Stan Statham

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Stan Statham
Stan Statham 1976 Campaign.JPG
Statham campaigning door-to-door in 1976
Born 1939 (age 76–77)
Chico, California, USA
Occupation Politician and broadcaster
Known for Advocate for the State of Jefferson
Title California State Assemblyman
Term 1976–1994
Predecessor Pauline Davis
Successor Dan Hauser
Political party California Republican Party

Stan Statham is a former American broadcaster and politician from California. He was elected as a Republican to the California State Assembly in 1976, and served until 1994.

Statham was known as an advocate of the State of Jefferson.


Stan Statham was born in 1939, in the then-rural community of Chico, California. After a single enlistment in the Army in Military Intelligence, he worked in radio and banking until landing the job of news director and nightly news anchor at KHSL-TV, the Chico CBS affiliate. For 12 years, Statham ran news operations; he also conducted several on-air interviews of politicians and celebrities.

Statham then took a nearly 20-year diversion from the news and broadcasting business to serve in the California State Assembly from 1976 to 1994. During that time, he was known as a crusader for the rights of the north state and rural communities. Because of his efforts to curb drunk driving and reduce traffic fatalities, Statham was appointed a lifetime member of the Presidential Commission on Drunk Driving, an honor bestowed upon only 26 citizens.

Statham ran for lieutenant governor in 1994, losing in the GOP primary to state Senator Cathie Wright. Statham then returned to broadcasting assuming the position of president and CEO of the California Broadcasters Association. As president of the CBA, he has moderated California gubernatorial debates for many years, including the much-publicized 2003 debate preceding Arnold Schwarzenegger’s initial election as governor.[1]

Stan Statham married Roleeda Marie Statham on April 15, 2004. She has four children: Eric, Steven, Janis, and Jessica. Stan has two from a prior marriage: Devin and Jennifer.

California Assembly
Preceded by
Dan Hauser
California State Assemblyman, 2nd District
1992 – 1994
Succeeded by
Tom Woods
Preceded by
Paulin Davis
California State Assemblyman, 1st District
1976 – 1992
Succeeded by
Dan Hauser