Leaders From California

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California has produced a number of Leaders who have made it big. These include Richard Nixon, Kamala Harris, Gavin Newsom, George Patton, Dianne Feinstein and others.
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 1 
George Patton
(One of the Most Successful Combat Generals in United States History)
George Patton
67
Birthdate: November 11, 1885
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: December 21, 1945

George Patton was a general of the US Army, remembered for his work as a commander of the Seventh United States Army during World War II. He is also remembered for commanding the Third Army in the Western Front in June 1944 after the Allied invasion of Normandy. His life and work inspired the 1970 epic biographical war film Patton.

 2 
Richard Nixon
(President of the United States (1969-74))
Richard Nixon
91
Birthdate: January 9, 1913
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: April 22, 1994

Richard Nixon is the only American president in the history so far to resign from the office. His name is synonymous with the infamous Watergate scandal which led to his resignation. But his regime saw several positives too, such as end to the U.S involvement in the Vietnam War, improvement in the relationship with Soviet Union and China, and the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency.

 3 
William Randolph Hearst
(Newspaper Baron)
William Randolph Hearst
10
Birthdate: April 29, 1863
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: August 14, 1951

William Randolph Hearst was an American newspaper publisher, businessman, and politician. He is credited with developing America's largest newspaper chain, Hearst Communications. Today, Hearst Communications has grown into a multinational business information and mass media conglomerate. William Randolph Hearst’s life and work inspired the creation of Charles Foster Kane, the main character in the 1941 drama film, Citizen Kane.

 4 
Earl Warren
(30th Governor of California (1943-53), 14th Chief Justice of the United States (1953-69))
Earl Warren
7
Birthdate: March 19, 1891
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: July 9, 1974
Earl Warren served as the chief justice of the U.S. from 1953 to 1969. He was also the California governor from 1943 to 1953. The "Warren Court" revolutionized the American justice system by making landmark judgments, such as making school segregation unconstitutional in the Brown v. Board of Education case.
 5 
Jimmy Doolittle
(Military General)
Jimmy Doolittle
5
Birthdate: December 14, 1896
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: September 27, 1993

Jimmy Doolittle was an American aviation pioneer and military general. Apart from winning many flying races, Doolittle also helped develop instrument flying. He was the brains behind the Doolittle Raid, the air raid that served as retribution for the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II. His work during the raid earned him the prestigious Medal of Honor.

 6 
Jack Kemp
(Politician)
Jack Kemp
4
Birthdate: July 13, 1935
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: May 2, 2009
 7 
Devin Nunes
(Member of the U.S. House of Representative from California (2003 – 2022))
Devin Nunes
10
Birthdate: October 1, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Devin Nunes is a dairy farmer-turned-politician who is the incumbent U.S. representative from California’s 22nd congressional district and a Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee. He earlier established the Congressional Hispanic Conference and also released the Nunes Memo, accusing the FBI of conspiring against Donald Trump.
 8 
Robert McNamara
(Former United States Secretary of Defense)
Robert McNamara
9
Birthdate: June 9, 1916
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: July 6, 2009
Robert McNamara was the U.S. secretary of defense from 1961 to 1968. He supported the Gulf of Tonkin resolution to engage the U.S. forces in the Vietnam War. He was also one of the “Whiz Kids” who worked for Ford Motors. He was the president of the World Bank, too.
 9 
Adlai Stevenson II
(Governor of Illinois (1949-53))
Adlai Stevenson II
5
Birthdate: February 5, 1900
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: July 14, 1965
Adlai Stevenson II served as the Illinois governor from 1949 to 1953. He contested as the Democratic presidential nominee in 1952 and 1956 but was defeated by Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower both the times. Stevenson II also served as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from 1961 to 1965.
 10 
Ken Howard
(Actor)
Ken Howard
5
Birthdate: March 28, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: March 23, 2016
 11 
Kevin Johnson
(Politician)
Kevin Johnson
3
Birthdate: March 4, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
 12 
Leon Panetta
(Former White House Chief of Staff)
Leon Panetta
7
Birthdate: June 28, 1938
Sun Sign: Cancer
 13 
Jon Huntsman Jr.
(Politician)
Jon Huntsman Jr.
4
Birthdate: March 26, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
 14 
Karen Bass
(Politician)
Karen Bass
6
Birthdate: October 3, 1953
Sun Sign: Libra
 15 
London Breed
(Politician)
London Breed
4
Birthdate: August 11, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
 16 
Kamala Harris
(The First Female Vice President of the United States)
Kamala Harris
259
Birthdate: October 20, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra

A Democrat politician and lawyer, Kamala Harris is the vice president-elect of the United States. She will assume the office on 20 January 2021, alongside President-elect Joe Biden.  Half-Indian, half-Jamaican, Harris is the first woman, the first Black person and the first Asian-American to be elected vice president.  

 17 
Bill Richardson
(Politician)
Bill Richardson
4
Birthdate: November 15, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
 18 
J. B. Pritzker
(43rd Governor of Illinois)
J. B. Pritzker
0
Birthdate: January 19, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
 19 
Richard Cromwell
(Statesman)
Richard Cromwell
4
Birthdate: October 4, 1626
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: July 12, 1712
 20 
Mike Pompeo
(Politician)
Mike Pompeo
57
Birthdate: December 30, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
 21 
Morgan Mason
(Politician)
Morgan Mason
3
Birthdate: June 26, 1955
Sun Sign: Cancer
 22 
George Moscone
(Attorney)
George Moscone
3
Birthdate: November 24, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: November 27, 1978
 23 
Antonio Villaraigosa
(Former Mayor of Los Angeles)
Antonio Villaraigosa
3
Birthdate: January 23, 1953
Sun Sign: Aquarius
 24 
Caspar Weinberger
(Politician)
Caspar Weinberger
3
Birthdate: August 18, 1917
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: March 28, 2006
 25 
Kevin McCarthy
(Politician)
Kevin McCarthy
5
Birthdate: January 26, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
 26 
Jason Chaffetz
(Political Leader)
Jason Chaffetz
4
Birthdate: March 26, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
 27 
Eric Garcetti
(42nd Mayor of Los Angeles)
Eric Garcetti
4
Birthdate: February 4, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Eric Garcetti is the incumbent mayor of Los Angeles and the first elected Jewish mayor of the city. He was previously a member of the City Council and also served as its president. He loves photography and is a skilled jazz pianist, too. He has also been a Navy lieutenant.
 28 
Dan White
(Politician Who Assassinated San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk)
Dan White
4
Birthdate: September 2, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: October 21, 1985
 29 
Jerry Brown
(34th and 39th Governor of California)
Jerry Brown
12
Birthdate: April 7, 1938
Sun Sign: Aries
Jerry Brown has been both the 34th and the 39th governor of California, from 1975 to 1983 and 2011 to 2019, respectively, making him the oldest and the sixth-youngest California governor, between the two terms. He has also been the Oakland mayor, an attorney general, and a secretary of state.
 30 
Edwin Meese
(Lawyer)
Edwin Meese
3
Birthdate: December 2, 1931
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
 31 
Elmo Zumwalt
(Naval Officer)
Elmo Zumwalt
3
Birthdate: November 29, 1920
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: January 2, 2000
 32 
Alyssa Farah
(3rd White House Director of Strategic Communications)
Alyssa Farah
1
Birthdate: June 15, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
 33 
Jackie Speier
(Politician)
Jackie Speier
6
Birthdate: May 14, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
 34 
Don Young
(Political Leader)
Don Young
3
Birthdate: June 9, 1933
Sun Sign: Gemini
 35 
Michael Mullen
(Naval Officer)
Michael Mullen
3
Birthdate: October 4, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
 36 
Christopher Mitchum
5
Birthdate: October 16, 1943
Sun Sign: Libra
 37 
Bess Myerson
(Actor, Politician, Model, Television actor)
Bess Myerson
4
Birthdate: July 16, 1924
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: December 14, 2014
 38 
Jan Brewer
(Politician)
Jan Brewer
3
Birthdate: September 26, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
 39 
Steve Daines
(Politician)
Steve Daines
3
Birthdate: August 20, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
 40 
Xavier Becerra
(25th United States Secretary of Health and Human Services)
Xavier Becerra
4
Birthdate: January 26, 1958
Sun Sign: Aquarius
 41 
Michael A. Monsoor
(Who was killed during Operation Iraqi Freedom)
Michael A. Monsoor
3
Birthdate: April 5, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: September 29, 2006
 42 
Dana Rohrabacher
(Politician)
Dana Rohrabacher
4
Birthdate: June 21, 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini
 43 
Dean Heller
(Politician)
Dean Heller
3
Birthdate: May 10, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
 44 
Duncan D. Hunter
(Politician)
Duncan D. Hunter
4
Birthdate: December 7, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
 45 
Bradford Bishop
(Former United States Foreign Service officer who has been a fugitive from justice since allegedly killing his wife, mother, and three sons in 1976)
Bradford Bishop
4
Birthdate: August 1, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
 46 
Brian Sandoval
(Politician)
Brian Sandoval
3
Birthdate: August 5, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
 47 
Gavin Newsom
(40th Governor of California)
Gavin Newsom
57
Birthdate: October 10, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra

Democratic politician Gavin Newsom is the incumbent governor of California. He has previously been the youngest mayor of San Francisco in a century and is known for his Care Not Cash program for homeless people. He is also the founder of The PlumpJack Group that owns wineries, hotels, and restaurants.

 48 
Judy Chu
(Politician)
Judy Chu
3
Birthdate: July 7, 1953
Sun Sign: Cancer
 49 
Brad Sherman
(Politician)
Brad Sherman
3
Birthdate: October 24, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
 50 
Dianne Feinstein
(United States Senator from California )
Dianne Feinstein
51
Birthdate: June 22, 1933
Sun Sign: Cancer

Octogenarian California senator Dianne Feinstein is living proof that age is just a number. She became the first female San Francisco mayor back in 1978. In 1992, she and Barbara Boxer were elected as the first female California senators. Dianne also contributed to the Federal Assault Weapons Ban of 1994.