Pete Wilson

Photos  |  Vote Smart  |  Feb. 22, 1999 letter to supporters
Announced he would not make a 2000 presidential bid on February 22, 1999. The Los Angeles Times' George Skelton reported Wilson's decision in his "Capitol Journal" column. Wilson also faxed out a letter to a hundred or so of his closest supporters and mailed the letter out to several thousand other backers.          


Pete Wilson, Republican, of Century City, California.
Current In late 1998 Wilson formed the Bear Flag Forum, a nonprofit foundation that he will use to address public policy issues.
Appointed distinguished visiting fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution effective February 22, 1999.
Plans to establish a political action committee.
Career Served as governor of California for two terms, leaving office on January 4, 1999.
In 1995 ran a short-lived campaign for the 1996 Republican presidential nomination. 
Elected governor of California in 1990, defeating Tom Bradley; re-elected governor in 1994, defeating Kathleen Brown 55.2%-46.0%. 
U.S. Senator, 1983-90.  (Elected in 1982 and re-elected in 1988). 
Mayor of San Diego, 1971-82. 
Elected to the California Assembly in 1966 and served two terms (1967-71). 
Attorney, 1963-66.
Military Three years as a Marine Corps infantry officer, 1955-58.  
Education Yale University (on an ROTC scholarship), B.A. in English Literature, 1955; University of California at Berkeley's Boalt Hall, J.D., 1962.   
Family Wife Gayle.  
Religion Presbyterian.
Age 65 years old.  Born August 23, 1933 in Lake Forest, Illinois; raised in St. Louis, Missouri. 

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