Bustamante in 2006
|45th Lieutenant Governor of California|
January 4, 1999 - January 8, 2007
|62nd Speaker of the California State Assembly|
December 2, 1996 - February 26, 1998
|Member of the California State Assembly|
from the 31st district
May 3, 1993 - December 7, 1998
Cruz Miguel Bustamante
January 4, 1953
Dinuba, California, U.S.
|Education||Fresno City College|
California State University, Fresno (BA)
Cruz Miguel Bustamante (born January 4, 1953) is an American politician. He was the 45th Lieutenant Governor of California from 1999 to 2007, serving under governors Gray Davis and Arnold Schwarzenegger. A member of the Democratic Party, Bustamante previously served as the Speaker of the California State Assembly from 1996 to 1998.
The eldest of six children, Cruz Bustamante was born in Dinuba, California. His family later moved to San Joaquin, California. He attended and graduated from Tranquillity High School in the 1970s, where he excelled in both football and wrestling, and later attended Fresno City College and California State University, Fresno.
As a resident of Fresno, Bustamante was elected to the California State Assembly in a special election in 1993, and became the Speaker of the Assembly in 1996. He was elected Lieutenant Governor in 1998, the first Latino elected to statewide office in California in more than 120 years. He was also the highest-ranking elected Latino officeholder in the United States until Bill Richardson became Governor of New Mexico in 2003. Bustamante earned his BA via distance learning from the California State University, Fresno in 2003.
He was the most prominent Democrat to run in the 2003 California recall election to remove Governor Gray Davis, and placed second to Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger, with about 2.7 million votes, 31.5% of votes cast (see full election results).
Bustamante had an apparently icy relationship with Governor Davis, a fellow Democrat, during his tenure. They reportedly had not talked in months before the recall election approached. Bustamante's decision to run in the recall election was controversial, as many supporters of Governor Davis had urged prominent Democrats not to run, in an attempt to undermine the legitimacy of the event. During the recall election, Bustamante ran on a platform slogan of "No on Recall, Yes on Bustamante," indicating he opposed the recall.
Bustamante was the Democratic candidate for California Insurance Commissioner.
In Bustamante's official candidate statement, he says "I want to become an example to others to lead healthier lives by losing weight myself. Obesity in California costs $7.7 billion a year."
Bustamante claims to have recently shed 43 pounds to 235 pounds by means of diet and exercise.
Bustamante easily won the June 6, 2006 Democratic primary, receiving 70.5% of the vote and defeating his challenger, John Kraft. In the June Primary Bustamante received 1,606,913 Democratic votes, Kraft 674,309 Democratic votes, and Poizner 1,472,729 Republican votes. Many political analysts believed that Kraft, who ran a low-key campaign where he took no campaign contributions, received those votes as a protest for Bustamante's behavior during the 2003 recall election. However, Kraft planned to actively campaign for Bustamante, and donated a significant portion of his fortune as an heir to Kraft Foods to Bustamante.
Bustamante ran against Republican Steve Poizner in November. Bustamante announced that he would not be returning insurance industry contributions to his campaign, a position criticized by Poizner and campaign ethicists. Bustamante also failed to meet a deadline to submit a campaign statement to voters. According to the Field Poll, on November 3, 2006, Bustamante trailed Poizner by 9%. and lost to Poizner by 12% in the general election.
With his wife Arcelia, Bustamante has three daughters.
|Office||Type||Location||Elected||Term began||Term ended|
|State Assemblyman||Legislature||Sacramento||1993||May 3, 1993||December 5, 1994|
|State Assemblyman||Legislature||Sacramento||1994||December 5, 1994||December 2, 1996|
|Speaker of the Assembly||Legislature||Sacramento||1996||December 2, 1996||December 7, 1998|
|Lieutenant Governor||Executive||Sacramento||1998||January 4, 1999||January 6, 2003|
|Lieutenant Governor||Executive||Sacramento||2002||January 6, 2003||January 8, 2007|
|California State Assembly service|
|Libertarian||Thomas M. Tryon||167,523||2.1|
|Peace and Freedom||Jaime Luis Gomez||109,888||1.4|
|American Independent||George M. McCoy||92,349||1.1|
|Reform||James G. Mangia||74,180||0.9|
|American Independent||James King||93,026||1.3||+0.2|
|Reform||Paul Jerry Hanosh||82,053||1.1||+0.2|
|Natural Law||Kalee Przybylak||68,366||0.9||+0.9|
|Green||Peter Miguel Camejo||242,247||2.8|
|Peace and Freedom||Tom Condit||187,618||2.3|
|American Independent||Jay Earl Burden||127,267||1.5|
|Republican gain from Democratic|
| Member of the California Assembly
from the 31st district
| Speaker of the California Assembly
|Party political offices|
| Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor of California
| Democratic nominee for Governor of California
| Democratic nominee for Insurance Commissioner of California
| Lieutenant Governor of California