California’s 22nd District: Central Valley
First elected: 2002
Before Congress: Served on the College of the Sequoias Board of Trustees ; California state director for the Agriculture Department’s rural development program
2018 election: Nunes won by 5 points
Race rating: Solid Republican
Notable: As chairman of the Intelligence Committee in the last Congress, Nunes became known as a staunch Trump defender. He removed himself from overseeing two of the committee’s investigations, one investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and the other probing whether intelligence community collected information about the Trump campaign. The House Ethics Committee cleared Nunes in Dec. 2017 of allegations that he disclosed classified information.