Edwin Reinecke

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Edwin Reinecke
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39th Lieutenant Governor of California
In office
January 8, 1969 – October 2, 1974
Governor Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Robert Finch
Succeeded by John L. Harmer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 27th district
In office
January 3, 1965 – January 21, 1969
Preceded by Everett G. Burkhalter
Succeeded by Barry Goldwater, Jr.
Personal details
Born Howard Edwin Reinecke
(1924-01-07)January 7, 1924
Medford, Oregon
Died December 24, 2016(2016-12-24) (aged 92)
Laguna Hills, California
Resting place Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City in Riverside County, California
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jean Raybeck Mietus (m. 1967; her death 2011)[1]
Children Four
Residence Rancho Mirage, California
Alma mater California Institute of Technology
Occupation Businessman
Military service
Service/branch United States Navy
Battles/wars World War II

Howard Edwin "Ed" Reinecke (January 7, 1924 – December 24, 2016) was a California politician who served in the United States House of Representatives, and as the 39th state lieutenant governor.

Early life and career[edit]

Reinecke was born in Medford, Oregon, and served in the Navy during World War II. He graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1942 and then attended the California Institute of Technology, from which he graduated in 1950 with a degree in mechanical engineering. Together with his sister (Charlotte) and two brothers (Fred and Bill), he founded FEBCO, a manufacturing company, in southern California.

Political career[edit]

Reinecke served in the U.S. House of Representatives between 1965 and 1969. As a member of the Interior Committee, he worked to preserve Western rivers (including the Colorado River, which was to be dammed within the Grand Canyon). He subsequently served as the 39th Lieutenant Governor of California, from January 8, 1969, to October 2, 1974. Reinecke ran for governor of California in 1974 but failed to win the Republican Party nomination. He lost to Houston I. Flournoy, a Rockefeller Republican who was then defeated by Democrat Jerry Brown.[2]

Reinecke was convicted of perjury and sentenced to eighteen months imprisonment as part of the Watergate investigation. He resigned one day before his sentencing, which was overturned on appeal because "the Senate Judiciary Committee before which he was accused of perjuring himself had failed to publish its rule permitting a one-man quorum."[3][4]

Later life[edit]

Reinecke and his wife, the former Jean Raybeck Mietus (1923–2011), a Pennsylvania native, owned the Diamond R Ranch on Bucks Bar Road in Placerville, California. They were the first ranchers to import and breed Charolais cattle in El Dorado County, California. In 1981, they opened the restaurant "Zachary Jacques"[5] known for prime rib and live musical entertainment. They also operated the brokerage firm, Reinecke Realty Residential.

Reinicke died of natural causes on Christmas Eve 2016, in Laguna Hills, California, at the age of 92.[6]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Finch
Lieutenant Governor of California
January 8, 1969 – October 2, 1974
Succeeded by
John L. Harmer
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Everett G. Burkhalter
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 27th congressional district

January 3, 1965 – January 21, 1969
Succeeded by
Barry Goldwater, Jr.