BioCalvert was first elected to serve the 43rd District in 1992, however as a result of re-districting the 43rd District was renamed in 2002. Congressman Calvert now represents California's 44th Congressional District, while maintaining representation of some of the old 43rd's largest cities. During his freshman term, Calvert served as an active Member of the Resources Committee and Science Committee. The next two years in office Calvert's ability to work in a bipartisan fashion was rewarded with the Chairmanship of the Energy and Mineral Subcommittee on the Resources Committee. While unusual for a sophomore Member to be given a Chairmanship after only one term in Congress, Calvert served on two other Committees- maintaining his seat on the Science Committee and gaining a seat on the Agriculture Committee. Over the years his committee assignments enabled him to address issues critical to Riverside County, California and the nation, issues such as the Endangered Species Act, agriculture, energy, water and much more. In the 105th and 106th Congress, Rep. Calvert was Chairman of the Science Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment where he worked on alternative energy and clean air issues. In 2001 (107th Congress) Calvert was selected to serve on the House Armed Services Committee.
In the 108th Congress (2003-2004), Calvert continued his service on the Armed Services Committee, Resources Committee and Science Committee. On the Resources Committee, Calvert was Chairman of the Water and Power Subcommittee overseeing federal water rights in the west, including hydro-power generated from federal water projects. As Chairman he introduced and helped pass H.R. 2828, The Water Supply, Reliability, and Environmental Improvement Act, which reauthorizes the CALFED Bay-Delta program.
In the 109th Congress (2005-2006) Calvert was Chairman of the House Science Committee Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics and passed the first NASA Authorization bill in five years. He also served as a member of the Committee on Armed Services and the Resources Committee.
In the 110th Congress, (2007-2008) Calvert served for five months as the Ranking Member of the House Science Committee Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics and as a member of the Committee on Armed Services and the Resources Committee. On May 9, 2007, Rep. Calvert was selected to serve on the House Appropriations Committee. He was a member of the Energy and Water Subcommittee and the Interior and the Environment Subcommittee.
In the 111th Congress, Rep. Calvert served on the House Appropriations Committee and was a member of the Energy and Water Subcommittee, the Interior and the Environment Subcommittee and the Homeland Security Subcommittee. He was also selected to serve as the Ranking Member of the House Select Intelligence Oversight Panel of the House Committee on Appropriations (SIOP). The SIOP reviews and studies budget requests for intelligence activities in order to make recommendations to relevant subcommittees of the Committee on Appropriations.
In the 112th Congress, Rep. Calvert continues to serve on the House Appropriations Committee and is a member of the Defense Subcommittee, the Interior and the Environment Subcommittee and the Legislative Branch Subcommittee.
During his past eight terms, Calvert has focused on securing federal funds for critical projects in Riverside County including- C-17 operations at March Air Reserve Base; research into the grapevine killing Pierce's Disease scourging California's wine industry; expansion of the Janet Goeske Center for Senior and Disabled Citizens; improving cutting edge clean air technology at the University of California at Riverside; and, supporting various environmental restoration and flood control efforts critical to Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.
Rep. Calvert authored legislation, which has been passed into law, that protects against identity theft by prohibiting the appearance of Social Security account numbers on or through unopened mailings of checks issued by the Treasury Department, providing additional educational dollars to states through a simplified collection process of oil and gas royalties, increasing the penalties for desecrating our national cemeteries, establishing the Medal of Honor Memorial at the Riverside National Cemetery as a "national" memorial, and reducing or eliminating the use of animals to test product and chemical safety by establishing alternative test methods throughout a coalition of federal agencies.
In 1996, Calvert authored legislation that created E-Verify, the only tool available to employers to check the veracity of a name and Social Security number given on an I-9 form for employment. Since the decade it was created, E-Verify has been made mandatory in two states (Arizona and Mississippi) and as of January 2011 it serves over 180,000 employers nationwide. Congressman Calvert will introduce legislation in the 112th Congress to make employment verification mandatory over a period of seven years.
In the 112th Congress, Calvert's legislative plan includes- helping our struggling economy through tax cuts and targeted infrastructure spending; supporting our military around the world and supporting the mission in Afghanistan; strengthening our borders, prevent any attempts to provide amnesty, and make use of E-Verify mandatory for all employers in the U.S.; creating long-term solutions to California's energy and water problems; working towards the implementation and funding of new transportation corridors vital to Riverside and Orange County's future; continuing oversight and improving the efficiency of the Fish & Wildlife Office's enforcement of the Endangered Species Act; and, much more.