Bruce McPherson

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Bruce McPherson
Member of the
Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors from the 5th district
Assumed office
January 2013
Preceded byMark Stone
30th Secretary of State of California
In office
March 30, 2005 – January 7, 2007
GovernorArnold Schwarzenegger
Preceded byCathy Mitchell
Succeeded byDebra Bowen
Personal details
Born (1944-01-07) January 7, 1944 (age 76)
Santa Cruz, California, U.S.
Political partyIndependent (2012-present)
Other political
Republican (before 2012)[1]
Spouse(s)Mary McPherson

Bruce A. McPherson (born January 7, 1944) is an American politician who was the 30th California Secretary of State, sworn in March 30, 2005. He was nominated to replace former Secretary of State Kevin Shelley, who resigned on March 4. McPherson, a Republican from Santa Cruz County, served his term as Secretary until January 8, 2007. He was confirmed unanimously by both Democratic-controlled houses of the California State Legislature after being nominated to replace Shelley, a Democrat, by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. He lost his bid for a full term to Democrat Debra Bowen in November 2006.

Previously, McPherson was a State Assemblyman from 1993 to 1996 and a State Senator from 1996 to 2004, when he retired due to term limits. McPherson was defeated in the 2002 election for Lieutenant Governor of California by incumbent Cruz Bustamante. Prior to his political career, he worked as the editor of the Santa Cruz Sentinel, a newspaper owned by his family. He and his wife have a daughter, Tori Kistler. Their son, Hunter, was murdered in a 2001 San Francisco street robbery.[2]

McPherson left the Republican Party in June 2012 to register as "no party preference".[1]

In November 2012, McPherson was elected to the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors.[3]

Electoral history[edit]

  • 1996 Race for California State Senate, 15th District
  • 2002 Republican Primary for California Lt. Governor
    • Bruce McPherson (R), 86.2%
    • Ellie Michaels (R), 13.8%
  • 2002 Race for California Lt. Governor
  • 2006 Race for California Secretary of State
    • Debra Bowen (D), 48.4%
    • Bruce McPherson (R), (inc.) 44.8%
  • 2012 Race for Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, District 5
    • Bruce McPherson (N/P) 50.10%%
    • Eric Hammer (N/P), 49.51%


  1. ^ a b Skelton, George (June 25, 2012). "California GOP sinking into third-party status". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 25, 2012.
  2. ^ Jaxon Van Derbeken, Murder verdict in case of state nominee's slain son, San Francisco Chronicle (March 3, 2005).
  3. ^ Santa Cruz County Registrar of Voters, Santa Cruz County - Presidential General Election Archived April 10, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, Santa Cruz County Registrar of Voters (December 4, 2012).

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California Assembly
Preceded by
Sam Farr
California State Assemblyman
27th District
Succeeded by
Fred Keeley
California Senate
Preceded by
Henry J. Mello
California State Senator
15th District
Succeeded by
Abel Maldonado
Political offices
Preceded by
Cathy Mitchell
California Secretary of State
Succeeded by
Debra Bowen