|Member of the California State Assembly
from the 73rd district
December 1, 2008
|Preceded by||Mimi Walters|
|Mayor of Dana Point, California|
December 13, 2006 – December 4, 2007
|Preceded by||Lara Anderson|
|Succeeded by||Joel Bishop|
|Dana Point City Councillor|
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 a former Council Member and Mayor of the City of Dana Point, California. She is the Republican representative in California's 73rd State Assembly district. On February 18, 2013, Harkey announced that she will be running for the California Board of Equalization 4th district.
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.
- 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. She has earned a 100% rating from the California Chamber of Commerce
In the summer of 2013, Harkey filed a $10 million defamation lawsuit against California State Senator Mark Wyland, claiming Wyland had made disparaging remarks about both her and her husband in July 2013 at a Tea Party rally. Harkey dropped the lawsuit three months later without comment. Wyland subsequently dropped out of the race against her for State Board of Equalization.
- Schmidt, Gregory; Wilson, E. Dotson, 2009-10 California Legislature Handbook, State of California, retrieved August 12, 2011
- "Diane Harkey officially launches 2014 Board of Equalization bid".
- "Diane L. Harkey, Alumna of the Year, 2009-2010".
- "California High Speed Rail Blog".
- Assembly Member Diane L. Harkey - Interest Group Ratings
- $10 Million Lawsuit Dropped but Lawmaker v. Lawmaker Smackdown Continues