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
from the 33rd district
In office
December 7, 1992 - November 30, 1994
Preceded byTrice Harvey[1]
Succeeded byTom J. Bordonaro Jr.
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 29th district
In office
December 3, 1990 - November 30, 1992
Preceded byEric Seastrand[2]
Succeeded byBill Jones
Personal details
Andrea Heidi Ciszek

(1941-08-05) August 5, 1941 (age 82)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
(m. 1965; died 1990)
Alma materDePaul University

Andrea Heidi Seastrand (née Ciszek; born August 5, 1941) is a former one-term Republican member of the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1995 to 1997.

Personal life[edit]

Seastrand was born Andrea Heidi Ciszek in Chicago.[3][4] 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.[5] In 1965, she married Eric Seastrand, a stockbroker, and the couple had two children named Kurt and Heidi.[5]

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.[5]

In 1990, Eric Seastrand died of cancer, and Andrea won a special election to succeed him, receiving 65 per cent of the vote.[5] She remained a member of assembly for the next four years, serving on the education committee and as assistant minority leader.[5][3]

Seastrand was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994, narrowly defeating Theology professor Walter Capps and succeeding fellow Republican Michael Huffington.[5] Considered one of the more conservative members of the 104th Congress,[6] she faced Capps again in 1996 and was defeated.[5]

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.[5] She remained executive director of the organization from its creation until its dissolution in 2011.[7][8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Our Campaigns - CA State Assembly 33 Race - Nov 03, 1992".
  2. ^ "Our Campaigns - CA State Assembly 29 Race - Nov 06, 1990".
  3. ^ a b Schenken, Suzanne O'Shea. "SEASTRAND, Andrea - Biographical Information". Retrieved 2017-05-16.
  4. ^ "Seastrand, Andrea Ciszek (1941- )", From Suffrage to the Senate: An Encyclopedia of American Women in Politics, Volume 1, Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO, 1999, pp. 605–606, ISBN 9780874369601
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h "SEASTRAND, Andrea | US House of Representatives: History, Art & Archives". Retrieved 2017-05-16.
  6. ^ "The Promise Keeper". Los Angeles Times. March 31, 1996.
  7. ^ "Space group took $16M in public funds". Pacific Coast Business Times. 2011-06-11. Retrieved 2017-05-17.
  8. ^ "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 Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 22nd congressional district

January 3, 1995 – January 3, 1997
Succeeded by
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Preceded byas Former US Representative Order of precedence of the United States
as Former US Representative
Succeeded byas Former US Representative