Andrea Seastrand

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Andrea Seastrand
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 22nd district
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 1997
Preceded byMichael Huffington
Succeeded byWalter Capps
Member of the California State Assembly
In office
Personal details
Born (1941-08-05) August 5, 1941 (age 78)
Chicago, Illinois
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Eric Seastrand
Alma materDePaul University

Andrea Seastrand (born August 5, 1941) is a former Republican member of the United States House of Representatives.

Personal life[edit]

Seastrand was born in Chicago, Illinois.[1] She graduated from DePaul University in 1963 with a B.A. in education, and then moved to Salinas, California to find work as an elementary school teacher.[2] In 1965, she married Eric Seastrand, a stockbroker, and the couple had two children named Kurt and Heidi.[2]

Political career[edit]

From 1982 to 1990, when her husband served in the California State Assembly as a Republican, Seastrand joined the California Federation of Republican Women, later becoming its president.[2]

In 1990, Eric Seastrand died of cancer, and Andrea won a special election to succeed him, receiving 65 per cent of the vote.[2] She remained a member of assembly for the next four years, serving on the education committee and as assistant minority leader.[2][1]

Seastrand was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994, narrowly defeating Theology professor Walter Capps and succeeding fellow Republican Michael Huffington.[2] Considered one of the more conservative members of the 104th Congress,[3] she faced Capps again in 1996 and was defeated.[2]

Post-political work[edit]

In 1997, after her departure from Congress, Seastrand founded the California Space and Technology Alliance—a private nonprofit focused on promoting California's participation in space ventures—which later became the California Space Authority.[2] She remained executive director of the organization from its creation until its dissolution in 2011.[4][5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "SEASTRAND, Andrea - Biographical Information". Retrieved 2017-05-16.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "SEASTRAND, Andrea | US House of Representatives: History, Art & Archives". Retrieved 2017-05-16.
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  4. ^ "Space group took $16M in public funds". Pacific Coast Business Times. 2011-06-11. Retrieved 2017-05-17.
  5. ^ "California Space Authority dissolves nonprofit status | Breaking News | Santa Maria Sun, CA". Retrieved 2017-05-17.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Michael Huffington
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 22nd congressional district

January 3, 1995 – January 3, 1997
Succeeded by
Walter Capps