Douglas H. Bosco

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Douglas H. Bosco

Douglas Harry Bosco (born July 28, 1946) is a former U.S. Representative from California.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Bosco attended Homestead High School, Sunnyvale, California. He graduated from the Capitol Page School in Washington, D.C., 1963. He received a B.A. from Willamette University in 1968 and a J.D. from Willamette Law in 1971. He was admitted to the California bar in 1971, and commenced practice in San Rafael. He served as director of the California Department of Human Relations in 1973. He became executive director of the Marin County Housing Authority in 1974.

Bosco was elected to the California State Assembly, and served from 1978 to 1982. He served as a delegate to the California State Democratic convention in 1982. He served as a delegate to the 1980 Democratic National Convention.

In 1982, Bosco won the Democratic nomination for California's 1st congressional district, which had been renumbered from the 2nd District after redistricting. In a major upset, he defeated 20-year incumbent Don Clausen by just over two points. He went on to serve four terms in the House, but lost by only 1.5 points in 1990 to Republican Frank Riggs. He was once a resident of Occidental, California, and currently resides in Santa Rosa, California.

He attempted a comeback to his Congressional seat in 1994, by challenging Democratic incumbent Dan Hamburg, but lost the primary, in part due to the House banking scandal. Hamburg went on to lose the general election to Frank Riggs.

In 2012, Bosco became a part-owner of The Press Democrat.[1]


California Assembly
Preceded by
Barry Keene
California State Assemblyman, 2nd District
Succeeded by
Dan Hauser
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Eugene A. Chappie
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Frank Riggs

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.