders that understand that big government and more spending isn’t the answer…it’s the problem. America, and our economy, are worth fighting for and the stakes are simply too high to sit on the sidelines.”
First elected to the Assembly in 1998, Strickland built a reputation for advocating lower taxes and smaller government. He first made his mark in 2001, when he filed the lawsuit against then-governor Gray Davis on behalf of energy ratepayers during the California energy crisis. Strickland’s suit ultimately forced the Davis Administration to reveal energy contracts it had negotiated in secret between the State of California and companies like Enron. As a result of his leadership, Strickland was elected GOP Caucus Chair by his colleagues. He also formed the Taxpayer Caucus to organize opposition against democratic budgets.
“In Congress, I’ll be a champion for a balanced budget that reins in our national debt and protects our country for future generations,” he said. “I will fight to lower taxes, create jobs to strengthen our economy, and protect the individual rights that are so uniquely American. I will work tirelessly to reduce government intrusion and red tape so the full power of our economy can be unleashed.”