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Arnold Schwarzenegger


Picture of Arnold Schwarzenegger
Date Party Office Votes Result
10-07-2003 Republican Governor 4206284 Win
11-07-2006 Republican Governor 4850157 Win

Candidate Biography:

Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger
Born: July 30, 1947 in Thal bei Graz, Allied-occupied Austria
Married: Maria Shriver (m. 1986, div. 2021)
Children: Katherine, Christina, Patrick, Christopher and Joseph Baena
University: University of Southern California (Doctor of Humane Letters, 2009)

1990: Chairman, President's Council on Physical Fitness
2002: Proponent, Proposition 49 [After School Education and Safety Act of 2002] (Passed; 56.7%)
2005: Proponent, Proposition 74 [Public School Teachers Tenure] (Failed; 44.9%)
2005: Proponent, Proposition 75 [Union Dues - Political Contributions] (Failed; 46.5%)
2005: Proponent, Proposition 76 [State Spending Limits] (Failed; 37.9%)
2005: Proponent, Proposition 77 [Legislative Redistricting] (Failed; 40.5%)
2008: Proponent, Proposition 93 [Amending Term Limits] (Failed; 46.5%)
2008: Proponent, Proposition 11 [Legislative Redistricting] (Passed; 50.9%)
2010: Proponent, Proposition 14 [Top Two Primaries Act] (Passed; 54.2%)
2012-Present: Governor Downey Professor of State and Global Policy, University of Southern California
2012-Present: Chairman, Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy [USC Sol Price School of Public Policy]
2020: Member, Governor's Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery

  • Legislative History: Schwarzenegger holds the modern record for vetoing the highest percentage of bills (35.17% in 2008), and George Deukmejian holds the modern record for the most bills vetoed in a single year (436 in 1990). Prior to 1966, Governors were able to use a 'pocket veto' to kills bills, and the all-time record is held by Governor Friend William Richardson who used the 'pocket veto' to kill 519 of the 999 bills presented to him (51.95%) in 1925. Source: Peter Detwiler, Senate Local Government Committee
  • Legislative History: During the 2009-10 Legislative Session, Governor Schwarzenegger has called eight "Extraordinary Sessions" to deal with emergency issues ranging from the ongoing budget crisis, to the shortage of water in southern California, to improving California's K-12 Education system. The previous record number of Special Sessions was five, set in 1940 by Governor Culbert L. Olson.
  • In 2004, Schwarzenegger was the target of an attempted recall led by Henry F. Ramey Jr. The recall failed to qualify for the ballot.
  • In 2005, Schwarzenegger was the target of two attempted recalls led by Kenneth Matsumura. The recalls failed to qualify for the ballot.
  • In 2008, Schwarzenegger was the target of an attempted recall led by Mike Jimenez. The recall failed to qualify for the ballot.
  • In 2009, Schwarzenegger was the target of three attempted recalls (two led by John D. Fusek and one led by Edwin T. Snell). The recalls failed to qualify for the ballot. 
  • Silver Screen: Schwarzenegger is an actor who has appeared in 35 movies.
  • This individual has a Hollywood Star.
  • PLACENAME: The Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy at the University of Southern California was named for the former Governor.
  • Maria Shriver was a 2016 Inductee to the California Hall of Fame.