Connie Conway won the special runoff election for the congressional seat previously held by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), who resigned in January to lead former President Donald Trump’s social media platform.
Conway, a Trump-endorsed Republican and lifelong resident of California’s Central Valley, earned 59.5 percent percent of the vote, leading Democratic opponent Lourin Hubbard who received 40.5 percent, with an estimated 65 percent of the votes counted.
Conway will serve the remainder of the congressional term ending Jan. 3, 2023.
Conway, a small business owner and staunch advocate for farmers, was appointed by Trump to serve as executive director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency in 2019.
“I thank the Valley’s voters for placing your trust in me to represent you in Congress,” she said in a press release. “I’ve listened closely to your concerns, and I assure you that I will give you a strong, unwavering voice in Washington that will stand up for you, your beliefs, and your interests.”
She is also endorsed by the Fresno County Republican Party, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Congressman Steve Scalise, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik and Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, among others.
She has served as Californian State Assembly minority leader, California State Association of Counties (CSAC) president, and director of the National Association of Counties (NACo). She was a Tulare County Supervisor from 2000 to 2008.
Conway has promised to take her decades-long battle for conservative values to Washington, D.C.
“In Congress, I’ll take the fight to Nancy Pelosi. I’ll fight Washington’s reckless spending, which is causing inflation, higher food and gas prices and leaving our kids an unpayable debt,” Conway states on her campaign website.
She has vowed to keep pushing to ensure farms and dairies get enough water and to create “good-paying jobs” in the region.
Conway opposes the “defund the police” movement and is endorsed by Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux and Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims.
By Brad Jones