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Clair W. Burgener


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CA Blue Book
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-06-1962 Republican AD-76 40589 Win
11-03-1964 Republican AD-76 55282 Win
11-08-1966 Republican SD-38 125575 Win
11-03-1970 Republican SD-38 132185 Win
11-07-1972 Republican CD-42 158475 Win
11-05-1974 Republican CD-43 115275 Win
11-02-1976 Republican CD-43 173576 Win
11-07-1978 Republican CD-43 167150 Win
11-04-1980 Republican CD-43 299037 Win

Candidate Biography:

Sinclair Walter Burgener
Born: December 5, 1921 in Vernal, Utah
Married: Marvia Hobusch (in 1941)
Children: Rod, Greg, John
Military Service: ARMY (WWII)
Died: September 9, 2006 in Encinitas, CA

1953-1957: Member, San Diego City Council
1955-1956: Vice Mayor, City of San Diego
1959-1961: President, California Association for Retarded Children
1961-1962: Vice President, National Association for Retarded Children
1970-1973: Vice Chairman, Presidents Committee on Mental Retardation
1973: Resigned from the State Senate on January 3.
1983-1993: President, California State Personnel Board
1988–1997: Member, Regents of the University of California
1985-1987: Chairman, California Republican Party

  • NOTABLE HISTORY: Burgener was probably the only Republican Party Chairman to ever be endorsed in his bid for Congress by nearly every Democrat (including Jerry Brown, Lt. Governor Mervyn M. Dymally, and Treasurer Jesse M. Unruh). In 1980, his Democratic opponent was Tom Metzger, a former KKK leader, who was strongly opposed by the Democratic establishment after he won the primary. 
  • NOTABLE HISTORY: In the 1980 General Election, Burgener was elected with 299,037 votes, becoming the California Congressman to receive the highest number of votes ever. 
  • PLACENAME: Clair W. Burgener Elementary was located in Oceanside until it closed in 1992. It is now operated as the "Clair Burgener Academy" by Oceanside Unified School District.

Source: California Blue Book (1963), (1967), (1971)
Source: "Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-Present" (U.S. Library of Congress) []
Source: A Disorderly House: The Brown-Unruh Years in Sacramento by James R. Mills (Heyday Books; 1987)