Steven T. Kuykendall

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Steven Kuykendall
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 36th district
In office
January 3, 1999 – January 3, 2001
Preceded byJane Harman
Succeeded byJane Harman
Member of the California Assembly
from the 54th district
In office
Preceded byBetty Karnette
Succeeded byAlan Lowenthal
Personal details
Born (1947-01-27) January 27, 1947 (age 72)
McAlester, Oklahoma, Oklahoma, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Jan Kuykendall
Alma materSan Diego State University

Steven T. Kuykendall (born January 27, 1947) is an American politician and former Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California's 36th congressional district from 1999 to 2001 in the 106th Congress. He defeated Democrat Janice Hahn in the 1998 election with 49% of the vote. He was narrowly defeated for reelection in 2000 by his predecessor Jane Harman, who had relinquished her seat to run for Governor in 1998. Kuykendall was the only freshman congressman to be defeated for reelection in 2000. After his defeat, he was mentioned as a possible Bush Administration candidate for Under Secretary of the Navy.

Life and career[edit]

Prior to becoming a congressman, Kuykendall was a member of the California State Assembly between 1994 and 1998. He was elected to the Assembly by defeating incumbent Betty Karnette. Kuykendall ran again for the Assembly in 2004 but was unsuccessful. He also served on the Rancho Palos Verdes City Councilfrom 1991 to 1994, holding the position of mayor in 1994. His political archives were donated to the California State University, Long Beach library.[1]

A resident of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Kuykendall was born in McAlester, Oklahoma. He studied at Oklahoma City University and earned his MBA from San Diego State University. Kuykendall also served in the United States Marine Corps for two tours in the Vietnam War[citation needed].

In 2012, he ran for the newly created 47th congressional district. He placed third in the jungle primary and did not make the November runoff, which was won by Democrat Alan Lowenthal.

Electoral history[edit]

California's 36th congressional district: Results 1998–2000[2]
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
1998 Janice Hahn 84,624 47% Steven T. Kuykendall 88,843 49% Robin Barrett Green 3,612 2% Kerry Welsh Libertarian 3,066 2% John R. Konopka Reform 1,561 1%
2000 Jane Harman 115,651 48% Steven T. Kuykendall 111,199 47% Daniel R. Sherman Libertarian 6,073 3% John R. Konopka Reform 3,549 1% Matt Ornati Natural Law 2,264 1%


  1. ^ "Former Congressman Kuykendall Donates Archives to Library". Inside CSULB. California State University, Long Beach. December 1, 2009.
  2. ^ "Election Statistics". Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Archived from the original on July 25, 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-08. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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California Assembly
Preceded by
Betty Karnette
California State Assemblyman, 54th District
1994 – 1998
Succeeded by
Alan Lowenthal
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jane Harman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 36th congressional district

1999 – 2001
Succeeded by
Jane Harman