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Bruce Sumner


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Date Party Office Votes Result
11-06-1956 Republican AD-74 48507 Win
11-04-1958 Republican AD-74 49197 Win
11-08-1960 Republican AD-74 72423 Win
11-04-1986 Democratic CD-40 75664 Loss

Candidate Biography:

Bruce Wilson Sumner
Born: July 1, 1924 in Bozeman, Montana
Married: Virginia "Ginny" ann Kuck (m. 1947), Susan
Children: Scott Paul and Ann Elizabeth
Military Service: USMC (WWII, Korea)
Died: March 25, 2018 in Newport Beach, CA

1954-1955: Public Defender, Orange County
1958-1959: Member, Assembly Subcommittee on Impact of Enemy Attack
1964-1971: Member, California Constitutional Revision Commission
1966: Proponent, Proposition 1A [Full-time Legislature]( Passed)
1971-1985: Judge, Orange County Superior Court
1974-1979: Member, California Judicial Council
1980s: Special Counsel, Secretary of Defense Casper Weinberger
1986: Chairman, Orange County Democratic Party

  • In 1982, Sumner was nominated as a write-in candidate during the CD-40 primary. He received 16,401 votes.
  • FROM HIS BIO: Judge Sumner's global journey starts as a United States Marine. He served at the very end of WW II and was later in the Korean conflict where he received six Battle Stars, three Presidential Unit Citations and a Letter of Commendation with the Combat Letter “V.”

Source: California Blue Book (1958), (1961)
Source: "The Judicial Council of California: Membership" by the Judicial Council of California (accessed 5/30/2012)
Source: Members of the California Legislature and Other State Officials by the California Teamsters Legislative Council (1957 ed.)