Steven N. Samuelian

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Steven N. Samuelian a Republican politician from the state of California in the United States of America. He was elected to the 29th district of the California State Assembly in 2002. He succeeded Mike Briggs who stepped down to make an unsuccessful run for Congress. He served one term in the assembly, and withdrew from the 2004 campaign. Mike Villines succeeded the assemblyman.

Background[edit]

Samuelian is an alumnus of California Polytechnic State University, Pomona. He served in a variety of Republican Party and Republican candidate campaign positions before holding public office.[1] He also held a number of board positions on local organizations and committees.[1]

2002 election - California's 29th State Assembly, 29th district[edit]

Samuelian defeated Larry Willey in the Republican primary and Richard Martinez, Jr. in the General Election.

2003 scandal[edit]

During Samuelian's 2002 run for the state assembly, he revealed that in 1998 he had been cited by the police for loitering for the purpose of solicitation of prostitution. Samuelian paid a fine, and the citation was removed from his record.

Samuelian later encountered controversy in February 2003, when it was reported that he was again stopped and questioned by police when his vehicle was noted on the same block of the same street as before. This time he claimed he was delivering political fliers to the farm bureau.[2] Samuelian denied any wrongdoing, and was not charged.[2]

However, in the wake of this incident, Samuelian faced public calls to resign from members of his own party including Clayton Smith,[3][4] his former boss United States Congressman George Radanovich, United States Congressman Devin Nunes, and Michael Der Manouel, Jr., president of the Fresno County Lincoln Club.[4][5][6] In December 2003, Samuelian announced that he would not seek re-election in order to spend more time with his family.[7]

California Consulting[edit]

Steve Samuelian currently owns the state's largest grant writing company, California Consulting, LLC with offices in Southern, Central, and Northern California.

California Assembly
Preceded by
Mike Briggs
California State Assemblyman, 29th district
2002 – 2004
Succeeded by
Michael Villines

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://info.sen.ca.gov/pub/03-04/bill/asm/ab_0051-0100/hr_82_bill_20040812_introduced.pdf
  2. ^ a b Ellis, John (2003-02-07). "Samuelian faces new loitering allegation Fresno police pull him over driving up and down street known for prostitution". The Fresno Bee. pp. A1. 
  3. ^ Ellis, John (2003-02-01). "Samuelian in dispute with critic". The Fresno Bee. Archived from the original on February 2, 2003. Retrieved 2008-11-01. , archived in http://web.archive.org/web/20030202021452/www.fresnobee.com/columnists/ellis/story/6053290p-7008812c.html
  4. ^ a b DerManuel, Mike (2003-06-12). "STEVE SAMUELIAN to be targeted by leading Republicans for removal from office.(Fresno RINO)". Free Republic. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  5. ^ Arax, Mark (2003-02-11). "Colleagues Ask Lawmaker to Quit; Republicans act after Assembly's Samuelian is stopped on a street tied to earlier sex scandal". The Los Angeles Times. pp. California Metro p. 1. 
  6. ^ Ellis, John (2003-02-10). "5 call for Samuelian to resign; Group of Valley Republicans says he should step down". The Fresno Bee. pp. A1. 
  7. ^ Ellis, John (2003-12-04). "Samuelian won't run again for Assembly Clovis Republican says he wants to put family before political career". The Fresno Bee. pp. A1. 

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