John Moorlach

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John Moorlach
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Member of the California State Senate
from the 37th district
In office
March 22, 2015 – November 30, 2020
Preceded byMimi Walters
Succeeded byDave Min
Member of the
Orange County Board of Supervisors
from the 2nd District
In office
December 5, 2006 – January 5, 2015
Preceded byJim Silva
Succeeded byMichelle Park Steel
Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector
In office
March 17, 1995 – December 5, 2006
Preceded byRobert Citron
Succeeded byChriss Street
Personal details
Johannes Meindert Willem Moorlach[1]

(1955-12-21) December 21, 1955 (age 65)
Groningen, Netherlands
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Trina Lehmaier
ResidenceCosta Mesa, California, U.S.
Alma materCalifornia State University, Long Beach (BS)
OccupationCertified Public Accountant (inactive)
WebsiteCampaign web site

Johannes Meindert Willem Moorlach (born December 21, 1955) is an American politician who served as a member of the California State Senate representing 37th Senate district, which includes portions of Orange County, from 2015 to 2020. He was defeated for reelection by Dave Min in 2020; the following year, he lost his special election to return to the OC Board of Supervisors. A Republican, he previously served on the Orange County Board of Supervisors from December 5, 2006 to January 5, 2015 and as Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector from March 17, 1995 to December 5, 2006.

Early life and education[edit]

Johannes Meindert Willem Moorlach was born in Groningen, Netherlands, and came with his family to the United States when he was four years old. He grew up in Cypress, California and Buena Park, California. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the California State University, Long Beach in 1977. He is a certified public accountant and certified financial planner. Before entering public office, he was vice president of accounting firm Balser, Horowitz, Frank and Wakeling, and the administrative partner of its Costa Mesa office.

Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector (1995–2006)[edit]

Moorlach first came to public attention by predicting the largest municipal bond portfolio loss and bankruptcy in U.S. history while campaigning for the office of Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector against incumbent Democrat Robert Citron in 1994.[citation needed] Citron resigned later that year and was replaced on an interim basis by Tom Daxon. On March 17, 1995, Moorlach was appointed to fill the vacancy. In 1996 he was elected by the voters to complete the unexpired term, and re-elected in 1998 and 2002, serving nearly twelve years.

He is recognized as a leading expert on municipal bankruptcies.[citation needed]

Orange County Supervisor (2006–2015)[edit]

In 2006, he opted not to run for re-election as Treasurer-Tax Collector and instead ran for Orange County Supervisor, winning 70% of the vote. Moorlach was unopposed for re-election in 2010.

While on the Board of Supervisors, he served on the Orange County Transportation Authority, OC LAFCO, CalOptima, and Southern California Regional Airport Authority boards.

He was succeeded on the board by Michelle Steel and ran in the 2021 special election to succeed her following her election to the US House. He lost to Democrat Katrina Foley.

California State Senate (2015–2020)[edit]

In 2013, Moorlach announced his candidacy for the United States House of Representatives seat being vacated by John Campbell, but dropped out shortly before the deadline to file candidacy.[2] The Congressional seat was won by state Senator Mimi Walters. Moorlach won the special election to succeed her in the state Senate with 50.3% of the vote, defeating state Assemblyman Donald P. Wagner, a fellow Republican who won 44.0% of the vote.

In the fall of 2020, Moorloch lost his bid for re-election to Democrat Dave Min.[3] Moorlach has since filed papers to run for his old seat on the Orange County Board of Supervisors.[4]

Personal life[edit]

With his wife, Trina, he has three children.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Wilgoren, Jodi (March 18, 1995). "This Time, Moorlach Is Elected Unanimously". Los Angeles Times.
  2. ^ Cahn, Emily (August 1, 2013). "Mimi Walters on Jungle Primaries and Orange County Stereotypes". Roll Call. Retrieved 2013-08-10. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Democrat Dave Min declares victory over GOP incumbent John Moorlach in 37th Senate District". Orange County Register. 2020-11-04. Retrieved 2020-11-29.
  4. ^ "John Moorlach officially announces for Orange County Supervisor, Second District". Orange County Breeze. 2020-11-26. Retrieved 2020-11-29.

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California Senate
Preceded by
Mimi Walters
California State Senator
37th District
March 22, 2015 – November 30, 2020
Succeeded by
Dave Min
Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Silva
Orange County Supervisor
2nd District
December 5, 2006 – January 5, 2015
Succeeded by
Michelle Park Steel
Preceded by
Robert Citron
Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector
March 17, 1995 – December 5, 2006
Succeeded by
Chriss Street