Pete Stark says he’ll move back to Bay Area

Pete Stark says he’s planning to move back to the Bay Area.

Pete StarkThe former Congressman said Friday afternoon that once his son heads off to Yale University later this year and he and his wife can make school arrangements for their 11-year-old twins, they’ll be seeking a place to live in the East Bay.

Stark, 81 – who served the East Bay in the House for 40 years before being unseated in November by fellow Democrat Eric Swalwell – has made his family’s home in Maryland, though he maintained a residence here and is registered to vote at his in-laws home in San Lorenzo.

“Our interest is in using what’s left of my campaign funds and our foundation money to see what we can do about working in the area of children’s groups, whether it’s for child care or homes for children who are abused,” Stark said. “We’re looking forward to coming back and being active in that arena.”

“It’s going to take me a while to get used to not having the perks of a staff – being a congressman for 40 years had spoiled me, and the return to citizenry is hard,” he said. “But my shuffleboard game is getting good.”

UPDATE @ 3:03 P.M. FRIDAY: Just saw this tweet from Glen Fuller of Orinda, whose wife, Sharon Fuller, is Swalwell’s district director: “Deborah Stark 2014?” Hmmm.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • GV Haste

    “Deborah Stark 2014”

    One would hope there isn’t even the slightest thought of this being contemplated.

    However, I am rather surprised at his intention to return. His son would finish high school in June, only 3 months from now.
    The 2014 election starts only about 9 months later.
    Of note, it might be important to see if they buy or rent during that first 12 months.

    We certainly don’t need another abuse of the system as was the case in Nadia Lockyers election campaign.

    For now, I’ll just assume the East Bay just fits in better with Pete being close to the rest of his family.
    Unlike so many of his fellow congressmen, he is a bit old to get into a new lobbying job back in DC.

    I wish him well.

  • Common Tater

    “Move back to the Bay Area???”

    Aren’t congresscritters supposed to actually LIVE in the district they represent? If he lives in a post office box, then he has been way too small a personage to represent anyone.

  • Elwood

    “Unlike so many of his fellow congressmen, he is a bit old to get into a new lobbying job back in DC.”

    Not to mention that he’s a bull goose loony.

  • Josh Richman

    @2 – Members of Congress are not required to live in the districts they represent, only within the same state. As we’ve reported for years, Stark has maintained a residence in the East Bay and remains registered to vote here, although his wife and kids have lived, been employed and attended school in Maryland. This was, in fact, a centerpiece of Swalwell’s campaign last year.

    @1&3 – At 81 years old, wouldn’t it be far more shocking if he DID get a new job?

  • JAFO

    He really should consider looking for a cozy little place in Napa. He’s an excellent candidate for a position as a greeter in that city’s Walmart store. And, he could also easily secure the support he so clearly needs from the nearby state hospital’s professional staff.

  • JohnW

    @ 1, 2 and 4

    Don’t know much about Deborah Stark. But from what I found online, she seems pretty impressive. Certainly no Nadia Lockyer. Nobody could be that messed up. But married to Pete? Strange.

    Does Swalwell have a real California residence?

    I hear Republicans, reveling in their sequester victory, now propose raising the SS retirement age to 85. So Pete may need to get a job.

  • Eric

    If he were willing to have his twin 11 year olds attend California public schools there would be no problem, they could move here this summer. The line “if they can make school arrangements” acknowledges that they won’t trust their children to our public schools.

  • Bruce R. Peterson, Lafayette

    Pete Stark is 70 years older than his twins. Wow! I wonder how many times he will be asked if he is their grandfather, or great grandfather? Then he will have to shock people, by saying he if their father. If he can remember.
    He owned a bank, so he must be incredibly wealthy. That explains the young wife, who wants to run a charity. I see that often in my neighborhood. The liberal media adores people like that.

  • GV Haste

    I remember the Hayward Daily Review front page when Pete got married. It showed a photo of the newlywed couple, with the headline “Stark Contrast”
    My jaw dropped, not at the wedding, but that the paper would make that comment with that photo.
    I was amazed they would actually do that.
    I wondered who let that be printed. I recall it came out on a weekend.

    Still, in fairness, the marriage has lasted and has produced some wonderful children.
    Each to their own.
    My only complaint is the 3 children getting Social Security payments every month while their dad was pulling in $185,000 a year in congressional pay, plus all medical and dental benefits.
    That was clearly a “legal” abuse of the intended use of that system to care for indigent children.
    Not to help pay for $25,000 a year private school tuition.

  • RR senile columnist

    If you watch the movie “Lincoln” you can see Pete playing himself as a young California pol.

  • Bruce R. Peterson, Lafayette

    The perfect home for Deb & Pete, is real close to my house. 7 bedrooms & 10 bathrooms. I always thought it would be a great place for a home for abused children. All of the children could go the the Lafayette public schools, so many people crow about. No need for private schools. Plus I would love to have an Atheist in my neighborhood. A balance from having the Catholic from hell, on the other side. So when anyone sees Deb & Pete, send them my way.

  • RR Senile Columnist

    In addition to atheists, abused kids and Stark loyalists, I’d like to send some newly paroled sex offenders to your neck of the woods.

  • Bruce R. Peterson, Lafayette

    @ 12. Sounds better than the incredibly inconsiderate, corrupt, lying weasels who own Lafayette’s government now. Sex offenders don’t bother senile old geezers. Why don’t you send some newly paroled convicted killers my way? I like convicted killers, if they are at least agnostic. They don’t have to be die hard atheists. It’s the phoney religious people I don’t like.
    Oops! Some phoney religious people are sex offenders.