Jim Patterson (California politician)

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Jim Patterson
Jim Patterson, California State Assembly (2009).jpg
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 23rd district
Assumed office
December 3, 2012
Preceded byLinda Halderman
22nd Mayor of Fresno
In office
1993–2001
Preceded byKaren Humphrey
Succeeded byAlan Autry
Personal details
Born
James Norwood Patterson

(1948-02-18) February 18, 1948 (age 72)
San Mateo, California, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceFresno, California

James Norwood Patterson (born February 18, 1948) is an American politician serving in the California State Assembly. He is a Republican representing the 23rd district, which encompasses eastern Fresno County and a slice of Tulare County. Prior to being elected to the state assembly, he was a business executive, broadcaster, public speaker, and is the former Mayor of Fresno, California.

Mayor[edit]

Patterson was Mayor of Fresno between 1993 and 2001, defeating incumbent Karen Humphrey for reelection by a landslide, and being succeeded by Alan Autry.[1]

2002 Congressional election[edit]

Patterson ran for the Republican nomination in California's 21st congressional district, a district with new boundaries created through reapportionment after the 2000 United States census. His opponents were State Assemblyman Mike Briggs and Devin Nunes, the California State Director for the United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Development section.[2] Patterson came in second place to Nunes, who would eventually win the general election.

2010 Congressional election[edit]

Patterson ran for the Republican nomination in California's 19th congressional district, to take over the seat of retiring Congressman George Radanovich. He finished a close second in the June 8, 2010 primary to state Senator Jeff Denham, who won the general election.[3]

Political positions[edit]

In the wake of a shooting spree in Tulare County by an illegal alien, Patterson called on his fellow legislators to change California Sanctuary Law SB54 to allow local law enforcement agencies to cooperate with detainer requests from ICE.[4]

Electoral history[edit]

1996 Fresno mayoral election[5]
Candidate Votes %
Jim Patterson (incumbent) 36,281 53.0
Michael Erin Woody 24,531 35.8
James "Jim" Lanas 2,125 3.1
Lewis A. Jackson 1,901 2.7
Randy Risner 1,201 1.7
Johnny Nelum 1,068 1.5
Michael Eagles 763 1.1
Lawrence A. Cano 558 0.8
Mauro Buzz Gugliemo 2 0.0
Frank Ramirez 0 0.0
Unqualified write-ins 20 0.0
Total votes 68,450 100
2002 California's 21st United States House of Representatives district Republican primary[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Devin Nunes 21,438 37.1
Republican Jim Patterson 19,099 33.0
Republican Mike Briggs 14,864 25.7
Republican Tom Wright 1,413 2.5
Republican Nathan Short 436 0.7
Republican Richard Morgan 369 0.6
Republican Greg Ingles 258 0.4
Total votes 57,441 100
2010 California's 19th United States House of Representatives district Republican primary[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jeff Denham 26,594 36.3
Republican Jim Patterson 22,355 30.6
Republican Richard Pombo 15,196 20.7
Republican Larry Westerlund 9,126 12.4
Total votes 73,271 100
2012 California's 23rd State Assembly district election
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Patterson 30,827 39.4
Republican Bob Whalen 19,992 25.5
Democratic Richard Rojas 17,690 22.6
Republican Vong Mouanoutoua 5,487 7.0
Republican David DeFrank 4,278 5.5
Total votes 78,274 100.0
General election
Republican Jim Patterson 83,817 54.7
Republican Bob Whalen 69,457 45.3
Total votes 153,274 100.0
Republican hold
2014 California's 23rd State Assembly district election
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Patterson (incumbent) 55,914 100.0
Total votes 55,914 100.0
General election
Republican Jim Patterson (incumbent) 82,417 100.0
Total votes 82,417 100.0
Republican hold
2016 California's 23rd State Assembly district election
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Patterson (incumbent) 73,686 77.4
Republican Gwen L. Morris 21,522 22.6
Total votes 95,208 100.0
General election
Republican Jim Patterson (incumbent) 125,123 75.9
Republican Gwen L. Morris 39,656 24.1
Total votes 164,809 100.0
Republican hold
2018 California's 23rd State Assembly district election
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Patterson (incumbent) 58,927 64.9
Democratic Aileen Rizo 31,902 35.1
Total votes 90,829 100.0
General election
Republican Jim Patterson (incumbent) 98,789 59.4
Democratic Aileen Rizo 67,443 40.6
Total votes 166,232 100.0
Republican hold
2020 California's 23rd State Assembly district election
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Patterson (incumbent) 85,465 100%
Total votes
Republican hold

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cahoon, Ben. "Mayors of U.S. Cities A-L".
  2. ^ "California's 2002 races take their final form".
  3. ^ "California Primary Election Results".
  4. ^ Casiano, Louis (21 December 2018). "Illegal immigrant's murderous spree shows California must scrap 'sanctuary' law, GOP lawmaker says". Fox News. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  5. ^ "STATEMENT OF VOTES CAST AT THE PRIMARY ELECTION HELD ON MARCH 26, 1996 IN THE COUNTY OF FRESNO STATE OF CALIFORNIA". Fresno County. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  6. ^ "sov preface documents 2002.PDF" (PDF). California Secretary of State. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
  7. ^ "Statement of Vote June 8, 2010, Statewide Direct Primary Election" (PDF). California Secretary of State. Retrieved 14 September 2020.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Karen Humphrey
22nd Mayor of Fresno
1993–2001
Succeeded by
Alan Autry