Dan Whitehurst

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Dan Whitehurst (born in Los Banos, California in 1948), was a California politician.

Whitehurst started college at age 16 and law school at age 20. He practiced law briefly and then worked for a time at his father's funeral home before entering politics in 1975.[1]

Civic career[edit]

He was a Fresno city council member from 1975 to 1977 and was the mayor of that city from 1977 to 1985. He was only 28 years old when he became mayor of Fresno, making him the youngest mayor of a major city in the U.S.

In 1982, Whitehurst ran against California Governor Jerry Brown for the Democratic nomination to the U.S. Senate.[2] He came in fourth place with 167,574 votes (6.10%).[3]

He did community activities like

  • 1997-99 Chairman, Great Valley Center
  • 1993-94 Chairman, Fresno Metropolitan Projects Authority (Arts to Zoo Commission)
  • 1986–present Chairman, California Healthy Cities Steering Committee
  • 1986-87 Program Evaluator, Ford Foundation Innovations in Government Program
  • 1985-88 Executive Session on Community Policing, Harvard University
  • Also served on various advisory committees for: Fresno State, Regional Medical Center, Central California Futures Institute, Boys and Girls Clubs, Fresno County Association for a UC Campus, Fresno Unified School District, Citizens for Community Enrichment (Arts to Zoo), Downtown Task Force (ULI Study)
  • 1977-85 Mayor of Fresno[4]
  • 1975-77 Fresno City Council
  • Board Member, National League of Cities; Chair, Public Safety Committee, U.S. Conference of Mayors; President, Mayors and Councilmembers Department, League of California Cities

After his post mayor administration he did other business over the years. He ran for Mayor of Fresno again in 2000 but lost to Republican Alan Autry.[5] Today he still works.


  1. ^ "Fresno Mayor Enters Race". Lodi News-Sentinel. Oct 5, 1981. 
  2. ^ "Fresno Mayor Enters Race". Lodi News-Sentinel. Oct 5, 1981. 
  3. ^ https://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=37146
  4. ^ "Full Biography for Daniel K. Whitehurst". Smart Voter. League of Women Voters. 4 February 2000. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  5. ^ https://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=251828