Buck was born and raised in California, and has called the Santa Clarita Valley home for over 40 years. Buck was born Sept. 9, 1938, in Los Angeles and grew up in Tujunga. Buck and his wife Patricia moved to Santa Clarita back in 1964, and it was there they decided to stay and raise a family. The McKeon’s have six children and 31 grandchildren.
Buck started his career as a businessman in the Santa Clarita Valley. Along with his brothers and his parents, Buck helped run their family business.
In addition to running a small business, Buck has always been heavily involved in public service and his community through such organizations as the Boy Scouts, Little League, the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Board, and the Chamber of Commerce, among others.
Before coming to Congress, McKeon served on the William S. Hart Union High School District Board of Trustees from 1978 to 1987. During that time, the city of Santa Clarita was incorporated and its citizens selected Buck as a member of the City Council.
It was during the council’s first meeting that its members selected Buck as Santa Clarita’s first mayor. During his tenure on the City Council, Santa Clarita expanded its sheriff’s and parks programs and earned a reputation as one of the safest cities in America.
Buck has led the charge in Congress to get America back on track. Buck believes in supporting a strong national defense, fighting for the men and women of America`s Armed Forces and their families, erasing the nation`s national debt, and returning fiscal discipline to the federal government.
In the last Congress, Buck was selected by his peers to serve as Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. As Chairman, he has fought to ensure that our troops deployed in Afghanistan, Iraq and around the world have the equipment, resources, authorities, training and time they need to successfully complete their missions and return home, and to ensure that we are investing in the capabilities and force structure needed to protect the United States from tomorrow’s threats, while mandating fiscal responsibility, accountability and transparency from the Department of Defense.
Buck has also served as the top Republican on the Education and the Workforce Committee for close to three years, where he advanced conservative policies supporting school choice, teacher quality and accountability, and higher education access and affordability. Buck still serves as a senior member of the Education and Labor Committee.
His leadership in cutting federal spending and reducing taxes also has been noted by several national organizations, including the National Taxpayers Union and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Buck has always been, and will continue to be, a champion for a strong and secure 25th District, state of California and United States of America.