|Member of the California State Board of Equalization
from the 4th district
January 5, 2015
|Preceded by||Jerome Horton (redistricted)|
|Member of the California State Assembly
from the 73rd district
December 1, 2008 – December 1, 2014
|Preceded by||Mimi Walters|
|Succeeded by||Bill Brough|
|Mayor of Dana Point, California|
December 13, 2006 – December 4, 2007
|Preceded by||Lara Anderson|
|Succeeded by||Joel Bishop|
|Member of the Dana Point City Council|
December 8, 2004 – December 1, 2008
|Preceded by||William Ossenmacher|
|Succeeded by||Scott Schoeffel|
|Born|| June 20, 1951
|Residence||Dana Point, California|
|Alma mater||University of California, Irvine|
|Website||Official Assembly Site|
Diane Lynn Harkey is an American politician currently serving as a Republican member of the California State Board of Equalization. She previously served as a member of the California State Assembly and as a Mayor and Council Member of Dana Point, California.
Early years, education and career
Harkey resided in Coastal Orange County for over 35 years. She has a Bachelors of Arts from the University of California, Irvine and has served as a Vice-President in the banking industry. Harkey earned a degree in Economics from the University of California-Irvine, graduating cum laude, and has had a 30 year career in corporate banking and finance.
Harkey's involvement in public affairs began in 1989, when she actively campaigned for the incorporation of the City of Dana Point. Harkey has served as a boardmember of the Ocean Institute and Dana Point Fifth Marine Regiment Support Group, a trustee for the Capistrano Valley Symphony, and a member of the Chamber of Commerce. She was elected to the Dana Point City Council in 2004, and served as its mayor in 2007.
In 2006, Harkey ran against then-Assemblyman Tom Harman for the 35th State Senate District in one of the closest California State Senate races in the state's history. Harman defeated Harkey for the Republican nomination by 236 votes or roughly 0.2% of the vote and went on to win the general election by 44,000 votes.
In 2008, she ran as the Republican nominee for the 73rd State Assembly district against Democratic nominee Judy Jones. Harkey received the endorsements of the Republican Congressional delegation in the district, Assemblywoman Mimi Walters (who vacated the seat to run for State Senate), former opponent state Senator Tom Harman, as well as over 80 elected officials in Orange and San Diego Counties, and the Republican Assembly Women's Caucus. Harkey won the election with 53.4% of the vote compared to Jones, who received 40.6% of the vote.
In 2014, Harkey became term-limited in the State Assembly and ran to be a member of the California State Board of Equalization from the 4th district, which encompasses Imperial, Orange, Riverside, and San Diego counties, as well as small portions of Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. She came in second place in the June 3 nonpartisan blanket primary with 34.0% of the vote, and subsequently won the November general election by a wide margin of 61.6% to 38.4%.
- Appropriations - Vice Chair
- Banking and Finance
- Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security
- Revenue and Taxation
- Select Committee on Biotechnology
- Select Committee on Immigration and the Economy
- Select Committee on Regional Approaches to Addressing the State Water Crisis
Harkey represents the communities of Aliso Viejo, Coto De Caza, Dana Point, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, California, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, and Trabuco Canyon.
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Harkey is politically a conservative Republican: she supports Proposition 13, is in favor of controlling illegal immigration to the United States and opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants. Harkey believes in returning gold to California,[vague] increasing private sector jobs, reigning in wasteful spending, reducing the debt,[vague] and balancing the state budget. She has been an outspoken opponent of California High Speed Rail, introducing several pieces of legislation to defund the project. Harkey has earned an “A” rating from the NRA and a 100% rating from the California Chamber of Commerce and the California Taxpayers Association.
Husband's Legal issues
In 2013, OC Weekly reported that "after a four-month trial, the jury found PCF CEO Dan Harkey, Diane's husband, guilty of breaching his "fiduciary obligation" to his investment clients. Then, a day after ordering Harkey to pay $4.5 million, the jury indicated it will more than double the award for other reasons.
Diane Harkey was dismissed entirely by all plaintiffs as well as the court, with prejudice (legal procedure) from the PCF lawsuit as both sides of the suit agreed she was not involved. Further, Harkey was awarded attorneys’ fees to be paid by the plaintiffs.
- Schmidt, Gregory; Wilson, E. Dotson, 2009-10 California Legislature Handbook, State of California, retrieved August 12, 2011
- "Diane L. Harkey, Alumna of the Year, 2009-2010".
- "Diane Harkey officially launches 2014 Board of Equalization bid".
- "California High Speed Rail Blog".
- Assembly Member Diane L. Harkey - Interest Group Ratings