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Steve Horn

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 38th district
In office
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 2003
Preceded by Glenn M. Anderson
Succeeded by Linda T. Sanchez

Born May 31, 1931 (1931-05-31) (age 78)
San Juan Bautista, California
Political party Republican

John Stephen "Steve" Horn (born May 31, 1931) is an American politician from California and a member of the Republican party.



Born in San Juan Bautista, California, Horn served in the United States Army from 1954 until 1962.


He earned his bachelor's degree from Stanford University in 1953 and went on to earn a Master of Public Administration from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1955. In 1958 he earned his Ph.D. at Stanford University.[1]

Government Service

In 1959 Horn became administrative assistant to Secretary of Labor James P. Mitchell. In 1960 he went to work for then U.S. Senator Thomas Kuchel (R-CA) as a legislative assistant and served in that capacity until 1966, when he left to become a Senior fellow at the Brookings Institute. He also served as Vice Chairman of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission from 1969 to 1980 and as a member of the National Institute of Corrections from 1972 until 1988 (serving as chairman from 1984 until 1987).[1]

Horn was President of California State University Long Beach from 1970 until 1988.

Congressional Service

Horn first ran for congress in 1988 in a race to succeed Republican Dan Lungren but lost the primary to conservative Dana Rohrabacher.[2 ]

After the 1991 reapportionment he wound up in the Long Beach-based 38th district then held by veteran Democratic incumbent Glenn M. Anderson. When Anderson announced his retirement in 1992, Horn jumped into the race to succeed him. He narrowly won an 8-way Republican primary before beating Anderson's stepson, then Long Beach city councilman Evan Anderson Braude, in the general election.[3 ]

A moderate, Horn won his Democratic-leaning district with relative ease four more times: In 1994 he rode the Republican tide to an easy victory over a weak opponent; In 1996 his reelection was eased when he became the only Republican west of the Mississippi River to be endorsed by the Sierra Club[4 ]; In 1998 he once again bested his 1994 foe; In 2000 he had his closest race, beating Democrat Gerrie Schipske by less than 1 percent.

After the 2001 reapportionment, Democrats in the California legislature eliminated his district and re-drew it with a more Democratic edge.[5 ] Horn subsequently announced his retirement and did not seek reelection in 2002. He did, however, give a surprise endorsement to Democrat Hector De La Torre, who ran to succeed Horn in the re-drawn seat (now numbered 39) and finished a close second in the Democratic primary eventually won by Linda T. Sanchez.[1]

Electoral history

Member, U.S. House of Representatives: 1993-2003
Year Office Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct
1988 U.S House of Representatives
District 42
Guy Kimbrough 78,772 33% Steve Horn 20%
Dana Rohrabacher 35%
Harriet Wieder 22%
153,280 64.2%
1992 U.S House of Representatives
District 38
Evan Anderson Braude 41%
Peter Mathews 27%
Ray O'Neil 13%
82,108 43.4% Dennis Brown 29%
Steve Horn 30%
Ted Poe 13%
92,038 48.6%
1994 U.S House of Representatives
District 38
Peter Mathews 53,681 36.8% Steve Horn 85,225 58.5%
1996 U.S House of Representatives
District 38
Peter Mathews 49%
Rick Zbur 51%
71,627 42.7% Steve Horn 88,136 52.6%
1998 U.S House of Representatives
District 38
Peter Mathews 59,767 43.2% Steve Horn 71,386 51.6%
2000 U.S House of Representatives
District 38
Erin Gruwell 29%
Peter Mathews 26%
Gerrie Schipske 32%
85,498 47.5% Steve Horn 87,266 48.4%
2002 U.S House of Representatives
District 39
Hector De La Torre 29.3%
Sally Havice 19.3%
Linda T. Sanchez 33.4%
51,128 54.7% Tim Escobar 38,264 40.9%


  1. ^ a b c Vassar, Alex; Shane Meyers (2009). "Steve Horn, Republican". Retrieved 2009-03-16.  
  2. ^ California Journal Vol. XIX, No.5 (May 1988) "Campaign '88". StateNet Publications, May 1988.
  3. ^ California Journal Vol. XXI, No.12 (December 1992) "Election Results". StateNet Publications, December 1992.
  4. ^ California Journal Vol. XXVII, No.10 (October 1996) "Election 1996". StateNet Publications, October 1996.
  5. ^ California Journal Vol. XXXIII, No.10 (January 2002) "Redrawing California". StateNet Publications, January 2002.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Glenn M. Anderson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 38th congressional district

Succeeded by
Linda T. Sanchez


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