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Howard E. Wright


Date Party Office Votes Result
11-03-1896 Republican AD-51 0 Win
11-08-1898 Republican AD-51 2597 Win

Candidate Biography:

1899: Speaker, California State Assembly*

  • Wright resigned after 29 days as Speaker due to allegations of unethical conduct relating to a vote-buying scheme involving candidates for US Senate (who were elected by the legislature at that time). Source: Tim Morland, Assembly Chief Clerk's Office
  • According to contemporary reporting, in addition to resigning as Speaker, Wright had also forged campaign finance documents (the penalty for which would have been forfeiture of office) and an expulsion resolution had been introduced by Assemblyman James K. Burnett which would likely have been brought up for consideration of the day of the resignation.