Dana Rohrabacher

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Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, born in Coronado, California on June 21, 1947, is the Republican Representative serving the 46th Congressional District of California. Rohrabacher was elected to Congress in 1988.



  • graduated from Palos Verdes High School, Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., 1965
  • attended Los Angeles Harbor College, Los Angeles, Calif., 1965-1967
  • B.A., California State University, Long Beach, Calif., 1969
  • M.A., University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif., 1971


  • journalist

Political history

  • assistant press secretary to the Reagan presidential campaigns of 1976 and 1980
  • speechwriter and special assistant to President Ronald Reagan, 1981-1988
  • elected as a Republican to the 101st United States Congress and to the nine succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1989-present). [1]


Environmental Record

Rohrabacher voted against the environment on five recent important legialative roll call votes: Energy (House R.C. 132); Artic Refuge (House R.C. 666); Environmental Funding (House R.C. 88); Coastal Protection (House R.C. 192) and Fuel Efficiency (House R.C. 121).

Fun Facts!

  • In 1997, Rohrabacher aide Rhonda Carmony was convicted in a scheme to file fraudulent nomination papers for a decoy Democratic spoiler candidate in a key election for the state legislature. This was Carmony's second go-round with election law, having been charged in 1991 with violations in a municipal election. Rhonda is now known as Mrs. Dana Rohrabacher. FEC reports indicated that for her (1996) troubles (as an aide, not as Mrs. Rohrabacher), she received a bonus of over $15,000 in a single week. (Reference: The Hill, 3/20/96.)
  • Credited as "20th Maine Officer" in the 2003 Civil War film Gods and Generals
  • During debates on Iraq in 2001 and 2002, Rohrabacher claimed that Iraq was "at war against us" and that Saddam Hussein had a "blood feud" with America.
  • Disputes anthropocentric causes for climate change and once claimed that dinosaur flatulence may have caused a previous global warming episode].
  • During the early 1970s Dana Rohrabacher was an anarcho-capitalist and associated with the group of Southern California anarchist/sci-fi fans grouped around Samuel Edward Konkin III. He later forsook anarchism for a brief stint in the Libertarian Party and then ran for office twice - and lost - in Republican primaries for Congress funded by libertarian funder Charles Koch. After serving as a speechwriter for Ronald Reagan he ran for Congress again as a Republican and won in 1988, this time with Oliver North helping with the fundraiding.
  • Endorsed torture, and told critics "I hope it’s your families, I hope it’s your families that suffer the consequences.” (of a future terrorist attack) (ThinkProgress.org, April 24, 2007)
  • Said "Erik Prince, is on his way to being an American hero just like Ollie North was.” (Source: Rohrabacher: Blackwater CEO Is ‘An American Hero Just Like Ollie North Was’, thinkprogress.org, October 9, 2007)

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