Bruce McPherson   REPUBLICAN


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McPherson was sworn in March 30, 2005, as the 30th California Secretary of State, replacing former Secretary of State Kevin Shelley, who resigned on March 4, 2005. He was confirmed unanimously by both Democratic-controlled houses of the California State Legislature after being nominated to replace Democrat Shelley by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. McPherson, a Republican from Santa Cruz County, served his term as Secretary until January 8, 2007. He lost his bid for a first full term to Democrat Debra Bowen in November 2006.

Previously, McPherson was a State Assemblyman from 1993 to 1996 and a State Senator from 1996 to 2004, when he retired due to term limits. McPherson was defeated in the 2002 election for Lieutenant Governor of California by incumbent Cruz Bustamante.

Prior to his political career, he worked as the editor of the Santa Cruz Sentinel, a newspaper owned by his family. He is married, and he and his wife have a daughter, Tori Kistler. Their son, Hunter, was tragically murdered in a 2001 San Francisco street robbery.

Last edited by Scott Flodin on June 4, 2007

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