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Howard L. Berman


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CA Blue Book
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-07-1972 Democratic AD-57 65290 Win
11-05-1974 Democratic AD-43 56133 Win
11-02-1976 Democratic AD-43 80266 Win
11-07-1978 Democratic AD-43 81013 Win
11-04-1980 Democratic AD-43 74710 Win
11-02-1982 Democratic CD-26 97383 Win
11-06-1984 Democratic CD-26 117080 Win
11-04-1986 Democratic CD-26 98091 Win
11-08-1988 Democratic CD-26 126930 Win
11-06-1990 Democratic CD-26 78031 Win
11-03-1992 Democratic CD-26 73807 Win
11-08-1994 Democratic CD-26 55145 Win
11-05-1996 Democratic CD-26 67525 Win
11-03-1998 Democratic CD-26 69000 Win
11-07-2000 Democratic CD-26 96500 Win
11-05-2002 Democratic CD-28 73771 Win
11-02-2004 Democratic CD-28 115303 Win
11-07-2006 Democratic CD-28 79866 Win
11-04-2008 Democratic CD-28 137471 Win
11-02-2010 Democratic CD-28 88385 Win
11-06-2012 Democratic CD-30 98395 Loss

Candidate Biography:

Howard Lawrence Berman
Born: April 15, 1941 in Los Angeles, CA
Married: Janis
Children: Brinley and Lindsey

Previous: President, California Federation of Young Democrats
Previous: Legal Intern, US Department of Labor
Previous: Legislative Intern, Assembly Agriculture Committee
1965-1966: Assembly Fellow
1968: Delegate, Democratic National Convention
1973-1979: Majority Leader, California State Assembly
1975: Member, Americans for Democratic Action Board of Directors
1976: Delegate, Democratic National Convention
1980: Majority Caucus Chair, California State Assembly
1980: Candidate for Assembly Speaker (Lost; 24 to 51)
1984: Delegate, Democratic National Convention
2008: Delegate, Democratic National Convention

  • An incumbent who lost to a member of their own party (in 2012).
  • LEGISLATION: The Alatorre-Zenovich-Dunlap-Berman Agricultural Labor Relations Act of 1975 establishing the right to collective bargaining for farmworkers as well as the creation of the state's Agricultural Labor Relations Board.
  • Supreme Court Decision: In June 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a provision in a law authored by Berman, SB 3x1 (1975), was unconstitutional. The law, which allowed labor unions to access agricultural employer’s property to recruit new members, was found to violate the fifth and fourteenth amendments. (Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid, 20-107)

Source: "Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-Present" (U.S. Library of Congress) []