CALVIN M. "CAL" DOOLEY (born January 11, 1954), American politician,
was a Democratic member of the
Born in Visalia,
In mid-1990, Dooley won the Democratic primary for what was then the 17th District and faced six-term Republican Chip Pashayan in November. Although Pashayan had been reelected with 71 percent of the vote in 1988, he was bogged down by the House banking scandal , and Dooley defeated him by just over 9 points. In 1992, his district was renumbered as the 20th District and drawn as a Latino-majority district. He was easily reelected that year and five more times after that. He faced only one truly serious contest, when Republican Rich Rodriguez managed to hold him to 53 percent of the vote. A "New Democrat ," his voting record was considered moderate, as is typical for Democrats from the Central Valley .
Dooley announced his retirement in 2004 and endorsed his Chief of Staff, Lisa Quigley, as his successor. However, most of the rest of the state Democratic establishment endorsed Jim Costa , a former state legislator from the Fresno area. This touched off a contentious primary battle which was won by Costa, all but assuring him of victory in November. On October 10, 2002, Cal Dooley was among the 81 House Democrats who voted in favor of authorizing the invasion of Iraq . He has later said that he regrets this vote.
As of September, 2008, Dooley assumed the position of CEO of the American Chemistry Council , the trade association for American chemical companies. Previously, having served as the President and CEO of the Food Products Association (FPA), Dooley assumed the same roles at the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), following a merger with the FPA. GMA is a Washington-based trade association representing food manufacturers.
Dooley is married to the former Linda Phillips, who heads the Bryce
Harlow Foundation in Washington DC. The couple has two daughters,
Brooke Ybarra, who works for the federal government, and Emily Dooley,
a social studies teacher at Monticello High School in Charlottesville