Pete Wilson

Gov. Pete Wilson

California

Term(s)
January 7, 1991 - January 4, 1999

Born
August 23, 1933

Party
Republican

School(s)
Yale University, University of California

Birth State
Illinois

National Office(s) Served:
Senator

Military Service:
Marines

Family:
Married Gayle Edlund; two children

BIO

PETE WILSON served as Governor of California from January 1991 until January 1999. He was born in Lake Forest, Illinois. He attended Yale University on an ROTC scholarship, earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature in 1955, and then served for three years as a Marine Corps infantry officer. He earned a law degree from the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall, in 1962. His public service career began in 1966, when he was elected to the California Assembly. In 1971 he was elected mayor of San Diego. After 11 years as mayor, he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1982 and was reelected in 1988. He was elected Governor of California in 1990 and was reelected in 1994.

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