Republican Rep. David Valadao officially conceded in the tight race for his own House seat.
“There is no doubt we are disappointed in the results of this election but, we can take pride in knowing that we brought about real, tangible change,” Valadao said in his concession. “We have reduced taxes for middle class families, made huge strides in our battle for water, reformed the dairy industry for thousands of California farmers, improved access to healthcare for families throughout the Valley, and given our troops the support they deserve.”
Democrat TJ Cox, who recently declared victory despite votes still being counted, announced Thursday that Valadao called him to concede, and Cox thanked Valadao again for his service to the community.
“I thanked Congressman Valadao and his family for their service to our country and our communities during the past six years,” Cox said in a statement. “As the Congressman knows well, it is a great honor to be chosen to represent the people of the 21st District in the House of Representatives. We will work together to ensure a smooth transition for our constituents. I’m looking forward to getting to work on making a positive difference in the lives of our hard-working families.”
The seat is yet another pick-up for the Democrats in the House of Representatives.
Valadao said in a statement, “Representing the Central Valley in Congress has been the honor of a lifetime. There are truly no words to express how grateful I am to my supporters, neighbors, and all those who make the Central Valley such an amazing place.”