John F. Seymour

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John F. Seymour
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United States Senator
from California
In office
January 7, 1991 – November 3, 1992[1]
Serving with Alan Cranston
Appointed by Pete Wilson
Preceded by Pete Wilson
Succeeded by Dianne Feinstein
Member of the California Senate
In office
39th Mayor of Anaheim
In office
Preceded by Bill Thom
Succeeded by Don Roth
Personal details
Born John Francis Seymour
(1937-12-03) December 3, 1937 (age 80)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Alma mater University of California, Los Angeles
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1955-1959

John Francis Seymour (born December 3, 1937) is a retired American real estate investor and politician who served as the junior United States Senator from California from 1991 to 1992. A member of the Republican Party, he was appointed to continue Pete Wilson's term but lost the special election to finish it to Democratic candidate and former San Francisco Mayor Dianne Feinstein.

Born in Chicago, Seymour attended public schools in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1955 to 1959 and graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1962. Seymour was the President of the California Association of Realtors from 1978 to 1982, and worked in the real estate business from 1962 to 1981.

Seymour served Anaheim as a member of its city council from 1974 to 1978, as the 39th Mayor of Anaheim from 1978 to 1982, and as a State Senator from 1982 to 1991. In the California Senate, he voted to ban assault weapons, to outlaw discrimination against people with AIDS, and to increase spending for social programs including education and mental health benefits.[2] As Mayor of Anaheim, Seymour was instrumental in recruiting the Los Angeles Rams to move to Anaheim Stadium.[3]

In 1991, Seymour was appointed to the U.S. Senate by Governor Pete Wilson to serve in the seat Wilson had vacated to become governor. Seymour's appointment lasted until the 1992 special election to select a replacement who would serve until the normal expiration of Wilson's term in 1995. Former San Francisco Mayor Dianne Feinstein defeated Seymour in the special election, so Seymour's term of office was January 7, 1991, until November 3, 1992. He is the most recent member of the Republican Party to serve as U.S. Senator from California.

After his Senate term, Seymour served as director of the California Housing Finance Agency for two years,[4] and later served as CEO of the nonprofit Southern California Housing Development Corporation and on the boards of directors of several housing-related companies including IndyMac Bank, Orange Coast Title Insurance, Los Angeles Federal Savings Bank, and Irvine Apartment Communities.[5] Seymour currently lives in Indian Wells.

See also


  1. ^ "States in the Senate - California's United States Senators". Retrieved April 18, 2017. 
  2. ^ New Senator from California is named, The New York Times, 1991/01/03.
  3. ^ Bailey, Eric (October 4, 1993). "Ex-Senator Has Gained New Agenda: Profile: John Seymour is enjoying his role as housing agency's executive director". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 15, 2014. 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "IndyMac Announces the Appointment of Senator John Seymour -Ret.- to the Board of Directors of IndyMac Bancorp, Inc". Retrieved April 18, 2017. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Bill Thom
Mayor of Anaheim, California
Succeeded by
Don Roth
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Pete Wilson
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from California
Served alongside: Alan Cranston
Succeeded by
Dianne Feinstein
Party political offices
Preceded by
Pete Wilson
Republican Party nominee for United States Senator from California (Class 1)
Succeeded by
Michael Huffington
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