Frank Riggs

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Frank Riggs
Frank Riggs by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 1999
Preceded by Daniel Hamburg
Succeeded by Mike Thompson
In office
January 3, 1991 – January 3, 1993
Preceded by Douglas Bosco
Succeeded by Daniel Hamburg
Personal details
Born (1950-09-05) September 5, 1950 (age 64)
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater Golden Gate University

Frank Duncan Riggs (born September 5, 1950)[1] is a politician from the states of California and Arizona.

Early life[edit]

Frank Riggs was born in Louisville, Kentucky. He served in the United States Army from 1972 to 1975.

Career[edit]

He worked as a police officer and in real estate. He was elected to the United States House of Representatives as a Republican in 1990 from California's 1st District, narrowly defeating four-term Democrat Doug Bosco. He represented the area stretching from Napa County to the northern Pacific coast.

He voted against the Gulf War resolution and, as a member of the Gang of Seven, a group of freshman Republican congressmen, favored identifying publicly the congressmen who made overdrafts at the House Bank. He was defeated in 1992 by Democrat Dan Hamburg but won a rematch in 1994.

In 1996, he won re-election. In 1998, State Senator Mike Thompson, who was due to be termed out of his seat, decided to run for the 1st District House seat, and Riggs decided not to run for re-election. Instead, he ran for the Republican nomination for the United States Senate. A late entrant, he dropped out of the race before Election Day but still finished in fifth place (the fourth place Republican) in the state's open primary system. The nomination was won by State Treasurer Matt Fong. Thompson won the congressional seat handily and still holds it today.

In 2001, he moved to Arizona.[2] In 2005, he explored a run for governor, as most Arizona Republicans were deciding not to challenge popular Governor Janet Napolitano for reelection the following year. However, he discovered that he had to be a five-year resident of Arizona in order to run for governor.

In 2014, he sought the Republican nomination for Governor of Arizona.[2][3]

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Douglas Bosco
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 1st congressional district

1991–1993
Succeeded by
Daniel Hamburg
Preceded by
Daniel Hamburg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 1st congressional district

1995–1999
Succeeded by
Mike Thompson