Modesto · Politics

Denham takes lobby job, passes up rematch with Harder

Former Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) will not seek a rematch after a narrow defeat to Rep. Josh Harder (D-Turlock) in 2018.

On Wednesday, white-shoe law firm KL Gates announced that Denham was joining the firm as a government affairs counselor in its K Street practice.

Before his exit from the House of Representatives, Denham served as chairman of the House Transportation Committee’s subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials.

A Gulf War veteran, Denham also served on the House Veterans Affairs Committee and the House Agriculture Committee.

“Anyone who knows Jeff knows that he is a go-getter,” said KL Gates’ Darrell Conner. “He did so as a member of Congress, as a candidate, and as a business owner. He’s going to be a great addition to the K&L Gates’ team.”

Denham told POLITICO Playbook on Thursday that “I have no plans to run for the House again.”

Currently, Harder’s only GOP challenger is Ted Howze, who ran against Denham in the 2018 primary.

Alex Tavlian is the Executive Editor of The San Joaquin Valley Sun and Executive Director of Valley Future Foundation. You can reach Alex at