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Tom Umberg


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Date Party Office Votes Result
11-06-1990 Democratic AD-72 25247 Win
11-03-1992 Democratic AD-69 32700 Win
11-08-1994 Democratic Attorney General 3256070 Loss
11-02-2004 Democratic AD-69 38516 Win
11-06-2018 Democratic SD-34 135062 Win
11-08-2022 Democratic SD-34 96419 Win

Candidate Biography:

Thomas J. Umberg
Born: September 25, 1955 in Cincinnati, Ohio
Married: Brigadier General Robin Umberg (US Army Reserve)
Children: Erin, Brett, and Tommy
Military Service: ARMY (War on Terror)

1987-1990: Assistant U.S. Attorney, District Unknown
1996: California Chair, Bill Clinton/Al Gore Reelection Campaign
1997-2000: Deputy Director, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
2002: Primary Candidate for Insurance Commissioner (Lost; 28%)
2006: Primary Candidate for SD-34 (Lost; 40.9%)
2007: Special Election Candidate for Orange County Board of Supervisors (Lost; 21.4%)
2008-2012: Member, California High Speed Rail Authority
2020: Proponent, Proposition 18 [Permit 17-year-olds to Vote in Primary and Special Elections] (Failed; 44%)

  • Tom is a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. He served with the 2nd Infantry Division in South Korea and with NATO forces in Italy, and as a paratrooper with the US Army Special Operations Command, US Army Special Warfare Center and the XVIIIth Airborne Corp. During his military career, he tried over 50 felony cases as a JAG officer in Korea, Italy, and the United States. Tom was recalled to active duty (from August to December 2004) and deployed as a war crimes prosecutor to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He prosecuted detainees housed at Camp X-Ray, and in 2009 as the Chief, Anti-Corruption, in Afghanistan.
  • In of 2010-2013, General Robin Umberg served as Deputy Secretary for Veterans Homes in the California Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • CLOSE CONTEST: In the 2007 Supervisor's special election: Trung Nguyen defeated Janet Nguyen by seven votes in the initial count, Janet Nguyen defeated Trung Nguyen by seven votes in the recount, and Janet Nguyen eventually defeated Trung Nguyen by three votes after a judge rejected four votes cast for Janet Nguyen. Umberg was the third-place candidate in that election, finishing 1,187 votes behind Trung Nguyen.
  • CLOSE CONTEST: In the 2018 General Election, the race in Senate District 34 wasn't settled until more than two weeks after the election. Nguyen ended election night leading with 57% and 13815 more votes than Umberg. Nearly two weeks after the election (on November 12th), Nguyen's lead slimmed to 7729 votes and the following day to 6905. By November 14th, Nguyen led by 4426 votes and a day later by 2964 votes. By the following day, a Friday, the margin narrowed again to 1848 votes and 1179 on Saturday. On November 19th, two weeks after the election, Umberg gained his first lead, with a 438 lead over Nguyen, which had grown to 2130 votes by the following weekend.

Source: California Legislature Handbook (1994)