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Warren Furutani


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Date Party Office Votes Result
02-05-2008 Democratic AD-55 43647 Win
11-04-2008 Democratic AD-55 84597 Win
11-02-2010 Democratic AD-55 61088 Win
11-08-2016 Democratic SD-35 117455 Loss

Candidate Biography:

Warren T. Furutani
Born: October 16, 1947 in San Pedro, CA
Married: Lisa A.
Children: Sei Malik and Joey Tadashi

1987-1990s: Member, Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education
1998-2000: Senior Consultant, Assembly Speaker Antonio R. Villaraigosa
1999-2008: Member, Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Community College District
2000-2002: Senior Consultant, Assembly Speaker Robert Hertzberg
2002-2004: Senior Consultant, Assembly Speaker Herb Wesson
2004-2008: Senior Consultant, Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez
2006: Primary Candidate for AD-55 (Lost; 45.8%)
2012: Special Election Candidate for Los Angeles City Council (Lost; 39%)
2012: Early Primary Candidate for AD-64 (Withdrew)
2013-Present: Member, Los Angeles City Board of Public Works

  • Legislative Altercation: During an Assembly floor debate on the afternoon of June 15, 2011, Furutani was involved in an altercation with Assemblyman Donald P. Wagner. Wagner compared the Democratic tactics to something he saw "on an episode of 'The Sopranos'". Assemblyman Anthony Portantino objected to the reference as a "proud Italian-American" and asked for an apology. Wagner responded with a sarcastic apology to "any Italian Americans who are not in the Mafia and engaged in insurance scams." Furutani then "went over to Wagner's desk and got in his face, shouting, "Now you've stepped into it."  The two jawed angrily at each for a couple of seconds and then Furutani appeared to shove Wagner before they were broken up by other lawmakers." [Source: OC Register]

Source: California Legislature Handbook (2009-10)
Source: "O.C. lawmaker involved in Assembly scuffle" by Brian Joseph, Orange County Register (6/16/2011)
Source: "Fight breaks out in Assembly during budget debate" by Kevin Yamamura, Sacramento Bee (6/16/2011)