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David Timothy Dreier (born July 5, 1952) is an American entrepreneur who currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Tribune Publishing Company, and leads the Fallen Journalists Memorial project.[1] Dreier is also a former Republican Party politician who served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from California from 1981 to 2013.

David Dreier
David Dreier, official portrait, 111th Congress.jpg
Chair of the House Rules Committee
In office
January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2013
Preceded byLouise Slaughter
Succeeded byPete Sessions
In office
January 3, 1999 – January 3, 2007
Preceded byGerald Solomon
Succeeded byLouise Slaughter
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from California
In office
January 3, 1981 – January 3, 2013
Preceded byJames F. Lloyd (35th)
Wayne R. Grisham (33rd)
Julian Dixon (28th)
Howard Berman (26th)
Succeeded byJerry Lewis (36th)
Lucille Roybal-Allard (33rd)
Howard Berman (28th)
Julia Brownley (26th)
Constituency35th district (1981–1983)
33rd district (1983–1993)
28th district (1993–2003)
26th district (2003–2013)
Personal details
David Timothy Dreier

(1952-07-05) July 5, 1952 (age 67)
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationClaremont McKenna College (BA)
Claremont Graduate University (MA)



Before 2004Edit

In 1978, Dreier decided to run for the United States House of Representatives at the age of 25. He ran against incumbent Democrat James Fredrick Lloyd, who had first won in an upset in a Republican-leaning district in 1974. Though unknown, Dreier ran a spirited campaign. Lloyd won that race by 54% to 46%.

In 1980, Dreier ran again and defeated Lloyd 52% to 45%, winning on the coattails of former California Governor Ronald Reagan's presidential election.[2] After the 1980 United States Census, his district was renumbered to the 33rd, so defeated U.S. Congressman Wayne Grisham in the Republican primary of 1982, 57% to 43%.[3]

He won the 1982 general election with 65% of the vote.[4] He won re-election every two years after that with at least 57% of the vote until his 2004 re-election campaign. His district was renumbered to the 28th after the 1990 United States Census and to the 26th district after the 2000 United States Census.[5]

2004 electionEdit

Rep. David Dreier's photo for the 109th Congress.

In 2004, Dreier faced strong criticism on his stances on illegal immigration from opponent Cynthia Matthews and “The John and Ken Show” on KFI-AM who felt he was not tough enough on illegal immigrants.[6] Dreier and the Republican party filed an NRCC complaint against the parent company, but disavowed orchestrating the complaint. The two hosts continued the 'Fire Drier' campaign allegedly infringing activity through to the election.

On February 24, 2006, the FEC declared that the charges were without merit. In an interview on KABC's Doug McIntyre program, Dreier denied the charges against him regarding immigration.[7]

Dreier won with 54% of the vote.[8][9]

After 2004Edit

In 2006, he won re-election in rematch against Matthews 57% to 38%, despite the fact Republicans lost the majority that year.[10]

In 2008, Dreier won re-election against Democrat Russ Warner with 53% of the vote, his worst re-election performance of his career.[11][12]

In 2010, he defeated Warner in a rematch with 54% of the vote.[13]

After the 2010 United States Census, the voter-created California Citizens Redistricting Commission renumbered Dreier's district as the 31st district, and reconfigured it as a Democratic-leaning, majority-Latino district.[14] Fellow Republican Gary Miller moved into the 31st after his old district was merged with the district of another Republican, Ed Royce. According to Roll Call, this left Dreier with no realistic place to run for re-election.[15] Drier eventually decided to retire.[16]


Dreier served as chairman of the House Rules Committee from 1999 until 2007. The Democrats gained control of the House in the 2006 midterm elections and Drier served as ranking member for the 110th and 111th Congresses. With the Republicans regaining control of the House in the 2010 midterm elections, Dreier again assumed the chairmanship during the 112th Congress.[17]

He served as the co-chair of Arnold Schwarzenegger's 2003 California gubernatorial campaign. He also served as national co-chair of Mayor Rudy Giuliani's 2008 presidential bid.

Gay RightsEdit

Dreier supported the Defense of Marriage Act.[18] Dreier voted against the Matthew Shepard Act that expanded federal hate-crimes law to include crimes motivated by a victim's actual or perceived gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.[19] Dreier initially supported the Don't ask, don't tell policy which prevented LGBT members of the armed forces from serving openly.[20] However, in December 2010, Dreier voted in favor of legislation that repealed the policy.[21][22]

Dreier's sexuality has been the subject of rumor and controversy.[23][24][25][26]

Personal AchievementsEdit

Dreier has served for many years as a trustee of Claremont McKenna College, his undergraduate alma mater, which falls within his Congressional district.[27]

According to Roll Call magazine, Dreier has a personal fortune in excess of $7.5 million and as much as $29 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.[28]

Dreier is a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership. He was a leading member of the board of directors of the International Republican Institute.[29]

Dreier also publicly supported a provision in the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 that excludes many legal immigrants from receiving federal tax rebates.[30]

Dreier has been a longstanding supporter of closer ties between the United States and countries of Latin America and has met frequently with executive and legislative branch leaders throughout the region. On one occasion, during his visit to Colombia's lower house chamber on August 28, 2007,[31] he drew criticism from some opposition lawmakers when he sat on the edge of a podium during informal remarks to Colombian legislators. Dreier later apologized and insisted he intended no disrespect. In comments released August 30, 2007 he said "I meant absolutely no offense. I simply wanted to demonstrate my warm feeling and affection."[32]

Committee assignmentsEdit

Caucus membershipsEdit

Leadership bidEdit

Following the indictment of Tom DeLay on September 28, 2005, Dreier was widely expected to temporarily assume the position of House Majority Leader. Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert favored Dreier for the position, presumably because Dreier has consistently adhered to the views of the Republican leadership and would have been willing to relinquish the title immediately should DeLay have been able to return to the Majority Leader position. However, a conference of rank-and-file Republican representatives disapproved of the choice of Dreier in such a senior position largely because many conservative Republican House members believed that Dreier was too politically moderate. According to Dreier spokeswoman Jo Maney, Dreier declined the temporary Majority Leader position because he "would have had to give up his chairmanship of the Rules Committee to move to another position, and that's not something that he wanted to do".[33]

The House Majority Leader position instead went to then Majority Whip Roy Blunt, though both Dreier and then Deputy Majority Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia shared in some duties.[34]

On February 29, 2012, Dreier announced that upon completion of his current term he would not seek re-election.[35]

After CongressEdit

Since retirement from Congress, Dreier has become chairman of The Annenberg-Dreier Commission at Sunnylands.[36] He has also become a distinguished fellow at the Brookings Institution.[37]

Dreier was elected to the board of trustees of the California Institute of Technology in 2013.

Tribune PublishingEdit

As of January 2019, Dreier was named chairman of the board of Tribune Publishing Company,[38][39] succeeding former Tribune CEO Justin Dearborn. Dreier has served on the board of the Tribune since 2016.

Awards and HonorsEdit

In 2017 Dreier was awarded the Aztec Eagle award by Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto for his work to strengthen the relationship between the United States and Mexico.[40][41]

In 2013 Dreier was knighted into the order of Saint Agatha by the Republic of San Marino for his work developing free trade between San Marino and the United States.[42][43]

In 2012 Dreier was awarded the Charles T. Manatt Democracy award by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems for his work to promote democratic institutions in new and developing democracies as founding chairman of the House Democracy Partnership.[44] That same year, Dreier was also honored by the president of Colombia with induction into that country's Order of San Carlos for his work in strengthening U.S.-Colombia relations.[45]

In 2010 Dreier was honored with the Award of Merit by the American Water Works Association for his work in supporting the development of better water systems in the United States.[46]

In 2004 Dreier was awarded the Hubert H. Humphrey award for notable public service by a political scientist by the American Political Science Association.[47]

Personal lifeEdit

Dreier is a descendant of Richard Bland Lee, a congressman from Virginia who served on the first Rules Committee impaneled by the House of Representatives.[48] He currently resides in Beverly Hills, California.[49][50] He lost his Malibu home in the 2018 fires.[51]

Electoral historyEdit

California's 35th congressional district: Results 1980[52]
Year Republican Votes % Democratic Votes %
1980 David Dreier 100,743 52% James Lloyd 88,743 46% James Noonan Peace and Freedom 5,492 3%
California's 33rd congressional district: Results 1982–1990[52][53]
Year Republican Votes % Democratic Votes % Third Party Party Votes % Third Party Party Votes %
1982 David Dreier 112,362 65% Paul Servelle 55,514 32% Phillips Franklin Libertarian 2,251 1% James Noonan Peace and Freedom 2,223 1%
1984 David Dreier 147,363 71% Claire McDonald 54,147 26% Gail Lightfoot Libertarian 4,738 2% James Noonan Peace and Freedom 2,371 1%
1986 David Dreier 118,541 72% Monty Hempel 44,312 27% James Noonan Peace and Freedom 2,500 2%
1988 David Dreier 151,704 69% Nelson Gentry 57,586 26% Gail Lightfoot Libertarian 6,601 3% James Noonan Peace and Freedom 3,492 2%
1990 David Dreier 101,336 64% Georgia Webb 49,981 31% Gail Lightfoot Libertarian 7,840 5%
California's 28th congressional district: Results 1992–2000[52][53]
Year Republican Votes % Democratic Votes % Third Party Party Votes % Third Party Party Votes % Third Party Party Votes %
1992 David Dreier 122,353 58% Al Wachtel 76,525 37% Walter Sheasby Green 6,233 3% Thomas Dominy Libertarian 4,271 2%
1994 David Dreier 110,179 67% Tommy Randle 50,022 30% Jorj Baker Libertarian 4,069 2%
1996 David Dreier 113,389 61% David Levering 69,037 37% Ken Saurenman Libertarian 4,459 2%
1998 David Dreier 90,607 58% Janice Nelson 61,721 39% Jerry Douglas Libertarian 2,099 1% Walter Sheasby Green 1,954 1% Lawrence Allison Natural Law 819 1%
2000 David Dreier 116,557 57% Janice Nelson 81,804 40% Randall Weissbuch Libertarian 2,823 1% Lawrence Allison Natural Law 2,083 1% Joe Haytas American Independent 1,932 1%
California's 26th congressional district: Results 2002–2010[52][53]
Year Republican Votes % Democratic Votes % Third Party Party Votes % Third Party Party Votes %
2002 David Dreier 95,360 64% Marjorie Mikels 50,081 33% Randall Weissbuch Libertarian 4,089 3%
2004 David Dreier 134,596 54% Cynthia Matthews 107,522 43% Randall Weissbuch Libertarian 9,089 4%
2006 David Dreier 102,028 57% Cynthia Matthews 67,878 38% Ted Brown Libertarian 5,887 3% Elliott Graham American Independent 3,351 2%
2008 David Dreier 140,615 53% Russ Warner 108,039 40% Ted Brown Libertarian 18,476 7%
2010 David Dreier 112,774 54% Russ Warner 76,093 37% David Miller American Independent 12,784 6% Randall Weissbuch Libertarian 6,696 3%

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "About". Fallen Journalists Memorial Foundation. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  2. ^ "CA District 35 Race". Our Campaigns. November 4, 1980. Retrieved 2012-06-03.
  3. ^ "CA District 33 – R Primary Race". Our Campaigns. June 8, 1982. Retrieved 2012-06-03.
  4. ^ "CA District 33 Race". Our Campaigns. November 2, 1982. Retrieved 2012-06-03.
  5. ^ "Candidate – David Dreier". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2012-06-03.
  6. ^ "Dreier targeted on immigration". The Washington Times. October 31, 2004.
  7. ^ Levine, Justin (November 8, 2004). "David Dreier of the 26th Congressional district of California: Why he still needs to go in '06". Calblog. Archived from the original on November 24, 2004.
  8. ^ "California". CNN. Retrieved May 1, 2010.
  9. ^ "CA – District 26 Race". Our Campaigns. November 2, 2004. Retrieved 2012-06-03.
  10. ^ "CA – District 26 Race". Our Campaigns. November 7, 2006. Retrieved 2012-06-03.
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  12. ^ "CA – District 26 Race". Our Campaigns. November 4, 2008. Retrieved 2012-06-03.
  13. ^ "CA – District 26 Race". Our Campaigns. November 2, 2010. Retrieved 2012-06-03.
  14. ^ "CA – District 31 – Open Primary Race". Our Campaigns. June 5, 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-03.
  15. ^ Trygstad, Kyle. Gary Miller Switches California Districts to Avoid Battle With Ed Royce. Roll Call, 2012-01-12.
  16. ^ Simon, Richard (29 February 2012). "Rep. David Dreier decides against seeking reelection". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  17. ^ "Press Release: Dreier Selected as Rules Committee Chair for 112th Congress". December 16, 2010. Archived from the original on March 16, 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-03.
  18. ^ "H.R. 3396 (104th): Defense of Marriage Act -- House Vote #316 -- Jul 12, 1996". Retrieved 2018-07-17.
  19. ^ John, Conyers (2009-04-30). "Actions - H.R.1913 - 111th Congress (2009-2010): Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009". Retrieved 2018-07-17.
  20. ^ "Murphy amendment certified for House consideration". Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights. 2010-05-26. Retrieved 2018-07-17.
  21. ^ Willis, Derek. "Repeals 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' - H.R.2965: Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010". ProPublica. Retrieved 2018-07-17.
  22. ^ Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010.
  23. ^ "David Dreier Latest Outing Target". Outside the Beltway. 2004-09-23. Retrieved 2018-07-17.
  24. ^ "David Dreier Retirement: California Congressman Will Not Run For Re-Election". Huffington Post. 2012-02-29. Retrieved 2018-07-17.
  25. ^ "The Raw Story | Anti-gay congressman David Dreier, said gay, 'lived with male chief of staff'". Retrieved 2018-07-17.
  26. ^ Ireland, Doug (2004-09-23). "The Outing". L.A. Weekly. Retrieved 2018-07-17.
  27. ^ "Claremont McKenna Board of Trustees". Archived from the original on May 11, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-29.
  28. ^ David Dreier: Campaign Finance/ Money. Retrieved February 3, 2009.
  29. ^ "Board of Directors and Officers". International Republican Institute. Archived from the original on April 28, 2010. Retrieved 2012-06-03.
  30. ^ Gorman, Anna (May 17, 2008). "Tax rebate exclusions prompt protest". Los Angeles Times.
  31. ^ Associated Press, 28 August 2007
  32. ^ "This House member is no stand-up guy". Los Angeles Times. September 10, 2007.
  33. ^ Lochhead, Carolyn (September 29, 2005). "Californian looked likely, but Missouri lawmaker takes DeLay post". San Francisco Chronicle.
  34. ^ "DeLay blasts indictment, prosecutor". CNN. September 29, 2005. Retrieved 2012-06-03.
  35. ^ Kane, Paul (February 29, 2012). "Rep. David Dreier to retire at end of year". The Washington Post.
  36. ^ "The Annenberg-Dreier Commission | Dreier Roundtable". Retrieved 2018-07-17.
  37. ^ "David Dreier, Longtime Chairman of the House Rules Committee, Joins Brookings as Distinguished Fellow". Brookings. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  38. ^ Channick, Robert. "Tribune Publishing names new CEO as 3 executives depart". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  39. ^ "Tribune Publishing Shakes Up Management". Daily Herald. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  40. ^ Carruthers, Wanda (17 September 2017). "Mexico to Honor Former US Rep. David Drier With Aztec Eagle Award". Newsmax. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  41. ^ "Prof. Roderic Camp and former Congressman David Dreier '75 awarded Mexico's top honor for foreigners". Claremont McKenna College. 24 October 2017. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  42. ^ Scauzillo, Steve (20 June 2013). "Former San Gabriel Valley congressman David Dreier to be knighted". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  43. ^ Bartolucci, Giovanna (27 June 2013). "In San Marino, David Dreier, promoter of the US resolution on bilateral relations". RTV San Marino. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  44. ^ "IFES Announces 2012 Democracy Award Winners". International Foundation for Electoral Systems. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  45. ^ "Colombia Honors Reps. Dreier and Farr for Longstanding Commitment to Strengthening U.S.-Colombia Relations". Embassy of Colombia, Washington DC. Government of Colombia. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  46. ^ "Award Of Merit". American Water Works Association. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  47. ^ "Hubert H. Humphrey Award". American Political Science Association. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  48. ^ David Dreier, CQ's Politics in America 2006, 109th Congress, Congressional Quarterly Publications (2006)
  49. ^ Richard Simon (February 29, 2012). "Rep. David Dreier decides against seeking reelection". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2014-03-03.
  50. ^ "Beverly Hills Courier 11-08-13 E-edition". Issuu. Retrieved 2019-03-12.
  51. ^ Nolan, Conan. "Former California GOP Congressman Says Republicans Had it Coming". NBC Southern California. Retrieved 2019-03-12.
  52. ^ a b c d "Office of the House Clerk – Electoral Statistics". Clerk of the United States House of Representatives. Archived from the original on July 25, 2007.
  53. ^ a b c "Election Results". Federal Election Commission.

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James Lloyd
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 35th congressional district

Succeeded by
Jerry Lewis
Preceded by
Wayne Grisham
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 33rd congressional district

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Lucille Roybal-Allard
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Julian Dixon
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from California's 28th congressional district

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Howard Berman
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Howard Berman
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Julia Brownley
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Gerald Solomon
Chair of the House Rules Committee
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Louise Slaughter
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