2012-04-12 / Front Page

McClintock speaks in Mariposa

Congressman addresses Mariposa Patriots

Congressman Tom McClintock addresses a good-sized crowd at the Mariposa VFW Hall Saturday morning. (Dan TuckerCongressman Tom McClintock addresses a good-sized crowd at the Mariposa VFW Hall Saturday morning. (Dan TuckerCongressman Tom McClintock addressed a group of residents, many of which are members of the Mariposa Patriots which is affiliated with the Central Valley Tea Party, Saturday morning at the Mariposa VFW Hall.

After the meeting was opened by Ronika Johnson, a leader in the Mariposa Patriots organization, Tricia O'Neil introduced the congressman after highlighting many of the accomplishments of local organizations and individuals. McClintock gave an overview of the debate ongoing in Congress and the impact the Tea Party is having on it. He is a member of the congressional Tea Party Caucus.

McClintock is one of the most recognizable political
leaders in California, and he is currently running for reelection in the revised congressional seat representing Madera and Mariposa Counties. The congressman was first elected to the California Assembly at age 26 where he quickly distinguished himself as an expert in parliamentary procedure and fiscal
policy.

He was a member of the California State Legislature
for 22 years. Over the course of his tenure, he spearheaded
the campaign to rebate $1.1 billion in tax over collections to the people of California and proposed hundreds of specific reforms to streamline state government and reduce state spending. He has written and lectured extensively on state fiscal policy, privatization, bureaucratic reform and government streamlining.

The congressman sits on the following committees and subcommittees: the budget committee which is responsible for legislative oversight of the federal budget process. This committee reviews all bills and resolutions on the budget; the natural resources committee, the subcommittee for water and power, and he is the chairman of this committee; the subcommittee on national parks,
forests, and public lands; and the subcommittee on Indian and Alaska native affairs.

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