Dick Monteith (politician)

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Richard J. "Dick" Monteith (born February 7, 1932 in Los Banos, CA) is an American politician from California and a member of the Republican Party.

State Senate[edit]

A conservative businessman in the agriculture industry, Monteith ran for California State Senate in 1994 against three term Democratic incumbent Dan McCorquodale. The 12th District, formerly based eastern Santa Clara County, shifted entirely into the conservative Central Valley after reapportionment, taking away McCorquodale's natural home advantage.[1] Monteith won in an upset (thanks to that year's GOP tide) and handily won a nasty reelection battle in 1998 against former Democratic Assemblyman Sal Cannella.[2]

Congressional Race[edit]

Prevented from seeking reelection in 2002 because of state term limits, Monteith made an unsuccessful run for the Congressional seat of Gary Condit, who had been defeated in the Democratic primary by Assemblyman Dennis Cardoza. Cardoza beat Monteith 51% to 43% in a district that had been redrawn in favor of a Democrat.[3]

Present day[edit]

Monteith currently serves on the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors, a position he has held since 2006.[4]


  1. ^ "Complete Election Results". StateNet Publications. December 1994. 
  2. ^ "Voice of the Voters". StateNet Publications. December 1998. 
  3. ^ Vassar, Alex; Shane Meyers (2007). "Dick Monteith, Republican". JoinCalifornia.com. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  4. ^ [1] Dick Monteith Vice-Chairman Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors]

External links[edit]

California Senate
Preceded by
Dan McCorquodale
California State Senate, 12th District
Succeeded by
Jeff Denham