Rep. Ken Calvert (CA-42)
First elected in 1992, Ken Calvert is a businessman from Corona, California currently serving as a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee. Ken is the Chairman of the Interior Subcommittee overseeing the Department of Interior, the EPA and Native American tribes. He also serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Defense Appropriations subcommittee and the Energy and Water subcommittee. He is also the Chairman of the California Republican House Delegation.
Prior to Congress, Ken was a successful businessman in restaurants and commercial brokerage and development. Representative Calvert’s legislative work has received top ratings from the Americans for Tax Reform, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, League of Private Property Voters, National Federation of Independent Businesses, 60 Plus Association, Small Business Survival Committee and Citizens for a Sound Economy.
Representative Calvert was the author of legislation that created the E-Verify system, which is used to verify to legal status of newly hired employees. While the free, Internet-based system is currently used on a voluntary basis by businesses around the nation, Representative Calvert is a leading advocate for legislation to make the use of E-Verify mandatory;