George Radanovich

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George Radanovich
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 19th district
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2011
Preceded by Richard Lehman
Succeeded by Jeff Denham
Personal details
Born George Purdy Radanovich
(1955-06-20) June 20, 1955 (age 58)
Mariposa, California, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Ethie Radanovich (Deceased)
Children King
Alma mater California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Religion Roman Catholicism

George Purdy Radanovich (born June 20, 1955) is a former U.S. Representative for California's 19th congressional district, serving from 1995 to 2011. The district includes most of northern Fresno, as well as several rural areas northeast of the city. On December 29, 2009, Radanovich announced he would not seek reelection in 2010.[1] He is a member of the Republican Party.

Background[edit]

Radanovich was born in Mariposa, California to a Roman Catholic family of Croatian extraction.[2] He was educated at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. After college, he performed a variety of jobs, including work as a banker, substitute teacher, and construction worker.

Radanovich began growing grapes in his native Mariposa County in 1982, after observing a microclimate in the area suitable for their growth. In 1986, he opened the Radanovich Winery, the first winery in the region. He was a member of the Mariposa County board of supervisors from 1988 to 1992, serving as chairman in 1991. He first ran for Congress in 1992 after his home in Mariposa was shifted to the 19th District, and lost in the Republican primary to Fresno businessman Tal Cloud.

1994 Election[edit]

Radanovich defeated Michael Der Manouel Jr and Ron Gulke in the Republican primary in 1994. It was a spirited race in which Radanovich and Der Manouel exchanged barbs.

In the general election, Radanovich faced six-term incumbent Democrat Richard H. Lehman in the following November election. Lehman had only defeated Cloud by 1,100 votes in the previous election cycle, and speculation had abounded that the 19th would not stay Democratic for long. Radanovich defeated Lehman by a shocking 17-point margin (56 percent to Lehman's 39 percent). It was one of the largest margins of defeat for an incumbent in a cycle that saw many tenured Democrats lose their seats.

2006 Election[edit]

He ran against Chemical Engineer T. J. Cox, who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. Cox was arguably Radanovich's most serious and well-funded challenger since his 1994 election. However, Michael Der Manouel Jr. commented on Cox's chances for election by saying, "Cox could spend $10 million and Nancy Pelosi could spend another $10 million and Congressman Radanovich wouldn't lose." Radanovich was reelected with 60% of the vote in 2006 and was unopposed for reelection in 2008 in what is now considered one of the most Republican districts in California.

Votes and positions[edit]

As is typical of most Republicans elected in 1994, Radanovich's voting record is strongly conservative. He was president of the Republican freshman class of 1994, has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge,[3] and is a member of the Republican Study Committee.

  • October 6, 2005: Voted for the Department of Homeland Security.[3]
  • December 14, 2005: Voted to reauthorize the Patriot Act.
  • June 16, 2006: Voted to reject timetables for withdrawal from Iraq.
  • September 29, 2008: Voted for the "Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008" (Paulson Bailout Bill).

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucuses[edit]

  • Water Caucus (Co-Chair)
  • Congressional Wine Caucus (Co-Chair)
  • Congressional Croatian Caucus (Co-Chair)

Family[edit]

He was married to Ethie Weaver Radanovich from November 1996 until her death from ovarian cancer on February 4, 2010. They have one son, King (born 1998).

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ Current Taxpayer Protection Pledge Signers

External links[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Richard Lehman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 19th congressional district

1995–2011
Succeeded by
Jeff Denham