Jim Brulte

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Jim Brulte
Chair of the California Republican Party
Assumed office
March 3, 2013
Preceded by Tom Del Beccaro
Personal details
Born (1956-04-13) April 13, 1956 (age 62)
Glen Cove, New York, U.S.
Political party Republican
Education California State Polytechnic
University, Pomona

James L. Brulte (born April 13, 1956) is the chairman of the California Republican Party, since March 3, 2013. Brulte formerly served as a Republican in the California State Senate, representing the 31st district, from 1996 to 2004. He also served as the Senate Republican leader from 2000 to 2004. Brulte also served as Vice-Chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee. He was previously the Republican Leader of the California State Assembly from 1992 to 1996. Brulte is the only freshman to ever serve as a party leader in both houses of the California State Legislature.

Early life and education[edit]

Brulte served in the California Air National Guard and graduated from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona).[1]

Political career[edit]

He was elected to the Assembly in 1990 to represent San Bernardino County's 65th District and was re-elected from the 63rd District in 1992 and 1994. When term limits forced Brulte out of the Assembly, voters elected him to the State Senate in 1996 with 58% of the vote. He was re-elected in 2000 with 59% of the vote. Brulte retired from the Senate in 2004 due to term limits.

Brulte considered running for the State Board of Equalization in 2006; however, he decided not to run against Michelle Steel, the eventual victor.

Following the 2010 and 2012 election results in California, Brulte was widely encouraged to run for the chairmanship of the California Republican Party and was elected chairman on March 3, 2013. Coincidentally, Brulte was born in Glen Cove, New York as was his predecessor, Tom Del Beccaro.


  1. ^ "Cal Poly Pomona". CSU Mentor. Retrieved 2008-09-12. 
California Assembly
Preceded by
Charles W. Bader
Member of the California Assembly
from the 65th district

Succeeded by
Paul A. Woodruff
Preceded by
Bob Epple
Member of the California Assembly
from the 63rd district

Succeeded by
Bill Leonard
Party political offices
Preceded by
Bill Jones
California Assembly Republican Leader
Succeeded by
Curt Pringle
Preceded by
Ross Johnson
California Senate Republican Leader
Succeeded by
Dick Ackerman
Preceded by
Tom Del Beccaro
Chair of the California Republican Party
California Senate
Preceded by
Bill Leonard
Member of the California Senate
from the 31st district

Succeeded by
Robert Dutton