Daniel Hamburg

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Daniel Hamburg
Member of the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors
from the 5th district
In office
January 4, 2011 – January 8, 2019
Preceded byJ. David Colfax
Succeeded byTed Williams
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 1995
Preceded byFrank Riggs
Succeeded byFrank Riggs
Personal details
Born (1948-10-06) October 6, 1948 (age 75)
St. Louis, Missouri, US
Political partyGreen[1]
Democratic (formerly)
Spouse(s)Carrie Alexander
Sara Stark

Daniel Hamburg (born October 6, 1948) is an American politician in Northern California who was elected as a Democratic Party Congressman in 1992, serving one term from 1993 to 1995. In 1998, he was the Green Party gubernatorial candidate in California. He remains active in the Green Party.

He had settled in Mendocino County, California after graduating from Stanford University. In Ukiah he founded an alternative school and was active for several years on the planning commission. In 1980 he was elected as a member of the Mendocino County (California) Board of Supervisors, serving to 1985. He later was elected again twice to the Board of Supervisors, in 2010 and 2014, and served two terms, from 2011 through 2018.

Early life[edit]

Hamburg was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Jean (Milton) and Walter Hamburg. His family was Jewish.[2]

He attended Stanford University and graduated in 1971. He settled in Ukiah, California, where he founded an alternative school. Hamburg also became involved in local civic affairs and served on the city planning commission from 1976 to 1981. He began to learn about local and regional land use issues. He founded a cultural study program in China.

Political career[edit]

Hamburg continued to be active in politics as a member of the Democratic Party. He was elected to the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors, serving a four-year term from 1981 to 1985.[3]


In 1992, he was elected to California's 1st congressional district, beating Republican incumbent Frank Riggs. While in Congress, Hamburg was named one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" in 1993.[3]

In the 1994 mid-term elections, in which Republicans made gains, Riggs defeated Hamburg in a rematch.

Green Party[edit]

Hamburg later became a member of the Green Party and ran as the Green Party nominee for California governor in 1998. He was the first candidate from the Green Party of California to run for governor. He finished a distant third among seven candidates with 104,117 votes, gaining 1.3% of the total vote.[4] During the 2000 presidential election, Hamburg backed Green presidential candidate Ralph Nader.

Return to board of supervisors[edit]

In November 2010 Hamburg was elected for a second time to the 5th District seat on the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors.[5] Hamburg ran unopposed for reelection in June 2014, and retired from the board in 2018.[6][7]


Hamburg became executive director of Voice of the Environment.[8] On December 8, 2004, he and his wife Carrie were arrested for trying to deliver a letter to Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell concerning alleged voter fraud in Ohio in the 2004 U.S. presidential election.[9][10]

Electoral history[edit]

California's 1st congressional district: Results 1992–1994[11]
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
1992 Dan Hamburg 119,676 48% Frank D. Riggs 113,266 45% Phil Baldwin Peace and Freedom 10,764 4% Matthew L. Howard Libertarian 7,500 3%
1994 Dan Hamburg 93,717 47% Frank D. Riggs 106,870 53% *
Write-in and minor candidate notes: In 1994, write-ins received 86 votes.
1998 California gubernatorial election
Candidate Party Votes %
Gray Davis Democratic 4,860,702 57.97
Dan Lungren Republican 3,218,030 38.36
Dan Hamburg Green 104,179 1.24
Steve W. Kubby Libertarian 73,845 0.88
Gloria Estela LaRiva Peace and Freedom 59,218 0.71
Nathan E. Johnson American Independent Party 37,964 0.45
Harold H. Bloomfield Natural Law 31,237 0.37

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Green Party Officeholders". Green Party of the United States. Archived from the original on November 29, 2014. Retrieved November 21, 2014.
  2. ^ "Beyond the Politics: 5th District Supervisor Candidate Dan Hamburg". Anderson Valley Advertiser.
  3. ^ a b "Dan Hamburg". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  4. ^ "CA Secretary of State - Vote98". California Secretary of State. Archived from the original on November 9, 2010. Retrieved October 17, 2010.
  5. ^ Mendocino County Assessor-Clerk-Recorder (November 23, 2010). "Election Summary Report: County of Mendocino". County of Mendocino. Retrieved June 29, 2011.
  6. ^ "Mendocino County, CA | Home" (PDF).
  7. ^ "Mendocino County thanks Supervisors Hamburg and Croskey for service". The Ukiah Daily Journal. 2018-12-19. Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  8. ^ "Voice of the Environment". Archived from the original on 2004-11-27.
  9. ^ "Former Congressman Arrested Delivering Letter to Kenneth Blackwell". Daily Kos. Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  10. ^ Callahan, Mary (December 10, 2004). "Dan Hamburg Jailed in Ohio in Effort to Contest Vote". The Press Democrat.
  11. ^ "Election Statistics". Office of the Clerk of the United States House of Representatives. Archived from the original on 2007-07-25. Retrieved 2007-08-08.

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Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
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