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Freshman GOP Congressman David Valadao makes a mid-term assessment

Dairy farmer turned lawmaker David Valadao (R-Hanford)
Dairy farmer turned lawmaker David Valadao (R-Hanford)
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After the holiday break, lawmakers are trickling back into the state capitol. The Assembly will convene today at noon and the Senate at 2 pm. They have a lot of big issues to tackle in the coming legislative year.

Like how to spend a fiscal windfall, California's ongoing water wars, the brouhaha over the FBI's investigation of senator Ron Calderon and the strength of the Democratic Party, as their supermajority gets puts to the test in this fall's election.

California lawmakers are also getting back to business in Washington, DC. The Senate returns to work today; the House returns Tuesday. 

For California's 14 freshman members, it's the midway point of their first term, a time to assess what they've learned, and what they hope to accomplish this year. KPCC's Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde recently spoke with Central Valley Republican freshman David Valadao and brings us this report.