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John Duarte (politician)

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John Duarte
Rep. John Duarte official photo, 118th Congress.jpg
Official portrait, 2023
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 13th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2023
Preceded byBarbara Lee (redistricting)
Personal details
Born (1966-09-09) September 9, 1966 (age 56)
Modesto, California, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Alexandra Duarte
(m. 1996)
EducationSan Diego State University (BA)
University of the Pacific (MBA)
WebsiteHouse website

John Scott Duarte (born September 9, 1966) is an American politician, businessman, nurseryman and pistachio farmer.[1][2][3] A member of the  Republican Party, he has served as the U.S. representative for California's 13th congressional district since 2023.[4]

California’s 13th congressional district was listed as a key competitive House race that could help determine control of the House of Representatives in the 2022 midterm elections.[5] His election was the second-closest in the nation, behind Lauren Boebert's election in Colorado's 3rd congressional district.[6]

Early life and education

Duarte was born on September 9, 1966, in Modesto, California, to Jim and Anita Duarte, and is the grandson of  Portuguese immigrants.[7] He graduated from the University of the Pacific’s Eberhardt School of Business with an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in finance from San Diego State University in 1989.[8]

Early career

In 1989, Duarte began his career as a vice president of sales for Duarte Trees & Vines, which was founded by his parents in 1988. In 2007, he became the company’s chief executive officer and president.[citation needed]

In 2017, Duarte was ordered to pay a $1.1 million fine after he was sued by  USACE, claiming that he had illegally filled wetlands on his wheat field in Tehama County by plowing it, a violation of the Clean Water Act. The lawsuit garnered national attention and lasted over five years.[9]

U.S. House of Representatives

On March 9, 2022, Duarte launched a campaign to represent California's 13th congressional district after the 2020 United States redistricting cycle created a new district based in the Central Valley. He and California state Assemblyman Adam Gray advanced to the general election.[10] He defeated Gray in the 2022 United States House of Representatives elections with 50.2% of the vote. He was declared the winner on December 3, 2022, almost a month after the election.[11]


Duarte was sworn into office on January 3, 2023. He supported Kevin McCarthy for Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.[12]

Political positions


Duarte is a self-described “moderate” on abortion, and opposes a nationwide abortion ban. He supports access to abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Duarte also opposes codifying Roe v. Wade into federal law.[13]


Duarte named border security one of his top priorities and one of the main reasons he ran for Congress. He called Florida Governor Ron DeSantis's decision to fly migrants to Democratic-leaning states a "creative idea" during a debate.[13]


Duarte has said the U.S. has "done its fair share for green energy" and that "America cannot allow ourselves to become less competitive, pursuing green energy fantasies on the backs of working families". During his congressional campaign, he said "several leftist activists" had been arrested for setting wildfires in the Sierra Nevada "to draw attention to global warming".[13]

Electoral history

2022 California's 13th congressional district election[14]
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Duarte 26,163 34.2
Democratic Adam Gray 23,784 31.1
Democratic Phil Arballo 13,099 17.1
Republican David Giglio 11,320 14.8
Republican Diego Martinez 2,026 2.7
Total votes 76,392 100.0
General election
Republican John Duarte 67,060 50.2
Democratic Adam Gray 66,496 49.8
Total votes 133,556 100.0

Personal life

Duarte lives with his wife Alexandra Duarte on a pistachio and almond farm outside of  Modesto in rural Stanislaus County. They have 4 children.


  1. ^ "Your guide to the California Congressional District 13 race: John Duarte vs. Adam Gray". Los Angeles Times. 2022-10-26. Retrieved 2022-11-17.
  2. ^ Zavala, Ashley (2022-11-15). "Control of the US House of Representatives could be left up to California". KCRA. Retrieved 2022-11-17.
  3. ^ ""Every single vote counts": U.S. House race maintains razor thin margin between Duarte, Gray in CA-13". Retrieved 2022-11-17.
  4. ^ "GOP's Duarte takes California Central Valley US House seat". Associated Press. 2022-12-02. Retrieved 2022-12-02.
  5. ^ "2022 House Race ratings". Cook Political Report. Retrieved 2022-12-09.
  6. ^ "Midterm nail-biters: Top 5 closest House races of 2022". Washington Examiner. 28 December 2022. Retrieved 12 January 2023.
  7. ^ "John Duarte, Republican Candidate in California's 13th Congressional District" (PDF). DCCC. Retrieved 13 January 2023.
  8. ^ "About John". John Duarte for Congress. Retrieved 13 January 2023.
  9. ^ Today, California Ag (13 August 2017). "Embattled Farmer John Duarte Defends Farming in Federal Court". California Agriculture News Today. Retrieved 12 January 2023.
  10. ^ "California 13th Congressional District Primary Election Results". The New York Times. 7 June 2022. Retrieved 12 January 2023.
  11. ^ Mizelle, Shawna (3 December 2022). "Republican John Duarte wins open House seat in California after Democrat concedes | CNN Politics". CNN. Retrieved 12 January 2023.
  12. ^ STAPLEY, GARTH. "What Stanislaus congressional representatives are saying about House speaker disarray". The Modesto Bee. Retrieved 13 January 2023.
  13. ^ a b c "John Duarte". Meet the Freshmen. Retrieved 12 January 2023.
  14. ^ "June 7, 2022, Primary Election United States Representative" (PDF). California Secretary of State Shirley Weber. 2022-06-25.

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Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 13th congressional district

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Preceded by United States representatives by seniority
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