Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Elk Grove) has yet to return to Washington for the new session, which started on Jan. 10.
“The Congressman is mourning the death of his wife of 34 years. He will be back in D.C. soon,” his spokeswoman Jennifer Cressy said.
Lori McClintock passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 15 at the age of 61.
The congressman has missed the first 11 votes, the Clerk of the House of Representatives reports through Jan. 19, despite heavy, bipartisan use of the House’s pandemic-era proxy voting.
First elected in 2008, McClintock said he will run for an eighth term in the newly redrawn Congressional District 5. The district includes northwest Fresno, stretching north and east to include an eight-county region in California.