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Chuck Poochigian


Picture of Chuck Poochigian
CA State Senate
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-08-1994 Republican AD-29 81113 Win
11-05-1996 Republican AD-29 94278 Win
11-03-1998 Republican SD-14 174832 Win
11-05-2002 Republican SD-14 175369 Win
11-07-2006 Republican Attorney General 3220429 Loss

Candidate Biography:

Charles S. Poochigian
Born: May 31, 1949 in Fresno, CA
Married: Debbie (in 1977)*
Children: Kirk, Laura, and Mark
Military Service: ANG

1978: Staff, George Deukmejian for Attorney General campaign
1985-1987: Member, California Fair Employment and Housing Commission
1988-1991: Chief Deputy Appointments Secretary, Governor Deukmejian
1991-1994: Appointments Secretary, Governor Wilson
2000-2004: Minority Caucus Chair, California State Senate
2008: Early Candidate for Attorney General in 2010 (Withdrew)
2009-Present: Justice, California State Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District

  • PLACENAME: Highway 180 (near Fresno) has been named the Senator Chuck Poochigian Highway. (SCR 103 of 2008)
  • Debbie Poochigian is a member of the Fresno County Board of Supervisors (2008-Present). Debbie was a 2007 Woman of the Year (Selected by Senator Dave Cogdill)
  • According to former Senator Sheila Kuehl's website, during the Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluations ranking of Poochigian as an California Appellate Court judge, Kuehl ranked Poochigian as "Not Qualified for the appointment on the basis of bias votes" because he "had consistently indicated animosity to civil rights statutes regarding gender, disability and sexual orientation." [Source
  • UNACKNOWLEDGED API: This elected official was excluded from the "History of Asian Americans in the California Legislature" by the California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus, although this person is Armenian-American and Armenia is in Asia (Source, accessed 3/2/2013).

Source: California Blue Book (2000)