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 (1924-01-07) January 7, 1924 (age 92)
Medford, Oregon
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jean Mietus (d. 2011)[1]
Alma mater California Institute of Technology

Edwin "Ed" Reinecke (born January 7, 1924) is a retired California politician. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives, and as the 39th Lieutenant Governor of California.

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, graduating 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 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 the more liberal GOP candidate, Houston I. Flournoy, who was then defeated by the Democrat, Jerry Brown.[2]

Reinecke was convicted of perjury and sentenced to 18 months in prison 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]

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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
United States 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.