Daniel Edward Lungren

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Dan Lungren represents California’s 3rd Congressional District, which includes parts of Sacramento and Solano County, as well as all of Alpine, Amador, and Calaveras Counties.

Dan Lungren graduated with honors in English from the University of Notre Dame in 1968, began his law studies at the University of Southern California and later transferred to Georgetown University Law Center from which he earned his JD in 1971.

During his Georgetown years, Dan worked on the staff of U.S. Senators George Murphy (R-CA) and Bill Brock (R-TN).

Lungren worked as a special assistant to the Co-Chairman of the Republican National Committee in 1971-1972.

He first sought elective office in 1976, narrowly losing a bid for California's 34th Congressional District. Two years later, at age 32, he re-challenged the two-term incumbent and won the Congressional seat in California’s historic 1978 "Prop 13" election year.

He left Congress in 1989 and returned to California when then-Governor George Deukmejian appointed him to serve out the State Treasurer's term of the late Jesse Unruh.

In the following year Lungren was elected Attorney General of California, a position he held for eight years. During his two-term service as California's Attorney General (1991-1999), Dan helped author and later defended in court California's landmark "Three-Strikes-and-You're-Out" law.

Dan’s sponsorship of legislation against sexual predators culminated in the state's "Megan's Law," giving Californians the right to know if their children are at risk of predators in their own neighborhoods. He provided national leadership in the reform of the federal habeas corpus law. As Attorney General, Dan successfully argued a case before the United States Supreme Court.

He made an unsuccessful run for Governor against Gray Davis in 1998, did a stint as a nationally syndicated radio talk show host and served as a fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics before returning to the private practice of law.

The events of 9-11 prompted Dan’s return to public service. Believing that each of us had to respond in the most effective way to the terrorist threat, he sought election to the Congress so that the lessons learned from his past governmental experience might be added to the national debate.

Dan and his wife, Bobbi, have three adult children: Jeff, Kelly and Kathleen and two grandchildren Reagan Maria and Julia Elizabeth.

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