Before entering politics, McCorquodale was a teacher in the California public schools. McCorquodale then served as a Santa Clara County Supervisor, winning election in 1972 and being reelected in 1976 and 1980.
In 1986, he won a difficult reelection against Santa Clara County Supervisor Tom Legan. Although he won easy reelection in 1990, McCorquodale lost his seat in 1994 to Dick Monteith a conservative Republican businessman. The fact that his senate district had been shifted from his home base of San Jose into the more conservative Central Valley after reapportionment proved too much of a burden for McCorquodale. And the huge gains the GOP enjoyed that year eventually did him in.
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