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Jim Brulte


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Date Party Office Votes Result
11-06-1990 Republican AD-65 57331 Win
11-03-1992 Republican AD-63 76888 Win
11-08-1994 Republican AD-63 73208 Win
11-05-1996 Republican SD-31 143537 Win
11-07-2000 Republican SD-31 153745 Win

Candidate Biography:

James L. Brulte
Born: April 13, 1956 in Glen Cove, New York
Military Service: ANG

19??-1981: Staff, U.S. Senator S.I. Hayakawa
1981-1984: Staff, Republican National Committee
198?: Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs
198?: White House Advance Representative for Vice President George Bush
1992-1995: Minority Leader, California State Assembly
1994: Candidate for Assembly Speaker (Lost; 40 to 40)
1995: Candidate for Assembly Speaker (Lost; 39 to 40)
1995: Candidate for Assembly Speaker (Lost; 38 to 40)
1999-2000: Minority Caucus Chair, California State Senate
2000-2004: Minority Leader, California State Senate
2004: Delegate, Republican National Convention
2005-2006: Member, Board of Visitors to the United States Naval Academy
2008-2013: Political Affairs Chairman, New Majority CA
2008: Delegate, Republican National Convention
2008-2010: Campaign Chair, Steve Poizner for Governor 2010
2010: Early Primary Candidate for SBOE-02 (Withdrew)
2011-2013: Promoter, National Popular Vote
2013-2019: Chairman, California Republican Party
2016: Delegate, Republican National Convention 
2016: Candidate for Presidential Elector for Donald Trump (Lost)
2020: Delegate, Republican National Convention
2020: Candidate for Presidential Elector for Donald Trump (Lost)

  • 2016 Trump Delegate
  • PLACENAME: The UC Irvine Center for the Study of Democracy is home to the James L. Brulte Fellowship
  • PLACENAME: The James L. Brulte Senior Center is located in Rancho Cucamonga. 
  • NOTABLE HISTORY: Brulte was the only freshman legislator to serve as a party leader in both houses of the California's Legislature. (Source: Capitol Weekly
  • NOTABLE NO VOTE (Expanded Local Pension Benefits): Brulte was one of 7 State Senators (and 14 legislators overall) who voted against AB 616 (2001) by Tom Calderon, which allowed California cities, counties and special districts to offer retirement benefit factors up to 3% at age 60. These higher benefit factors led to severe unfunded pension liabilities in a number of cities a decade later.
  • LEGISLATION: Author of AB 1890 (1995) which was supposed to deregulate the energy industry, making electricity cheaper, but instead resulted in Californians payin $10.9 billion more for electricity in 2000 than in 1999. The bill was described in the LA Times (12/9/2000) as "one of the most expensive public policy miscalculations in California history."

Source: California Blue Book (2000)
Source: California Legislature Handbook (1991-92)