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United States representative , politician , winegrower

George P. Radanovich, former United States Representative from California. Member California Agricultural Leadership Foundation, 1990—1992; Member of Mariposa Chamber of Commerce, California Farm Bureau, California Association Wine Grape Growers, Wine Institute, Mariposa Rotary.

Background

Radanovich, George P. was born on June 20, 1955 in Mariposa, California, United States. Son of George F. and Joan Radanovich.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Business Management, California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, 1978.

Career

The district includes most of northern Fresno, as well as several rural areas northeast of the city. On December 29, 2009, Radanovich announced he would not seek reelection in 2010. After college, he performed a variety of jobs, including work as a banker, substitute teacher, and construction worker.

Radanovich began growing grapes in his native Mariposa County in 1982, after observing a microclimate in the area suitable for their growth. In 1986, he opened the Radanovich Winery, the first winery in the region. He first ran for Congress in 1992 after his home in Mariposa was shifted to the 19th District, and lost in the Republican primary to Fresno businessman Tal Cloud.

Radanovich defeated Michael Der Manouel Jr and Ron Gulke in the Republican primary in 1994. It was a spirited race in which Radanovich and Der Manouel exchanged barbs. In the general election, Radanovich faced six-term incumbent Democrat Richard H. Lehman in the following November election.

Lehman had only defeated Cloud by 1,100 votes in the previous election cycle, and speculation had abounded that the 19th would not stay Democratic for long. Radanovich defeated Lehman by a shocking 17-point margin (56 percent to Lehman's 39 percent). It was one of the largest margins of defeat for an incumbent in a cycle that saw many tenured Democrats lose their seats.

He ran against Chemical Engineer T. J. Cox, who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. Cox was arguably Radanovich's most serious and well-funded challenger since his 1994 election. However, Michael Der Manouel Jr. commented on Cox's chances for election by saying, "Cox could spend $10 million and Nancy Pelosi could spend another $10 million and Congressman Radanovich wouldn't lose." Radanovich was reelected with 60% of the vote in 2006 and was unopposed for reelection in 2008 in what is now considered one of the most Republican districts in California.

As is typical of most Republicans elected in 1994, Radanovich's voting record is strongly conservative. October 6, 2005: Voted for the Department of Homeland Security. December 14, 2005: Voted to reauthorize the Patriot Act.

June 16, 2006: Voted to reject timetables for withdrawal from Iraq. September 29, 2008: Voted for the "Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008" (Paulson Bailout Bill). Committee on Energy and CommerceSubcommittee on Communications, Technology and the InternetSubcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection (Ranking Member)Subcommittee on Oversight and InvestigationsCaucusesWater Caucus (Co-Chair)Congressional Wine Caucus (Co-Chair)Congressional Croatian Caucus (Co-Chair)They have one son, King (born 1998).

Membership

He is a member of the Republican Party. He was a member of the Mariposa County board of supervisors from 1988 to 1992, serving as chairman in 1991. He was president of the Republican freshman class of 1994, has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, and is a member of the Republican Study Committee.

Connections

Married Ethie Weaver, 1996 (deceased February 4, 2010). 1 child George King.

father:
George F.

mother:
Joan Radanovich

spouse:
Ethie Weaver

child:
George King Radanovich