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Pete Stark


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CA Blue Book
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-07-1972 Democratic CD-08 102153 Win
11-05-1974 Democratic CD-09 92436 Win
11-02-1976 Democratic CD-09 116398 Win
11-07-1978 Democratic CD-09 88179 Win
11-04-1980 Democratic CD-09 90504 Win
11-02-1982 Democratic CD-09 104393 Win
11-06-1984 Democratic CD-09 136511 Win
11-04-1986 Democratic CD-09 113490 Win
11-08-1988 Democratic CD-09 152866 Win
11-06-1990 Democratic CD-09 94739 Win
11-03-1992 Democratic CD-13 123795 Win
11-08-1994 Democratic CD-13 97344 Win
11-05-1996 Democratic CD-13 114408 Win
11-03-1998 Democratic CD-13 101671 Win
11-07-2000 Democratic CD-13 129012 Win
11-05-2002 Democratic CD-13 86495 Win
11-02-2004 Democratic CD-13 144605 Win
11-07-2006 Democratic CD-13 110756 Win
11-04-2008 Democratic CD-13 166829 Win
11-02-2010 Democratic CD-13 118278 Win
11-06-2012 Democratic CD-15 110646 Loss

Candidate Biography:

Fortney H. "Pete" Stark
Born: November 11, 1931 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Married: Deborah Roderick Stark
Children: Beatrice, Thekla, Sarah, Hannah, Jeffrey, Andrew, and Fortney III
Military Service: USAF
Died: January 24, 2020

1972: Alternate Delegate, Democratic National Convention
2008: Delegate, Democratic National Convention

  • An incumbent who lost to a member of their own party (in 2012).
  • In 2007, Stark became the first Member of Congress to announce that he does not believe in God. [source]
  • TENURE: At the time of his retirement, Stark was the longest serving Member of Congress in California history (at 40 years in office). Two years later, Henry Waxman and George Miller retired after having reached the 40 year mark. Of the three, Stark was the only one to hold the record the longest (he reached 40 years two years before the other two), Waxman had the longest overall political career (having also served six years in the State Assembly) and Miller received the most votes during his campaigns for Congress (a total of 2,751,224) compared to 2.66 million for Waxman and 2.28 million votes for Stark.
  • Be Fruitful and Multiply: Stark has seven children.