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Dick Ackerman


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CA State Senate
Date Party Office Votes Result
09-12-1995 Republican AD-72 17503 Win
11-05-1996 Republican AD-72 103800 Win
11-03-1998 Republican AD-72 71148 Win
11-07-2000 Republican SD-33 212705 Win
11-05-2002 Republican Attorney General 2920752 Loss
11-02-2004 Republican SD-33 245116 Win

Candidate Biography:

Richard Ackerman
Born: December 5, 1942 in Long Beach, CA
Married: Linda*
Children: Lauren, Marc and Brett

1980-1992: Member, Fullerton City Council
1982: Mayor, City of Fullerton
1986: Mayor, City of Fullerton
2004: Delegate, Republican National Convention
2004-2008: Minority Leader, California State Senate
2008: Delegate, Republican National Convention
2010: Early Primary Candidate for SBOE-03 (Withdrew)
2012: Delegate, Republican National Convention

  • Linda I. Ackerman was the National Committeewoman from the California Republican Party (2008-2016). Linda also serves on the Metropolitcan Water District of Southern California (2008-Present), and the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board (2010-Present). In 2009, Linda was a Special Election candidate for AD-72 (Lost; 19.7%). 
  • NOTABLE NO VOTE (Expanded State Pension Benefits): Ackerman was one of 6 State Assemblymembers who voted against SB 400 (1999 by Deborah Ortiz, which created a new Public Employee Retirement System pension formula allowing a retirement benefit factor of 2% at age 55 increasing to 2.5% at age 63 and above.
  • NOTABLE NO VOTE (Expanded Local Pension Benefits): Ackerman was one of 7 State Senators (and 14 legislators overall) who voted against AB 616 (2001) by Tom Calderon, which allowed California cities, counties and special districts to offer retirement benefit factors up to 3% at age 60. These higher benefit factors led to severe unfunded pension liabilities in a number of cities a decade later.

Source: California Blue Book (2000)