A graduate of California Polytechnic State University, Pomona, 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.
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. Horcher did, however, have an easy reelection to the assembly later that November.
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.
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. Following his service to San Francisco, he returned to a real estate and administrative law practice.
|1990||California State Assembly
|Gary Neeley||31,583||41.1%||Paul Horcher||45,264||58.9%|
|1992||California State Assembly
|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%
|1994||California State Assembly
|Andy Ramirez||30,590||32.6%||Paul Horcher||94,722||61.5%|
- JoinCalifornia, Election History for the State of California
|California State Assembly, 60th District