Paul Horcher

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Paul V. Horcher (born 1951 in Texas) is an American politician from California and a former member of the Republican Party.

Early career[edit]

A graduate of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Horcher practiced law before joining the Diamond Bar Municipal Advisory council in 1982. In 1989 he co-founded the city of Diamond Bar and was elected to its city council.[1]

Legisative Races[edit]

In 1990 Horcher was elected to the California State Assembly from the 52nd district, which covered eastern Los Angeles County including cities the of West Covina, Whittier and Horcher's hometown of Diamond Bar. He easily won reelection in the renumbered 60th district in 1992.

In early 1994 Horcher also ran, unsuccessfully this time, in a special election for the California State Senate. The 29th district had been vacated by the resignation of GOP incumbent Frank Hill, who had been convicted of corruption. Horcher came in third behind then GOP Assemblyman Dick Mountjoy and then Diamond Bar city councilman Gary Miller, with the mud between Mountjoy and Miller being especially nasty.[2] Horcher did, however, have an easy reelection to the assembly later that November.

Assembly career[edit]

Although a Republican, Horcher carved a relatively moderate voting record while in the legislature. His support on many key votes endeared him to Democratic Speaker Willie Brown but made him a pariah among his fellow Republicans. After the 1994 elections, Republicans won control of the California State Assembly by a single seat. Horcher, still fuming from his own party's rough treatment of him, declared himself an independent and voted to keep Democrat Brown in power. Furious Republicans qualified a recall election against Horcher, which voters supported May 16, 1995, and replaced him with, coincidentally, Diamond Bar city councilman Gary Miller, who turned out to be a more loyal Republican.[3]

Post Legislature[edit]

After leaving the Assembly, Horcher held various position in the administration of Willie Brown, who by then had been elected mayor of San Francisco. He served under Brown from 1996 until 2004, when Brown's term ended.[1] Following his service to San Francisco, he returned to a real estate and administrative law practice.[4]

Electoral history[edit]

Member, California State Assembly: 1991-1995
Year Office Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct
1990 California State Assembly
District 52
Gary Neeley 31,583 41.1% Paul Horcher 45,264 58.9%
1992 California State Assembly
District 60
Stan Caress 44,284 36.6% Paul Horcher 67,397 55.7%
1994 California State Senate
District 26 (special election)
Sandy Hester 64,007 33% Paul Horcher 23.5%
Gary Miller 31.3%
Richard Mountjoy 45.2%
116,562 55.7%
1994 California State Assembly
District 60
Andy Ramirez 30,590 32.6% Paul Horcher 94,722 61.5%

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Vassar, Alex; Shane Meyers (2007). "Paul V. Horcher, Republican". JoinCalifornia.com. Retrieved 2008-09-30. 
  2. ^ "Complete Election Results". StateNet Publications. December 1994. 
  3. ^ "The 1996 Primary: The Endgame Begins". StateNet Publications. May 1996. 
  4. ^ http://www.paulhorcher.com/

External links[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Sally Tanner
California State Assembly, 60th District
1990-1995
Succeeded by
Gary Miller