|Bernard Dartanian Richter|
|Member of the California State Assembly from the 3rd district|
1992 – 1998
|Preceded by||Christopher Chandler|
|Succeeded by||Sam Aanestad|
September 7, 1931|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Died||October 25, 1999
Enloe Medical Center, Chico, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Chico Cemetery, Chico, California|
|Political party||Republican (formerly a Democrat)|
|Spouse(s)||Mary La Rae (m. 1953-1999; his death)|
|Alma mater||University of California, Los Angeles|
|Occupation||Teacher, business owner|
Bernard Dartanian Richter (September 7, 1931 – October 25, 1999) was a Republican member of the California State Assembly from the 3rd district from 1992 to 1998. Prior to his terms in the Assembly, he served on the Butte County Board of Supervisors.
Early life and family
From 1967-75, Richter taught high school civics at Chico High School. He operated family-owned video and liquor stores in Chico. Richter and his wife Rae were the parents of three daughters.
Butte County Board of Supervisors
In 1994, the Republicans were able to attain a one-vote majority in the Assembly. At this point Democrat Willie Brown had maintained power as speaker for 15 years, and this was the first opportunity to unseat him. However, in the end, Brown was able to get one Republican, Paul Horcher, to vote for him keeping him as speaker. During this time, Richter, also attempted to become speaker with the support of all or most of the Democrats. Richter tried to gain the support of his fellow Republicans, but succeeded only in angering them. He was term limited out of the assembly in 1998.
He died at Enloe Medical Center after suffering a heart attack at his home in Chico on October 25, 1999. At the time of his death, he was in the initial stages of a campaign for the 1st Senate district. He was preparing to face Rico Oller for the Republican nomination.
- Bernie Richter, Lawmaker, Affirmative Action Foe, Dies, latimes.com, October 26, 1999.
- Bernie Richter, 68 -- Ex-Assemblyman, sfgate.com; accessed July 3, 2017.
- Obituary of Richter, sfgate.com; accessed July 3, 2017.
|Member of the California State Assembly from the 3rd district