8.14.2012 Local Leaders Thank Cardoza for Service to the Valley

Washington, DC- Rep. Jim Costa, former House Majority Whip Rep. Tony Coelho, former speaker of the California Assembly Robert Hertzberg, and Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani joined together to express their deep appreciation for Rep. Dennis Cardoza’s years of dedicated service to the people of the San Joaquin Valley. The officials released the following statements.

Rep. Jim Costa said, “My friend Dennis has long been a strong advocate for the people of the San Joaquin Valley and serving alongside him was an honor and a privilege. Dennis has always brought candor and dedication to finding real solutions that will be sorely missed in Congress. From bringing a UC to Merced to fighting to ensure that homeowner’s concerns were heard at all levels of the federal government to protecting Valley agriculture, Dennis’s legacy will be a stronger future for the Valley that he proudly served with such focus and commitment to the people he represented.”

Former House Majority Whip and Central Valley Congressman Tony Coelho added, "I’ve watched Dennis since his city council days, all the way through to his work in the state legislature, and then on the federal level.  In all of these phases, he excelled because of his ability to represent his people and work with both political parties.  As a result, at the national level he was able to rebuild the Valley’s political influence in the Congress. The Democratic leadership worked with him -- and even depended on him -- at all levels, and his position was helpful to his constituents."

Former Speaker of the California Assembly Robert Hertzberg said, “UC Merced would not exist today if it were not for Dennis Cardoza. No person worked harder on any issue than did Dennis on UC Merced.  His work was determined, forceful, focused and he did not accept excuses. Dennis’s efforts regarding UC Merced are leadership at its best.  Every graduating class -- and the Central Valley as a whole -- owe a huge debt of gratitude to Mr. Cardoza. He is a true champion for them.”

Assemblymember Cathleen Galgiani said, “I have had the pleasure of working with Dennis for over 16 years on many important issues for the Central Valley. We worked closely together on the development of UC Merced, the Highway 99 Prop.1B funding, the California High-Speed Rail as well as efforts to benefit the agricultural industry and water needs of our area. Since the housing market crash in 2007, in which our area has been one of the hardest hit in the nation, Dennis and I have co-sponsored numerous Foreclosure Prevention Workshops and supported State and Federal legislation to assist and protect homeowners. These have been difficult times and Dennis has been a source of strength to me personally and as a partner deeply committed to making a difference for the
people of Merced, Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties. As a constituent and a colleague, I
thank Dennis for his years of good work on our behalf and I know he will continue to be helpful
to our communities in whatever capacity he can. As a friend I wish he and Kathie and their
children good health and happiness in this new chapter in their lives.”