Jim Brulte

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James L. Brulte (born April 13, 1956 in Glen Cove, New York) 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
California State Assemblyman
65th District
Succeeded by
Paul A. Woodruff
Preceded by
Bob Epple
California State Assemblyman
63rd District
Succeeded by
Bill Leonard
Party political offices
Preceded by
Tom Del Beccaro
Chairman of the California Republican Party
March 3, 2013 – present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Bill Jones
California State Assembly Republican Leader
November 5, 1992–August 22, 1995
Succeeded by
Curt Pringle
Preceded by
Ross Johnson
California State Senate Republican Leader
April 27, 2000–May 10, 2004
Succeeded by
Dick Ackerman
California Senate
Preceded by
Bill Leonard
California State Senator
31st District
Succeeded by
Robert Dutton