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Pete Wilson


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Date Party Office Votes Result
11-08-1966 Republican AD-76 56158 Win
11-05-1968 Republican AD-76 78130 Win
11-03-1970 Republican AD-76 71082 Win
11-02-1982 Republican Senate1 4022565 Win
11-08-1988 Republican Senate1 5143409 Win
11-06-1990 Republican Governor 3791904 Win
11-08-1994 Republican Governor 4781766 Win

Candidate Biography:

Peter Barton Wilson
Born: August 23, 1933 in Lake Forest, Illinois
Married: Betty Robertson (m. 1968-1981), Gayle Edlund (m. 1983)
Step-son: Phil Graham
Military Service: USMC

1971: Resigned from the State Assembly on December 5.
1971-1983: Mayor, City of San Diego
1978: Primary Candidate for Governor (Lost; 9.1%)
1991: Resigned from the United States Senate on January 7.
1996: Primary Candidate for President (Lost)
1999-Present: Fellow, Hoover Institution
2002-Present: Member, Defense Policy Board
2008: At-Large Delegate, Republican National Convention
2010: Campaign Chair, Meg Whitman for Governor campaign
2012: Delegate, Republican National Convention
2012: Opponent, Proposition 34 [Death Penalty Prohibition] (Failed; 47.2%)
2020: Member, Governor's Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery

  • LEGISLATION: As a member of the Assembly Select Committee on Environmental Quality, Wilson was an author of AB 2045 (Chapt. 1433, Stats of 1970) which became the California Environmental Quality Act of 1970 (CEQA).
  • In 1991, Wilson was the target of two attempted recalls (the first led by Deborah Murray, Teresa S. Squier, Herbert C. Redlack, Sharon Moad, and Corinne Lavorico, and the second by Lorna G. Fowler, Emily L. Powell, Patricia L. Williams, and Elmer E. Powell). The recalls failed to qualify for the ballot.
  • In 1992, Wilson was the target of four attempted recalls (the first led by Peter James, the second by Gordon Reynolds, Joseph DeSiata, Deborah Murray, A. Lee Sanders, and Janice L. Tracey, the third by Gary Karnes and Ralph White, and the fourth by Barbara Brammer, Mary Reyna, Patrick Hill, and Robert Cunha). The recalls failed to qualify for the ballot.
  • In 1995, Wilson was the target of an attempted recall led by Jayne Liera and 101 others. The recall failed to qualify for the ballot.

Source: California Blue Book (1967), (1971)
Source: "Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-Present" (U.S. Library of Congress) []
Source: "Complete List of Recall Attempts" by the California Secretary of State (Accessed 2/14/2011)