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politician , member of the California State Assembly , member of the California State Senate

Cathie Wright, American state legislator. Named Woman of Year, Simi Valley College of C., 1979, American Mothers' Legislation Mother of the Year, 1985, Outstanding Woman of the Year, Zonta-Santa Clarita Valley, 1986. Member Veterans of Foreign Wars, Las Manitas Auxiliary.

Background

Wright, Cathie was born on May 18, 1929 in Old Forge, Pennsylvania, United States.

Education

Associate of Arts in Accounting, Lackawanna Junior College. Student, University Scranton.

Career

She represented the Ventura county based 37th district until 1992, when she opted not to seek reelection. After 12 years in the Assembly, Wright instead ran for the open 19th state senate district held since 1980 by Republican stalwart Ed Davis, a former Los Angeles police chief. Davis didn't much like Wright (whom he dubbed "The Peroxide Princess of Simi Valley") and recruited former Assemblywoman Marion W. La Follette to run for the seat.

After a bitter campaign, Wright prevailed, but just barely. In 1994 she became the Republican nominee for Lt. Governor by defeating moderate Assemblyman Stan Statham in the party's primary.

Statham was best known for a proposal to split California into three states. Wright beat him handily but was soundly defeated by then Democratic state Controller Gray Davis in the general election.

Achievements

  • A onetime Simi Valley councilwoman, Wright was serving as mayor in 1980 when she won election to the California State Assembly seat vacated by Republican Bob Cline, who had made an unsuccessful run for state senate. She won reelection easily in 1996, but California state Term Limits prevented her from seeking reelection in 2000.

Membership

Member Veterans of Foreign Wars, Las Manitas Auxiliary.

Connections

1 child, Victoria.

child:
Victoria Wright