Republican politician who started serving California as a Member of the US House of Representatives in 1989. He is a supporter of Proposition 8, and believes that marriage should be strictly between a man and a woman.
He earned a bachelor's degree in history at California State University, Long Beach in 1969 before receiving his master's degree in American Studies at the University of Southern California.
Unlike most Republican Party members of Congress, he is a supporter of the medicinal use of marijuana as a right of the state.
He has triplets with his wife Rhonda.
He served as assistant press secretary to the 1976 and 1980 presidential campaigns of Ronald Reagan.