Brian P. Bilbray (R-CA-50)
Brian P. Bilbray California District 50
Brian P. Bilbray, Biography from House.gov
Biography of Congressman Brian P. Bilbray
Congressman Brian P. Bilbray was elected to represent the 50th Congressional District of California on June 6, 2006. He currently serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee with subcommittee appointments to Oversight and Investigations, Communication and Technology, and Energy and Power. He is also a member of the House Republican Policy Committee and the Chairman of the Immigration Reform Caucus.
Congressman Bilbray is a native San Diegan and was born at Coronado Naval Air Station where his father served in the Navy as a Warrant Officer. Congressman Bilbray brings to his constituency a unique level of experience having served the people of San Diego County as a Council Member, Mayor, County Supervisor and as a member of Congress. During his two decades of local government service, Brian fought to protect and enhance the quality of life that has attracted millions to San Diego County. He supported a number of economic development policies that helped solidify the county’s reputation for being a hub of innovation and entrepreneurship.
Early on in his career, Congressman Bilbray made a name for himself as a representative who takes action. Starting when he personally drove a bulldozer onto the beach to stem Tijuana’s pollution as it threatened San Diego’s environment, Congressman Bilbray has been an active steward of environmental issues. Congressman Bilbray’s numerous experiences in saving people trying to cross the U.S. border by swimming across the Tijuana River during floods have given him direct insight into the lengths people will go to come to the United States illegally. These personal and direct experiences have helped shape a unique and bi-partisan perspective as Congressman Bilbray continues to represent the people of North County.
The Congressman’s first tenure in Congress began in 1994, as a part of the historic class of Republicans who took control of both the House and Senate for the first time since 1954. There he championed the fiscally responsible philosophies that produced a balanced budget and a $155 billion budget surplus. He continued his work on border control issues and successfully fought for legislation that added nearly 1,400 new agents to the U.S. Border Patrol. Congressman Bilbray successfully secured $425 million in funds to reimburse border states for the costs associated with illegal alien incarceration.
Congressman Bilbray became a key ally of the public safety community with his support of Megan’s Law, the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Act and the Child Protection and Sexual Predator Act. He was also an advocate for the Care for Police Survivors Act and the Child Protection Act.
He continued to fight for the quality of life protection measures he supported while serving in local government. Utilizing his experience as a member of the California Air Resources Board and on the California Coastal Commission, Congressman Bilbray worked to pass landmark clean air and clean water legislation. He was the author of H.R. 999, the Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health Act that was signed into law in 2000, as well as the Border Smog Reduction Act, also signed into law in 1998. He was one of two co-sponsors of H.R. 5131, the Halt Electricity Price-Gouging Act and co-sponsored a number of bills aimed at reducing our dependency on foreign oil while providing incentives to purchase and produce fuel efficient vehicles.
After leaving Congress in 2001, Congressman Bilbray continued his work to develop and implement meaningful immigration reform, serving as the Co-Chairman of the National Board of Advisors for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). It was the issue of illegal immigration that propelled Brian back into Congress in June of 2006.
Since his election, Congressman Bilbray has co-sponsored legislation aimed at securing our borders by increasing interior enforcement measures and eliminating illegal immigration incentives. Specifically, he has recently worked with Congressman David Dreier (R-CA) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman, Congressman Silvestre Reyes (D-TX) to introduce H.R. 98, a bill aimed at implementing a tamper-resistant Social Security Card that every worker would need to gain employment. This would put into a place the infrastructure needed to crack-down on employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants.
Congressman Bilbray was also at the forefront of the battle to protect the Mt. Soledad Veterans War Memorial. He co-sponsored legislation signed into law in August of 2006 that will preserve the Mt. Soledad National War Memorial for generations of San Diegans to enjoy.
As Chairman of the Immigration Reform Caucus, Congressman Bilbray will continue to be a leading voice for the call of illegal immigration reform. His other key priorities in the 112th Congress include the continuation of his past work on clean air and clean water, efforts to bring accountability and transparency to the federal budget process, health care reform and ensuring our nation’s future through alternative energy.
He and his wife Karen are proud parents of seven children and six grandchildren.
Biography from Brian Bilbray for Congress
Congressman Brian Bilbray proudly represents California’s 50th Congressional District which includes the cities of San Diego, Escondido, Carlsbad, Encinitas, San Marcos, Del Mar, Solana Beach & the communities of Rancho Santa Fe and Fairbanks Ranch.
As a native San Diegan and as a local elected official for nearly two decades, Brian has shown a lifetime of commitment to serving the San Diego community. Brian was born at Coronado Naval Air Station where his father served in the Navy and attended Mar Vista High School in Imperial Beach. Brian first threw his hat into the electoral ring at age 25, when he successfully ran for city council with an extensive eminent domain plan threatening the quality of life for all Imperial Beach residents. In 1978, Brian was elected Mayor of Imperial Beach and he later served the County of San Diego on the Board of County Supervisors for ten years.
Brian was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1994, as a part of the historic class of Republicans who gained the majority in the House and Senate after nearly forty years in the minority. In Congress, Brian continued to practice the philosophies of fiscal responsibility he had learned as a local elected official and which resulted in a balanced federal budget – the first in over 30 years – and a $155 billion surplus. Identifying illegal immigration as a problem long before it was an issue at the forefront of the nation’s attention, Brian successfully fought for legislation that bolstered the U.S. Border Patrol by adding nearly 1,400 new agents in 1995 and also fought to secure $425 million in funds to reimburse Border States for the costs of incarcerating illegal immigrants. Brian also introduced legislation that would reform citizenship laws and prohibit children born in the United States to illegal alien parents from automatically receiving American citizenship.
After leaving Congress in 2001, Brian continued to fight illegal immigration by serving as the Co-Chairman of the National Board of Advisors for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).
Since re-joining Congress in 2006, Brian has continued to fight illegal immigration, make government more transparent and protect the interests of San Diegans.
Since his election, Brian has co-sponsored legislation to combat illegal immigration that would secure our borders, improve enforcement measures and punish businesses that knowingly hire illegal immigrants. As a co-sponsor, Brian introduced H.R. 98 that would require the implementation of a tamper-resistant Social Security Card that every worker would need to gain employment. This bill provides the infrastructure needed to crack-down on employers who hire illegal immigrants. Also, Brian’s leadership and long-time reputation of being tough on illegal immigration garnered him the respect of his peers as he was recently appointed the Chairman of the Immigration Reform Caucus.
In March 2007, Brian announced that he would post his 2008 appropriations requests on his congressional website to make government more transparent and to ensure that requests were in the public light for everyone to see.
Brian was also part of the San Diego delegation that fought to protect the Mt. Soledad Veterans War Memorial. Along with his peers, he co-authored legislation that was signed into law by President Bush in August of 2006 that led to the preservation of the Mount Soledad Veteran’s Memorial for San Diegans to enjoy for years to come.
Brian currently serves on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the Committee on Veteran’s Affairs and the Science and Technology Committee. He is also a member of the House Republican Policy committee and the Chairman of the Immigration Reform Caucus.
Brian and his wife Karen reside in Carlsbad, California and are the proud parents of five children and six grandchildren.
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