Lafayette political blogger Jason Bezis at CalPolitical has posted some very cool factoids about retiring Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, and East Bay representation in Congress for the past 150 years:
East San Francisco Bay Area Members of Congress: 1865 to 2014: George Miller is Just Third to Retire Normally in 150 YearsThirty-five individuals (33 men and two women) have represented the East San Francisco Bay Area (Alameda and Contra Costa counties) in the U.S. House of Representatives since California’s first single-member districts were created in 1864. (Not including the two congressmen who represented California at-large from 1883 to 1885. California gained two seats in 1882 as a result of the post-1880 census re-apportionment but the Legislature postponed re-districting until the 1884 congressional elections.)The East Bay today has six U.S. representatives: George Miller, Barbara Lee, Eric Swalwell, Jerry McNerney, Mike Honda and Mike Thompson.Here is how the 29 other East Bay U.S. representatives left their East Bay districts:
- Defeated in primary or general elections: 14 (Higby, Page, Hilborn, English, MacLafferty, Eltse, Carter, Condon, Allen, Cohelan, George P. Miller, Baker, Pombo, Stark)
- Died in office: 3 (Elston, Curry Sr., Baldwin)
- Resigned mid-term: 4 (McKenna, Metcalf, Dellums, Tauscher)
- Re-districting caused loss of all East Bay territory: 3 (Curry, Jr., Edwards, Garamendi)
- Ran for another office at end of term: 3 (Sargent, Knowland, Waldie)
- Retired at end of term: 2 (Budd, Tolan)Retirements are very rare. Just two East Bay representatives in the past 150 years have retired from the House and not sought another political office immediately thereafter: James Budd in 1884 and John Tolan in 1946. George Miller III will become the third in 2014.